Mimi Blue Meatballs and More - Good Food! - Carmel
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
Have friends that have lived in the area and never heard of this place. An Italian "critic" swore we were not going to like the place. We made a believer out of them. And took back the words they said about a place they never tried. Love the choices in meatballs and sauces. Extremely affordable. Plan to visit over and over again.
Our server Morgan did a fantastic job. She was helpful with suggestions and gave us the perfect amount of attention.
Manager, Josh, stopped by the table to check on everything and comped an anniversary dessert.
Very slow service
Love Mimi Blues! Everything was great!
Loved the concept but not the flavor. Meatballs were bland and not warm enough. Sauces did not have deep flavor. Bolognese was bland. Mushroom was gelatinous. Fried chicken meatball was very bland.
Great food & wine. Nice place to meet for business lunch.
Amazing food, do yourself a favor and get the brussel sprouts!! Great service and everything was delish!
Unique menu picking sauce and meat for mix and match usually 4 balls. The fried chicken is actually a hunk of breast rather than a meatball. While daily specials or classic meatballs with marinara are popular my preference is turkey with mushroom gravy. All sides sere 2 or more and are good for adding veggies to the meal.
Father’s Day brunch. Awesome
Love Mimi Blues, especially this location!! I have been here several times and they are always very friendly and the food is fantastic. We were there celebrating birthdays and they gave us two free desserts that were WONDERFUL, the banana mouse and a chocolate waffle sundae. Great quality food, great location, great staff... I can't say enough about how lovely this place is! I do wish they had cocktails but I don't think there is anything they can do about that. It certainly won't stop me from returning again and again.
We love the range of choices and our ability to craft our own selections at Mimi Blue. The quality of the food is good and the prices reasonable.
Lovely evening w delicious food
Great service. They changed the brussel sprouts and we did not like them as well. Otherwise, the food was delicious!
Great food and great service. It was a little loud but there was a nearby table of 12-14 people so that was to be expected. It was my first time there; I will definitely go back.
Food was great. Service was only so-so, but it was mother's day so they were very busy. I would go back.
Great service. Great food that's priced fairly. What more could you ask for? We went for brunch, and now I'm excited to go back for dinner!
food was cold, service was slow....manager gave us 20% off NEXT visit. There will not be a next visit. I do not like cold meatballs!
Great food. Do not like tables so close together.
We were the only customers (2) for the first 15 minutes, our server brought our menus and returned in a couple of minutes to see if we were ready to order. We asked for another minute, then we watched as she filled a to to order (grub hub?). It took about 10 minutes for her to come back.
On the choose 4 I asked if we could.choose 3, she said yes. 4 were $12, I ordered 3 thinking it would be $9. I was charged per meatball, when I inquired she said that individually they're $3.25, but I was charged $3.50.
It was a strange luncheon
My second visit, and unfortunately I still wasn’t impressed. I had the chopped romaine salad which the waiter recommended, but it was tasted like it was poured out of the bag, including the shredded carrots. Chopped pecans were minimal and tasted on the edge of old.
I also had the turkey meatballs with spicy cilantro gravy. Truly nothing special about the meatballs - pretty bland stuff that was not overly tender. Liked the cilantro sauce though.
My husband had the standard spaghetti and meatballs for $18. Was decent, but no originality and definitely not worth the high price. The bright spot was the excellent service that we received.
We love the food but it was $100 for four of us without alcohol. Since everything is a la cart it gets really expensive.
This was my first time. I will certainly be back and cannot wait to bring my friends. The food was great. I had a reservation and was seated right away. The restaurant was full at 6:15 and there appeared to only be two servers on. The server let us know she would be right with us, but was explaining the menu to a couple other tables. The manager ended up greeting us with water, getting a drink order, and getting us the sauce plate. He ended up explaining the menu to us and entering our order, as well. The server checked on us once but the manager did all of the dropping of the check, clearing the table, finally picking up the check (after we called him over), and offered a friendly good-bye. I don't know if someone called out, or your servers typically have 7+ tables. The staff was working hard and never stopped moving, but I think you could have used at least one more server.
Again, I will certainly be back. The food was awesome.
Our daughter first brought us to the Carmel location and we loved it. Excellent food--many choices and the meatball salad I had was truly one of the best main course salads I've ever had. So what? We live in Chicago's gold coast and eat at many James Beard winners and the huge variety of ever-changing new places. Compared to those, this restaurant is one we'd put in the "everyday" food category. Instead of the marinara on the salad, I substitute the garlic cream. Outstanding!
We've been back whenever we're in town visiting and last week went with the grand daughters. Everyone was very happy with their choices, including the meatballs with a couple of the sauces they regularly enjoy and my husband loves everything from the meatballs and linguine, and the meatball salad as well when just the two of us went for lunch.
Service is exemplary, the conversation is audible (we hate noisy restaurants), and the food is a very good value. If you haven't been as yet, you must. It will be your favorite stand-by.
Mimi Blue has become a must stop when we travel to the area for swim meets. The food is fabulous (and thank goodness we saved room for desserts...or rather forced ourselves to fit dessert in). Everything is fantastic. The service has always been absolutely wonderful. I wish I could remember the name of our waitress on the evening of Saturday April 6th because she was so kind and took such great care of us. Our kids kept saying “mom and dad, give her a great tip, she is awesome.” We will be back at least once a year. Only wish it could be more.
We went on a whim and were very pleased with this restaurant. The vast types of meatballs and sauces were nearly overwhelming. It was a bit pricy by the time we each got an entree, drink, appetizer, and sides, but we had some sides left over to bring home. We had 2 servers who couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We'll go back for sure.
Love their brussel sprouts and the ability to pick different kinds of meatballs. They are all good.
Highly recommend the Mac & cheese and Brussels sprouts!
Great casual place for the family.
The food is very expensive for what you get. The cilantro sauce is quite spicy.
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!
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.
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!
Great place, will go back. We want to try them all!
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.
Service slow even though it was late afternoon (4 o'clock start time) otherwise very good.
Quickly becoming a favorite bar and dinner spot
Excellent food, service and ambiance- we will definitely return!
Great food and service
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!