Nov 2017

The Mighty – Los Angeles (Downtown)

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Quinn and Karen Hatfield opened a new restaurant, and it is really terrific. I’ve been smitten with Quinn’s savories and Karen’s sweets since their Hatfield’s days (Version 1.0, Version 2.0) and am stoked that their latest effort is so close to home. This opening is a tremendous win for Downtown (and my belly).

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Christina and I met up for a midweek breather at The Mighty last week and proceeded to order enough food for a party twice our size. It was gloriously excessive.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

I love ordering “shrimp toast” whenever I see it on menus because I’m never certain what will arrive. The Mighty’s take arrived on toasted focaccia with a spicy sambal spread and plenty of fresh herbs. The Southeast Asian flavors were unexpected but totally welcomed.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

We also shared the fried green beans with pistachio dukkah and herb yogurt ($7). The lightly battered string beans—crisp and golden—were more decadent than anticipated but we didn’t mind.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

There’s no shortage of great pasta in the neighborhood, and The Mighty’s noodles can hold their own. The pappardelle with bolognese and parmesan ($16) delivered with its silky strands and well-seasoned sauce.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

The highlight of our meal had to be the butternut squash agnolotti with maple brown butter, treviso (chicory), radicchio, pecans, pomegranate, Parmesan and mint ($17). The autumnal flavors, a balance of sweet, savory, and bitter, knocked it out of the ballpark.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

For dessert, we couldn’t decide between the cake and the pie, so we proceeded to order both. The coffee and mascarpone layer cake was super-moist and not-too-sweet. The tastiest component had to be the crumble topping speckled with coffee grounds.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

We also adored the chocolate and banana cream pie, complete with buttery crust, rich filling, and once again, killer crumble. Karen Hatfield is a pastry goddess.

I’ve been dining out at a lot of Italian restaurants lately, mostly hyper-regional ones that are currently having a moment here in Los Angeles (see: Felix, Rossoblu, Cosa Buona). It was a nice change of pace to sit down to an eclectic meal boasting all sorts of influences this evening. Noodles, cake, and pie—The Mighty serves up just the kind of fare that I love to eat.

The Mighty
108 West 2nd St #105
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-278-0025

One year ago: Sqirl’s Sticky Toffee Whole-Wheat Date Cake
Two years ago: Slacker.

Three years ago: 
Chain Reaction: Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp® & Olive Garden’s Never Ending Pasta Bowl®
Four years ago: 
Lozzi Donuts & Coffee – Chengdu
Five years ago:
{swoon} Noodle Boy – Rosemead
Six years ago: 
BarMasa – Las Vegas (Aria Resort & Casino)
Seven years ago: Hoài Huế Vietnamese Restaurant – San Diego
Eight years ago: Full Moon Bar-B-Que – Birmingham
Nine years ago: Bánh Mì and Moving Trucks
Ten years ago: Vegetation Profile: Elephant Ear
Eleven years ago: Souplantation – San Diego (La Mesa)

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