I remember when The Wood opened at their busy intersection and I was happy to find on a recent return visit, that they are still thriving. Their blend of American favorites with a Californian sensibility is a tried and true formula. Coupled with fantastic service and a warm inviting fire pit on their large patio, this place is an easy choice if you are in the neighborhood. Since it’s been raining heavily all week, the warm glow of the fire pit and the thought of comfort food drew a friend and me to the sheltered patio lit with heat lamps and the large bar height fire pit. 

The chicken pot pie for $15 looked like a pie a la mode when it came out with a scoop of mashed potatoes. They use free range chicken and make their own crust, so the quality of ingredients was top notch, however I found the filling lacked seasoning.It was a huge portion, so easily enough for two or a big appetite.

The roasted beet salad for $13 with candied walnuts, goat cheese, and a balsamic dressing was absolutely delightful, with contrasting textures, nice flavors, and good balance of ingredients.

The lentil soup ended up being taken to go because it was a meal in and of itself!

As a pure indulgence, we ordered the truffle fries for $8, they weren’t addictive, but they weren’t bad either; the three choices of dipping sauce made us eat more than we intended!

If you stop by on a Tuesday night, they offer half off their bottles of wine, so come and leave in a taxi or driver service if you would like to indulge 🙂