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Authentic Spanish churros/chocolate

trvlcrzy Jun 19, 2008 08:57 AM

Anyone know of a place that serves authentic Spanish churros con chocolate? Not the Mexican version with cinnamon..looking for the plain freshly made ones served with thick hot chocolate just like in Spain.

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    Low Blood Sugar Jun 19, 2008 09:24 AM

    I don't know of a restaurant that serves it in L.A. but if you're really jonesing, I know that you can buy the hot chocolate mix at La Espanola market in Lomita. They're a major distributor of Spanish food in the L.A. area.

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    1. re: Low Blood Sugar
      Das Ubergeek Jun 19, 2008 09:52 AM

      Small correction -- La Espanola is in Harbor City, and well worth checking out.

      La Espanola Meats
      25020 Doble Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90710

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        trvlcrzy Jun 19, 2008 01:08 PM

        Thanks for the tip but yes, we go to La Espanola a lot. We've known the owner since she had the 'garage' store. But even she doesn't know of any churros/chocolate places. We do try to make it at home with our own churreria and using the Amalia brand thick hot chocolate but it gets tiring. J.L.'s right--nothing beats an early AM fix of ch-ch in Madrid (San Gines?).

        1. re: trvlcrzy
          Das Ubergeek Jun 19, 2008 05:07 PM

          There is a store -- and I'm sorry, I don't remember the name of it -- next to the Tustin Whole Foods that may be able to help. I know they do "sipping chocolate" that is a lot like Madrileño chocolate for dipping churros, but I don't know if they actually have the real one.

          Also, Lizarran Tapas, which just opened in Fullerton, had at one point on their website a taunt that they had "real churros y chocolate". I have not been, so I can't vouch for sure.

          1. re: trvlcrzy
            Bilogna Aug 12, 2010 10:42 AM

            how do I contact La Espanola? I google them and it's different place.

            1. re: Bilogna
              selfportrait93 Aug 12, 2010 01:43 PM


      2. J.L. Jun 19, 2008 10:36 AM

        Nothing is better than some churros y chocolate at 7AM after a good night of clubbing in Madrid.

        La Espanola has the hot chocolate mix but, no churros. Maybe you can email Mr. Gold.

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          josephnl Jun 19, 2008 01:25 PM

          Oh my God...you are making my mouth water! We have just come home from two incredible weeks in Barcelona, and churros and hot chocolate were an almost daily treat...as well as an occasional glass of iced horchata! If someone knows where to get the authentic churros and chocolate in L.A....I'm on my way!

          1. re: josephnl
            J.L. Jun 19, 2008 10:22 PM

            Don't even get me started on the exquisite horchata in Spain, especially Valencia!!

            1. re: J.L.
              rednyellow Sep 25, 2008 01:53 AM

              Horchata in Valencia and Hot Chocolate in Barcelona - so thick and rich. Have never found anything like either in L.A.

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          WheresTheGrub Jun 19, 2008 02:35 PM

          Three Drunken Goats in Montrose


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          1. re: WheresTheGrub
            condiment Jun 20, 2008 09:36 AM

            The churros aren't quite right at 3 Drunken Goats - they are more like a delicate, freshly fried version of the Mexican kind - but the chocolate is right on, and it's a very delicious dessert.

            I haven't been to Senor Fred's for a couple of years, but they used to have a fairly persuasive version.

            1. re: condiment
              Jack Flash Jun 20, 2008 04:20 PM

              Never having been to Spain, I cannot attest to their authenticity (although they did seem similar to Mexican churros). But in any event...they were indeed yummy, especially with that chocolate.

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            Ernie Jun 19, 2008 02:40 PM

            Haven't been there yet, but Churrolandia sounds promising:

            1. love2eat Jun 19, 2008 02:59 PM

              Michael Ruiz who just closed Ingredients has recently revamped the Cobras and Matadors menu. He added a Churros and Hot Chocolate item to the dessert menu. Cannot comment on the taste nor the authenticity as I have not tried the new menu or been to Spain.


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                trvlcrzy Jun 19, 2008 05:28 PM

                I knew fellow Chowhounds had some other insights. I will definitely look into the above mentioned places and check them out...but I think Churrolandia is more of the 'Mexican' type churros. Thanks a bunch!

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                  trvlcrzy Jun 19, 2008 11:10 PM

                  See below sort of what I'm looking for. This was taken in Granada.

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                  1. re: trvlcrzy
                    J.L. Jun 20, 2008 01:15 AM

                    No such churros in my own personal quest for the same thing in L.A. so far, travlcrzy. Again, the chocolate mix is indeed available at La Espanola.

                    Same Churro y Chocolate photo could apply to Gran Via or Sol in Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Valencia....

                    Now... if you can find the following in L.A. (2 photos from my travels in Valencia), I am so there in a heartbeat!

                    (Paella - Arroz a banda con cigalas y Jamon Iberico de Bellota pata negra - Jabugo)

                    1. re: J.L.
                      trvlcrzy Sep 24, 2008 11:05 PM

                      La Espanola in Harbor City, Lomita has paella on saturdays (no cigalas though) but very fun place...and crowded now having a small store of Spanish goods. I think they have started carrying the belota pata negra hams. Pricey but yummy.

                      1. re: trvlcrzy
                        J.L. Sep 25, 2008 12:48 AM

                        Secret's been out for quite some time about the paella at La Espanola. I've been buying their paella with alarming regularity since 2003! Sadly, it is the only acceptable restaurant/market paella so far in my paella quest in SoCal.

                        Their jamon, though, is still not up to snuff. Mrs. J.L. is a Madrilena and VERY picky about her jamon.

                        1. re: J.L.
                          tastycakes Sep 25, 2008 08:21 AM

                          jose andres' new spot by the beverly center has jamon iberico - check out the article in yesterday's LAT food section. i'm a huge fan of made in spain and spanish cuisine in general. i can't wait to go try this place!

                          1. re: tastycakes
                            bulavinaka Sep 25, 2008 08:59 AM

                            More good news for all of us who can't get enough of Spain. PBS is airing a series, "Spain...On The Road Again," through your local Public TV channel. It's on tonite at 10PM on KLCS. Going to have to battle it out with the Mrs. - an avid ER and Gray's Anatomy fan, and no TIVO. :(


                            1. re: tastycakes
                              J.L. Sep 25, 2008 12:50 PM

                              I read the article yesterday as well, and yes indeed we're gonna try it.... Will report back.

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                                Suebee Sep 25, 2008 08:33 PM

                                Agreed, cannot wait for his place to open!


                              2. re: J.L.
                                trvlcrzy Sep 25, 2008 05:08 PM

                                I know Dona Juana's hams are still not like the ones in Spain..but they are carrying bellota jabugo hams (imported from Spain) now, as with Redondo Iglesias serrano hams. We miss so bad with the new show "On the Road Again"..siggghhhh....

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