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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spitz: Home of the Doner Kebobs
2056 Colorado Blvd

It's always great to see some new establishment launch in the neighborhood and, if its good, I'll do my best to support it. Driving past this joint, I've been eyeing Spitz with intrigue ever since they put up their bright orange signage claiming to be "Home of the Doner Kebobs". Now that is bold.

I waited for a few weeks but didn't see any activity there on my drive-bys. That was like 6 months ago. I did a little research on the web and saw the interview with the Spitz owners in lafoodblogging - two Oxy graduates. Props to going through all the hurdles to launch!

My own personal experience with Doner Kebobs are early in the wee morning in London and Paris, eating from street vendors - after a night of um.... youthful revelry.

And believe me when I tell you, at that moment in the cold streets, those Doner Kebobs were great gifts from above - the best - even though I don't remember how they tasted.

I visited Spitz on their Day 4. They were definitely working on getting the kinks out. Cashiers trying to figure out how to use the cash register. The staff working on getting in sync.

I tried the "classic" Kebob. Thin slices of lamb and beef (homemade) with lettuce, tomato, bell peppers, onions, and tzaziki sauce. All served inside a panini toasted focaccia. They shaved the lamb/beef off of a vertical rotisserie spit with an electric meat shaver. While watching, I was thinking - Daphne's?

But, alas having one in hand after 6 months+ of curiosity, I am happy to report that the Doner Kebob was delicious! They also do a Chicken Kebob version as well as a Falafel and Veggie one. I give Spitz an "A"!

I also tried a side of the Sweet Potato fries. These were not soggy - they were crispy and actually pretty good.

Spitz also has an assortment of interesting gelato flavors - I saw ginger, green tea, tiramisu, burgundy cherry....etc. I was going to try out some of the flavors but a line formed, so I decided to save the Gelato for another time.

For now, all I can say is that: Doner Kebobs are On in Eagle Rock!

2506 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 257-5600

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  • At April 23, 2006 8:58 PM, Blogger rick james said…

    they look good...

    i'm just glad they don't call them Donner Kabobs (as in the Donner Family Legend)

    that's pretty disgusting... sorry...

  • At April 26, 2006 9:38 AM, Blogger chowchow said…

    The sandwiches are good. Definitely not Soylent Green...

  • At July 24, 2006 12:39 AM, Anonymous tommy d said…

    those sweet potato fries look so good... thanks for posting that - i had been looking for a while for other places that have them! did they have a special sauce or did ketchup suffice?

  • At July 24, 2006 5:14 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    tommy d: The sweet potato fries are good. Honestly, I didn't put anything on them. No special sauce is provided but I'm sure you can get a side of the tzaziki sauce if that is of your liking.

    And as a followup, with this hot hot hot weather streak we've been having, I did go to Spitz for some Gelato and it was all good....

  • At March 21, 2007 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While they may taste delicious, I'm not sure how they can serve Doner on a Panini. You've gotta get it in a pita.

  • At March 30, 2007 4:36 PM, Blogger chowchow said…

    They do have an option to wrap the insides in lavash - for those that don't want the dense bread.


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