Lunch dates with the hubs are some of my favorite meal times. We get to eat out, without the kids and enjoy a conversation without 5 people trying to talk at once. Last week we had lunch at Mimi’s Cafe near Park Meadows Mall in Colorado. A local PR contact invited me to try the new fall menu items, so I had to go! Lunch at Mimi’s? Absolutely! Featured on the list… the brand new Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop. Lunch was delicious, the prices are amazing and the staff was fantastic. Check out all the yummy things we tried.
Lunch at Mimi’s Cafe
This lunch was hosted by Mimi’s Cafe so we could try some of the new fall menu items. I definitely filled my belly with some good food!
The focus of the day was the Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop. It’s a not only a new menu item, but also the winning recipe from a contest Mimi’s hosted earlier this year. Guest judge Ellise Piere helped pick this yummy dish.
About Ellise Pierce
Ellise is the author of the cookbook “COWGIRL CHEF: Texas Cooking with a French Accent.” (Running Press) and the Cowgirl Chef Blog, and has been featured on a number of radio and television shows in the United States. When she’s stateside, she teaches cooking classes at Central Market stores throughout Texas and at Lake Austin Spa Resort. She’s now working on her second cookbook and publishes the website CowgirlChef.com.
This lunch is so good! The pork chop was cooked just right. Just a touch of sweetness from the honey lavender and a side of yummy mixed greens, apples and potatoes. I loved the grilled flavor or the pork and the salad a perfect compliment to the meat flavors.
More about this new recipe at Mimi’s:
“An original recipe for Honey Lavender Pork Chop, submitted by Michael Watz of Evanston, Illinois brought to life the heart of what Mimi’s is all about: American comfort food with French influence. For the winning recipe, Watz and his wife have won a trip to France, where the Mimi’s parent company, Groupe Le Duff, is based.”
“To perfect the winning entrée for guests, Mimi’s took the center-cut pork chop lightly glazed with honey, herbs de Provence and lavender and paired it with a mixed green salad with green apples, cranberries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts and roasted potato croutons tossed with balsamic dressing.”
More New fall Flavors at Mimi’s Cafe
Now that your mouth is watering… we didn’t start with the pork chop. No way, this was lunch time without kids, we tried all kinds of menu goodness.
There are all kinds of new menu items coming soon for fall at Mimi’s Cafe. I’ve got my eye on the shrimp the next time we go!
Here’s the rest of the food we tried for lunch. We started off with one of the new pumpkin spice muffins.
Then we each order soup. I had Tomato Bisque and my husband had French Onion. The tomato was perfect! Tons of great flavor and a little bit of a spice kick, but not too much.
Look at all this cheesy goodness in the French onion soup.
Next we had the pork chop which my husband ate as his lunch meal. I ordered a French dip sandwich. I was so excited, I forgot to take a picture! But I did snap a shot of the truffle fries… yummy!
Before we left, we picked up a slice of strawberry crepe cake and the GM, Damien, sent us home with a little gift box with 2 more delicious muffins. These blueberry muffins are almost too pretty too eat. Really, we did eat them… we even shared them with the kids!
Next time you’re heading out to lunch (tomorrow, right?), check out the new fall menu items at Mimi’s Cafe. You won’t be disappointed!
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.