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Recently, a fantastic chef I know gave me a restaurant recommendation to try out. To my surprise, it wasn’t a fancy-schmancy high priced place, but a terrific restaurant for the whole family. It’s called Mimi’s Café.

The original Mimi’s was opened by an American World War II fighter pilot who fell in love with a French woman named Mimi during the war. Sadly, when he returned to the U.S. after the war ended he lost contact with his honey. But in Mimi’s memory, there are now restaurants named after her all over the country including here in Utah. There are Mimi’s Cafés in Layton, Murray, Orem, and Sandy, with more to come.

Mimi’s is terrific for breakfast and if you’re really hungry I recommend the Blue Crab Benedict, which is a version of traditional eggs Benedict but with crispy crab cakes made from fresh blue crab where the ham or Canadian bacon would normally be. Uh, YUM!

For lunch or dinner at Mimi’s, I tend to go for the rib-stickin’ comfort food classics like homemade chicken pot pie, Mimi’s pot roast, meatloaf, braised lamb shanks, and sometimes even the grilled beef liver with onions, which sure reminds me of my momma’s cooking. And you’d be nuts not to order Mimi’s Bananas Foster mud pie or their bodacious New Orleans bread pudding for dessert.

You might have to wait a bit for a table, but the wait is well worth it thanks to a superbly-trained staff of servers who are probably the most genuinely friendly and helpful I’ve ever come across. That’s just one reason I’m mad about Mimi’s.

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