Softly opened on 5th Avenue is Spitz; the eatery has a grand opening party scheduled for this Saturday, January 30 at the Los Angeles transplant's new San Diego hub in Hillcrest. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, Spitz's menu revolves around döner kebabs, from beef and lamb to chicken and vegetables, stuffed into wraps and sandwiches or topping salads and fries. There's also a full bar, with 10 beer taps and a drink list that ranges from housemade sangria variations to seasonal fresh fruit-based cocktails; the weekday 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour features $2 off select drinks and deals on snacks, including their signature döquitos, a Mediterranean version of taquitos. A weekend "Recovery Brunch" will kick in early next month.
The just-renovated street art-inspired space is decorated with custom stencils honoring famous San Diego natives, from Tom Waits to local artists, and iconic movies that were filmed in town. Behind the dining room, a tucked away gem of a beer garden awaits — 2,000-square-feet of umbrella-shaded picnic tables and a lawn area stocked with outdoor games, from cornhole to giant Jenga.