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Upstairs at Mimi's Restaurant Review: Located smack dab in the center of the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, Mimi’s is generally packed downstairs in the bar area, and after sunset, upstairs in the restaurant. Cold tapas run from smoked salmon mousse with chives and ceviche with yucca chips to tortilla española, while sherry-braised mushrooms on melted manchego toast, empanadas with romesco sauce and lollipop lamb chops come off the hot line. Mussels with a garlic-infused wine sauce anyone? Yes, please. Specials change frequently and add to the complexity and allure of these small-plate compositions. The brief but appropriate, spoken-word wine list draws on selections from Spain, Argentina, Chile and Portugal. There is limited table service until the band starts to play, then you order any food at the bar and it will be delivered to your table. You may surprise yourself and stay all night downstairs, and we do mean all night.