5 Great Baked Empanadas in Los Angeles
Oh, the empanada, that lovely pan-Latin hot pocket of goodness. Some argue the only true empanada is a fried empanada, while others argue that the best empanadas are baked. Both are delicious, any of us will agree, but in the spirit of health, happiness and freedom from free radicals, here is a list of the hottest non-fried pastries in Los Angeles.
Tracy Chabala Nonna's empanadas
5. Nonna's Empanadas:
Tracy Chabala Nonna's Empanadas of the World
Nonna's offers the biggest selection of baked empanadas in the city, from the traditional beef and chicken to wacky concoctions like mac 'n' cheese and hot dog. They also have a handsome assortment of sweet offerings, including Nutella with Oreo crumbs and cream cheese with dulce de leche. Don't let the names fool you; although Nonna's offers Korean kimchi mandu (kimchi, ground beef, tofu, noodles, onion) and Russian pirozhki (beef, green onions, eggs) options, these empanadas are 100% Argentine in style. 8570 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; 310-385-0445.
4. The Empanada Factory:
Tracy Chabala Empanada Factory
As with Nonna's, The Empanada Factory is owned by Argentinians (they are masters of the baked empanada). Along with the traditional beef, chicken and spinach, they offer unique flavors like tomato and basil and spicy mushroom, which are very tasty. Their empanadas come with a generous side of house-made chimichurri, the classic Argentine condiment of parsley, cilantro, peppers and garlic in olive oil, so don't forget to dip. 2513 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles; 310-836-5944.
8570 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA