Sarah's Empanadas - Durham, NC
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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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.
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.
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.