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Favorite Empanada

Wheggi Mar 13, 2008 05:24 PM

Lately I've been gettting empanadas at Johnny Pacific's (Winnetka and Saticoy in the SFV) and really enjoying them. The potato-chorizo ones are very yummy. However, my empanada experience is very limited so I don't even know if these are good compared to others. Still, I like them nonetheless :).

Where else would you suggest getting these?

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    hounddog Mar 14, 2008 08:57 PM

    If your close to Johnnys then try empanadas at Buenos Aries Cafe in Northridge (Corbin & Nordhoff) near Target. Spinach is the best, chicken a little salty

    1. GourMel Mar 14, 2008 04:56 AM

      Mercado Buenos Aires: 7542 Sepulveda in Van Nuys.
      Their empanadas are outstanding and authentic. They taste particularly delicious when you take them home and bake them at 350 until they are piping hot. Buy a container of their chimichurri sauce for dipping.

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      1. re: GourMel
        Burger Boy Mar 14, 2008 07:02 AM

        The chicken is my favorite but they are all good!

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        andytseng Mar 14, 2008 04:51 AM

        If you're ever in the SGV, stop by Tito's Market.

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        1. re: andytseng
          Burger Boy Mar 14, 2008 07:01 AM

          The beef is tremendous!

        2. DiveFan Mar 13, 2008 07:48 PM

          The south bay has a good selection of empanada places. Try El Gaucho and Continental Market for Argentianian style, Rincon Chileno for Chilean, Varadero Cafe and Rosy's for Cuban, and Mi Ama for Columbian.
          I'll link when CH stops being spastic :-(.

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          1. re: DiveFan
            DiveFan Mar 13, 2008 11:10 PM


            Varadero Cuban Cafe and Bakery
            14201 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Continental Gourmet Market
            12921 Prairie Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Empanada's Place
            3811 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

            Mi Ama Restaurant
            14605 Prairie Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260

            Porto's Bakery
            315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

            Red Ribbon Bakeshop
            11900 South St, Cerritos, CA 90703

            El Gaucho Market
            2715 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

            Rosy's Bakery & Cuban Cafe
            12215 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

            Rincon Chileno
            15418 Hawthorne Blvd Ste B, Lawndale, CA 90260

            Johnny Pacific Empanada
            7574 Winnetka Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91306

            1. re: DiveFan
              ahuacatl Mar 14, 2008 05:36 PM

              Rincon Chileno Deli in Lawndale came up last time. They have a smoola site with some photos/menu and the empanada picture is very compelling, especially since they have pebre. I've been meaning to visit La Española and Lawndale would be a perfect halfway point, hmmm.

          2. brattenheimer Mar 13, 2008 07:27 PM

            Check out Empanada's Place in West L.A., on Sawtelle at Venice Blvd near the 405. They're quite tasty.


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            1. re: brattenheimer
              ahuacatl Mar 13, 2008 07:38 PM

              Fried and Argentinean, but tasty.

            2. elmomonster Mar 13, 2008 07:20 PM

              Portos in Glendale. Crumbly, buttery, full of savory chicken and spice.

              Also, Red Ribbon Bakery in Cerritos. Simple, crunchy crust, nothin' but shredded chicken inside.


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