I needed an excuse to procrastinate a little bit today, since it was Friday, and was such a lovely fall day out and I felt the need to drink a cup of coffee somewhere away from my computer, so Sean and I took Jack to check out the brand new (opened today) Sweet Mimi's Cafe & Bakery at 47 Phila Street (next to Hattie's). The space is warm and inviting, with booths lining the wall and we got a cozy little table near the front where Jack could sit up in a booster on the booth side (there was a highchair as well). While we looked over the menu, we ordered coffee (amazing) and a little bowl of sliced bananas for Jack, which was the perfect distraction necessary for dining out with a toddler. I love the "sides" section of the menu, where you can build a little dish for a picky eater with some toast, some fresh fruit, maybe a muffin or some turkey sausage.
The hardest part was deciding what to try, and the thoughtful menu has just enough choices without overwhelming you with too much. The dishes all seemed unfussy and pared down to just what you want in a breakfast, using good quality ingredients and letting them shine.
It wasn't time for lunch yet, which was good because I had breakfast on the brain. Sean went with the "Saratoga Sandwich" which is three eggs scrambled, (he had regular bacon on it instead of sausage), and New York white cheddar served on a homemade buttermilk biscuit. The warm biscuit had just enough flakiness to satisfy even the pickiest biscuit connoisseur (like Sean) and enough heartiness to prevent it from falling apart into a crumby mess. It's a tricky balance to achieve in a biscuit, but this one nailed it.
Eggs from Thomas Poultry Farm, a family owned and operated business since 1948 in Schuylerville were light and fluffy, and paired with some breakfast potatoes it was simply delicious. I love that Sweet Mimi's uses local foods on their menu like Rock Hill Bakehouse bread (is there any better?) and dairy from Kings Brothers.
I had a tough time deciding between the two specials, bacon pancakes (which I heard were incredible) and the Power Omelette, which was egg whites and spinach, black beans, sour cream, sliced avocado and a fresh salsa on top. It came with two pieces of Rock Hill bread (I went with the sourdough) and I although I WILL try those bacon pancakes next time I don't regret my omelette decision one bit. Fresh is a great way to describe the omelette, the spinach/egg ratio was spot on, and the toppings didn't overwhelm the eggs at all, rather it all blended in together rather nicely. Plus I got the added bonus of feeling like I actually made a healthy decision even though it didn't taste like a healthy "sacrifice" in light of my reluctant rejection of the bacon pancakes.
The whole atmosphere was friendly and comfortable, our waitress was super friendly, and the service was quick without making you feel like you were rushed at all. We were happy to get in and out in under an hour since we had Jack there and as we all know sometimes being at a restaurant with a baby is like a ticking tantrum bomb, but we also felt like we could have lingered there a while longer with our coffees without feeling like we should pay up and go.
Open every day except for Tuesdays from 7:30am-2:30pm, Sweet Mimi's serves breakfast and lunch, click here to see more about their menu, and they also have daily specials and soups. Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 2:30pm and lunch is from 11:30am-2:30pm. We checked out the sweets case on the way out and passed this time because we were full, but based on that chocolate pretzel alone I know this will be a must try the next time. I can see this spot being our go to for breakfasts and casual lunches with friends, and we might have already made plans to try it again this weekend when the whole family can go (and I can try some of the kids' dishes too). They also have items to go, and you can get coffee to go too if you just want to pop in. Sean and I both give it two thumbs up, definitely stop by this new sweet spot, you're going to love it. xoxo
Kid friendly: YES
High Chairs/Booster Seats: YES