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Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
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Where to Find Sugary Fried Churros Around D.C.

For traditional fried dough sticks and seasonal variations

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Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
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While the churrro’s origins are hotly debated, many cultures can agree that the simple fried pastry is a delicacy. Churro dough can take on many shapes and forms. Some are spiraled, straight, or looped. Some are coated in cinnamon sugar, dipped in thick chocolate, or stuffed with sweet filling. They’re eaten on the street or plated in a tapas bar.

Around D.C., Spanish, Latin, and Caribbean restaurants put their own spin on the dessert, whether it’s classic churros con chocolate or a Northeastern harvest-inspired apple cider churro.

Start with these 13 spots for the ultimate churro crawl.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Taqueria del Barrio

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821 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 723-0200
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Petworth’s resident Mexican restaurant offers $4.99 churros with a choice of chocolate or dulce de leche sauce .

Churros from Taqueria del Barrio
Churros from Taqueria del Barrio
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2. Churreria Madrid

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2505 Champlain St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-4441
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Although it has an extensive menu of Spanish and Latin specialties, Churreria Madrid is best known for churros at an unbeatable price (12 for $4).

3. Tico

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1400
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The Latin American restaurant on 14th Street makes more than 500 portions of cinnamon churros ($10) per week. They come with dulce de leche, dark chocolate, and strawberries.

Cinnamon churros from Tico
Cinnamon churros from Tico
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4. Colada Shop

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1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-8800
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An order of churros at this all-day Cuban coffee shop ($4.50) is best enjoyed alongside a chocolate de la abuela, classic Cuban hot chocolate. 

Churros and hot chocolate at Colada Shop
Churros and hot chocolate at Colada Shop
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5. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404
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The Spanish mainstay on 14th Street offers old-school churros with melted chocolate and a pinch of flaky sea salt ($9). 

Churros from Estadio
Churros from Estadio
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6. Espita

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1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-9695
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This Oaxacan-influenced restaurant always has churros on the menu, but it changes the flavors by season. Fall churros take queues from apple cider donuts. The dough is made with cider and fall spices, and the finished product is tossed with cinnamon, sugar, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, orange zest, and a touch of chile de arbol. The churros ($9) are served with apple and pumpkin ice creams, spiced caramel, and candied hazelnuts. 

Churros from Espita
Churros from Espita
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7. Casta's Rum Bar

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1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 660-1440
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This underground Cuban rum bar and cerveza garden serves $8 churros with a chocolate dipping sauce that’s amped up with a hit of coffee.

Churros with chocolate/coffee sauce from Casta’s
Churros with chocolate/coffee sauce from Casta’s
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8. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Washington, D.C.

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801 9th St NW suite a
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-1600
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During weekend brunch, guests can enjoy a small plate of churros with chocolate dipping sauce as an a la carte treat ($8) or as part of the prix fixe midday special.

Churros from Cuba Libre
Churros from Cuba Libre
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9. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

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777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 552-3268
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Both locations of this Spanish tapas bar offer classic churros con chocolate (five for $8 or nine for $13), as well as churros rellenos that are stuffed with a choice of Nutella or dulce de leche (five for $11; nine for $17). The Penn Quarter location just launched a churro s’more special for fall that features two churros with chocolate and marshmallows sandwiched between them. 

S’mores churros from Boqueria in Penn Quarter
S’mores churros from Boqueria in Penn Quarter
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10. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

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401 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-1005
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José Andrés’s Mexican restaurant serves churros de San Angel during brunch with a side of hot chocolate ($8). 

11. Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

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2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1259
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On the second floor of this three-piece Mexican dining complex in Clarendon, Buena Vida serves a traditional Mexican take on churros ($7) with chocolate and caramel sauces for dipping.

Mexican Churros from Buena Vida
Mexican Churros from Buena Vida
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12. Mi Vida Restaurante

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98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 516-4656
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Chef-owner Roberto Santibañez, a Mexico City native, pairs his cinnamon-sugar coated churros with a bittersweet chocolate sauce for dipping ($10). 

Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
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13. Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi

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791 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 525-1402
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The ($13) churros at this lavish Spanish restaurant at the waterfront Wharf development are thick, filled variety known as porras. They’re fried in a churro machine imported from Spain and filled with house nocilla, a chocolate hazelnut sauce. 

