It’s churro effing mania in LA right now it seems and LA makers are serving up more than just your basic churro. Just when you thought churro’s could not possibly be more exciting and delicious than their simple fried dough form, LA churro innovators haven taken this favorite sugary snack to the next level. The “only in LA” level that is, where creations have you feeling feelings you never thought you could for food. Here are FIVE extreme, must-have, “over achiever” churro desserts you can find around LA, that you should probably try immediately.
Warning: side effects after eating any one of the sugar and cinnamon treats below may include: hysteria, delirium, shock, confusion, temporary paralysis, lack of judgement, momentary bliss, and an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.
1. Churro Borough’s Churro Ice Cream Sandwich
This. This is a relatively new phenomenon brought to the LA community and everyone who’s been lucky enough to have a taste of the Churro Borough knows what’s up. As of late, Churro Borough has been traveling the LA area and bringing their churro ice cream sammies to a variety of events and pop-ups around town. So, yes. That means you have to work to find them (waaaaaa) but if and when you do, they’re the pot of gold at the end of the friggin rainbow. If you visit their site – churroborough.com – they’ve got a full list of “events” they’re planning on setting up shop at, so at least there’s that. Get to that god damn event though because a delicious churro sammie filled with vanilla custard/horchata/mexican chocolate/spanish latte/or other seasonal flavored ice cream awaits you.
2. Seasalt’s Churro Waffle
Seasalt is one of my FAVORITE seafood spots in Los Angeles; so fresh, so delicious, so great. But it’s what’s not on the menu that has me craving more than seafood. They’ve got churro waffles people. Little. Mini. Hot. Fluffy. Churro waffles. I think I could stop there but I won’t, because have you ever had a churro waffle? Didn’t think so. Wanna try one? Get your ass to Seasalt. They’re relatively simple but sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go – I mean, you can eat more that way, right? (Right.)
Seasalt Santa Monica: 508 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica / Seasalt DTLA: 812 W. 7th St.; Los Angeles
3. A Frame’s “Chu-Don’t-Know-Mang”
Oh dear. Ohhhhh dear. I know you know that I know that chef Roy Choi knows a surprising amount of knowledge about preparing incredible dishes de México, so is it really that surprising he and his team at A-Frame in Culver City have dominated in creating a churro that is nothing short of mind bottling? NOPE. This gift from the food gods known at A-Frame as “Chu-Don’t-Know-Mang” consists of rectangle little pound cake churritos that are served with malted chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream. Even after eating an entire burger, fries, and god knows what else on my last visit, I managed to eat this entire sweet treat all by myself – lord, I practically licked the remaining sugar and cinnamon right off the damn plate, and after giving this dessert a go you probably will too.
A-Frame: 12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90066
4. Picca’s Churros
If you’ve been to Picca recently you know you don’t leave without ordering their churros. Read rave reviews via Yelp and a variety of media houses and find that these not-your-average churros have developed a bit of buzz around town and have become quite popular amongst my fellow foodies. These warm cinnamon bites are said to be worthy of heading to Picca just to have dessert should your sweet tooth be guiding you. “How are they different?” you may ask, well, it’s not everyday you come across a churro filled with pastry cream and lucuma (a tropical Peruvian fruit) served with a side of dark chocolate dipping sauce, but at Picca’s this churro magnificence exists. Mind. Blown.
Picca: 9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035
5. Border Grill Churro Tots
What’s better than a churro? Mini churros. Whats better than mini churros? Tot churros. Or rather, churro tots infused with dulce de leche and served with a chocolate dipping sauce from Border Grill. Obviously. I know for a fact that Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken know a thing or two about preparing exceptional ‘south of the border’ inspired dishes, so it is no surprise these women have mastered the creation of very special kind of churro. The Churro tots offered at Border Grill are the perfect way to end a perfect modern Mexican affair, whether that be from their food truck or any one of their LA locations. Go forth my friend, get your churro tot on – thank me, Mary Sue, and Susan later.
Border Grill Santa Monica: 1445 4th St. Santa Monica, CA 90401 / Border Grill Downtown LA: 445 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90071