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Jun 12, 2007 12:39 PM

Best empanadas in TO?

Just got back from Vegas where I tried the most scrumptious handmade empanadas ever at a restaurant recommended to me by another Chowhound. Where in TO can I find the best homemade empanadas? Thanks.

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  1. El Gordo on Augusta. Owned by the same family as Segovia Meats. They make around 40 varieties, and retail at somewhere between $1.50 and $2. Great flavours, not too much pastry, and varying levels of heat to choose from.

    1. I'm probably not the best person to answer this, since I thought I hated empanadas until this past weekend, but I have since recanted my former opinion and found the empanadas at (I think it's called ) Jumbo Empanadas absolutely satisfying. The contents are surprising. Egg? Olive? And the homemade pico de gallo type salsa is out of this world.

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      1. re: pouletsecret

        Jumbo Empanadas is leagues better than El Gordo.

        1. re: Chester Eleganté

          Apples and oranges, dude. Jumbo Empanada is sit-down, with salads, drinks, etc., while El Gordo is take out only, smaller pieces at street food prices. I'm guessing you haven't tried many of the flavours.......

          1. re: Snarf

            You're right, I didn't bother trying many of their flavours, since JE's were so much better. I'm not trying to compare size, or whether or not you can sit down, or have a salad, or other superfluous considerations. Rather, that the empanadas are way more delicious, and memorable at that. You and others may think differently. It's all good.

          2. re: Chester Eleganté

            Are the Jumbo Empanada empanadas made with pastry or dough?

            1. re: Moimoi

              They are dough, a wonderful crispy chewy shiny dough that I can't seem to re-create. Perola does sell frozen dough, which is my out. I think the thing I love best about their empanadas is the salsa.

              FYI - They did minature empanadas for a party for me once. Pre-order.

        2. I am going to Vegas for a wedding in a couple of weeks...where did you go for you empanandas?

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          1. re: Lazar

            Rincon De Buenos Aires, 5300 Spring Mountain Rd. Nothing like the strip - a small, family restaurant - almost like a cafeteria. Small grocery store at back is definitely a cool find for any foodie. I just tried one of El Gordo's empanadas today, and they don't come close to the ones in Vegas. Rincon's empanadas had a delicate pastry, and I won't even begin to describe the fillings - out of this world! El Gordo's are dough. Will give them another try though. Unfortunately, it cost us about $14 for the cab there from the hotel even though it was only a couple of kms away (that's Vegas). I'm almost thinking about contacting them and seeing if they can courier me a couple dozen mixed, along with their chimichurri sauce - also a non-negotiable must try. Spectacular! Let me know if you go, and do yourself a favour and bring some back (sauce too) - see if they can vacu-pack them.

            1. re: Moimoi

              Moimoi, I am sorry to say that I was not able to make it out to Rincon. The wedding events took up most of the time, and I tried to see if I could make it out there before my Sunday morning flight home, but I found out that they didn't open until 10 or 10:30 on Sundays, and that was cutting far too close for comfort for my flight. So suffice it to say that I was more than a little dissappointed.

          2. JUMBO EMPANADAS is amazing, fresh / homemade and their salsa completes the experience. El Gordo can be fun because of the onslaught of variosu kinds (one feels like they are in an Ice Cream parlor when looking at the various flavours on their menu). Still, even if only doing take out I do it from JUMBO, because IMHO they are significantly better.

            1. Try Jumbo Empanadas, but order the beef! (or cheese for a smaller snack)

              Pass on the chicken or veggie empanada... not tasty.

              The Chilean Salad is great.

              Also great is the "corn pie" mmmmmmmmm