Mimi Blue Meatballs and More - Good Food! - Carmel

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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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite places to eat.

J
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and delicious food and wine at Mimi Blue Meatballs. It is nice to be able to create your own meal by selecting the meatballs and sauces. You can get a lot of variety in one meal. Great idea.

MK
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for after work gathering. Good value wines as well.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was a Friday night and the place was empty. I had wanted to try this place for a year, as we recently moved to Carmel. I think the concept is neat, but everything was too rich. The way the menu is set up, you end up ordering too many meatballs. Even if you get four different meatballs, it’s for a very rich meatballs. I definitely needed more greens and while we ordered a salad and a veggie side dish, they too were really rich.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good, suggest trying a little bit of everything!

CP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.
Wonderful evening.

JH
Indiana
55 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Very slow service

OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mimi Blues! Everything was great!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

T
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & wine. Nice place to meet for business lunch.

OT
Toledo
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, do yourself a favor and get the brussel sprouts!! Great service and everything was delish!

OB
Indiana
111 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

MP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day brunch. Awesome

MM
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

DR
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

J
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening w delicious food

S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. They changed the brussel sprouts and we did not like them as well. Otherwise, the food was delicious!

JV
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. Service was only so-so, but it was mother's day so they were very busy. I would go back.

JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

H
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Do not like tables so close together.

GS
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We love the food but it was $100 for four of us without alcohol. Since everything is a la cart it gets really expensive.

g
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

f
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their brussel sprouts and the ability to pick different kinds of meatballs. They are all good.

CB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Highly recommend the Mac & cheese and Brussels sprouts!

OT
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great casual place for the family.

TB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

G
Indiana
5 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!

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.

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!

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!

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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