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New to the boards and I just wanted to get an idea of people's favorite places for Empanadas, particularly on the Eastside.

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  1. Sorry - not familiar with the Eastside, but if your out in the westside, try Empanadas Place on Sawtelle Blvd, just south of Venice Blvd - they probably have a dozen varieties that would make most tastes happy - they deep-fry their empanadas. They've been there for at least 15 to 20 years. They also have great alfajores - those light shortbread-like cookies with the scruptious dolce de leche in the middle.

    If you're in downtown Culver City area, go to Grand Casino Bakery on Main Street - Argentina-emersion! Only four varieties of empanadas but all are really good - and they bake theirs - a little smaller and lighter which fools you into eating twice as much! Their alfajores are great and so is everything else in the bakery. If I had to guess, I would say that at least 70% of their
    clients in the bakery/cafe at any given time are folks from Argentina. If that's not a vote of confidence, I don't know what is...

    1. New Argentine (well really Argentine/Mexican) on Cesar Chavez and Eastern, called Che's. Husband Argentine, wife Mexican and they have terrific empanadas which are CHEAP! Good deals on specials, like pizza, chicken and empanadas for 20-30 bucks for a crowd.

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      1. re: TastELA

        A little clarification please.
        Is it called New Argentine or Che's?
        Can't find it on Google.
        More specific on the location...is it on Cesar Chavez or Eastern?
        Maybe an address?

        1. re: TastELA

          Here's the info you asked for:
          Che's Pizza & Empanadas
          4310 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
          Los Angeles, CA 90022
          Their food is tasty and you can't beat the price. It's an Argentine/Mexican couple who've developed a variety of traditional Argentine empanadas and delicious & savory Mexican fillings like potato & chorizo or carne asada & green peppers. Good Stuff!!

        2. Went to a Spanish wine tasting Sunday afternoon at Silver Lake Wine Store, and they provided both spinach and chicken empanadas as some of the food, and they said they were from Carniceria Argentino in No. Hwd. at 11740 Victory Blvd., near Lankershim,(818.762.9977)which is not too far to go from the east side if you utilize the 170 Fwy to Victory Blvd.
          They sure were good!!!

          1. Spain on Glendale Blvd. (not sure of the cross street, I think it's just N of Berkeley) in Echo Park might have them. I think it is owned by Argentinians.

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            1. re: blk

              Someone who lives in Silver Lake told me their pretty good. Stopped by the other day and they're closed for vacation until next week.

            2. Porto's Bakery in Glendale and Burbank has really tasty empanadas. In Pasadena, Gelson's has big and flaky chicken empanadas that I really enjoy. Sometime they do sell out so call first. Monrovia, while I never tried this, I have heard good thing about Empanadas Gourmet & Pizza 113 East Lemon Ave. Monrovia, California 91016 ph. (626) 359 - 0946. I think they also have a food stand on Friday Farmer Market in Monrovia.

              1. Empanadas Gourmet in Monrovia are ok, kind of dry for me. They do have a little stand on the weekends in Old Town Monrovia during the spring/summer months. Just going down there is fun. Tito’s Market in El Monte has them too, they are a little bit juicier, I like them but people born in Argentina don’t. You also have El Gaucho Meat Market in Manhattan Beach, they are pretty good, El Gran Casino are really good, kind of far for me but on a Sunday morning just going down there for facturas, and then hanging out for their empanadas, YUM!! You can also try El Gaucho Grill, they are in L.A. somewhere and also Pasadena, but for me they are to Americanized. There is El Sandwichero in Downey I think, they are good and huge.

                1. You can try Empanadas Gourmet & Pizza in Monrovia. Here's a mini-review: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/la...

                  There is also an Argentinean super market in Rosemead, but I don't have the name available.

                  Raymond

                  1. Has anyone tried the empanadas sold at Whole Foods by the Border girls?

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                    1. re: LLLLL

                      Yes...if you like the Border Girls in general, you'll probably like these. I don't like their food, and don't like their empanadas. I don't find their food flavorful enough. It seems like they use nice ingredients, but the finished product just doesn't work for me in practice.

                      1. re: writergirl

                        Totally agree with that assessment - Border Girls try to offend no one and yet often enough, offend everyone, as there is so little flavor/spice/character in their grocery products carried by Whole Foods. And in fact, that is quite often the same scenario with the deli section at Whole Foods as well.

                    2. The empanadas at Rincon Chileno near Scoops on Melrose and the 101 are great - and on the Eastside.

                      1. ok, can't find the menu I had but it's called something like Che's Pizza and Empanadas. It is on the south west corner of Eastern and Chesar Chavez. It's in a strip mall with a video store and some other food places. I don't have the address/phone but when I pass by on my way to work today I will get them. The family owners are very sweet, speak some English and do delivery (don't know how far). My husband who is from Argentina thinks it's pretty good. I really like their empanadas which they will do umpteen ways and the prices are rock bottom.

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                        1. re: TastELA

                          Found it this morning.
                          Little frustrating- I got there at 10:50 and the guy says they open at 11:00. So I go down the street to Juanitos(I think they have the best tamales-biggest and lots of meat) to get some tamales and come back and its 11:00 and the guy says they won't have any empanadas for at least another 15 minutes because the ovens aren't heated up yet. So it'll have to wait for another day. Luckily it isn't that far from me.

                          Ended up for lunch at Jin Jiang(J&J) in San Gabriel...great dumplings.

                          1. re: monku

                            Occasionally there is a surprisingly tasty ground chicken empanada at Gelson's hot deli in Silver Lake.

                        2. The empanadas at Tropicalia and Vinoteca (they share a kitchen) in Los Feliz on Hillhurst are quite tasty.