I’m what you might call a late-blooming cautious foodie. What does that mean exactly? Well, I say cautious because I have a lot of food allergies (shellfish, cilantro, pumpkin, mushroom, cranberries and a few other things too- it’s a long list) so I do have to check about what goes into my food. I’m a foodie because I LOVE trying new things. And I’m a late-blooming foodie because I came from a family that was not very adventurous in the food department. So that’s why I have a confession. I’m 36 and I’d never had a churro before Saturday. I know! It’s crazy. I’ve seen them on so many food shows and that’s why we decided to make a trip out to Leesburg to enjoy the nice weather and sample churros from the much buzzed about Churrology.
Churrology is located in downtown Leesburg and we actually found parking fairly easily across the street (Note not a good parking garage for parents with strollers) and it was free since it was a weekend. During the early part of the day B Donuts occupies the space and from 2pm to 6pm it’s Churrology’s turn to shine. At first I thought that it was a really good use of space, but after smelling it I’m not so sure. I don’t know if ventilation is a problem or what, but the building reeks of old oil, like a bad fish fry. I really lost my appetite in line and had I not been committed to try this item, I would have left based on the smell alone. The store is extremely small, I couldn’t even get my single stroller comfortably in line and had to back up and move our kids outside when I noticed a sign inside talking about fire safety and not blocking the door. I want things to be safe for me and for everyone dining/working at a business, but I would have appreciated seeing the signage from outside before I had to do so many maneuvers. I realize it could be a deterrent to business, but I was really annoyed that I couldn’t get a stroller into a business that sells churros. It’s not a great space to take kids based on the seating. I’m glad it was a nice night because RJ and our two boys were waiting outside during the long wait to order and receive our food. I stood in line for 15 minutes, with only 3 people in front of me. They were literally frying them to order and the wait in a small, dark and stale oil smelling cattle shoot was really a downer.
Finally, it was time to order my churros. I was initially excited because I saw that you can order churros with different coatings like Fruity Pebbles, graham crackers and Oreos. You can even order them with ice cream. I was hoping that the outing would get more fun once I had my churros. I was wrong. After hearing presenters on TV and reading about them, I was expecting churros to be crispy on the outside and to be sweetly spicy from a coating of cinnamon sugar. What I got was a hunk of fried stuff that wasn’t particular crispy, was mushy in the middle and didn’t taste of cinnamon or sugar at all. Even though the churros were fried to order the oil taste was so heavy it completely coated my palate. I couldn’t taste the Fruity Pebbles on the Yabba Dabba Doo at all and only had the Oreos from the coating of the Churr-eo register as a distinct flavor. RJ tried the Yabba Dabba Doo first and he said he could taste them on the first bite, but after a couple of bites that the fatty oil taste took over. He liked the Churr-eo best too and thought the traditional flavor was very weak in cinnamon sugar flavor. G, our toddler, wouldn’t even eat a bite of the Churr-eo and this kid LOVES Oreos.
Between the wait time, the terrible smell inside the building and the fat soaked churros, I would recommend skipping Churrology. RJ said that I could have gotten a better churro at Costco and I think I’ll definitely be waiting until theme park/ county fair season before I try them again. Oh well, at least I got an item checked off my food bucket list!