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May 7, 2009 09:49 AM

Amazing Churros in Richmond

Hi All,

I had the best churros the other night and thought I would share. Usually churros are cold and hard but my husband stopped at this little cart in Richmond on 23rd Street across from Portumex the other night and bought a bag for 5 bucks. The couple who owns the cart makes them fresh while you wait so they were still hot, crispy with a gooy center when he brought them home. There was so much we even reheated them in the toaster oven last night and they were still delicous. I can't remember the last time I've had such good churros.

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  1. Ah, churro man, and his lovely assistant (churro wife?). He also sometimes is at St Cornelius church (MacDonald and 28th) after Sunday mass. My friend said that she also sighted him in the Mission.

    1. Yeah, I really like those churros and think they are amazing too.

      I think he got his license and is legit now since he's stationed longer on certain corners these days, sometimes even sporting a canopy.

      Besides the location across from Portumex and the church, he is sometimes on the corner of Rheem and 23rd.

      Here's an old Chow Digest report about the hot churro guy

      Stalking the Wily Richmond Hot Churro Guy

      6 Replies
      1. re: rworange

        Sounds pretty impressive. For some reason I thought my current go-to destination for churros, the cart in front of the Fruitvale Public Market fried them to order, but I believe they just turn over a lot of them so you'll probably get one that's hot but probably not right out of the fryer.

        On the other hand, at least you don't have to order (and eat) $5 worth at their cart. But I still want to try the Richmond churro guy.

        1. re: Agent 510

          Does he have typical hours at the 23d Street location?

          1. re: Agent 510

            These are much better. The only thing is it is hard to find when he will be out there. Calls for research. Next time I see them, I'll ask their schedule, if any

            1. re: rworange

              The churro guy near Portumex says he is there every day from about 4 to 8. He says he's not the guy who sells churros on 23rd and Rheem.

              He also isn't the churro guy who sells at the church on Sunday, but the churros and technique are almost identical. I thought church churro guy was marginally better because he cooked them a little more. However these were might fine hot form the fat and rolled in a nice cinnamon sugar mixture.

              Thanks for posting. I needed an excuse to have a few churros.

                1. re: rworange

                  So I was driving by 23rd and Rheem and felt compelled to stop at the churro cart. I like that these are made what he called the "traditional way": extruded free form into the pot of hot oil using a hand-held tube/plunger/nozzle. I thought the churros themselves were good but not great -- the oil was fresh and they were better than the machine-made ones that are hollow, then filled, which I don't care for. But I thought these were a little tough compared to the very best of the street-corner churros I've had. I'll have to check out the guy near Portumex next time. Note that this guy was there earlier in the afternoon (I think it was about 2 o'clock) than the Portumex guy was reported to have been.

          2. Seems like there is a 'splosion of churro vendors on 23rd.

            I was going to ignore the others ... there are only so many churros one can eat ... when a sign on the churro stand in front of Mi Tierra Market (516 23rd St) caught my eye ... rellenos.

            Whoa ... filled churros ... that's different.

            The fillings are caramel or cream, the cream is better. These are different churros, very heavy and thick, think buttermilk bar texture. That allows them to hold the filling. They are on the oily side and only warm if you hit the stand at the right time These are not greatness, but sort of enjoyable in a greasy low-class sort of way. $1.75. Unfilled churros are $1.

            There's another churro standi in front of Discoladia Market (787 23rd St). They only have unfilled churros and again, are pre-fried unless you hit at the right time. The advantagehere is you don't have to commit to a $5 bag. They will sell you a large piece for $1. They are not too bad. The outside was nice and crispy. Very similar to the churro card near Portumex.

            That being said, the cart near Portumex is the best as they fried to order and they seem to have the best oil of the three.

            Haven't tried the churros in front of Mi Cazadores market on Rumrill. I think these churro carts somehow must use the markets as a way to get a license, but could be wrong.

            An aside ... there is a new little fruit cart near McDonald's selling fruit cups sprinkled with chili should you feel more health-concious. Haven't tried them yet.