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Jun 20, 2012 12:57 PM

Best empanadas in LA found in Lomita

These empanadas are amazing things, with a flaky pie-like crust and delectable insides.
A must-try if you are in the area.

Continental Gourmet Market
25600 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717

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  1. Thanks for the heads up, we've been going down to Southbay more lately.

    What's the pricing and selection like? How would you compare them to Empanada's Place on Sawtelle which seems to get a lot of love from many people.

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    1. re: Jase

      I'm curious how they compare to EP also, since that's my current favorite.

      I did notice that Continental's are much cheaper, 1.25ea or $14/dozen. Empanadas Place charges THIRTY for a dozen.

      1. re: BrewNChow

        Yeah they are on the pricey side but they are bigger than most places. Almost twice as big so I take that into consideration. I kind of wish they were smaller so I don't eat as much. But that's a personal problem.

    2. I will have to give this place a try. I did have some amazing empanadas at Zengo in Santa Monica Place. Very very light and crispy. Just $5 for three during happy hour.

      1. 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!

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        1. 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
          Hawthorne, CA
          (310) 676-5444