The mission: helping you get our hands on some empanadas.
Given the portable nature of these Latin American street food-inspired hand pies, it comes as no surprise that they’re a popular food truck offering.
Here are some of the best places to get empanadas. (See the full list here.)
1. Calavera (closing Feb. 24)
Get your hands on this: A dozen variations on the empanada theme, from traditional chicken tinga to Piggly Wiggly (slow-smoked Carolina-style pulled pork). Plenty of vegetarian choices, too, including tequila-marinated poblanos with Duranguense melting cheese. Empanadas are reasonably priced at $4 a pop, but the excellent tequila selection can drive up the tab in a hurry.
2. Empanada Factory
Get your hands on this: The motherlode of empanada selections – over 40 to choose from, from Camaron Diablo (jerk shrimp with pineapples and jalapenos) to Philly Cheesesteak. For breakfast, how about El Paisa (fried pork belly, egg and Colombian sausage)? Dessert? Romeo & Juliet (guava and cream cheese) is a match made in heaven.
3. Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas
Get your hands on this: Blackened chicken with Yukon gold potatoes and roasted peppers; pork carnitas with caramelized onions, hominy and collards; and a vegetarian medley of quinoa, black beans, corn and pepper jack – a few of the ways Luna wraps its motto (“South American / American South”) in a baked pastry crust.
4. Spanglish (Food truck)
Get your hands on this: Abuela’s chicken, filled with a homespun stew of chicken, carrots and potatoes, if you’re in a mood for comfort food. If you’re feeling feisty, on the other hand, go with the Pork-U-Pineapple – which, true to the truck’s “Puerto Rican food with Southern charm” motto, features Eastern N.C.-style barbecue.
5. Vinos Finos
Get your hands on this: House-made Argentinean-style empanadas (beef, corn and cheese, duck confit and sweet potato) are a deal at three for $10, and the excellent mostly South American selection of wines is so reasonably priced, you might even splurge on a glass or two.