Not being a huge fan of meat, I will make the exception every time for one – gyro meat. I’ve heard many explanations for what exactly it is, but in my book it is good – which is all I need. It is the proverbial magic meat.
Last week I won a gift certificate to Spinners in Rancho San Diego. I couldn’t be happier about this lucky win as Spinners is a fresh Mediterranean grill serving gyro meat amongst other regional favorites. I was told they make fresh tabouleh each day and that it was a must-try.
I ordered a gyro wrap which was the most gigantic I’ve ever seen. It had a huge pile of meat with tomatoes, grilled onions and sauce. Pure deliciousness. I’ve officially never had better. Look out Daphne’s. Perfection.
Additionally I ordered sides of hummus and tabouleh, which came home with me for a real pro to test. My mother, who grew up eating food from the Mediterranean and can identify good versus bad in a heartbeat, is visiting from out of town. Believe you me – it passed her test. The hummus was perfectly creamy and the tabouleh was the freshest I’ve ever had.
I’m not often in East County, but if you are definitely stop by Spinners.
Those of you who were loyal Jeff n’ Jer listeners back in the day when local radio morning shows flourished, probably remember the duo going back and forth over breakfast orders with Hani.
It made for a very humorous bit that I regularly looked forward to. The segments weren’t something they fabricated for entertainment – it was 100 percent real. Hani really does own Lit’l Pepper Deli “behind the bank, across the street from traffic court.”
I go there from time-to-time when I need to grab a bite to eat. And I must admit, that even though I am a self-proclaimed non-star-struck person, I get a little nervous seeing Hani. That’s stupid, right? He’s a regular guy who fell into local celeb status. Hani has a huge personality and talks to everyone that comes in the door. Since I listened to him on the radio for years, I feel like I know him a little even though he doesn’t know me.
It is not just the atmosphere that is good; the food is good too. I generally get their wraps or salads, but they have a huge and very diverse menu. The tuna artichoke wrap and the Thai chicken wrap are my favorites. They have awesome gyro salads as well.
Today when I walked in to pick up my Thai chicken wrap, Hani said to me “Hello baby. I made your wrap 2 lbs. today.” I laughed at him, but he wasn’t kidding. It was a lot of food.
Lit’l Pepper is definitely worth a try – if for nothing else but to meet Hani. I guarantee you’ll like the food too.