New eatery offers signature bloody marys, craft mimosas and comfort food
When Genta Tabaku and her husband, Besim, moved from Albania to the United States, included in their version of the American Dream was continuing in the restaurant tradition they already knew so well. After moving first to Illinois and then Grand Strand, around 12 years ago, they now find themselves the owners and operators of two area restaurants: Matthews Pancake House in Little River, and their newest venture, Mimosas, which has captured the steady patronage of area locals and beach visitors.
Mimosas opened with great anticipation on June 12, with a stylish brand-new building located along the 7400 block of North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The large, airy indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch eatery serves recipes born of the Tabaku’s extensive restaurant experience.
“We always wanted to come to the Myrtle Beach area,” said Genta, who is also co-manager, regularly putting in 10- to 12-hour days. “We love it here. Mimosas was three years of planning and building, and the recipes are the best choices from our restaurant experiences, adding a Southern touch.”
Open for breakfast and lunch, Mimosas serves creative comfort food with a flair, including Benedicts and beignets (Café Du Monde style), eggs any way you can imagine, signature breakfasts including fried lobster & waffles, chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits topped with smoked black oak sausage, and a dozen additional savory choices. Satisfy your sweet tooth with tempting crème brulee French toast, salted caramel banana-stuffed French toast, lemon blueberry goat cheese pancakes, an orange cream waffle topped with orange creme anglaise, fresh berries and whipped cream, along with additional sweet breakfast treats. Hearty potato-based and egg-topped skillets are offered with house-made corned beef hash, choice strip steak, Sante Fe style (chorizo, onions, mushrooms, salsa, sour cream, and tortilla strips), and Gypsy with three smoked meats, exotic mushrooms and more.
Appetite-crushing tenderloin biscuits, and even a ground brisket and short rib smash burger are also included as part of the breakfast offerings (served all day). Plenty of ala carte build-your-own selections include eggs, pancakes, mixed fruit, meats, biscuits, home fries, etc., keto and gluten free choices, and a “lighter side,” but there’s much more.
Signature bloody marys and an ever-changing array of craft mimosas and other libations make for festive brunching with specialty coffee drinks, too. Lunch items (also served all day) include fried green tomatoes, seared tuna, crab cake sandwich, a Reuben, pimento cheese chicken sandwich, BLT, salads, and four burger choices including the meatless Impossible Burger.
“Chicken & Waffles might be our best seller,” said Tabaku, “but people really like many different things. Everything is made to order. We roast and slice our own corned beef in-house for the corned beef hash skillet. Sometimes the sweet items sell best, such as the Crème Brûlée French toast. You never know, and that keeps us on our toes.”
Two large open-air porches will make Mimosas popular this Fall as the weather cooperates for al fresco brunching, but a large indoor dining room will ensure the new eatery is an all-seasons option and wonderful year-round addition to the Grand Strand dining scene.
7430 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily