There is a food truck called Churros Calientes, and it’s roaming the streets of Los Angeles serving hot churros and Nutella to the masses.
The thought of a truck full of sugar-coated fritters and chocolate hazelnut spread may sound like the stuff dreams are made of. But it does exist. It’s bright red, and it was spotted at the downtown Art Walk just last week.
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the truck is run by Churros Calientes, the West L.A. Venezuelan restaurant famous for its suprema di pollo panini — just think chicken Parmesan — and of course, the churros.
These are not the thick, longer-than-your-arm, wrapped-in-paper, doughnut-ish sweets you find at big-box discount stores, amusement parks and the occasional street fair. These are real churros, and you can eat four of them in one sitting.
They emerge from the truck, hot, crisp and chewy. The churros are thinner than most, and covered in hundreds of crystals of organic sugar. You can eat the churros by themselves, or order them with a small container of hot chocolate for dipping.
Then, of course, there’s the churros and Nutella, which are not specifically listed on the menu, but when you walk up to the order window, wide-eyed, slack-jawed and full of wonder, and ask for your churros to be covered in Nutella, the woman behind the counter knows just what to do.
If you’re in the mood for ice cream, you can order tartufo, which comes with a churro; or a churro grande, served with two scoops of ice cream, chocolate, dulce de leche, strawberry, guava and sweetened condensed milk.
Churros Calientes restaurant: 11521 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Want to find the truck? Follow the restaurant on Twitter.
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