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Convoy Street's Churreria churning out made-to-order churros

Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 14:52:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Custom churros are the latest foodie find on Kearny Mesa's bustling Convoy Street culinary scene.

Churreria is taking the classic dessert treat and adding their own twist. The churro stop gives customers the chance to customize their churro with toppings like bacon, coconut, and even fruity pebbles. 

Better yet, churros are made right before customers' eyes.

Nicholas Tran, owner of Churreria, said the idea for a churro shop developed after a trip by the border.

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"We saw this kiosk and they were having these churros from this little stand. And I was 'Oh my god. That's a fantastic idea,'" Tran said. "Everyone loves churros!"

Tran's wife and his business partner embarked to Spain to develop how they would make their churros. The main difference, Tran, said is the basic ingredients.

Traditional North American churros contain egg, milk, and butter. Spanish churros, though, are made from just flour, water, salt, and oil.

"It's vegan and vegetarian. It's good for people who are lactose intolerant or who have a dairy intolerance or with eggs," Tran. "This happens to be a healthy churro. What you put as your toppings I can't guarantee."

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Enter the customizable feature of Churreria. Customers order whether they want their churro stuffed with Nutella or sweet cream or not, and then they can choose from different glazes and toppings, including sprinkles, nuts, and cookie crumbs.

"There's nothing to hide. We want to show you we make it from scratch and it's clean," Tran said.

Another fun aspect of Churreria is its sustainability arm.

Tran worked with his business partner to do something good with their cooking oil after use. The pair settled on donating the used oil to two areas: A local company that repurposes cooking oil into biofuel and a shelter that uses the oil for soap for homeless individuals.

"We try to put back into the community instead of just dumping the grease ... and having it hauled away," Tran said. "We're trying to be better for the environment that way."

For more on Churreria, visit them online here.