Aug 14, 2015 10h39
● By Bryan Scott
Spitz restaurant, aptly named for the style in which the proteins are prepared, has found a second home in Sugar House at 1201 E. Wilmington Ave.
Owners and lifelong friends, Tanner Slizeski, Josh Hill and Bryce Rademann, decided to expand their Mediterranean street foods after having huge success with their downtown location.
After studying abroad in Europe and being exposed to many different types of foods, the trio fell in love with the doner kebabs, a Turkish street food. Rademann first tried their recipes out on the patrons in Los Angeles while going to college. It did not take long for him to realize he had a winner.
“Josh and I were always interested in escaping our corporate lives. Finally 2 years ago we both had the opportunity to get out of it; we had saved some money and we just went for it,” Slizeski said.
“We were looking for locations all over, we always knew we wanted to be in Sugar House. We both went to the U of U and love the vibe of Sugar House. We first stumbled upon the downtown location by chance and we opened it up. From day one there was a line out the door.”
Spitz is best known for the donor kebabs, a wrap with seasoned meats, but don’t be afraid to try some of the other menu items, like the Street Cart fries. The mixture of regular potato fries and sweet potato fries are topped with garlic aioli, feta, onion, green pepper, tomato, olives, pepperoncinis and chili sauce, they are a meal all on their own.
All menus items are made fresh daily, and portions are large and sharable. The service is friendly and the restaurant interior is fun. Old albums line the walls, board games are available to play, and each table has a centerpiece filled with card games.
Robert Wicklund, one of the original co-founders, is the restaurants mixologist and creates unique and seasonal drinks. Spitz serves local craft beers and Lacy Slizeski, Tanner’s sister and general manager, fashions seasonal Sangria, another popular beverage choice.
Both locations are open Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A menu can be found at www.spitzslc.com.