Empanada Day is April 8th, and there are plenty of places in town to celebrate the savory pies, which can easily be used as a snack, appetizer, or appetizer. Empanadas are a culinary cousin of the Pierogi, which is probably why Pittsburghers love them so much.
Coriander & Ajo, 901 E. Carson St., south side
Cilantro & Ajo specializes in Venezuelan street food, and empanadas are the biggest seller. The white corn patty is filled, folded and fried. The fillings include shredded beef, chicken, sweet plantains with cheese, prawns, and bacon and gouda.
La Feria, 5527 Walnut St., No. 2, Shadyside
The folks at La Feria not only sell Peruvian food – grab two empanadas with a side of soup or salad for $ 10 – they also sell Peruvian goods. Pick up lunch and a gift, from folk art and hand-woven carpets to ceramics and kitchenware.
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina, 146 6th St., downtown
Make your way to Gaucho to explore the empanada in Argentina. The restaurant serves beef with olives, chicken with chorizo or vegetarian varieties. Can’t you make up your mind Order a dozen along with a flight chimichurri sauces. Have fun diving in!
Empanada Fusion, delivery service
The delivery service, based in Seven Fields, offers weekly empanada drops throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region. Pre-order online to get your Argentine treats with globally inspired flavors.
Arepittas, 412-428 Cherry Way, downtown
Make a pit stop in Arepittas and try Venezuela. You can get fried cornmeal batter packaged with a variety of ingredients, from ground beef or pork to chicken or choriqueso. Like seafood? The marinera is a mix of shrimp, squid, squid, clams and scallops with house spices.
Edgar’s Best Tacos, 108 19th St., Strip District
Edgar Alvarez is a taco king, but he also makes a mean Mexican empanada. The varieties include picadillo with marinated ground beef, the vegetarian soyrizo and carne de cangrejo, a mix of crab meat and prawns.
Wed Empanada, 4034 Butler St., Lawrenceville
This take away place has a range of Argentinian empanadas to eat while walking down Butler Street. Do you want to cook as you like? Mi Empanada also sells frozen varieties from roast lamb to peaches and cream that you can bake at home.
The Colombian Place, 2019 E. Carson St., south side
The Colombian spot will soon have two! A second location will open on Forbes Ave. in May. Opened in Oakland in 3533. The restaurant’s empanadas are filled with beef, chicken or vegetables of your choice, potatoes, and chopped and sautéed tomatoes and onions.
Ki Pollo, 4407 Butler St., Lawrenceville
Take your taste buds on an adventure by having an Infernal Chicken Empanada (chicken, potato, spring onion, and spicy Szechuan citrus sauce) followed by one filled with banana and Nutella.
Pabellon Venezuelan and Mexican Cuisine, 2957 Banksville Road, Banksville
With two types of cuisine, there’s plenty to try at Pabellon. The empanadas – served with the restaurant’s signature sauce – offer white cheese, ground or ground beef, chicken, pabellon, seafood, bacon, and cheese.
Zorros Restaurant, 1573 McFarland Road, Mt. Lebanon
Zorros, Spanish for “fox”, serves Dominican empanadas individually or as family dishes with side dishes, desserts and homemade dipping sauces. The fillings vary from traditional beef and cheese to apple.
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