Riverside’s new churro spot is satisfactory but pricey

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The Loop is located on 3678 Central ave. in downtown Riverside. (Daniel Hernandez | Viewpoints)
By Stephanie Arenas

Back in Sept. 2020, I wrote a review on a quaint little boba place called Kung Fu Tea and since then, I’ve always wondered if any new fun food locations would open up in the near future.

Well, that thought came true as a new restaurant opened right next door to Kung Fu Tea called The Loop.

The Loop sells a variety of handcrafted churros as well as soft serve ice cream and cute and colorful drinks perfect for an Instagram photoshoot.

Personally, I’ve never been much of a fan of sugary treats. Growing up, I’ve always preferred the flavors that are tangy and spicy. However, a close friend of mine really wanted to try this place out, so I decided to give it a shot.

When we first arrived, I was blown away by the amount of people. The line looped around the entire store and amounted to an estimated wait time of roughly two hours.

Of course, my first thought was to leave.

However, after much dismay and the fact that my friend wanted to try The Loop out so badly, I decided to stick around and began conversing with the customer lined up in front of me..

“This is my third time coming this month,” said Maggie King, who lives about 30 minutes away from The Loop. “There’s no place like this where I live, so I think it’s worth the drive. My favorite thing to get right now is the Birthday Churro.”

Luckily, the line ran shorter than expected — it was our turn to order about an hour in. The menu was insane, as there were so many things to choose from. It’s safe to say that I was overwhelmed by the options.

I settled for the Strawberry Cheesecake Churro. After my friend and I finally left the location, we sat in my car and began to dig in.

In all honesty, it wasn’t that bad. The ice cream tasted like any normal soft serve ice cream and the churro tasted like any old normal churro.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was satisfied with the flavor overall. However, my main concern about the place are the prices.

For just a single churro, you would have to pay almost $6. Even more if you choose to have toppings as well.

While The Loop is definitely delicious and creative in its own way, it just seems like a scam when you can get the same exact thing at a smaller business for a lower price.

It also just seems as though people really only go to take pictures for their Instagram feed. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I do believe that a food location should be much more than that.

Overall The Loop was pretty satisfactory. I wasn’t disappointed or upset. However, you definitely could find a much better churro location for a cheaper price.

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