Party Earth Review Kebobs and cocktails are on the menu at Spitz, a distinctly non-Japanese joint that juts onto a hip strip of Second Street in Little Tokyo. During the day, the sidewalk patio fills with cute artsy couples sipping sangria... ... read full review
371 East Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gold Line: Little Tokyo / Arts District
M–W, Su 11am–11pm, Th–Sa 11am–1am
Downtown, Los Angeles –
Kebobs and cocktails are on the menu at Spitz, a distinctly non-Japanese joint that juts onto a hip strip of Second Street in Little Tokyo.
During the day, the sidewalk patio fills with cute artsy couples sipping sangria and shoppers rewarding themselves with aioli-drenched Street Cart Fries, as the aromas of lamb and beef waft onto the street.
Daily Happy Hour – which by the grace of the kebob gods lasts nearly all day on weekends – draws boys on their bicycles looking for Schlitz and whiskey specials, while lone diners check out the bizarre stainless steel art installations on the ceiling between draft pitchers and plates of Dönoquitos, a sort of Mexican taquito meets döner kebob.
The vibe stays relaxed and the cozy space un-crowded most nights, even when Spitz makes the smooth transition from restaurant to bar and DJs set up to spin obscure bass-driven mixes to go with the mojitos, Manhattans, and spicy mango chiladas.
Groups of friends filter in throughout the night, some to tank up before heading to a Downtown club and others to hang around over some gourmet gelato.
Either as a stop on the way out or a destination for the evening, Spitz dribbles cheap eats and a chill vibe.
Artsy loft dwellers, students from nearby USC, Little Tokyo shoppers, Little Tokyo pub-crawlers, kebob cravers, pre-clubbers, and anyone in need of a budget-friendly meal or a couple rounds, 20s to early 30s.
DJs spin mostly obscure mixes on Friday and Saturday nights. Handful of flat-screens likely tuned to a local game or TV movie.
Small but large-portioned menu of Mediterranean fare featuring beef, lamb, and chicken döner kebabs, vegetarian dishes, hummus, and desserts like gelato and cinnamon pita strips. Limited metered parking out front. Happy Hour M–F 3–7pm, Sa–Su 11am–7pm.
Sides $3–$5, döner combos (sandwich or wrap, side, and fountain drink) $10.50, salads $9.50, dessert $3.50–$4.50. Beer $5–$15/pint, mug, or bottle and $25/pitcher, cocktails $9, shot and beer combos $8–$10, sangria $6/glass or $25/pitcher.
Hip casual: wide-brimmed fedoras, plaid shirts, a few business suits and trench coats, denim shorts with high heels, denim shirts with miniskirts, maxi skirts, imported denim.
Saturdays for the long Happy Hour and to stick around for the eclectic DJ, or any sunny day during the week to chill on the patio with a few Turkish delights.
Cosmos (333 East First Street) is a tiny dive a block away that offers great – both truly great and greatly awful – karaoke from its secluded stage.