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Empanada Factory on Robertson?

Nicky Aug 5, 2008 12:59 PM

Has anyone tried it? It just opened a few weeks ago on Robertson around Beverlywood Street.

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  1. trojans RE: Nicky Aug 5, 2008 08:21 PM

    Sounds good, I am going to try it and let you know.

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      ahuacatl RE: trojans Aug 6, 2008 10:08 AM

      Yes, do please. Empanadas Place had a location in WeHo, but I thought they were too expensive for fried, small empanadas. I have yet to eat an empanada in LA that's even 'street grade' in south america. I really hope these are quality empanadas.

      edit: I looked them up and if it's the same people over in Venice, I think they had baked empanadas which tasted pretty good. I tried EF many years ago and I think it was more calzone than empanada, but I would eat them if they were that close.

    2. Skorgirl RE: Nicky Aug 6, 2008 12:07 AM

      What? I live at this intersection and I have not noticed it! Where exactly is it located? Not finding anything on google at this point.

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        ghozimoto RE: Skorgirl Aug 6, 2008 10:23 AM

        I think i saw it a couple of days ago --- it is where Al's sandwich shop used to be. If anybody goes please provide an update. looked up their website, they don't have a robertson location listed, but I swear i saw an empanadas joint in that vicinity not that long ago.

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          Love LA RE: Skorgirl Aug 6, 2008 11:13 AM

          Indeed, it is in the former Al's Sandwich shop. I drove today and was going to stop in, but they did not open until 11 a.m., and I was 1/2 hour too early. I did not see an address on the newly painted front, but it is next to 2515 S. Robertson. Will check it out ASAP.

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            ghozimoto RE: Love LA Aug 6, 2008 12:14 PM

            did the sign say when it closes?

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              Love LA RE: ghozimoto Aug 12, 2008 06:08 PM

              Finally got over to the Empanada Factory (Argentinian Empanadas), bought 3 of them: chicken (plump, flavorful); mozzarella (semi-filled, no basil that I could see); and ham/cheese (semi-filled, quite good). They have about 8-10 flavors in all. Generous size, maybe 4" long. The baked, not fried, is a plus for me as fried dough sometimes overwhelms the taste of the fillings and makes all the flavors inside taste the same. They are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day except Sunday. Other locations are at 1827 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; 1425 Ocean Front Walk, Venice; and 1253 N. Vine, L.A. Definitely would go back, although the inside of the place does not look that clean or tidy, and it was very HOT inside. Carry out is better than eating there. Website: argentinianempanadas.com (got this off their business card--have not actually gone there yet).

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              mstinawu RE: Love LA Nov 16, 2008 09:26 AM

              Why oh why did they close Al's Sandwich Shop? I've been having a hankering for their Philly Cheese w/ egg but it seems like I can never satisfy that craving again. :(

          2. Mattapoisett in LA RE: Nicky Aug 7, 2008 02:07 PM

            I went yesterday and I'm conflicted. The Empanadas are made fresh. Someone was cranking them out on a hand crank Empanada stuffer behind the counter. The shell was tender and the dough was not not overworked they are baked not fried which I liked but the fillings were meh. The other big problem was there was a lot of confusion by the counter person of what was under the shell. I asked for chicken I got beef. Then I asked for Chicken again and got this Curry thing which might have had Chicken. The queso and Onion was decent but the ham and cheese had no Ham and the Mozzarella tomato and basil had no basil. Oh and the hot sauce was the smart and final house brand packets

            The Empanadas can be had 3 for $6, They also Offer a Milanesas sandwiches (beef only) and a few salads. The Menu is a condensed version of their hollywood location.

            I Like it enough that I'll try it a few more times before making a final call on it. But it is close and reasonable priced. I wish they had more flavorful fillings like Salteñas, Criolla etc and I'll bring my own Hot sauce.

            Take Care
            - P.

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              AAQjr RE: Mattapoisett in LA Aug 7, 2008 03:14 PM

              Almost impossible to find good Salteñas. Heck even bad ones are hard to find! I wish we had more Bolivians in our CC little SA!

              Maybe I'll make some for Christmas this year.

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