Sweet, fried, and roasted— This is the holy trinity upon which Ataula's Jose Chesa built 180, the new Spanish xurro (churro), drinking chocolate, and coffee shop on NE Broadway. Chef Chesa, his wife and business partner Cristina Baéz, and partner David Martin will officially begin squeezing fingers of vegan-friendly xurro batter into a 3000-pound Spanish xurro deep fryer this Friday, January 28, and importantly, you can taste what Spanish xurros are all about for free on opening day.
180 is giving away satchels of three xurros with a cup of drinking (and dipping) chocolate beginning at 8 a.m. It's a "while supplies last" deal, so arrive early.
As the photo gallery above shows, 180 has an open feel for a small, 12-seat xurreria. The basic xurros are fried to order and come with optional dipping sauces, like lemon curd and marshmallow.
You'll also find chocolate-covered xurros (xurros bañados) and xurros stuffed with dolce de leche or crema catalana, and then there's the pro move of ordering the xuixos, the crema catalana-stuffed pastry dusted in sugar and cinnamon that always seems to be sold out at Ataula. All of which pair excellently with the drinking chocolate made with a carefully researched roast of Cocanú chocolate.
The coffee shouldn't be ignored either. Featuring Local Roasting Co., 180 serves traditional espressos and cappuccinos as well as Spanish coffees like Bombon, a shot of espresso with equal part sweetened condensed milk. Local Roasting makes its own home-made hazelnut milk for lattes, too.
Beginning Friday, 180 will be open every day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.