Los Angeles, CA 90012
Parking: Metered street parking or parking garage across 2nd Street – $4 after 4 pm
Monday – Friday: 3-7 pm & 10 pm-midnight, Sat & Sun: all day!; Select beers - $3 pints, $5 mugs (25 oz), $12 pitchers; $4 sangrias by the glass; $1 pita & hummus, $2 Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Strips with Vanilla Gelato dipper, and good food meal deals
Los Angeles may be many things – loud, traffic-jammed, earthquake prone, etc – but baby, this city is never boring. There are so many unexplored boroughs that, even after 8 years, I’m always finding something new. And bless The Happy Hour Tour for helping take me to new and different areas to find the best deals. Take Little Tokyo, for example; I headed down for Spitz’ all-weekend happy hour and look forward to heading back sometime to take in more of the sites.
But this review is about Spitz, a modern-ish Greek restaurant with a pretty sweet happy hour deal; from Monday to Friday, you’ve got your choice of happy hour between 3-7 pm or from 10 pm – 12 am, or come by on the weekend, and you can get happy hour all day/night! The space is great – you order from the bar and then take a seat at the outside patio or inside sun-lit area (nice blend of inside & outside light), where your food is delivered. The inside & outside areas aren’t large, but they accommodated the afternoon crowd just fine.
And the food & drink… Fab! Spitz offers three beers on their happy hour special (Oskar Blues Little Yellow Pils, Stone IPA, Eagle Rock Brewery Brown Ale) – $3 pints, $5 25-oz mugs, and $12 pitchers! And they also offer three sangrias (Cardamom Cinnespiced Red Sangria (YUM), Peach Basil White Sangria, and Mint & Apple Rose Sangria) at $4/glass. The only technically happy hour food items are real steals: $1 pita and hummus and $2 Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Strips with Vanilla Gelato dipper.
But the rest of their food deals are excellent too – Ad-bot & I ordered Greek sandwich wraps (he had the doner wrap with lamb & beef, which he assured me was excellent ($9.49 with side salad & soft-drink), and I had the falafel wrap (salty, but good) for $6.29) and the $1 pita & hummus. My favorite part of the meal was our shared order of Street Cart Fries (French fries covered in a Greek mix of green peppers, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce, and red onions) for $5.49, also available on Sweet Potato Fries for $5.99. Spitz also offers gelato, but Ad-bot & I had another spot to scope out – Scoops (brown-bread and Guiness chocolate ice cream – oh my!) on Heliotrope, north of Melrose.
Spitz’ crowd seemed young and cool; it would be interesting to see this place on a Thursday- Saturday night when they have a deejay spinning from 7:30 pm – 12 am! Would love to stop by Spitz again on an “Experience LA” kinda trip down to Little Tokyo!
Note: Special shout-out to Groupon, which offered a great deal at Spitz – $14 worth of food for $7!! You gotta love the Groupon deals, I highly recommend subscribing to their daily e-mails.
Rating: 4.5 Martinis