When we saw this restaurant in a Frederick mall area we thought it was a local place. We were very surprised to learn that this restaurant was part of a chain that is in over 20 states. Their menu suggests that the restaurant offers French food, but I think somewhere along the line the menu changed to more standard and basic fare that you would find in most American restaurants across the US. The only French items listed on the menu were a hamburger titled The French Quarter; A French Dip; and a couple of Quiches. Coq au Vin was listed but that was one of the items that were not available. Located in an upscale strip mall, the restaurant is housed as a standalone building. There is a small bar area to the left when you enter and the setting was comfortable. We were seated in a booth and order cocktails. The waitress returned shortly to advise us that they were out of the brand of drink we ordered so we gave her our second choice. The wine list was poor so we decided to have a second cocktail with dinner. Shortly after ordering the second cocktail the waitress returned to tell us that they were now out of the second brand and wanted to know if we wanted something else, but we declined and waited for dinner to be served. Ordering dinner had been a minor challenge. Before we ordered the waitress mentioned that they were out of two of the entrée items on the menu. My wife ordered a four cheese stuffed ravioli and house salad. I ordered a soup, which was described as a house specialty, and filet of sole. I also had to make a different selection on the sides since they were out of one of the sides I tried to order. We waited for some time to be served and when we were the waitress had forgot to serve the soup and salad. When I mentioned that she should be sure not to include the soup on the bill she simply shrugged, as though forgetting an order was not big deal, and said okay. My wife’s pasta and the sauce was dry, as though it has been sitting under a heating lamp for some time. My fish was sautéed and just okay, and the steamed spinach was not very hot and fortunately there was not very much of it on the plate (perhaps two tablespoons), and the potatoes au gratin were not very tasty at all. Simply stated it is a shame that the quality of the food, the quality of the service, and the prices do not compliment the décor of the restaurant. As mentioned we had not been to a Mimi’s Café before and based on experience at this restaurant we will not try another.
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