Spitz Doner Kebab in Eagle Rock
I totally get the appeal of this place. It’s clean, it feels new, and the staff is very personable and friendly.
On those factors alone, if the food is just okay, I’ll probably like it.
But the food is also quite good in an unexpected way.
The Doner kebab plate is a lot of food. You start with a pile of French fries (sweet potato if you desire). On top you put a good portion of Doner kebab, and then top that with tzaziki sauce, onions, and chopped bell pepper. Next to it, you put a falafel, a small cup of hummus and a salad. You cram all this into a basket, lay some fried pita strips over the top, and you have the Doner kebab plate.
Doner kebab, when you break it down to the component level, is a gyro. They buy an enormous chunk of meat, mount it on a vertical rotisserie and it spins all day. They then slice off what they need as you order it.
It’s cut thinner, the spicing seems slightly different, and it’s crisper (I’m not sure whether this was due to the thinner slicing or the fact that I was there when it wasn’t crowded so the meat cooks longer before slicing). But in the final analysis, if you expect gyro, you’ll get what you’re expecting. I actually liked it better than gyro, though, due to the thinner slicing and the crispness. The consistency is actually a little like bacon (although the flavor is nothing close).
There was exactly the correct amount of tzaziki and topping over it. I kept worrying that there wouldn’t be enough, but it was perfect.
A big complaint was that there was no ketchup or other sauce for the fries. I ended up not eating all of them, due to a combination of starting to get full, and the lack of sauce.
The falafel wasn’t very good. They put a lot of seasoning in it, which I don’t particularly like.
The salad had some nice sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, and some sliced jalapeno peppers, onions...lots of stuff. The dressing was also very good. I liked it.
Overall, it was a very good lunch. As I did my normal 5 mile walk in the afternoon, I was pleasantly full and energized. I wasn’t stuffed, but I wasn’t hungry. It was just right.
But it’s quite expensive for what you get. The Doner plate with a soda was $11.62. This is a lot considering it’s ultimately a gyro plate that you could get elsewhere for a third less. But it’s a lot of food, and the quality is high. I’ll give them that.
I’m going back. I really liked it, and in the grand scheme of things, $11 isn’t a whole lot of money. And truly, the staff is very good….just down-to-earth nice people.
But next time, I’m going to order the Doner kebab sandwich with fries. I didn’t like the falafel, and the salad was a little much. I think the sandwich would be just right for me. And it’s about $3 less.
Parking is very limited, but there's a sign indicating parking across the street.
2506 Colorado Boulevard (about 2 blocks east of Target)
I like the sweet potato fries, the gelato, the Lamill coffee and the care that has gone into trying to get things right at this place, But unfortunately there is something about the spicing in both the chicken and the beef gyro that I don't care for -- it almost seems like msg although I can't imagine they would add that. It's too bad because it's a cool place but I much prefer a chicken tarna sandwich from Zankou.
I thought the gelato was amazing, and the sweet potato fries really good, much better than the regular.
re: Normal Garciaparra
I was wondering the same thing. FWIW, the DK's I survived on for 2 years in Berlin were not served on pita, but instead on a wedge cut from a large, round, soft bread that had a fair bit of cornmeal on the outside. This bread was somewhat softer and "breadier" than focaccia, but not anything like pita, IIRC.
Sofra is not bad, probably the best food available in the Westside Pavilion food court, but this is not saying much. The doner kabab there is not too different from any other gyro you might find in LA (which is also not saying much) but a few of the side dishes might hint of some slight difference between Turkish and other middle-eastern styles. IIRC the bread at Sofra is more like a typical pita than the bread in ruddy's link above.
I don't want to dismiss Sofra altogether because it definitely tries harder than the rest of the mall food, but if you find yourself in the vicinity Westside Pavilion and you want something in the general nature of a kabab, I'd point you instead in the direction on Aroma Cafe at 2530 Overland (across Overland from the mall)--it's Bosnian, not Turkish, but their kabobs are flavorful and the bread is excellent.
Thanks! Yeah I think that's it...(Don't remember the name of the bread, just the description. It's been 11 years since I went to Berlin but I knew it was different enough from a gyros/pita.
That being said...any local places that have the Berlin-style doner kebap?
Los Angeles *is* Berlin's sister city, after all...