This cute little spot right next to the super-indie Royal Theatre is apparently co-owned by a Venezuelan soap opera actor and a Bolivian model. If that’s not caliente enough for you, the food here certainly is. The churros con chocolate are pure España, slender and crispy and served with a small cup of warm creamy chocolate for dipping. The rest of the menu is intriguing, with organic chicken and filet mignon paninis alongside tortilla española and bocadillos de atun. And the bodega-style vibe almost makes you feel like you’re back at a cafe in Madrid, until you remember you have to run and feed the meter.
Churros Calientes, 11521 Santa Monica Blvd, 90025. Open Tues-Sun 11:30-10:00.