Mimi's Cafe, the restaurant that offers "French-inspired American comfort food" has added a Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop as a seasonal specials menu starting Monday, Sept. 19, one of the 175+ recipes submitted by guests as part of a contest.
The lead judge was Ellise Pierce, author of “COWGIRL CHEF: Texas Cooking with a French Accent” and CowgirlChef.com, and she helped select the recipe by Michael Watz of Evanston, Illinois, who won a trip for two to France.
Here's how Mimi's describes the dish:
Center-cut pork chop lightly glazed with honey, herbs de Provence and lavender and paired it with a mixed green salad with green apples, cranberries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts and roasted potato croutons tossed with balsamic dressing.
I was give the opportunity to preview the dish last week. I hadn't been to a Mimi's in over a decade, and jumped at the chance to revisit the restaurant. Now that I have a baby, it's the type of restaurant that I may find myself eating at more often. (Full disclosure: The dish and the rest of my meal were comped by Mimi's Cafe.)
Honestly, the dish exceeded my expectations. I'll admit I expected an overcooked slab of pork too often served at chain restaurants. I was wrong.
The pork chop was well seasoned and very juicy. The salad was a nice contrast to the heft of the pork chop. For $15, it would be something I would be glad to have in the future.
Nearby Mimi's Cafes can be found at:
- Arden Way: 2029 Alta Arden Way
- Elk Grove: 9195 W. Stockton Bl.
- Roseville: 1104 Galleria Bl.