7 Great Churros in Los Angeles
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (due out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mien, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.
Anne Fishbein Churros at Churros Jalisco
Cro(ugh)nuts may be the dessert of the moment, but churros are the dessert of so many L.A. moments, the sort of treat that may be informed by memory as much as taste: You may fondly remember munching on a churro as long as a light saber at Disneyland, or going to a swap meet with your mom and being rewarded for good behavior with a freshly fried churro. There are great churros in pretty much every part of the city, some doughy, some delicate, some filled, some not. Turn the page for seven of our favorites.
T. Nguyen Mr. Churro
7. Mr. Churro
Getting to Mr. Churro might be as fun as actually getting a churro at Mr. Churro: The bakery is located inside a building on Olvera Street, meaning you'll walk past vendors selling all sorts of tantalizing things -- lucha libra masks, miniature guitars, cowboy hats -- as you make you way there. When you arrive, adults and children alike will be walking out with fistfuls of fantastic churros, some simply rolled in sugar and cinnamon, others filled with custard or caramel. It makes for a great snack as you browse the street's wares, and at least one is mandatory if you're ever here to watch the Archbishop of Los Angeles splash holy water on a goat during the annual Blessing of the Animals. E-12 Olvera St., L.A.; (213) 680-9036.
T. Nguyen Churro from Lucero Bakery
6. Lucero Bakery
Lucero Bakery might be the only place in town where a churro price sheet greets you at the counter: One plain churro is a mere 40 cents, two will run you 80 cents, three $1.20, and so on with this multiplication table of fried dough until you hit 50+ churros, at which point a bulk discount rate applies. And if you've never considered bringing a box of 50 or 100 churros to your next party, surely you will after handing over your pocket change to try one: This would be a thick, doughy churro, hefty without being heavy, exactly the kind of gift that a frazzled party host would appreciate. Speaking of which, Lucero's is something of a one-stop shop: The bakery also makes a fine tres leches cake. 4061 Slauson Ave., Maywood; (323) 583-7730.
T. Nguyen Churros from Mama Churros y Mas
5. Mama Churros y Mas
Mama Churros y Mas is in El Sereno, a little shop that still somehow has enough room for a handful of tables and chairs and a piano, the latter of which to distract you, presumably, while you're waiting for churros that are fried to order. Here, as elsewhere, there's a choice of any number of fillings or, because everything is better with ice cream, you can order the churros à la mode. If you want to eat something substantial before indulging in fried dough and ice cream, note that "y Mas" translates to fried chicken and the occasional fish and chips special. 4836 Huntington Dr. S., L.A.; (323) 225-6262.
See also: 10 Best Fish & Chips in Los Angeles
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