Daddy Mims' menu

John Mims has gotten lots of ink/pixels over a court battle with his former business partner.

Over the weekend, the chef -- who has been banned from working at any restaurant within 10 miles of Bryn Mawr -- surfaced in downtown Phoenixville, about 17 miles away. (It's about two blocks from Majolica.)

Daddy Mims Creole BYOB (150 Bridge St., 610-935-1800) is a candlelit bistro decorated simply with assorted, framed mirrors. When you think of all the time that restaurateurs spend dithering over this and that when it comes to opening a restaurant, know that Mims got the keys on a Monday and opened on a Friday. It occupies a former Italian restaurant. In the other half of the space, he's planning Johnny's New Orleans Pizza Kitchen.

Here's Daddy Mims' menu. Two of us shared the wild-mushroom smoked gouda cheesecake ($7), an order of crawfish spring rolls ($8), the seared scallops ($20), which came with shrimp croquettes and stewed black-eye peas, and got a hunk of pecan pie ($7) to go. Good eating for $44, plus tip.