Porras filled with chocolate hazelnut sauce from Del Mar
Porras filled with chocolate hazelnut sauce from Del Mar
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1. Taqueria del Barrio

821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Churros from Taqueria del Barrio
Churros from Taqueria del Barrio
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Petworth’s resident Mexican restaurant offers $4.99 churros with a choice of chocolate or dulce de leche sauce .

821 Upshur St NW
Washington, DC 20011

2. Churreria Madrid

2505 Champlain St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Although it has an extensive menu of Spanish and Latin specialties, Churreria Madrid is best known for churros at an unbeatable price (12 for $4).

2505 Champlain St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Tico

1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cinnamon churros from Tico
Cinnamon churros from Tico
Scott Suchman/For Tico

The Latin American restaurant on 14th Street makes more than 500 portions of cinnamon churros ($10) per week. They come with dulce de leche, dark chocolate, and strawberries.

1926 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Churros and hot chocolate at Colada Shop
Churros and hot chocolate at Colada Shop
Maya Oren/For Colada Shop

An order of churros at this all-day Cuban coffee shop ($4.50) is best enjoyed alongside a chocolate de la abuela, classic Cuban hot chocolate. 

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Churros from Estadio
Churros from Estadio
Estadio [official]

The Spanish mainstay on 14th Street offers old-school churros with melted chocolate and a pinch of flaky sea salt ($9). 

1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Espita

1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Churros from Espita
Churros from Espita
Espita [official]

This Oaxacan-influenced restaurant always has churros on the menu, but it changes the flavors by season. Fall churros take queues from apple cider donuts. The dough is made with cider and fall spices, and the finished product is tossed with cinnamon, sugar, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, orange zest, and a touch of chile de arbol. The churros ($9) are served with apple and pumpkin ice creams, spiced caramel, and candied hazelnuts. 

1250 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Casta's Rum Bar

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Churros with chocolate/coffee sauce from Casta’s
Churros with chocolate/coffee sauce from Casta’s
Jennifer Chase/For Casta’s

This underground Cuban rum bar and cerveza garden serves $8 churros with a chocolate dipping sauce that’s amped up with a hit of coffee.

1121 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

8. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar - Washington, D.C.

801 9th St NW suite a, Washington, DC 20001
Churros from Cuba Libre
Churros from Cuba Libre
Cuba Libre [official]

During weekend brunch, guests can enjoy a small plate of churros with chocolate dipping sauce as an a la carte treat ($8) or as part of the prix fixe midday special.

801 9th St NW suite a
Washington, DC 20001

9. Boqueria (Multiple locations)

777 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
S’mores churros from Boqueria in Penn Quarter
S’mores churros from Boqueria in Penn Quarter
Courtesy of @districtdelicious

Both locations of this Spanish tapas bar offer classic churros con chocolate (five for $8 or nine for $13), as well as churros rellenos that are stuffed with a choice of Nutella or dulce de leche (five for $11; nine for $17). The Penn Quarter location just launched a churro s’more special for fall that features two churros with chocolate and marshmallows sandwiched between them. 

777 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

José Andrés’s Mexican restaurant serves churros de San Angel during brunch with a side of hot chocolate ($8). 

401 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

11. Buena Vida Restaurant Clarendon

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103, Arlington, VA 22201
Mexican Churros from Buena Vida
Mexican Churros from Buena Vida
Buena Vida [official]

On the second floor of this three-piece Mexican dining complex in Clarendon, Buena Vida serves a traditional Mexican take on churros ($7) with chocolate and caramel sauces for dipping.

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201

12. Mi Vida Restaurante

98 District Square SW, Washington, DC 20024
Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
Churros from Mi Vida with a bittersweet chocolate sauce
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chef-owner Roberto Santibañez, a Mexico City native, pairs his cinnamon-sugar coated churros with a bittersweet chocolate sauce for dipping ($10). 

98 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

13. Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi

791 Wharf St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Porras filled with chocolate hazelnut sauce from Del Mar
Porras filled with chocolate hazelnut sauce from Del Mar
Del Mar [official]

The ($13) churros at this lavish Spanish restaurant at the waterfront Wharf development are thick, filled variety known as porras. They’re fried in a churro machine imported from Spain and filled with house nocilla, a chocolate hazelnut sauce. 

791 Wharf St SW
Washington, DC 20024

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