The Mimi's Cafe culinary team sampled French frites and talked with local chefs in brasseries, bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, Brittany and Normandy.
"We wanted our new made-from-scratch frites to be so authentic that they would be worthy of the all-important 'fait maison' certification if our restaurants were located in France," said Executive Chef Katie Sutton, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, in an company press release. Fait Maison is a government demarcation certifying that a French restaurant serves house-made cuisine, with particular standards for frites.
The new recipes' hand-cut potatoes are double cooked – first blanched and cooled, then fried to order. The frites are seasoned with sea salt and herbs.
Sutton also created a selection of herb infused butters to complement the new entrees, including:
- Aged New York strip steak with thyme and garlic butter for $17.99
- Grilled Atlantic Salmon with lemon garlic butter and garlic spinach for $13.99
- Roasted Half Chicken with rosemary herbes de Provence butter for $15.99
- Meyer Lemon Mussels in a white wine-lemon broth with herbs and garlic crostini for $11.99.