This week I was invited to a sneak peak of a new restaurant breaking onto the PDX scene. 180. The premise of this new venture starring acclaimed chefs José Chesa and his wife Cristina Baéz (of Ataula), along with partner/chef David Martin is a Xurreria, or churro and coffee bar. I loved getting a sneak peak into the magic that is 180.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 29, Portlanders can transport themselves to the streets of Spain and enjoy authentic Spanish xurros (chu rōs) at Portland’s first dedicated Xurreria. The name 180 comes from the temperature (180 C) of the oil when cooking these delicious treats. The intimate space provides a glimpse into the process of making these delicate, yet rich treats.
Made to order, traditional xurros are fried at about 180° celsius and come out with a scrumptious crunchy exterior and warm fluffy interior. 180’s xurros also have the unexpected benefit of being vegan friendly. Xurros are available plain or with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon.
Xurros Bañados are traditional xurros served with a delicious coating of xocolata and finished with Jacobsen’s salt.
Housemade Dipping Sauces
Xurros are made to order and ready to be dipped in a housemade sauce with Cocanú chocolate, the classic dip for xurros, but also a drinking chocolate! the best part! Other sauces include caramel/peanut butter, marshmallow cream, and a special seasonal sauce.
Xurros will be available with a selection of different fillings including traditional crema catalana, dulce de leche, or the more Portland-centric flavor, housemade crema de xocolata.
Another traditional pastry from Catalonia; xuixos are a sweet cylindrical fritter that are available daily until “we sell out”, rolled in sugar and cinnamon and filled with crema catalana.
A flat bread native to Catalonia, Coca Bread won the hearts of patrons at Chef José Chesa’s first Portland restaurant, Ataula. Perfect for a simple bite at home, whether sweet with a swipe of chocolate spread or savory with tomato for Catalonian pa amb tomáquet. This scrumptious bread is made fresh daily will be available by the loaf while supplies last in the 180 xurro shop.
Xurros without rich drinking xocolata or dark roasted espresso is like Oreos without milk, the beverages are a necessity for the ultimate Spanish experience. The 180 team researched extensively for local purveyors that could supply the taste of Spain in Portland, Oregon. Chesa and Martin found the nostalgic taste of the flavors they had growing up in Portland with Cocanú chocolate for the essential drinking xocolata and Local Roasting Co. coffee beans for 180 for such Spain 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.
Opening day is 1/29 from 8am-4pm and they have a special treat for opening day! They will be giving away complimentary xurros 3 pack, while supplies last- don’t miss out. Stop by 180 PDX it’s something new and fun in Portland- I loved this little shop and I think you will too!
180 is located at: 2218 NE Broadway Portland, Oregon