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Berlins Brings Germany's Favorite Late Night Street Snack, Döner Kebab, to LA

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Döners for everyone!

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s a new döner kebab maker in town. For years, the only ones actively pushing the Turkish gyro-like sandwich in and around Los Angeles was Spitz, leaving tourists and European expats to wonder where else the preferred street snack of Germany could be found. Now there’s Berlins on West 3rd, just next door from the new Toca Madera in the last strip mall before La Cienega, which styles itself as a true authentic German döner experience.

In Germany, the thick wraps known as döners are insanely popular, the result of years of Turkish immigration to cities like Berlin. Styled in much the same way as a regular Greek gyro but with slightly different ingredients and a unique bread, the German döner has become one of the most popular late night foods in all of Europe, yet remains for the most part difficult to find in the States.

Enter Berlins, which was initiated last year by two German brothers in hopes of recreating the flavors they missed from their homeland. The pair began popping up at food festivals and wherever else they could, but as of a couple of weeks ago moved into the former Boba Studio space on West Third Street. Strangely enough, they appear to still be selling boba, along with the döner sandwiches.

Currently, Berlins is still soft-open, with tentative hours from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

8474 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA