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Sarah's Empanadas - Durham, NC

alan412 Aug 31, 2009 10:04 AM

I know this place has been around forever, but I hadn't gotten around to trying it until today.

I had: spinach + cheese empanada, chicken empanada + gazpacho soup. water to drink. total cost including tip: 9 dollars.

The spinach empanada was wonderful and it was love at first bite. (I am a sucker for spinach + cheese so your mileage may vary.)

The chicken emanada was good, but with the mixture of chicken and beans it paled in comparison to the spinach one.

The soup was wonderful and reminded me of summer with each spoonful. (It is uncharacteristically cool here today.) It reminded me of how wonderful raw can be.

I give this 2 thumbs up!!

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  1. Naco RE: alan412 Sep 1, 2009 08:35 AM

    It's a good place, I'm surprised that it doesn't get more love on here. At any rate, it's pretty much the only game in town if you want savory Chilean-style empanadas.

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      cburkhard RE: Naco Sep 12, 2009 08:20 PM

      really? I haven't ever had one there with the authentic pino filling- maybe it's something new they have?? Would LOVE to have some for the dieziocho...I wish we could find Chilean food up here!

      Viva Chile!

      1. re: cburkhard
        Naco RE: cburkhard Sep 12, 2009 08:56 PM

        It's been a while, so I'm not sure exactly what is on the menu. By "Chilean-style", I mean a larger empanada with a savory filling, usually containing meat. That's called an empanada chilena in much of South America. I believe the owners are Bolivian.

        Also, pino isn't the only filling that comes in a Chilean empanada. There are tons of different versions.

        1. re: Naco
          cburkhard RE: Naco Sep 13, 2009 09:18 AM

          Oh I know, but pino is my favorite! And I didn't know a savory empanada was known as empanada chilena in other parts of South America- all of my S.A. experience is confined to Chile, so I am kinda provincial!

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      dschoonmaker RE: alan412 Sep 1, 2009 01:21 PM

      I like the empanadas a lot, but the lunch special is one of the real food bargains of RTP. Usually a riff on chicken with rice and a salad, but the other day I had salmon with the same sides. $5.95. Add a guarana to drink, and you're still out the door for less than $7.50.

      One caveat: The special usually sells out by 12:30.

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        billyjack RE: alan412 Sep 2, 2009 12:21 PM

        This place is great, I wish I could find something similar here in Charlotte.

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          antoniamatthews RE: alan412 Sep 12, 2009 05:38 PM

          Sarah's is top on my list of weekday lunchtime spots - they are quick, the prices are good and the food is great. The owner has a bit of an attitude at times, but the food and wait staff more than makes up for it. Personally, I think the beans and chicken/cheese empanada are the best things on the menu - but you can't really go wrong with any of the empanadas here.

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