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Sep 16, 2010 04:05 PM

Empanadas in Montreal


Friend from Argentina coming.......looking for quality empanadas from South America......any ideas beyond Andes on Belanger?

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  1. CMT, there is only one place you need to know: La Chilenta on Marie Anne (cnr Clark). I've been buying their empanadas (a dozen each time) for 2 years and I have never been disappointed.

    Here is their web site:

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    1. re: dmarg

      Not an true connaisseur on empanadas since I've only tried them at a handful of places but I had the beef ones at Bocadillo during the St Laurent Sidewalk Sale and they were the best from the few places I've had them at. The Salvadorian market Mundial on Casgrain right across from JTM has a few different types as well which are decent. CMT, I keep hearing about Chilenta I'll have to check it out. Thanks.

      1. re: dmarg

        Im going to check this place out now...its annoying their website doesnt have their address

        La Chilenita
        152 rue Napoléon, Montréal, QC H2W 1K8, Canada +1 514-286-6075

        Update: Absolutely delicious... the lady was really nice even though I dont speak spanish and she hardly speaks english or french. She told me the salsa isnt spicy... I would say its very spicy like sriracha sauce.

        La Chilenita
        152 Rue Napoleon, Montreal, QC H2W, CA

        1. re: dmarg

          Which ones are the best? They have so many different kinds on their menu. I'm guessing the "Chilena" and chicken one are most authentic?

          1. re: Evilbanana11

            I bought six (4 types).
            So far I have eaten the chilena one which was very good and also the epinards one. When I walked in I had no clue what I wanted but the lady told me the chilena one was the most popular so I ordered two. I really wanted to try the epinards one and based on the first one im glad I ordered a second.
            The other two I bought were a chicken and a napolitana based on the ladys suggestion.

            The lady was really nice and inside the box she wrote which ones were which.

            1. re: kpaxonite

              I have eaten spinach empanadas (sometimes with a cheese similar to ricotta) in places catering mostly to people from the Cono Sur of South America (Argntina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay). Yes, those peoples are legendary meat-eaters, but if I recall from my readings (in Spanish) on empanadas, the spinach variety were Lenten. And Chileans, with a coast richer in fishery and relatively less grazing lands than Argentines, also ate seafood in empanadas and otherwise.

              Some of their other varieties seem either Italian calzones or inventions for the local market, in particular for vegetarians. But that doesn't mean they aren't good.

          2. re: dmarg

            Do you/can you freeze them... I would love to have a stash in my freezer ...but I live fairly close by so sacrificing quality wouldnt really be worth it.

            PS make sure you have tums/rolaids

            1. re: dmarg

              You are absolutely correct!....Chilenita on Napoleon beat Boucherie on Beaubien & place on Somerled by significant distance, as well as the fact that the people there were most friendly & helpful......a good bet for lunch....I will try soon

            2. Chilenita makes very good empanadas, but only in the Chilean style. You'll find both Argentine and Chilean style empanadas at NAPO, in St-Michel. NAPO boulangerie, 9897 boulevard St-Michel 387.5333

              Here is an older thread about empanadas:

              Boucherie St-Viateur makes good empanadas now in the Argentine and Chilean styles, for a good price. But you have to make sure they are freshly-made. Better to go there Friday evening or Saturday (they are closed on Sundays).

              Boucherie St-Viateur, 88, rue Beaubien e. 276.6759 (corner Casgrain, between St-Laurent and St-Denis, due south of Jean-Talno market).

              I haven't been to Bocadillo yet.

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              1. re: lagatta

                I largely preferred the empanadas at NAPO then those at the Chilenita. I also liked those at a Greek-Chilean bakery (probably an old greek bakery that has been taken over by chileans) on Jean-Talon, a little west of Parc (I think it is Riviera Bakey based on a google street view recon mission...), but these are cleary more chilean than argentinean in style.

              2. Has anyone tried the empanadas at the Argentinean churros place on Somerled in NDG? They have a fairly big variety in a heated case, but I haven't tried them yet.

                Oh hey, they even have their own site!

                Che Churro
                6543 Ave. Somerled

                1. I like La Chilenita very much. However, your Argentinian friend may not if you want more authentic Argentinian empanadas. I have several Argentinian friends here and they love a place up in Laval.

                  Empanadas Et Cie
                  1135, boul Lesage, Laval, QC H7E 4V4

                  The cheese and onion are fantastic. The only pproblem, is unlike most places, the dough is folded the same way for all fillings so sometimes it hard to know what you get if they are mixed in a box. Get them to identify them and you'll be all set.

                  1. More votes for La Chilenita and Bocadillo, both delicious.

                    La Chilenita
                    152 Rue Napoleon, Montreal, QC H2W, CA