Three words: Churros con chocolate. Last weekend we had some amazing churros at Churros Calientes during our Los Angeles trip.
The small cafe offers typical cafe foods like sandwiches, soups and salads, but it’s the churros they are most known for. They have filled churros, small churros, and most importantly churros con chocolate. Churros con chocolate are served with a cup of thick hot chocolate for dipping the churros. It’s a dish that is very famous in Madrid. (Mental note: When I finally get to visit Madrid, I’m going to eat these everyday.)
A friend of mine is planning a trip to Spain and I mentioned that he needed to put churros on his itinerary. He wasn’t interested at first–telling me he doesn’t like fried dough (I know, the horror!) A few days later, he seemed to change his tune, and suggested we check out Churros Calientes for dessert as it’s supposed to serve the best churros in LA. I immediately agreed, and everyone in our group really loved this place. My “I don’t eat fried dough” friend is now planning on making hotel reservations right next to San Ginés (the place in Madrid most famous for churros con chocolate) during his stay in Madrid so he can eat these everyday for breakfast.
Not only were the churros lovely, but the atmosphere was as well. The staff were so friendly and funny and really made our meal so much more enjoyable.
Since we had a large group, we decided to order a variety of different churros.
Churros con chocolate
A basket of petite, freshly fried churros comes out with a small cup of thick, rich hot chocolate. The churros were light and airy, though a tad firmer than churros I’ve had in the past. But I’ve never been to Spain, so perhaps this is how they are supposed to be. Once the churros are soaked, you don’t really notice the firmness. The best part, of course, was the dipping chocolate. The decadent sauce easily clung to the churros, creating a swoon-worthy treat.
Churros Grande filled with guava
For some variety, we decided to try a fruit filled churro. We didn’t quite enjoy this one as much. I’m not sure if it was because of the large size or the guava filling.
Churros Largos with dulce de leche
This order came with six petite churros, drizzled with dulce de leche. We really enjoyed this one. The dulce de leche was heavenly and paired so well with the churros.
Overall, we really enjoyed our time here and this will be a must-stop next time we are in the area. The cafe is quite small, but the staff really makes you feel welcome and the churros were the best I’ve had so far.
You can view the full menu here.
11521 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025