Chef Neil Fraser’s new Fritzi is small in size but big on local beer and roasted dish choices. Located adjacent to Arts District Brewing in downtown Los Angeles, the industrial cozy space centers around the wood-fired rotisserie housed in the open kitchen.
Diners can choose to sit at traditional tables, higher bar-style seating for two or at a few bar seats looking into the kitchen.
The menu offers a large variety of dishes with nothing over $15. Main courses include a delicious wood fired rotisserie quarter chicken (with a choice of green harissa, romesco or citrus aioli sauce), steak salad with heirloom peppers, a burger with a bacon/beef blend and homage to Fraser’s hot dog stand of the same name in the choice of three hot dogs – a carrot dog, a four alarm jalapeno chicken dog and a smoked dog with smashed tater tots.
The sides are equally inventive with charred Brussels sprouts with manchego and mustard, split roast cauliflower with calabrese pepper, a forbidden rice and quinoa salad with winter squash, and shrimp dumplings. The crispy potato waffle (mashed potatoes put in a waffle maker) with cheddar cheese alone makes Fritzi worth a visit to the Arts District.
Drinks are also very affordable with Milwaukee sour, hop scotch, red eye and mai tai cocktails all at $12. Local beers are good and run between $6 - $7.
Dessert is simple and scrumptious – a choice of vanilla bean, chocolate, salted caramel or mint chip ice cream.