Wood Spoon (107 W. 9th Street, Los Angeles) has the best signage.
We started with the mix plate ($8), which included coxinha (fried dumpling stuffed with chicken), kibe (bulgur wheat, mint, and ground beef), pastel Portuguese (fried dumpling stuffed with shrimp and coconut sauce), Portuguese croquette (potato and cod), and potato croquette.
Every single thing on this plate was delicious. My favorite was the pastel Portuguese, which also happens to be the favorite appetizer of Wood Spoon's owner. Here's everything cut in half, so you can see inside.
We were mmm-ing and ohh-ing with just this, but that was only the beginning.
The Brazilian chicken pot pie ($11) was steeped with chicken galore, hearts of palm, olives, and roasted corn. I don't even like hearts of palm or olives, but this was fantastic.
The crust was golden and flaky. The filling was steaming hot and not creamy. The chicken was flavorful and tender. The corn added the perfect touch of sugar.
The masterpiece of the day, however, was the pork burger ($11) with roasted cabbage and onions on a toasted potato bun, accompanied by yam fries.
Ah. Maze. Ing.
How amazing? When I asked what he thought, Mr. Monkey said, mouth full, "So fucking good." He actually shook his head in disbelief at how incredible it was. The yam fries were crunchy and slightly sweet, and the burger was so thick and juicy and luscious and fabulous. See?
I will dream of this pork burger tonight.
When we left, the place was packed. That made me happy. Here's to hoping Wood Spoon continues to flourish.