Mighty Quinn’s Whole Foods Pop Up Is Worth A Lunchtime Detour

When word came of a pop up in Downtown Lunch territory from Smorgasburg barbeque favorite Mighty Quinn’s, I put it on my “to eat” list. It wasn’t on there for long as I hit it up late last week to try it out before the BBQ purveyor is replaced at the beginning of February. It’s a short menu on offer, but if you like smoked and barbequed meats, you may want to walk a couple of extra blocks for lunch.

It’s hard to decide between pulled pork or smoked turkey, but since the poultry is exclusive to this Whole Foods pop up (Mighty Quinn’s also has a brick and mortar location in the East Village), that’s what I decided on. The turkey was $8.50 and came in sandwich form, and I also went over the $10 limit for a side of sweet potato casserole with maple and pecans ($3). Sometimes a girl just needs some sweet potatoes masquerading as dessert.

You get a hearty portion of turkey for $8.50, as you should, and you can choose to have it topped with creamy or vinegar-based coleslaw. I went for the latter, and it was dolloped atop the smoked and sliced white meat turkey that had a minimal amount of sauce drizzled over it. Being white meat turkey breast, the parts without sauce were a bit dry but the coleslaw helped with that. If I had to do it again, I’d probably ask for a bit more sauce or some on the side.

If you want a little sweet with your savory, get some sweet potato casserole on the side. It was more like a dessert, with mashed sweet potato swirled with maple roasted pecans. It was delicious, but if you want something more traditional you may want to stick with the baked beans with burnt ends.

Lunch at Mighty Quinn’s wasn’t cheap, but it was tasty and filling, and worth venturing from Soho or Noho.

Mighty Quinn’s pop up, on the second floor of Whole Foods at 95 E. Houston St. (at Bowery) through Jan. 31


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