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7/09 Great Portuguese in New Bedford: Mimo's on Acushnet Ave.

opinionatedchef Aug 3, 2009 11:07 AM

Spurred by a comment about new bedf's Antonio's in the Paella thread, I am sharing with youall that Mimo's in New Bedford is by far the best Portuguese food I have had in NB. I have tried Ant.onio's and Cafe Funchal, may times in previous years, but thanks to a tiny blurb in an old Globe, I will now go no further than Mimo's when I'm down there. Their food is soooo much better than the others', I can't tell you , esp the pork w/ clams and potatoes ,and the shrimp croquettes.
At Mimo's, the former has the proper ratio of equal or more pork than potatoes(the other 2 places heap on the potatoes and the pork is tough) and the shrimp croquettes are filled with rich creamy flavorful filling. (Miles above Antonio's). Unfortunately, as is true of American Portuguese restaurant food, the entrees all taste VERY similar, because it seems that the basic ingredients (garlic, onions, olive oil, tomatoes, white wine) are used for everything .
And the salads are always iceberg and dreadful in NB. They do make a good Bean Pie at Mimo's ; that was new for me in a Portuguese place. (The Jamaicans make them too.)
Mimo's is a small neighborhood place. Big portions; little money. Discovering it this July was one of those rare times when I am soo thankful that I squirreled away a tiny cut out paragraph from a Boston Globe, and stashed it in my NB folder!

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    jg1945 Dec 9, 2009 11:53 AM

    sounds good, live out of town, where is Mimos?..and where is Cafe Funchal?

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    1. re: jg1945
      opinionatedchef Dec 9, 2009 04:50 PM

      you are best to google them.

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      djeendjeen Aug 13, 2009 07:15 AM

      Any recommendations in New Bedford for portuguese bakeries? I'm looking in particular for portuguese sweet rolls. Thanks!

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        CapeCodGuy Aug 13, 2009 09:03 PM

        There are several. Lydia's Bakery at Acushnet Avenue in the North End is one of the better in town. Good breads and rolls are also available at Homlyke on Dartmouth St.

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          Centinel Nov 19, 2009 08:37 PM

          Thank you for the review and new option in NB. After trying quite a few places years ago we just got into the habit of going to Antonio's, which I think is quite good. I am especially fond of their fried and grilled sardines. I don't suppose you happen to know if these make it on to the menu at Mimo's?

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        Couves Aug 11, 2009 09:37 AM

        Antonio’s and Café Funchal are definitely worthy of a visit, but I’d have to agree that Café Mimo does the Portuguese-American classics the best. The consistency of the food is what impresses me the most – when I want a guaranteed good Portuguese meal, this is where I go. Everybody makes Shrimp Mozambique, but Mimo is known for having the best – don’t miss this appetizer! I’ll have to remember the Pork Alentejano and sweet bean pie the next time I go.

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          elgato Aug 17, 2009 04:20 PM

          All of the Portuguese people I work with favor Cafe Mimo. The specials are fantastic. I've had the octopus in spicy sauce with lima beans. It was heaven. Everything I've had off the regular menu has been very good. Much better than other restaurants in town.
          The house steak is wonderful. The sauce is to die for.

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          joth68 Aug 3, 2009 01:40 PM

          Wow, Antonios is one of my favorite restaurants and if this place is indeed better than it is certainly a must try.

          1. hiddenboston Aug 3, 2009 11:40 AM

            Great post! I may be doing a food-based road trip to Fall River and New Bedford this summer, and Cafe Mimo will probably be on my short list, along with Sagres and two or three others.

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              Nab Aug 3, 2009 04:57 PM

              hiddenboston, I hope you do head down to Fall River and New Bedford, as I for one would love to hear your take ! This past weekend I took my second eating tour of the area, coupled with a day at The Feast in New Bedford, all to be written up in detail later on.

              The aforementioned dish in the OP, carne de porco a alentejana (pork w/ clams & potatoes), was had at Sagre's this weekend, and was an excellent rendition, and would meet the OP's criteria for a nice balance of tender pork and potatoes, with a really terrific sauce that had a slight zip which I've not really detected in other versions.

              Portuguese bean pie is an interesting dessert, worthy of further study. On my previous trip to Fall River, we encountered this dessert at Tabacaria Acoreana in Fall River. It was of particular interest as we were familiar with the African-American version but were not aware of the Portuguese connexion as well. On this past weekend's trip, we sampled a few more variations of bean-based Portuguese desserts, and brought with us a friend who is well-versed in the field of bean pies and has given a talk on the topic in Chicago (http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=265984#p265984).

              Tabacaria Acoreana bean pie:

              http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2438/3645185539_ec527fd503.jpg

              The Fall River/New Bedford area is just teeming with local restaurants of all kinds of intrigue. I see many more visits in my future.

              (here's the first FR report which will be written up on CH as well when I get the chance - http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic....)

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                Couves Aug 11, 2009 10:13 AM

                The Portuguese desserts are heavily influenced by the centuries of Arab occupation. Hence, the desserts tend to be dense and very, very sweet (usually some variation on sugar + eggs + something else). The Afro-American bean pie is the direct descendent of Arab-Muslim bean pies. I think you can see the same Arab influence in the bean sweets of Portugal, China and Japan. Of course, the Portuguese may have themselves introduced such desserts (not to mention, beans themselves) to the orient, as they were the first European nation to establish direct oceanic trade with China and Japan.

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                  opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2009 01:27 PM

                  brilliant hypothesizing. I would never have thought of adzuki beans and the portuguese. My tendency is to think that 'Everything' originated in China, including sweet bean paste, but 'll have to research that .... If you have any books to recommend, I'd love your suggestions.
                  th much.

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