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Jun 2, 2012 11:15 AM

Looking for Empanadas in the East Bay

I'd like to buy a large amount of empanadas for a party, and am wondering if anyone has a suggestion of either a market that sells them (in the Fruitvale area?) or a Latin American bakery perhaps?

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  1. The Mexican bakeries pretty much all make pineapple empanadas. Casa Latina in Berkeley is above average.

    Savory are harder to find. Mi Tierra might have them, they stock some Chilean and Argentine stuff.

    Has anyone seen Empi at farmers markets lately? Their Web site is offline.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'm lookin' for savory.
      Mi Tierra is a good suggestion.

      1. re: escargot3

        Specialty Foods (formerly Oriental Lucky Mart) has delicious Jamaican patties that are the same thing under a different name.

    2. You might give Angie's Bakery a call and see what she can make for you. Her prices were very reasonable.
      Angie's Bakery
      12889 San Pablo Ave
      Richmond, CA 94805
      (510) 776-4759

      1. cafe valparaiso caters. they make chilean empanadas..including cocktail size. im not their biggest fan

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        1. re: majordanby

          The one in La Pena? I've never heard anything good about Cafe Valparaiso, in particular from Latin Americans.

          1. re: ML8000

            >>I've never heard anything good about Cafe Valparaiso

            For good reason. I cant vouch for any of their other items, but their empanadas are not great (despite the assertions on their website). That's the only east bay place that came to my mind that handles large orders.

        2. El Porteno is at the Old Oakland Farmer's Market Fridays and can certainly handle a large order. The empanadas are good; if I have a complaint it's that certain varieties have a more croissant-like texture whereas I prefer a stiffer crumb. 6-8 savory flavors with a seasonal bias; i.e. Brentwood corn when available. Recommended.

          1. Sabores del Sur is based in Walnut Creek. You could probably arrange to have them delivered, if you need a large amount, or arrange for pick up at one of their outlets. It's a La Cocina small biz.

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Great suggestion to contact Sabores del Sur. And owner/chef Giselle will deliver them to us!

              1. re: escargot3

                Super! Let us know how it goes. IIRC, my friend who ordered empanadas went to pick them up and found out it was her wedding day or something else of that magnitude. She still fulfilled the order.