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Nov 18, 2009 05:19 PM

Champurrado in Torrance?

Hi everybody,

I would like to have some champurrado but don't want to drive far. I already read the postings for champurrado in LA, and most of them seem to be a slight bit of a drive to logical places, like in East LA. Since I live in Torrance, I would consider anywhere in the South Bay as not "far." Also, of course, I would prefer fairly good champurrado over any that happens to be on the menu as an afterthought (if that's even possible for champurrado, of course; who knows, maybe it's not exactly water-down-able like "hot chocolate" at places like the Kettle, where it was simply a packet of Swiss Miss mixed with hot water -- dumb me, for expecting anything more, right?).

Of course, I do have plans to make champurrado myself, but first I just want to go somewhere not too far from my house, order some food, throw in a champurrado, and melt myself into the thick, chocolaty corniness.

Thank you very much in advance!!

p.s. -- I'm being all paranoid, but lest anyone think I was somehow equating hot chocolate on the menu at Kettle with actual champurrado, I was just using that as an example of seeing "hot chocolate" on a menu and naively believing it to be better than the reconstituted kind anyone can buy in a supermarket.

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  1. The Torrance branch of the El Taco Loco mini-chain might have it, but no guarantees...

    1. Tacos Estilo Mexicali Luna Y Sol
      2140 Artesia Blvd
      Torrance, CA 90504-3046
      (310) 380-4661

      Homemade horchata and atole, I am not sure about champurrado but call and ask, the fish tacos are pretty good, that's what I have tried so far

      1. the los paisas on carson and normandie has it. =)

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        1. re: aizan

          Thank you! That intersection is so close to me!

          1. re: aizan

            Followup: I went to Los Paisas this afternoon and tried the champurrado. The very nice guy behind the register warned me it was more like hot chocolate, and showed me a ladleful from the steaming hot pot. I said it was alright and I'd still like some.

            It was tasty but totally missing the masa, so it was precisely what he'd warned me about: it was a very nicely flavored hot chocolate, but thin as water.

            I guess I'll simply have to venture out of the South Bay to get my champurrado fix.