It’s exciting to live in downtown Los Angeles. The area is rapidly growing into a cool, hip destination and now has a feeling of New York City. The tremendous growth, slowed by the recession, has resumed, and new establishments are opening up all the time.
Mignon is a cool wine bar housed in a historic building in the very trendy Old Bank District of downtown Los Angeles . As soon as you walk in the door, you know what you’re in for. It’s an unpretentious place, a small U-shaped bar, a wine rack on one wall and a very busy bartender / waiter / host working in the middle.
Housed in the historic Pacific Electric building, also home to the Coles (a historic Los Angeles roast beef eatery), Mignon is a great new addition to the local food scene. The ever-changing wine list is extensive and offers a great range of of all types of wines, in all price ranges, from all over the world. They serve all kinds of little finger foods, crostinis, cheeses and tapas-like fare.
My friend had a wonderful white wine, Château de Lascaux, Coteaux du Languedoc ’09 which was bright, exciting and a great compliment to the meal. She stuck with it throughout the night and had several glasses. I had the Le Mazel, “Cuvée Briand,” Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche from 2006. It was a good year for me and a good year for Grenache.
To start with, we had the prosciutto , it was a large portion, fresh and tasty. Next up were the marinated olives, which were fresh and nice. They have an extensive cheese selection for $5.00 each with 3 for $12.00 or 5 for $15.00. We picked three, starting with the French Comte, which was tremendous and perfect for the meal,I really loved this cheese. Next up we had the California Purple Haze, which is goat cheese, not medicinal marijuana. This was rich, almost like cream cheese. It was tasty, but something I would eat more for breakfast. Last choice, and to me the worst, was the French Brillat Savarin. This was chunky and runny and really wasn’t to my taste. My friend liked it, so she ate that and I finished the Comte. We also had sourdough toasted bread, which I think should come automatically with the food, but didn’t.
The service was good, but with basically one person handling everything, a bit of patience is a must, although we didn’t have to wait too long. There was another guy coming in and out of the back with food, but he was not waiting on people.
This is a small place and although there are some bench seats around the walls, you need to be at the bar. The seats fill up, so it may be good to arrive early. Overall we had a nice evening, and look forward to returning to try more wines and more cheeses.
They have a happy hour from 5 pm – 7 pm currently offering all wines for $5.00 per glass. The wine selection changes and they occasionally offer special tastings and samplings.
Customers should note, although the block Mignon sits on is safe, one block further east down 6th street is a no-man’s land of homeless people and crime, as is the block just north on Los Angeles Street, so be careful in the area, especially later at night.
128 E Sixth Street at Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles CA, 90014
Open 5PM – Midnight Daily