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Nov 3, 2012 08:53 PM

Empanadas - Win for Burbank

Just found an oddball "food find" in Burbank, of all places. Fresh baked empenadas in the back of a liquor store on one of the most non-descript Burbank streets you can imagine. It's one of those "this makes no sense" spots where you have two guys toiling over hot ovens trying to pump out trays of hot empenadas that compete for beef jerky or zag nuts from the adjacent covenience store.

And yes - they were good. Moreover, I saw them making a chicken milanese sandwich that made no sense for a spot like this. There was some sort of thick chimi-churri aioli spread over crispy french bread with super-charred, fried, chicken cutlets laid out on top.

Anyway, good for Burbank (who I think gets a really bad rep for food). Go pick up some epenadas (to go).

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  1. What's the name of the store? I drive past this place on the way home every day. I'll have to stop by and check it out.

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    1. re: granadafan

      I'm assuming it's "World Empanadas" per the OP's link.

    2. Thanks for the tip -- I just started working in Glendale & might check this place out on my way home one evening.

      1. Sounds fantastic. Will definitely check it out next time I'm in the valley.

        1. this makes no sense but hey, if it works for Big Willie's why not for empanadas?

          I'll hit this up soon, either one my way to or from Costco...

          1. fullmix, we stopped by on Saturday early afternoon, after spending all of our wallet at Epicure Imports in North Hollywood. World Empanadas...what a terrific find!

            It is exactly where you said it was: right in back of the liquor store. The glass case was full of 7 or 8 different flavored empanadas: chili with chicken, ham and cheese, spinach and cheese, corn, beef and some others. I took one of each to go with very clear instructions to heat them in the oven -- no microwave because that would make them soggy -- at 350 for 10 minutes.

            Today I tried the chicken with chili pepper and it was delicious!!!! I love that it is baked and not fried. It was not at all greasy and the ingredients were clean and distinct.

            The owner was very nice to us and tossed in an extra one. For sure, I will return! And thank you, fullmix, for posting here on your great discovery!