Best empanadas in LA found in Lomita
Thanks for the recommendation, we live nearby and were excited to try the empanadas this weekend. Tried the spicy beef, chicken, ham and cheese, and spinach and cheese. All were good, spicy beef and chicken were standouts. Spciy beef is actually quite spicy, but not too much so if you like spicy food. Chicken was very mildly spicy. They also have regular beef but we didn't try that one. At $1.35 each/$14 dozen, and close to home, this is going to be part of our regular rotation. We also had the alfajores (cookies with dulce de leche filling). I'd never had Argentinian style alfajores before. The cookie was more cake-like and there was some coconut on the outside, as compared to Peruvian style. Delicious, but I prefer the ones at nearby Kotosh at Kamiyama (although I wishe they weren't huge), where the cookies are more buttery and less crumbly/cake-like. Also, at $8 for 7 cookies, the alfajores are almost the same price as the empanadas! All that said, I'd still get them again in a heartbeat. In addition, the market had a nice little selection of Argentinian and Peruvian groceries. Overall, a very welcome addition to the neighborhood!
I was thrilled when this place popped up around the corner from me! I'm a regular at their other branch in Hawthorne, on Prairie just south of El Segundo. These empanadas are the best I've had, here or in Latin America. And they just started branding them so you can tell which kind they are. I love the spicy beef, but the spinach have become my go-to. The spinach is in a light bechamel, and it's just super tasty. Call ahead if you don't want to wait! They'll have them ready for you.
I also like Empanada's Place, but I personally find Continental Gourmet's much better. I prefer the smaller size, which lets you sample more of the variety, and I love the crust, which is crisp and flaky but not greasy. I think they crust to filling ratio is also spot-on, which is important to me in any filled pie. The empanadas at EP feel heavy and clunky to me in comparison, and I find them much more greasy.
Here's the other location for those who live a little more north:
Continental Gourmet Market
12921 Prairie Avenue