About Mimi’s Cafe

Founded in 1978 by Arthur Simms, who was stationed in France during World War II, Mimi’s Cafe is a neighborhood cafe offering French Inspired American comfort food. In February 2013 Mimi’s Cafe was purchased by Le Duff America, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Groupe Le Duff, a global bakery and restaurant company headquartered in Rennes, France. Since then, the team has launched new dishes reflecting the culinary traditions of fresh ingredients, bistro classics, and American comfort food. There are currently 97 Mimi’s Cafe locations throughout 18 states in the U.S.

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Frites Menu Items

Based on more than 60 days of research throughout France this spring, Mimi's Cafe announced the launch of its new "Frites Grill" menu, Steak Frites, Roasted Chicken & Frites, Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Frites and Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites.

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.

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