SO and I have been to Wood Spoon for lunch four or five times since it opened four months ago, but last night was the first time we went for dinner - and as there isn't a thread on this site yet that is devoted to Wood Spoon, I thought I would start one to mark the occasion.
Wood Spoon is located in a small storefront on 9th Street with sunflowers in the windows. It's decorated in white and yellows and oranges, with light wood tables with exposed ply edges. Besides the furniture and light fixtures, there's not much to it, and in a good way - it's bright and clean and simple - a great spot to be able to walk to in jeans and flip-flops and have dinner with friends.
Surprisingly, we started with an amuse (not a normal feature, I don't think) of kebit (sp.?), little fried torpedos of ground beef served with wedges of very juicy lime - delicious. SO got the pork burger (much-lauded by ipsedixit elsewhere on this site: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36277...) and I got the chicken pot pie (also a CH favorite). His came with freshly-fried sweet potato fries, and mine came with a small mixed green salad. I only had a bite of his burger, but one bite was enough to know that this is a superlative burger - great bread, great meat, excellent garnish. But my pot pie was even better - flavorful shredded chicken mixed with green olives and hearts of palm in a creamy sauce, all tucked into the best pastry crust I've ever had that didn't come out my mom's kitchen. The owner makes them herself daily, and only 14 per day, and you can taste the care that goes into their making. Total dinner tab for 2: less than $25 - and I had the half of the pot pie that I couldn't finish last night for breakfast this morning!
107 W. 9th Street
Downtown Los Angeles