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Post by News Tribune Staff on Nov. 23, 2007 at 10:05 am | No Comments »
November 23, 2007 10:05 am

Aye, aye, aye, aye:

The churro bandito!

Once salsa surpassed ketchup, you knew this would happen: Churros are everywhere, or at least at a shopping mall near you.

Cinnabon is the latest to serve churros, the elongated Mexican donuts covered in cinnamon and sugar.

Cinnabon’s churros were the most expensive and second-least enjoyable churros I tasted during my eating tour of South Sound malls.

Pictures don’t lie. Cinnabon’s churros cost $1.99. Each.

The two churros I purchased, at different malls, were both tough and chewy. Did I mention they were horribly expensive, too?

The fanciest – and least enjoyable – churros were served at Mojito Bay, a sit-down Latin fusion restaurant/bar/lounge in Olympia’s Capital Mall. Talk about fusion: These churros weren’t soft cakey logs of fried batter; they were bread sticks twisted into knots. No cinnamon. No sugar. And desperately in need of salt.

The best churros are at Moctezuma’s food-court taqueria in Tacoma Mall. They’re 99 cents. They’re filled with pastry cream (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry). Mine was made to order. I washed it down with a tart and slushy virgin margarita. El-yumo.

The second-best churros are pretzels. Aunt Annie’s (various malls) dusts buttery pretzel sticks with cinnamon sugar. Choose the caramel dipping sauce. Dee-lish.

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