I have been searching for amazing churros since my late nights dipping the sweet treat into a cup of warm, melted chocolate at the elegant Chocolateria San Ginés in Madrid while studying abroad way back when. I even sought out churros from a cart on a cobblestone street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on my honeymoon. What unites those far flung churro expeditions with my recent hometown adventure to Churro Factory in Logan Square? It’s the intoxicating aroma of this delectable dessert being whipped up!
When I smell that swirl of sugar and cinnamon against the backdrop of dough hitting sizzling oil, I become like a mono-syllabic automaton and the only words I want to utter in broken Chicago-ese are “Gimme Da Churros.”
As my husband Walter, along with our son Isaiah, and I pulled up to Churro Factory, the cloud of perfect hot, sweet dough drenched air hit us in the parking lot. We were already sold, and we hadn’t even opened the store’s door. While still in a scent-induced haze, Walter ordered the Churro Fiesta with whipped cream, drizzles of chocolate and caramel, and rainbow sprinkles, because, why not?
I am a sucker for anything mini, so I went with the churritos and a side of chocolate. While the grown ups happily devoured our man-these-churros-are-freaking-delicious treats, Isaiah, who doesn’t really get much sugar was happy waving at customers and just waddling around the space. Speaking of the space, it had a few tables, no high chair for the little guy though, but could work well for a quick stop. On the other hand, there is something perfect about eating warm churros out in fresh air, so I would recommend grabbing your churros–which are made on site–to go and finding a park to stroll around in.
With Cinco De Mayo just around the corner, why not make Churro Factory part of the celebration? Fellow Chicago Parent blogger Michelle Magee Elfvin scouted out five patios where you can get down with tacos and margs al fresco. A post-patio stop at one of Churro Factory’s multiple locations would be a match made in Mexican holiday heaven.
After our sit down churro fest, we ordered some chocolate- and vanilla-filled churros to go. Important note to readers: Please don’t judge our churro consumption. We cannot be held responsible for actions taken while under the influence of that overpowering sugary-cinnamon aroma.
As we zigzagged back to our place in Rogers Park with fresh air pouring into our sunroof and a stash of warm churros for the journey, life felt sweet and carefree.
If you go
Various locations in Chicagoland