sweet potato fries and doner kebab sandwich
The most well-conceived new spots pick one or two things and do them right in a pleasant setting. Whether or not you like Sprinkles and Tender Greens, you have to admit they have great concepts. Eagle Rock's Spitz is another example of these one-shot operations, and we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit there. The concept is doner kebab -- rotating spits of classic lamb and beef meat or chicken, stuffed into focaccia or lavosh, with lettuce, cucumber and various sauces and garnishes. Sides are pita strips with hummus, seasoned fries or sweet potato fries. Carbo-phobics can get kebab meat or falafel on top of a salad. There's also great coffee from Lamill and tasty gelato from San Francisco's Gelato Classico.
With almost all the seating on the outdoor patio, it's the perfect place for a warm summer evening.
We tried both the lamb/beef and the chicken doner kebab. If you're used to the actual chicken pieces in Zankou's chicken tarna, for example, the thinly-sliced pre-formed meat in Spitz's kabobs might seem a bit industriel, but it's pretty tasty stuff, if a bit salty. With the grilled bread, all the garnishes, the tzatziki sauce and the chili sauce, it's a savory, spicy package that doesn't overfill you like, say, the steak burrito I had the other night. The sweet potato fries were nicely cooked and the lychee and espresso gelato provided a cool creamy finish to the meal.
A trip to Tarjay, a kebab sandwich and some gelato...what more can a person ask? The only way to improve this outing would be to first stop for a brutally effective chair massage from the mannish-looking Chinese masseuse outside Target.
2506 Colorado Blvd.