Do good things come to those who wait?
At Mimita's Cuban Cafe in Chandler they do.
The friendly, locally owned restaurant of traditional Cuban comfort food offers family-sized dishes of the classic Spanish rice dish paella valenciana and arroz con pollo a la chorrera (soupy chicken and rice) which require wait times of one to two hours (Of course, calling in the order ahead of your arrival time is the most efficient way to "wait."). The payoff for each is a wonderfully hearty and flavorful meal to share with family and friends.
The bulk of Mimita's menu items arrives in a more familiar dining time frame. Most dishes are highly gratifying, and although a few miss their mark, Mimita's still makes for a notable stop for those in the area seeking Cuban comfort food, a festive atmosphere, and friendly service.
Here's an excerpt from this week's review:
"The notion of patience paying off doesn't stop at the paella. For half the wait of the valenciana (again, best to call it in ahead of arriving at the restaurant), there is the Cuban comfort dish arroz con pollo a la chorrera (soupy chicken and rice). Served in a shallow jet-black iron skillet, bright green sweet peas dot an orange-red mixture of shredded chicken mixed with garlic, tomato sauce, wine, and rice artfully topped with long slices of red peppers and sweet plantains. Lightly seasoned, delectably creamy, and best shared among family and friends, it is a dish my server told me her grandma makes every weekend. Sure, I would have enjoyed more red peppers in each bite, but that didn't stop me from scooping up a second helping."
Hungry for more? Get my full review of Mimita's Cuban Cafe here.