The Faubourg Marigny boasts several great restaurants Adolfos, Feelings Café and Wasabi, to name just three but its possible that the best dishes to be had anywhere in the lower-lower-Quarter reside at a locale better known for its liquor.
At Mimis in the Marigny, the split-level Royal Street bar thats home to DJ Soul Sisters weekend spins as well as an enticing assortment of hot and cold tapas, a casual stop-off for drinks quickly can turn into a deconstructed six-course prix fixe. During one recent visit, the parade of small plates began with creamy goat cheese croquettes, hush puppy-sized, pan-fried to a light crust and drizzled with honey; a green salad dressed with a vinegary sherry emulsion and shavings of sharp Manchego cheese; and jumbo Louisiana shrimp, the heads left on, grilled with a crisp jacket of salty Serrano ham.
Round two consisted of an oversized, marinated-then-roasted artichoke heart, pimiento y jamon toast (red peppers wrapped in yet more Serrano atop bruschettes) and, for a light digestif, a loose mousse made with dark chocolate and Grand Marnier. With none of the plates exceeding seven dollars, the entire menu clocked in south of $50, still less than your typical bar tab or little more than the price of a single entrée at Delmonico.