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Best Escape From the Downtown Trendiness Boom Los Angeles 2013 

Wood Spoon

Recently at the Brazilian restaurant Wood Spoon, the waiter introduced the dishes by saying "Natalia made ..." without saying who Natalia is. There's a welcome sense of intimacy in Natalia Pereira's so-small-you'll-probably-miss-it spot, and its straight-ahead, good, old-fashioned Brazilian cooking is refreshing amidst so many downtown places trying to be fusion-this and weird-ingredients-that. Many of those straight-ahead dishes, like the Brazilian chicken potpie with hearts of palm, corn and olives, happen to be unique — and damn good. Plus the water is infused with cinnamon. 107 W. Ninth St., dwntwn. (213) 629-1765, woodspoon.la.com. —Zachary Pincus-Roth

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