Food & Drink

Churro ice cream sandwiches, and 9 other amazing churro dishes in LA

Published On 06/24/2014 Published On 06/24/2014
Tiffany Tse
Churro Bourough
Tiffany Tse
Semi Sweet Bakery
Petty Cash
Plan Check
Starry Kitchen
Churros Calientes
Barton G
Tiffany Tse
A-Frame
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1. Seasalt Fish Grill 812 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

This fish & chips shop doles out some seriously tasty seafood (try the fish tacos), but their dessert menu is the real winner by featuring mouthwatering churros that look like mini waffles, but definitely fit the churro bill with their texture and cinnamon sugar coating.

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2. Semi Sweet Bakery 105 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

Just as its name suggests, this Downtown bakery delivers the decadence of baked goods without going over the top with oversaturated sugar. Pastry chef Sharlena Fong spends every morning in her small blue shop whipping up cookies, miniature cakes, a couple of breakfast sandwiches, and -- most notably -- her signature Ding-A-Lings, essentially a next-level Ding Dong made with fluffy cake, creamy frosting, and chocolate ganache shells.

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3. Petty Cash Taqueria 7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Petty Cash is an upscale taqueria on Beverly.

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4. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West Hollywood)

This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.

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5. Starry Kitchen 943 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

Originally a guerrilla cookery in the Valley, this Asian Fusion joint's now a legitified nook, serving up always-changing deliciousness like crispy tofu balls, roast pork belly XO fried rice, and Singaporean chili crab.

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6. Churros Calientes 11521 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

in case you couldn't tell from the name, this place makes some pretty awesome supersized churros. They're stuffed with cream cheese, then drizzled with guava syrup and dulce de leche sauce; they've also got super-strong Cuban coffee and hot cocoa.

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7. Barton G 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Best known for some of its sweet treats, Barton G. delivers a miniature cart of churros to your table -- teamed with spicy hot chocolate and rolled in sugar and spice (Szechuan pepper, star anise, cloves, cinnamon) these fried fritters pack some serious heat. As a whole, the spot specializes in all that is whimsical. From the magical realism of their decor to their use of each plate as a canvas, time spent at Barton G is as full of satiation as is it inspiration.

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8. The Flyin' Jalapeño 83 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

The Flyin' Jalapeño, a block away from the beach, is a choose-your-own-adventure Mexican joint à la C(fill up a burrito, taco, bowl, nachos, or salad with your choice of toppings) that keeps their prices low, introduces some amped-up flavors, and ditches the long line of the popular chains.

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9. A-Frame 12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Culver City)

This Hawaiian Culver City eatery from the Roy Choi is an Asian-fusion collaboration in a totally refurbished IHOP, hopped up with a picnic-type patio and light wood-clad walls. Food's meant to be utensil-optional, with inventive dishes like green curry and a poké sampler including choices like tuna with gochujang sauce, sesame leaves & oil, cabbage, seaweed, and nori, as well as tuna with kukui nut chili pesto and Parmesan.