Brazilian: The Wood Spoon
It’s been a while since I had Brazilian food. I tend to think of it as a huge meat buffet. So when I heard about Wood Spoon in Downtown Los Angeles that was more casual and had a good chicken pot pie, I was intrigued. I tried to go a few months ago but was thwarted when we discovered it was closed for the day. I tried again and headed over last week with friends.
We ordered the mixed appetizers plate which featured coxinhas, croquettes and pastels. The first time I ever had a coxinha (that I knew of) was at the first LA Street Food Fest. The deep fried mashed up chicken was filling as were the potato in the Portuguese croquette. The pastel Portuguese featured shrimp in a coconut sauce.
I was immediately drawn to the fish soup as I love seafood. This soup almost seemed Thai to me but without the lemongrass. It was light and refreshing on a hot summer day.
I don’t know how it came to be that Wood Spoon became known for their chicken pot pie which has hearts of palm, corn and olives in it but what initially seemed like a small pie seemed to grow and 3 people couldn’t even finish it. I adored the “wood spoon” shape on top of the crust.
I have heard so much about their pork burger that I had to have it. I was pleasantly surprised by the grilled cabbage in it. It gave the pork burger great texture. The pork is heavily peppered which I like but just a little warning for those who aren’t into pepper.
I had a great time and wished I could relax in the cute space with over-stuffed pillows but I had to head back to work.
107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, California 90015