It’s traumatic leaving the dog at the groomer’s for the first time but it had to be done. We had some time to kill in Concord so we went out for breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe, right on the corner of Willow Pass and Market St.
Mimi’s has a New Orleans theme with a constant Mardi Gras decoration. There’s a full bar as well as the dining room, and a few outside tables for clement days. It isn’t a fancy joint; paper napkins and cheap cutlery. I’d consider it a notch and a half over Denny’s.
The menu has more than the typical coffee shop fare. There are pancakes and eggs, as expected. But then they get put into some more sophisticated combinations. I ordered a smoked salmon omelet, with red onions, capers and sour cream.
Often when a dish promises three eggs, it’s because management is buying tiny eggs. They are cheaper and three sounds better on the menu. Not here. My omelet was clearly 3 large eggs. The salmon was excellent, the capers made me think the traditional bagels and lox had been transformed to an omelet. The potatoes were decent, certainly different. Some more salt would have been nice, but mostly they were dry–no butter. Probably healthier that way, but who eats breakfast out to be healthy?
I had a choice of toast or muffin, and chose the muffin.
Muffins are the way we have cake for breakfast with a clear conscience. This one was too crumbly for me, but I choked it down somehow.
Gail had a bowl of the corn chowder and a cappuccino. She enjoyed the soup: I thought the fancy coffee looked great and seem to be huge.
Service was coffee shop friendly, after a slow start. The food came out promptly and still hot, except the cappuccino because apparently the bartender is the only one who can make it, and he was busy. Prices are reasonable.
Mimi’s Cafe is a fine place for a quick meal from 7 am to 10 pm every day. Great value for the price. Watch out for the muffin crumbs.