Portland’s first Spanish xurreria is opening this Friday. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while they last) the xurreria, dubbed 180, will be giving away a delightful xurro 3 pack with chocolate dipping sauce. You’ll be enticed to venture further into the European experience as their full menu of Spanish treats will be available for purchase on opening day.
So what’s a xurro? Although Americans may be familiar with the churro they get every year at the local county fair, it doesn’t compare to authentic xurros (chu rō) from Spain. Originally dreamed up by husband and wife team José Chesa and Cristina Baéz, (of Ataula Restaurant) long time friend David Martin joined forces with the couple to bring 180, Portland’s first xurreria, in order to share the traditional and beloved Spanish xurros.
José and David were raised eating these scrumptious treats in Spain and are eager to transport those young and young at heart to the streets of their youth, where they can watch xurros made to order and fried at about 180 degrees celsius (hence the name) through large windows in their open kitchen space. The menu features plain, sugar & cinnamon, chocolate covered, or filled xurros, expertly paired with hot chocolate supplied by Cocanú and coffee from Local Roasting Company.
I had the pleasure of watching the 180 chefs create xurros right before my eyes. They made chocolate xurros sprinkled with Jacobson Sea Salt, and xurros with tasty dipping sauces. But my all time favorite is the plain xurro lightly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and accompanied by drinking chocolate. Dipping this light pastry into the chocolate made for a treat that will bring me back to 180 time after time.
Xurros without rich drinking xocolata or dark roasted espresso is like Oreos without milk. The beverages are a necessity for the ultimate Spanish experience. Chesa and Martin found the nostalgic flavors of their youth right here in Portland. They selected Cocanú chocolate for the essential drinking xocolata and Local Roasting Co. coffee beans for such Spanish classics as Cafe Bombón and Cortado. Coffee is also served with a variety of milk options such as locally grown soy and hazelnut milks to meet most dietary restrictions.
The small shop, located at 2218 NE Broadway, Portland, Ore., opens tomorrow. Once you sample the xurros, you’ll agree with me that donuts may be taking a back seat to the light and tasty xurros made to order for you at 180.
When you visit you might see construction activity going on next door. Watch for another Spanish favorite there. Rumor has it Chesa is going to open a Spanish Paella restaurant in that space.
For more information and opening details visit the 180 Xurros + Xocolata Shop website. Follow 180 on social media @180pdx and/or join the conversation with #180pdx on Instagram. Their phone number is (503) 477-9163