INTERLOCHEN – Husband and wife Angel and Mimi Sanchez purchased the Agave Express space at Interlochen Corners in January. After a somewhat lengthy name change process, Mimi’s Taqueria officially opened its doors to customers over the summer.
The Sanchez family moved from Mexico to Michigan just over 20 years ago. They wanted to serve their traditional Mexican recipes in northern Michigan.
Angel said the menu includes “a bit of everything,” including tacos, burritos, nachos, and fajitas. The most popular are fajitas, burritos and tacos.
“The food is prepared fresh,” Mimi said. “It’s done with a lot of love for the community.”
The salsas, Angel said, are “all homemade” in the restaurant. They make four different varieties, including the traditional red and green which are served with fries. Mild salsa is the most popular, although Angel said they do a spicy version as well.
Another favorite dish is the poblano chili. Angel said they put cheese in the pepper, bread it and fry it. It is topped with ranchero sauce (made from onion and tomato) and served with rice and beans.
Mimi’s burger is a twist on classic American cuisine. This Mexican cheeseburger is topped with ham, lettuce, guacamole and pickled jalapenos.
Angel said business is doing well, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and rising food prices, especially the cost of meats. The restaurant uses pork, beef, steak, and chicken for many of the menu items.
“Interlochen and the surrounding community have supported us very well,” said Sanchez. “We try to go beyond customer service and try to be reasonable with the prices.”
Additionally, staff aim to keep the restaurant “clean and COVID-compliant,” Angel said.
La Taqueria de Mimi is open 11 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday at Interlochen Corners, 2070 J. Maddy Parkway Southbound (M-137).
Take-out and on-site meals, as well as a “petits amigos” (children) section of the menu, are available.
The restaurant also offers a catering service for large groups and end-of-year celebrations. People can call 231-276-3337 to order for pickup.
“The food is prepared fresh. It is made with great love for the community. Mimi Sanchez