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Looking for a good Churro.

  • Fryboy Jun 13, 2009 10:32 PM
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I live in Hollywood and jonesin' for a good churro. Hot, if possible. Recommendations?

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  1. Take a look at this excellent review by Abby (Pleasure Palate) on the wonderful world of churro trucks (and quesadilla trucks too): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613812

    1. Two recs:

      1) La Casita Mexican in Bell has really tasty dulce de leche filled churros

      2) My current favorite: At the very northern end of the N Breed/Cesar Chavez food fair there's a vendor with a small cart who pulls and frys the churros fresh. $1 for 4. They're always a little late, usually starting after 8 on Fri, Sat and Sun. Make sure to ask for them straight out of the oil. And if the fryman neglects his duties, they're bien tostado and even better.

      Don't even bother with the churro truck near Silverlake/Echo park--their churros are old and greasy.

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      1. re: tchad

        I second the churro cart at the Breed St. food fair. Amazing.

        --burumun
        http://gourmetpigs.net

        1. re: burumun

          third the churro cart on breed st.

        2. re: tchad

          La Casita Mexicana has great churros and great food.

          1. re: tchad

            You can avoid the old/greasy paradigm at the Sunset truck with the magic password.... "churros frescos, por favor"

            Mr Taster

          2. Xooro (http://www.xooro.com/) should be opening on Melrose (nearSweet Lady Jane) in a hot minute, and they serve " gourmet" churros.

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            1. re: JackonCrack

              NO, NO, NO! WARNING! (Alarm bells and sirens going off!)

              Xooro is a disgraceful, utterly disreputable rip-off. About six weeks ago, my daughter and I went for dessert at their store in Santa Monica, which is a block east of Joe's Pizza on Broadway near the Third Street Promenade. As I recall, I ordered and paid something like $4.50 for a single Xooro with some Nutella. (Compare: That is more than double the price of a cream puff at Beard Papa's.) We stood there and had to wait at least five full minutes in the near-empty shop for them to prepare this lavish (ha!) "premium Spanish fritter" (their description, not mine). Freshly served, it was hard, near-cold and tasted just like a small, commonplace, unremarkable, 75-cent county-fair churro with about 15 cents' worth of Nutella injected into it, topped with icing and sprinkles.

              Probably the most shameful waste of my money in recent memory. NEVER AGAIN. I still remember the aghast outcry on this board a couple of years ago when Frittelli's opened in Beverly Hills and DARED to charge $1.50 for a donut. How does Xooro expect to survive and expand when even Krispy Kreme is going under? Seems like pure, unadulterated, unbridled hubris to me.

              1. re: Arthur

                When I heard about the Gourmet Churro restaurant, I decided that all food ideas have been exhausted. But if you can sell a $5 churro and do good business, you are a marketing genius.

                1. re: bsquared2

                  I've neevr been to Xooro, but I love EL CHURRO and SAN CHURRO in Australia ( http://www.sanchurro.com ) which are churro centric places that are awesome. I was hoping Xooro would be more like that. Sad about it sucking.

                2. re: Arthur

                  Agreed! Never Again.....

                  1. re: Arthur

                    Xooro is so incredibly disappointing. I wanted ti be as incredible as it sounded, but it was incredibly mediocre. Mine was "cooked" or however they put it together, but was not even warm. The flavor combinations are appealing, but for that price, it's absolutely not worth it.

                    1. re: Arthur

                      I don't understand how this place manages to stay in business. I had a similar experience. The shop was empty and my freshly made Xooro was cold and hard. Honestly, the churros at Costco are far superior.

                      While some may argue that they are not authentic, my favorite churros are at Cobras & Matadors.

                      1. re: smfoodie

                        "I don't understand how this place manages to stay in business."

                        What's even more unbelievable is that they have the audacity to open the aforementioned second shop on Melrose.

                  2. Th Open Door izakaya in Monterey Park makes insane kinako dusted churros. They are delicious and unique. There is also often a churro truck parked at the corner of Echo Park and Sunset, also very good more traditional churros.

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                    1. re: lotta_cox

                      i can't believe i forgot the Churro truck! the Churro truck is ammmmmazing. Fresh hot churros ("mini", 8 at a time) mmmmmmmm

                    2. Um... not exactly a gourmet churro... but, how about the monster churros at Costco?

                      My all-time favorite churro used to be made a churro place in the Orange Mall in Orange County which... unfortunately went out of business some 20 years ago (this was before churros gained broader acceptance and was more of a novelty), The place had a line around the corner but I think technical issues (and, I think, some embezzlement)... did them in.

                      1. I really like the churro truck in Echo Park. Make sure to ask for a fresh batch. The churro stand at Breed Street didn't look very appetizing to me, since it was quite dirty.
                        http://tinyurl.com/salinaschurros

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                        1. re: lvgoodfood

                          details on this churro truck?

                          1. re: ns1

                            Very clean truck, good authentic churros. Be sure to ask for Fresh Churros, and they will make them to order, same price. I posted photos here:
                            http://tinyurl.com/ChurrosSalinas
                            Information:
                            Salina's Churro Truck
                            Echo Park Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.
                            Los Angeles, CA 90026

                            You can try calling this number to confirm their hours and location:
                            Luis at (323) 519-9983.

                            I also found this video about SCh.
                            http://tinyurl.com/SalinasChuros

                            1. re: lvgoodfood

                              churro truck FOUND and still awesome

                              8 churros for 3 bucks!!!

                              1. re: ns1

                                I am glad you like them.
                                : )

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Update

                                  The churro truck is there "practically every night" from ~4pm - 930pm

                          2. Mr. Churro on Olvera street is really good. fresh and made to order.

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                            1. re: Clyde

                              Mr. Churro is awesome. Make sure you go to the store inside Olvera Street where they make them fresh for you...skip the cart on the plaza.

                              1. re: Clyde

                                I had a Mr Churro churro today (storefront not cart) and it was GODLY. Fresh out of the frier. Super hot and crispy outside with soft inside. Gahh .... definitely a must-visit on Olvera.

                              2. Anyone want to weigh in on Del Taco churros? I LOVE those things. If you get a fresh, hot one, they're amazing.

                                I don't eat sweets often, but that would be on my go-to emergency sweets list, authenticity notwithstanding.

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                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                  Agreed, better than costco.

                                2. There's no comparison to Literati's churro with chocolate sauce served on the side - it's easy to make yourself, and their recipe is online, have you considered it? You can have it anytime from your own house! I think one of the Chowhounds posted it once....

                                  1. Avoid XOORO, that place was horrible and extremely overpriced. I don't know how they stay in business, major disappointment. Churros were cold and tasted horrible.

                                    2 churros + 1 hot chocolate drink + 1 cold chocolate drink = $17.85 !!! Are you kidding me!

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                                    1. re: alwayshungry84

                                      wow.

                                      8 bombass churros from the taco truck on Sunset/Logan = 3 dollars