The best churros in Phoenix
Eating churro can be a dangerous business. It is so easy to get carried away by the delicious spectacle of it all. Next thing you know, you’ve got cajeta on your shirt, chocolate drops on your chin, and cinnamon sugar all over it. Well, get ready to get messy at these 10 churro hot spots, outposts that feature traditional and over-the-top churro creations that are worth the effort.
Earth’s Plant-Based Cuisine
1325 Grand Avenue
Before you balk at the vegan churro, check out the churr options at Herbal cuisine from the land. There’s a pure churro, made to order from a family recipe, and comes out piping hot and perfectly fried. There’s the Crazy Churro Monster Shake, a non-dairy mammoth sip made of organic soy-based churro-flavored ice cream that explodes with marshmallow, chocolate sauce, and a giant churro on a loop. And best of all, there’s the churro ice cream sandwich, an absolute beast of a treat with two perfectly crispy rolled churros. I told you!
4229 Bell Road West
If you prefer your churros with ice cream, Churro GoNutz is your place. A traveling churros trailer and permanent storefront in North Phoenix, the menu is Willy Wonka’s exercise in sheer delight. It includes the imaginative (think unicorn-themed churro donut with iridescent ice cream, edible sprinkles and a sugar horn), inventive (think churro and ice cream as well as crumble). bacon and salted caramel) and ingenious (think Cookie Monster churro!). Not only the made-to-order churros, all crisp and decadent, the ice cream, handcrafted and locally made by Scooptacular in Laveen, might just be the best you have ever had.
Churros Don Lencho
6915 Lower Buckeye Road West
Expect programming at Churros Don Lencho, a food truck trailer producing churros almost every night at 68th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. People are not there for the mood. It’s a rest stop in the middle of nowhere. They are there for the churros! They’re thin, crisp and just the right amount of dense, their simple churros and clean menu prove that there is nothing better than freshly fried dough. Get 12 churros for $ 10, six churros for $ 5 (with choice of drizzle), and filled churros for $ 2. Not only are they one of the best churro deals in town, but they could be the best in taste too. And surprise, surprise, they are vegan.
7252 avenue du center-sud
From the atmosphere of hidden gems to the menu of churros specialties, Churro Papi is a delight. Tucked away in the village of Alborada, a garden and fountain-filled spot near South Mountain, the interior is Instagram cute with white subway tiled walls and puny signs (“you’re the cinnamon of my churro”). The churro concoctions are equally photogenic: the split churro stacks three flavors of ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce on bananas and churros, while the aptly named churro toxico, a chimichanga filled with cajeta, mixed with cinnamon sugar and topped with ice cream and lechera, chocolate, strawberry drizzle, it’s so good.
2814 North 16th Street
The oldest churro star in Phoenix is churros rellenos de cajeta from chef Silvana Salcido Esparza from his famous Cafe Barrio. More than just churros, the Crisp Plated Dessert features two streaked sticks of fried perfection filled with cajeta, a creamy caramelized goat’s milk coated in cinnamon sugar. Next come the vanilla ice cream, candied pecans, richer caramel sauce and fresh strawberries. In other words, cracker churros!
Coffee Dulce Churro
1674 North Higley Road, Gilbert
1050, boulevard Chandler Ouest, Chandler
Coffee Dulce Churro has something to brag about. First, owner Jared Naumann attended churro school in Spain, where he perfected his craft. There’s a window where you can watch all of the churro action, from your made-to-order fried dough coming out of the churro gun to dancing around the vat of bubbling oil. Plus, they have the largest selection of churros in town, including a peanut butter topping, churro bowls, and a special-order ‘thousand-tier’ churro cake.
1339 Thomas Road West
When it comes to genius food hybrids, the churrover ranks alongside the cronut. Invented by Olivia Girard, owner of the Dinersaure, the brilliant mashup was born when a customer requested a churro. However, Girard had to be inventive without a deep fryer at his disposal. The result is an oven-baked popover rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with vanilla cream. It’s a light and pleasant pastry that looks like a chic churro with a surprise inside.
Presidio Cocina Mexicana
519 Thomas Road West
The churros at Presidio are not your ordinary churros. True to the Michoacán-inspired house Mexican cuisine from the upscale taco store, the churros are based on a family recipe. Light, golden and crisp on the outside, the inside is dense and mushy, a texture obtained by boiling the dough before frying it to give it a more authentic Mexican appeal. Finished with a thick layer of sugar and the accompaniment of a sublime butterscotch sauce, they are a triumph of taste and texture.
1339 North Avenue East
8018 East Thomas Road, Scottsdale
Dilla Free gets many “best”. The best quesadillas, the best elote and yes, the best churros. One order gets you five crispy cajeta-stuffed churros sticks fried to order and dipped in cinnamon sugar that brings the creamy and crunchiness to every bite. Well add the best dessert offering to their list of accolades. A platter of these delicious temptresses costs just $ 3. Add a ramekin of melted Mexican chocolate dip for $ 1. Share the whole delicious experience with a friend: priceless!
Cajeta Churro Cafe
3015 Thomas Road East
Crispy on the outside and wonderfully chewy in the middle, hand cranked and fried churros at Cajeta Churro Cafe no need to hide behind sauces and stuffings. The original, looping churros at this unpretentious mall show how a fancy recipe made with love doesn’t need all the accessories. That said, the mini churro bites, which aren’t mini at all, take it a step further with whipped cream, fresh sliced strawberries, cajeta and chocolate. And then there’s El Grande, a stack of seven churros decorated with all of the above and ice cream.