Mimi Blue Meatballs and More - Good Food! - Carmel

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52 reviews
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Mildred (Mimi) Bluestein Kosene. “Mimi Blue”. Born and raised in Indianapolis. Back when downtown was the only town. When people got dressed up for the theater and restaurant dining was a luxury.

Mimi Blue Meatballs is a tribute to our mother “Mimi Blue” Kosene. Mimi was a Lady, endowed with manners, taste, and an easy social grace. She loved good food whether dining out or cooking for a hard-working husband and three sons. Every home-cooked meal had to satisfy the whole family, as well as any friends who often stopped by. Cooking was the way she brought us together, kept us healthy, and showed us Love.

At Mimi Blue, we make the kind of food Mimi cooked for us at home, but we serve it in the type of comfortable urban setting that Mimi so much enjoyed. Like Mimi herself, our meatball dishes are classics. Each recipe is rooted in culinary tradition, but refined for the modern palette.

Have your Meatballs any way you choose. Mix meats, sauces and sides
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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual place for the family.

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TB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very expensive for what you get. The cilantro sauce is quite spicy.

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G
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated national meatball day aT your Carmel location. I made an opentable reservation for the bar. The table before us was lingering which is fine so we sat at the bar for drinks. The manager apologized twice for the delay seating us and offered an appetizer for the inconvenience. That was a class act gesture. The app was good and then our table was ready. The bartenders waited on our table and on us when we were at the bar. They were very attentive, personable and wanted you to have a nice time.

One main reason we went was to gluten free options for my daughter. She called and talked to someone earlier in the day who assured her there would be nothing crossover between her gluten free food and food with gluten. That was a good comfort level and the time he took to talk to he about it was going above and beyond.

On to the food. The classic meatballs were phenomenal. Great with marinara, garlic cream and especially the cilantro cream sauce. Excellent! My daughter liked the gluten free veggie balls with cilantro sauce. You should bottle and sell your cilantro sauce! Hubby had the meatballs on pasta and love it. The side were amazing. Who knew a Brussels sprout could taste that good. Those are Not your mamma’s Brussels sprouts that you need to hold your nose to eat. Buy and try them. No nose holding required. The dirty mashed potatoes were good and polenta was perfectly cooked. Hard to find polenta so it was great to find it and find it well done.

Beer and wine were both consumed with wreckless abandon. The beer pours were good and the prosseco Cassie and I had was just right. With dinner we had a bottle of Primativo. If you’ve considered it, just it do it! It was smooth right out of the bottle.

The ambiance is great. The seating and decor look nice and upscale. The staff and manager were tremendous, the scene was vibrant. We will definitely return. Soon I hope, Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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b
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were having celebration for my father in laws 80th birthday. We had family in from Texas and Ohio. Everyone raved on how everything was. It was a wonderful evening.

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M
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were asked to dine with a candidate who was being interviewed at our congregation for a very important position. She and her husband are from St Lois and she is a vegetarian. This was the perfect place to give her lots of options and show them a local restaurant for a reasonable price. They both loved it!

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, will go back. We want to try them all!

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B
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I would recommend, but you'd have to like meatballs. The marinara sauce was excellent as was the garlic cream.
I felt very crowded as tables were close to each other. Would try again but would not sit in table for as they are quite small. Not enough for all the food we ordered.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service slow even though it was late afternoon (4 o'clock start time) otherwise very good.

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b
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quickly becoming a favorite bar and dinner spot

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JT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance- we will definitely return!

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LM
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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TS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Stephanie was great. She explained everything since none of us had been there before. We had friends in from Chicago, and they loved it too. We all would definitely go back! I didn't think I liked brussel sprouts until I tried these!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service, price and food were all great. We went with a first time couple and our waitress explained the menu great and even let us sample the sauces. Definitely recommend!

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went on Valentine's day so it was busy. The food is very good and the service was good for how busy it was.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner with my wife. We have been here many times and always love the food. Mimi Blue was the first restaurant we ate at when we first came to Carmel before we got married so it has a very special place in our hearts.

Our server did a great job considering all the people she had to serve. We felt like they were a little unprepared for the night as the food took significantly longer than usual. Regardless, it was still a perfect night.

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K
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The new fried cauliflower is amazing! Several new menu items look great!

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BK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time there. The service was very good. Our waitress was excellent and very friendly. She gave several suggestions on the menu. The food was really delicious and great size.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! 4 meatballs doesn't sound like much, but they're plenty!

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EO
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Mimi Blue for their Devour Indy menu, which was a dinner for two that included four meatballs each, one side to share, and two banana mousse.

