4 Awesome Churros to Try in San Diego

By Darlene Horn  |  August 11, 2015

Mexico’s answer to donuts are churros, and you don’t need to head south of the border find them. These cinnamon sugar–flecked pastries are showing up all over the city, even at some of San Diego’s finer restaurants. Lucky you, we found four fantastic renditions to try — no passport is required.

Churros & Chocolate at Ortega’s Mexican Bistro

Ortega’s has been serving authentic Mexican food from its Hillcrest location for nearly 10 years. Puerto Nuevo lobster is available all day, along with other traditional dishes based on family recipes. Here, the churros (pictured at the top) are filled with cream and ready to dip in warm chocolate sauce, making for a decadent finish to any meal.
Price: $5.95; $2.95 extra with vanilla-bean gelato

141 University Ave.; 619-692-4200


Tijuana Border Churros at Romesco Mexiterrannean Bistro

Chef Javier Plasencia’s northern outpost in Bonita serves up Mexican classics like beef tongue cooked in salsa and their showstopping tableside Caesar salad. But we recommend capping off their delicious cooking with freshly made churros. The golden cinnamon batons (photo above) are served alongside a rich dulce de leche dip and Ibarra Mexican hot chocolate that works as well for drinking as it does for dipping.
Price: $8

4346 Bonita Rd., Bonita; 619-475-8627

Churros at Churros El Tigre

Less than a mile from the San Diego–Tijuana border, this vendor sells hot churros, deep-fried plantains and Mexican shave ice in the midst of a bustling shopping center. The churros are played straight and are a steal at less than $3 for a small serving. We suggest going the next size up and sharing the crisp cinnamon goodness.
Price: $2.25 for five pieces, $3.50 for nine pieces, $1.25 additional for lechera, Bavarian cream, hot chocolate, cajeta or strawberry dipping sauce

4211 Camino De La Plaza; 619-867-2915

Churros at Blind Burro

If you’re craving something sweet after a meal at Blind Burro, you’re limited to two items: Mexican chocolate brownies and churros. Though we can’t speak about their brownies, we can’t stop raving about their churros (pictured at top) served fresh from the fryer. They're lightly tossed in cinnamon-sugar and presented in a paper bag with a crème anglaise sauce that makes this version sing.
Price: $6

639 J St.; 619-795-7880