The intersection of 2nd and Main in Downtown Los Angeles is becoming quite the foodie stretch with The Edison, Badmaash, Redbird and now, The Mighty.
From the moment you walk in, it’s tough to not acknowledge that owners Quinn and Karen Hatfield (Odys + Penelope, The Sycamore Kitchen) have one of the most Instagram-able restaurants in LA. The tiles are so cute, it’s impossible to keep your phone down when you’re here, but I had to focus on the food and stop taking pictures of my feet…eventually.
108 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
By day, The Mighty serves up a substantial Southern-California-meets-Italian lunch along with coffee and take-out service. In addition, they recently opened up a dinner service and I know it’ll establish a strong following. Although I was seated near a familiar face in the comedy scene and a few showbiz industry types coming off a nearby film shoot (brag), The Mighty’s atmosphere is approachable and relaxed.
There is an ample amount of wine and beer options on the menu, but being 31 weeks pregnant, I was not able to indulge on this tasting. However, if I had the option to, I’d aim for the super light and easy to pair Dry Creek Vineyard, Chenin Blanc. I, instead, opted for the Hibiscus Iced Tea, which was fruity, floral and only lightly sweetened.
With so many snacks, starters, vegetables and salads to choose from, it was tough to make a final decision on what to begin with, but we decided on the Fried Cauliflower and the Avocado + Burrata Toast. The fried cauliflower with spiced peanuts, fish sauce vinaigrette, mint and parsley was my favorite starter. I loved the spices and herbs with a more Asian influence here. What separates The Mighty’s avocado toast from the others in LA is the pesto Genovese spread and the pepper peperonata topping. This is the perfect mix up on a brunch tradition.
It would’ve been an absolute travesty if I didn’t taste the fresh rotisserie chicken and a housemade pasta, so I made sure to order the Chicken + Fries and the Tagliatelle. The 1/2 rotisserie Mary’s Chicken with fries is like a pregnant lady’s dream entrée. The skin was crisp but still juicy, like the meat. The fries were dusted with spices and the house pickled veggies are a delightful side.
The tagliatelle is one of the most popular pasta dishes there. The pesto Genovase, with cured egg yolk, snap peas and fresh basil make for a lighter but still substantial pasta dish.
The Mighty certainly lives up to its name with ample portions and flavorful bites. Be sure to stop in when you’re in DTLA, it just adds to the fantastic neighborhood company.