A must: The Not Unhappy Hour at Spitz

It was lunch time and I found myself in Little Tokyo but not having a craving for Japanese food. This rarely happens. I wanted something savory and hearty and when I looked down the street, nothing appealed to me. Then I remembered Spitz.

The official name on their website says Spitz Restaurant – Home of the Döner Kebab. The place opened up in 2009 by a couple guys who went to Occidental College – apparently one of them discovered the tasty döner kebab while studying abroad in Spain.

Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Can this place actually be good?” I walked in and it was happy hour (Weekdays it’s 3p-7p and all day Saturday and Sunday). Actually, they call their happy hour “The Not Unhappy Hour.” I figured I’d partake in it and ordered the rose sangria that has mint, lime, and apple.

The flavor of the rose sangria was crisp and light – perfect for a summer day. It was paired well with the beef and lamb kebab wrap I got with feta, pepperonicinis, and hummus. There’s a nice warm flavor from the pepperoncini – they definitely don’t skimp on the fillings. The ratio of meat to veggies and sauces had the right balance. The best part of this place was how their portions are realistic. Right when I felt full, I had taken my last bite.

The combos come with either a wrap or sandwich with a side. Here’s the beef and lamb wrap with tzatziki and chili sauce and skinny fries that my dining companion had. The plain fries were surprisingly good… really good.

The fries had a great crunch and was seasoned perfectly – I was sad when I reached for one more and they were all gone. But I guess with all good things… you gotta leave wanting a little more so you know to come back. Next time, I’m coming back for the falafel sandwich and street cart fries!

Locations: Little Tokyo / downtown LA and Eagle Rock

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