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Churro Station in San Rafael?

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http://www.churrostation.com

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Churro Station
26 Medway Rd Ste 3, San Rafael, CA 94901

Churro Station Franchise
2 Fifer Ave, Corte Madera, CA 94925

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  1. Been there a couple of times. Churros are very good, as you would hope from a place specializing in them. They bring back high school cafeteria memories, but in good way. I thought the regular churros were better than the churros rellenos (filled with cajeta, pineapple, etc.) as they had a more generous coating of cinnamon-sugar. Also tried a torta, which was stacked high with a lot of good stuff. I recommend the getting it with all the extras. Finally, the huevos rancheros - sorely lacking in presentation but flavorful nonetheless. The little block of queso is a nice touch.

    This is a dumpy looking place in a dumpy strip mall on a dumpy block, but a fun place to try if you're in the area.

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    1. re: lvr1176

      Cool! It's so hard to find a good churro these days, thanks for the reply.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Local word is the hot chocolate is also special, but not really the season...

      2. re: lvr1176

        Stopped by this morning to give it a whirl. The plain churro wasn't as fresh as I'd hoped (as in not fried to order) and I was dismayed to see Bakemark mixes around, but it was pretty good.

        In the photograph, the sandwiches are on a Dutch crunch roll, is that what's used for tortas? I asked about the tamales guatemalatecos or garnachas, both specials available only on certain days (e.g., sunday), but not today. The Mexican hot chocolate comes from the same Boyd coffee roaster dispenser I've seen at other Latino businesses, so considering the heat of the day, i gave it a pass.

        But I did try a papaya licuado, $3, and it was great. Made with very ripe and plush fruit and very little sugar added, it had a deliciously natural flavor enhanced with the richness of milk.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I finally got here today and had the chuchitos and banana split churro (a new item).

          They didn't have the garnachas today. The chuchitos were only ok, a bit pricy ($3.50) and a different version from what I've had in the past.

          They were not served in the husk, but opened and then covered in a red sofrito-like sauce. The meat was ground beef rather than the usual chicken or pork. The sauce and the meat were tasty, but the masa was way too solid. Later I had a better version for less at Tienda Guatemalteca on 4th St
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/583439

          As everyone mentioned, the churros are premade and keep warm by sitting under a heat lamp. For the banana split, the center of the churro is filled with fresh banana slices and then topped with their vanilla, chocolate and strawberry filling and drizzeled with chocolate sauce.

          OK, this is the worse kind of low-down, no-quality junk food, but I enjoyed it for the sheer tackiness of it.. It makes the snack food at 7-11 seem like classy, gourmet grub.

          There really is a Guatamalan thing going in San Rafael which for some reason my Guatemalan S/O and family are unaware of. Even Pier 15 has a Guatemalan breakfast dish on the menu.

          1. re: rworange

            I thought this place might be out of business by now. Did you see any Guatemalan customers there?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Surprisingly yes ... and this was late afternoon for Churro station. From almost hidden location, the only average churros and average menu, I'm kind of surprised too. It's not like there aren't other Latin eats in the area or this is so very Guatamalan.

      3. Churro Station a mention on the Bunrab blog with pics:

        http://www.bunrab.com/dailyfeed/2007J...

        Unfortunately, they didn't seem to crazy about the place.

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        1. re: AntarcticWidow

          Thanks for the link. One correction to bunrab's report, this location is the original. It is trying to franchise the concept to other operators.

          I wouldn't go back for the churros. But some of the savory items might be worth a try, and I thought the seasonal papaya licuado was great.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I believe I saw a "coming soon" sign for a Churro Station on my latest Fruitvale rounds.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Just don't expect too much. From day one this place only wanted to be a chain and that is what they are, the Krispy Kreme of churros, so to speak.

              If you look at that blog link, you'll see the lack of care in putting that churro together. Unlike most places, the filling isn't injected in the center, the churro is split open and then filled. For my banana split churro, it sort of added to the charm of it.

              I still want to try the other two Guatamalan items on the menu ... and a nutella churro ... ok, I'm a sucker for unusual fillings.

              However, if the other two Guatemalan items are in the same class as the chuchito ... then I'm sort of glad they don't carry them in the rest of the chain ... that shouldn't be someone's first intro to that cuisine.

              That all being said, they churros aren't bad, they just are just average. Just like Krispy Kreme, I can go for one ever now and then.