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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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  1. elmomonster RE: Wheggi 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.

    http://monstermunching.com

    1. brattenheimer RE: Wheggi 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.

      http://www.chow.com/places/5600

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        ahuacatl RE: brattenheimer Mar 13, 2008 07:38 PM

        Fried and Argentinean, but tasty.

      2. DiveFan RE: Wheggi 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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          DiveFan RE: DiveFan Mar 13, 2008 11:10 PM

          Links!

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          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

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            ahuacatl RE: DiveFan 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 EspaƱola and Lawndale would be a perfect halfway point, hmmm.

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          andytseng RE: Wheggi Mar 14, 2008 04:51 AM

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

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            Burger Boy RE: andytseng Mar 14, 2008 07:01 AM

            The beef is tremendous!

          2. GourMel RE: Wheggi 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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              Burger Boy RE: GourMel Mar 14, 2008 07:02 AM

              The chicken is my favorite but they are all good!

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              hounddog RE: Wheggi 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

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