They seemed short staffed when we were there, with only two servers, a bartender, and a manager (I think?) running the entire front of the restaurant. All four of those people were rushing around helping each other and hustling the whole time we were there, but none of them seemed harried or stressed. Even though we had to wait a little longer than usual to be seated, to get our drink order taken, etc., we didn't mind at all because it was clear they were busy, and the service was still really good.

It goes without saying that you probably want to be a meatball fan if you're going to eat at Mimi Blue, but I'll say it. My husband and I always love going here and mixing and matching different meatballs and sauces. I prefer the classic meatballs, but he likes to try different kinds, and all are good. I think I've had all of their sauces at this point, and they're all good. If you're not an adventurous eater, you really can't go wrong with the marinara.

There are a lot of sides to put under or on the side of your meatballs. This time we split the mac and queso. Delicious. Hot, melty, and definitely enough to share.

The banana mousse is a dessert that is always available on the menu, but we had never tried it until this visit. It's basically a banana pudding with vanilla wafers crumbled in it and some whipped cream. It's REALLY flavorful and delicious. One probably would have been enough to share. The color was a little off-putting...it looked exactly like dijon mustard. But the taste made up for the weird color that I'm sure was the result of the tasty ingredients.

We would--and will--eat here again.

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DO
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique concept. Food quality excellent, portion sizes moderate. Service was great. Will be back.

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WB
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Another great experience here. We were seated in the bar, which was had a higher noise level than previous experiences.

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W
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit. Tried the classic meatball with creamy garlic sauce and the beef with marinara. Both ere yummy. Bressell sprouts were delicious and shared by three of us. Can’t wait to go back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food different options from the normal burgers and fries. The sauces are unique as well as the meatballs. Salads are great. Good for small groups, dates, or Sunday Brunch.

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LF
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time on New Year's Eve - was great fun introducing out-of-town family members to Mimi's!

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LM
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as well as the service.

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food as usual

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TG
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was on point, the food was on point, the experience was on point. I will definitely bring my next group back to MiMi Blue’s

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S
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently outstanding! We love the food. I always get the turkey meatballs because they are gluten free but my husband, son and guests like to try the specials and new items. We have never been disappointed. And let's not forget the Brussel Sprouts. They are the best I have ever had. Also, the last two times I have been to this restaurant, we had the same server, Rea. She is the BEST--cheerful, energetic, full of suggestions and always on top of her game.

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JG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Love the atmosphere. Top. Itch service always!

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OT
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Daughters birthday. Service was slow tonight. Not busy when we were there. Food was great as always.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food and concept. Good wine selection and great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Dads birthday

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DZ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience in every regard. Will definitely return

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B
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for my wife's birthday and the staff and management was wonderful. Josh immediately made us feel welcome and even brought some food he is developing to the table. What a wonderful experience.
The wine selection was great and we loved two of the red blends. We enjoyed the food including the new fried chicken slider. Keep up the great work and this is truly a neighborhood gem!

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MU
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a wedding Anniversary with friends. Everything went very well... worth the drive to Carmel!

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 16 and we had great service and the food was delicious. It was our first time there so the waitress let us do the sampler of the sauces and explained everything to us. We will definitely be back.

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AM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The prospect of a menu centered solely on meatballs did not entirely captivate me at first, but its proximity to our destination was ideal and it was recommended by a vegetarian friend (who can be particularly demanding). The menu design and ordering gimmick was daunting, but a knowledgeable and helpful staff quickly put me at ease and helped to guide me to some good choices. I still felt that the menu design was choice overload in all the wrong ways, missing out on ways to highlight the various meatballs and focusing instead on the many ways you could combine meatballs and sauces into too many similar ends.

The food arrived quickly and was presented in a very appealing manner, given that it was meatballs. The meatballs themselves were good--tender and juicy--but felt pretty indistinguishable from one another. The special meatball (beef with poblano and cheese) was not distinct from the classic beef meatball, and the buffalo-turkey meatball's differences were much more subtle than I expected.

I came away with the impression that ordering multiples of the same meatball in slider or sandwich form was probably the best way to enjoy the food.

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JE
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and different from your normal food offerings at restaurants.

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OT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, the meatballs are high quality and the sauces are tasty. The manager came out and talked with us after we ordered dessert, the cake we ordered was made special by a top 20 maker in the US, best cake ever. All that to say it was fairly inexpensive (around $50 for 2 people and drinks) and amazing atmosphere, outside live band made it special.

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OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I appreciated being able to try the sauces beforehand. We all enjoyed the baguette slices that came with our orders. They nicely split an order of 4 balls between our two kids and put them on separate plates, which was a nice touch (we didn’t ask them to). The service was great. Overall, the food was good, but seemed overpriced for what we got. Next time we may order meatballs without sauce for our kids (or on the side).

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