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Nov 11, 2013 09:10 AM

Mimi's Cafe in San Diego (3 Locations) - Prepared Thanksgiving Dinner?

#1 Daughter is coming south from OC to spend T-Day weekend with us.

For her, it is a well-deserved break from work and instead of cooking, she wants to pick up a prepared meal from Mimi's Cafe, (Locations in Mission Valley, Mira Mesa or Santee, I thind) a plan that is fine with us - less work and more time to spend enjoying each others company.

Do you have any recommendations for which Mimi's to choose? Is there one that is significantly better than the others?

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  1. I have no advice on the three locations, except to say that whoever is picking it up from whichever location should get one of Mimi's hot chocolates to-go. Esp. if Thursday morning is a brisk San Diego 60 degrees or so.

    1. Whole Foods does a Thanksgiving Dinner. It is certainly going to be much more expensive than Mimi's. I had it once and it was quite good, not like home-made, but...However, I have never had Mimi's Thanksgiving so I cannot compare.

      1. Early Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner in Baja

        Yesterday, hubby picked up #1 daughter in San Diego and they went shopping for the fuel for a feast.

        #1 has to be back at work on Monday and her days off are blacked out until after New Year's.

        We've done the cooking-the-bird-and-preparing-everything-else-from-scratch thingie for the last few years, but this year she wanted to relax, spend quality time with us and the dogs and simply veg out, so she voted for us picking up a prepared turkey dinner with all the sides from Mimi's Cafe in San Diego.

        We did and I am so glad about the choice. Hubby and #1 showed up at the casa in the afternoon with the full dinner in tow and after a couple hours of reheating the T-bird and sides, we feasted under candlelight and had a great time.

        #1 had some complaints, something about the bird not being as large as advertised and the price being $10 or so more than advertised, but when I pressed her for details, she demurred. ("You aren't going to write about this on Chowhound, are you?", she cried in a horrified tone. "Of course not.", I replied.)

        Side note about the prevailing Mexico perception - we invited San Diego relatives to join us at the casa for the feast and got the usual, "Go to Baja? - Oh no, we are afraid of that terrible place!"

        Oh well, we will invite them again for Christmas and again for both holidays next year, and so on and so on.

        11 Replies
        1. re: Gypsy Jan

          My family and friends have the same reaction every time I go to Mexico. What!!! You're going *THERE*?!?!??? Aren't you afraid you'll get killed??? Well,

          I've done Christmas in Baja and it's a great option.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            From your experience, crossing the border seems to be the biggest risk.

            We did T-Day in TJ one year (not turkey) and had a great meal. It was a fun and enjoyable alternative to tradition.

            1. re: DoctorChow

              Yep, for us...the only downside is the wait at the border to go back to the US. I have blown off registering for SENTRI long enough. Thanks to this new, little thread: fire under ass has been lit.

            2. re: DiningDiva

              Some of our best NY Eves have been in Baja, particularly in TJ when we were the only "gringos" in the room.

              1. re: foodiechick

                Ding, ding, ding we have a winner here. New Years in Baja rocks!!

                1. re: foodiechick

                  Get that SENTRI girl, it solves a multitude of problems. It also makes flying out of TJ a more viable option

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Just a heads-up note about the SENTRI process - they go through your history and family relations with a fine-tooth comb.

                    A friend - a doctor who an American and Mexican citizen had his SENTRI pass revoked because his cousin used his Otay Mesa home as a mailing address for his own SENTRI pass and then then that cousin got arrested for smuggling drugs across the border.

                    Our doctor friend was able to get his SENTRI pass reissued after a great deal of time and a huge amount of lawyers' fees, only to have it revoked again because the same cousin got arrested again for smuggling drugs across the border.

                    1. re: Gypsy Jan

                      Yes, they are VERY strict about it.

                      A couple of weeks ago a friend and I had the opportunity to bring back some home brew mezcal. Unfortunately, it wasn't sealed in a way that CBP would have passed, so we passed. There are no 3-strikes, you get busted once and they lift your SENTRI.

                      Our SENTRI passes were more valuable than a couple bottles of improperly sealed mezcal... :-)

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        We are sooooo square. No problemas aqui.

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          Just curious, does this strictness for SENTRI extend to the 1-liter per person limit on wine/alcohol?

                          1. re: Katherine H

                            No, not at all. You can still bring back anything that is legal. It's just that if you bring back more than your allotted amount and don't declare it, and the catch you, your SENTRI is toast.