Mimi’s Family & Friends
Mimi’s Family & Friends (3139 N. State St, Jackson) is the newest occupant of the gas-station-turned-optometrist’s-office at the north end of Fondren on State Street. The space converts surprisingly well to a restaurant, though it still has a bit of an office feel (mainly in the carpets). The interior is larger than I expected, with several tables and a couch in a couple of different nooks. The shaded tables outside are great–I wish they had more. Inside, the atmosphere is extremely friendly and familial (which I just typed without even thinking about the restaurant’s name–I guess it is an accurate one!).
Mimi’s has a lunch menu that seems to vary daily, and offers several classic sandwiches and a couple of entrees–one option that sounded especially good was the Cuban-style roast pork. But I ended up choosing the special of the day, red beans and rice, which comes with iced tea for about $7.50. It was great–one of my new favorite red beans and rice dishes in the area. It was quite spicy, but had plenty of other flavor from the aromatics and vegetables. It was also the right consistency for me: not dry, but not soupy. There was just enough liquid to sop up with the crusty bread. The sausage was also quite solid.
My coworker got the pimento cheese sandwich for $6.35. The bread was, again, the crusty soft kind, which seemed fresh (though my coworker noted that it might have been a bit too soft to go with the soft cheese inside). We both loved the cheese, which had subtle but interesting flavors from the herbs and pimento. The sandwich came with a thick slice of seriously amazing sweet pickle, which apparently they make themselves. Next time I go, I might start trying to convince them to sell those pickles by the jar.
I read about the pecan pie at Eat Jxn and had to order it, despite having mostly demolished my meal. It was delicious, with a rich filling that balanced well with the pecans on top, and was not overly sweet.
I’m thrilled about the addition to Fondren and a great new lunch option. Mimi’s is open 7am-4pm for breakfast and lunch (check out their website for the breakfast menu and some food photos that are much better than mine). They’re at (601) 366-6111.