As Angelenic (http://www.angelenic.com/6247/ground-...), first noted earlier this week, Spitz ("Home of the Döner Kebab") opened today in Downtown LA. "The Little Tokyo location is the second for the popular venture by Bryce Rademan and Robert Wicklund and has been a year in the making." Spitz's döner kebab is a Mediterranean dish of minced lamb and beef pressed together, cooked on a vertical spit and sliced off to order.
The restaurant, which was designed by Celeste Korthase Studio, has a Mad Max feel to it. The designers pulled together reclaimed materials and furniture to create an "industrial experimental look." You just have to go look for yourself (sorry about the blurry photo).
There are three separate seating sections to the restaurant. The "industrial experimental" seating section and order counter (you order your food at the counter, they give you a number and bring your food to the table of your choice), the more traditional bar area and the sidewalk patio.
In the end, the food and drink, not the decor is what is going to draw people into the restaurant. You can order the classic döner (lamb/beef), the chicken döner, or falafel in either sandwich (on fresh baked foccacia), lavash wrap or salad form. If you order the sandwich or the lavash, you get a choice of side (salad, fries, sweet potato fries or pita strips). There is also the döner plate, which is your choice of meat served over seasoned french fries and topped with tzatziki, chili sauce and feta, as well as a side salad, one falafel ball, pita strips and hummus. All that for $10.25.
They serve both LA Mill coffee and iced tea along with gelato they say Time Magazine called "the best ice cream in the Universe." The simple, fresh, healthy menu is perfect for the downtown lunch crowd. Throw in the decent wine list and easily one of the best beer lists in Downtown and the owners may have created a perfect happy hour/casual dinner spot as well.
For opening day we tried the chicken lavash and the classic döner plate. Much has been written about the quality of the food from the original Spitz location (Citysearch named Spitz the Best Fast Food in 2008), so we were expecting good things. Both were indeed delicious, but the unexpected hit was the fries. I could be wrong but they tasted like they were twice fried. Oh, and you have to be sure and ask for the chili sauce to use as a dip for your fries. It is truly addictive.
I am really happy with Spitz and I am sure most others will find it a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. It is no more expensive than other local lunch spots like PitFire, Pete's, and Blossom and the food hits the mark. Congrats to the owners on their year long journey.
For photos, see here: http://nochoiceatall.blogspot.com/200...
Spitz Little Tokyo
371 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012