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Empanadas in Montreal

CMT Sep 16, 2010 04:05 PM


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

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    dmarg RE: CMT Sep 16, 2010 09:00 PM

    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: http://stormotion.com/LaChilenitaFra

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      ios94 RE: dmarg Sep 17, 2010 05:29 AM

      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.

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        kpaxonite RE: dmarg Sep 17, 2010 02:30 PM

        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

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          Evilbanana11 RE: dmarg Sep 17, 2010 05:05 PM

          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?

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            kpaxonite RE: Evilbanana11 Sep 17, 2010 05:27 PM

            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.

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              lagatta RE: kpaxonite Sep 18, 2010 06:44 AM

              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.

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            kpaxonite RE: dmarg Sep 17, 2010 05:35 PM

            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

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              CMT RE: dmarg Oct 14, 2010 08:04 AM

              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

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              lagatta RE: CMT Sep 17, 2010 06:19 AM

              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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/530075

              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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                sir_jiffy RE: lagatta Sep 17, 2010 07:04 AM

                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. kpzoo RE: CMT Sep 17, 2010 06:35 AM

                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

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                  stephlovestoeat RE: CMT Sep 17, 2010 08:03 AM

                  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.

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                    Shattered RE: CMT Sep 18, 2010 03:04 PM

                    More votes for La Chilenita and Bocadillo, both delicious.

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

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                      rakeypakey RE: CMT Sep 18, 2010 05:25 PM

                      There's also the Latino market on St. Laurent between Marianne and Mont Royal... can't remember the name but you can't miss it (beside Sakaris). I like La Chilenta but the Latino market has more different nationalities and their hot sauce is way way hotter!!!!

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                        lagatta RE: rakeypakey Sep 18, 2010 06:59 PM

                        That is also Andes, as on Bélanger, though I think both have changed their name.

                        Sauces in the Southern Cone are not typically very hot - just a bit hot in Chile and not at all in Argentina.

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                        JeromeM RE: CMT Sep 20, 2010 08:44 AM

                        Has anyone ever been to the empenadas and pupuseria on corner Jarry and Foucher. They supposely make good ones but i'd like to have another review. Still I don't know their name.

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                          SnackHappy RE: JeromeM Sep 20, 2010 09:12 AM

                          The place is called Las Palmas. I had pupusas there a few years ago and quite enjoyed them. I don't remember seeing empanadas, though.

                          Restaurant Las Palmas
                          632, rue Jarry E

                          Restaurant Las Palmas
                          632 Rue Jarry E, Montreal, QC H2P1V7, CA

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                            Bwitch RE: SnackHappy Sep 20, 2010 10:15 AM

                            I thought Las Palmas was on Rachel just east of St-Laurent. There is a Colombian restaurant on rue Rachel by that name and their empanadas are fabulous, but they are deep fried, not baked.

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                              SnackHappy RE: Bwitch Sep 20, 2010 10:28 AM

                              Yes, they're two separate places. The one on Rachel is called Cafeteria Las Palmas. I like their Colombian-style empanadas, too.

                              Cafeteria Las Palmas
                              14, rue Rachel Est

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                                JeromeM RE: SnackHappy Sep 21, 2010 12:05 AM

                                Thanks, i'll give it a try

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                          Boluda RE: CMT Oct 16, 2010 07:11 AM

                          NAPO! in Saint-Michel. That's the only place to bring an Argentinian friend ....

                          La Chilenita...meh. Too much dough. Argentinian empadanas are def superior.

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                            blondee_47 RE: Boluda Oct 16, 2010 01:56 PM

                            Sabor Latino on Belanger East has a restaurant attached that has Empanadas from all Latin countries...I thought they were delicious but then I am an empanada newbie.

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