Review: Mi Mi Cafe

I don’t think I’ve ever gotten around to telling you guys about Mi Mi Cafe, my all-time favorite place to eat in Columbus. I was turned on to it by both Lisa and Rosie, and it’s been an at least weekly (if not more often) habit since then.

Mi Mi Cafe is a little Vietnamese joint in the Columbus Square Shopping Center (corner of E. Dublin Granville (161) and Cleveland Ave) over on the North Side of town (and a good 15-20 miles away from me, at that!) that does 4, maybe 5 items tops. But you can’t go wrong with any of them, honestly.

Like this Vietnamese Sandwich. Oh, how I love it. Crispy French roll, with the best liver pate on earth, a┬ácouple kinds of pork, veggies (with just the right amount of jalapeno), some mayo and some Maggi, which all combines into something that’s downright magical. Now, I love the sandwiches at Lac Viet, but this baby puts those to shame. If I had to pick one food to live on for the rest of my life, this would be it.


Or the pho, the complex meat soup with 4 kinds of meat (some sound scary, but trust me, it’s all good), rice noodles, served in a huge bowl that you can slurp from happily. Go ahead, no one will look at you strangely.


But it wasn’t until today that I’ve had the crack that is Vietnamese iced coffee. My, oh my. I’m not much of a coffee drinker but I could mainline this stuff. I wish I lived closer so I could have a steady supply.

The kind man who runs the place will make the dishes however you want, in case something in particular turns you off about a dish (for instance, my husband loves the pork roll, but doesn’t like the red-edged pork, so he has sandwiches made with all pork roll). After a couple of times, he will remember you, and will know exactly how you want your food done. In any case, it’s definitely worth a trip to the North Side, even if you have no other reason to go there.

If you’d like to go: Mi Mi Cafe, 5858 Columbus Square, Columbus (North Side), 614.899.9202

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5 thoughts on “Review: Mi Mi Cafe

  1. Christine D.

    I’ve been visiting OH because my family is moving here, and I’ve tried Mi Mi Cafe back in August. My GOD was that a delicious banh mi! It’s better than a lot of banh mi’s that I’ve had in Little Saigon in California and it will definitely help with the homesickness when I permanently move in December.

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  3. Jennifer

    My son and I take tae kwon do on down the strip mall from MiMi and it’s our reward for our workout to get to eat lunch there on Saturdays. Our favorite is the bahn cuon, but we really like the pho and bahn mi. The coffee is great: reminds me of melted coffee ice cream over ice! We also enjoy the bubble tea, really just a fruit milkshake with big tapioca pearls. For a restaurant with only 4 dishes from which to choose, we sure are giving them a lot of business! And the owner and employees (family?) are great.

  4. Tony B.

    Mimi cafe is definitely one of the finest small coffee shop in Columbus. First is about the sandwich, the bread is 100% French style, the pork and pickle are home made. The owner used to cook for Japanese Steak House, so he will make you sandwich special and carefully make like “sushi”, but of course it will taste like sandwich, it will beat Subway sandwich any time, any day of the year.
    Second is the French dark roasted coffee add on to that is condensed milk, it will make any Dunkin Donut coffee tastes funny.
    Third is Pho, the famous Vietnamese soup that has been popular for the last few decades, the main 5 spices and beef make it special, on the side is hoisin sauce and Vietnamese chili sauce will make you mouth watery. I have travel the world and tasted Vietnamese Pho in Columbus area, they got the best… so far. The best Pho is in my opinion is Pho Hoa on Pasteur St. in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    Take number 1 (sandwich) and number 2 (coffee) will make this join a place must visit, add on to that is Pho, what else can you ask for.
    The service is fast, the owner is friendly (Sonny).

    Well, don’t take my words for it. Visit them and you will know what I talked about, good food, nice place to hang out, and the food are very affordable.

    Cheer, happy eating.
    Tony Bui from Chicago, IL.

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