In case there aren’t enough awesome ways to make ice cream even better, a brand new spot in the South Bay wants to take your scoops up a notch by adding a crispy, sugary stick of fried dough to your dessert. Read on to find out more about this cool new spot that serves freshly-made churros and yummy ice cream, together in one delicious dish.
Churros + Ice Cream = YUM
When you walk through the doors of the bright and airy Grail Churros, a sparkling new dessert shop in Redondo Beach, you’ll have to make one very important decision: How exactly do you want your churro?
Do you want it with ice cream and served like a sandwich? Do you want it sticking out from your scoops like the two twig arms of a snowman? Or, are you a churro-purist, and you want your churro, simply, in your hands, with no ice cream whatsoever?
But that’s not all. That 16-inch churro? You’ve got to decide how to accessorize it. That means you get to choose a “dust” (cinnamon, espresso, matcha, or a purple edible glitter called “cosmic”); a”glaze” (chocolate sauce, melted marshmallow, among others); and a topping (M&Ms, Fruity Pebbles, rainbow sprinkles, etc.). The result is a gorgeous—if a little overindulgent—masterpiece that’s just begging for a hashtag.
Of course, if you or your kids don’t want to partake in the mix-and-match gluttony, you can always opt for a solo scoop of ice cream or an undressed churro. There are 16 daily flavors that include standbys like mint chip and cookie dough as well as more exotic tastes like Thai tea or Ube (pronounced “oo-bee” and shown in the above photo).
Note: Ube is a sweet purple yam popular in Filipino desserts—and it’s easily the most Instagrammable scoop in the lineup. However, kids expecting something sweet and tart may be disappointed with its subtle earthy flavor.
Nestled inside a beachy strip mall with tons of covered parking, Grail Churros is just down the road from Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village (but not close enough to the beach to stroll up from the sand). Even with ample seating and high chairs for tiny tots, the place reportedly gets pretty busy on weekend nights, with staff saying the lines go “out the door.” During the day, however, we found that the vibe was as chill as the scoops.
Word of Caution: The doors face directly onto the busy Pacific Coast Highway, so be sure to keep a close eye on your little ones while you’re here.
We know. It’s hard to make a decision when everything…looks…so…good. May we suggest:
The Magic Wand: Your little magicians will love this classic churro dipped in white chocolate and rolled in candy stars. Abracadabra — and it’s gone!
The Campfire Churro: A classic churro dusted with graham crackers, dipped in melted marshmallow and covered in chocolate sauce and mini marshmallows.
The Sahara Tent: While the churro sandwich, a.k.a. the “Sandstorm,” is the item you’ll most frequently see gracing Grail Churro’s Instagram page, we think it’s way easier to eat it as “Sahara Tent-style” which means the churros are served sticking straight up out of the ice cream. Try it with Ube ice cream and Fruity Pebbles if you really want to wow your Facebook friends.
FYI: The Sahara Tent isn’t listed on the wall menu, but it’s totally available…so just ask.
More Churros and Ice Cream Mash-ups
It probably doesn’t surprise you that Grail Churros isn’t the only place to get a churro and ice cream pairing. After all, combos like this practically advertise themselves (because Instagram).
If you’re more centrally-located, Churro Borough in Los Feliz sells signature churro sandwiches with unusual ice cream flavors including coconut kaffir lime sorbet, spicy hot chocolate, and matcha green tea. And, Churroholic, with locations in Carson, Anaheim, Whittier, and Paramount, boasts big cups of ice cream with huge, horseshoe-shaped churros hooked onto the scoops.
1808 S Pacific Coast Hwy.
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 2-10 p.m.; Fri., 2 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sat., 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sun., 12-10 p.m.
Prices: $4 and up.
What are your favorite combinations for churros and ice cream? Let us know in the comments below!
— Story and photos by Melissa Heckscher