Churros at a new level

A cavernous corner of a shopping mall is probably one of the last spots in which you'd look for creative confections, but it's all happening next to a wacky sock shop on the third floor of the Glendale Galleria. Xooro recently opened its second Los Angeles location here, no doubt an unlikely spot for Spanish sweets. But with the legendary Kyochon Korean chicken wings downstairs and L.A. Creamery across the way at the Americana at Brand, this little pocket is becoming an interesting area for foodies.

Pronounced “sure-oh,” these fritters, which are traditionally served plain, dusted with sugar and then dipped in thick hot chocolate, are taken to a whole new level here. Using a manual churrera, staffers make the churros by hand each day. Then they deep-fry them, stuff them with all sorts of ooey-gooey goodness, and coat them in chocolate and a variety of toppings. Think of combinations like peanut butter, dark chocolate and crushed nuts, or Nuttella churros shelled with white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate.

The only problem is that there's no coffee or hot chocolate to wash it all down, as there is at the West Hollywood Xooro location. Sure, there are frappes and shakes, but who needs liquid sugar after noshing on a piece of dough stuffed six ways from Sunday with the stuff? No matter. The maple bacon churro makes up for it.

Xooro, 3233 Glendale Galleria, Glendale;

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