If you’ve got a craving for warm and satisfying comfort food, chances are an empanada will do just the trick. It pains us to even have to explain what an empanada is, but as a public service, we will — because if you’ve never had one you’re MISSING OUT. An empanada is a warm stuffed pastry that is baked or fried, originating from Latin America and Spain. Empanadas Cafe, located at 123 Washington Street, is an absolute must-try, but starting October 1st, empanadas aren’t the only food menu items you can purchase at this gem.
About Empanadas Cafe
The cafe is an easy-to-find destination on First and Washington. Upon entering, you’ll find rows and rows of empanadas in a glass case. It’s an empanada lover’s dream come true, and a great way for the uninitiated to dip their toes in.
Founders Paolo Spavavecchia and Gustavo Spavavecchia, who are originally from Argentina, founded the eatery a few years ago and it quickly become a go-to in the Mile Square. Elba Nunuez also recently joined the team as a co-owner.
Empanadas Cafe recently switched storefronts and moved to the space directly next to the former one because of the larger kitchen size, in case you were wondering. The new storefront has a more modern vibe and design.
A few of the must-try items from the huge menu: spicy chicken, spinach, dulce de leche with bananas, pork and fig, really any meat or cheese or sweet craving can most likely be satisfied. The empanadas are pre-baked, and then upon ordering, they are toasted in an oven. YUM.
To keep them straight, the empanadas are stamped with their stuffing, so you know you’re never going to get an empanada that isn’t exactly what you want.
Even more exciting, as of Friday, October 1st, the cafe is introducing some new menu items thanks to customer requests for more food! Now, patrons can stop in for rotisserie chicken in the form of mixed platters that come with rice.
In the near future, the cafe will be introducing sandwiches, soups, and a new pastry and dessert menu. That’s not all. With locals always looking for a place to snag some morning coffee for their commutes, the cafe plans to expand its hours to open earlier. Stay tuned with Empanadas Cafe for the formal announcement of that.
Bringing it Home
Now, we’d be remiss to share all of this mouth-watering information with you and not tell you that yes, this Washington Street gem is, in fact, open for takeout and delivery. So whether you’re in the mood for a savory treat while you WFH or are craving an empanada simply because, empanadas FTW, give them a call at 201-683-3069 or order from Grubhub here.
Oh, and FYI — the prices are good, too. The empanadas are no more than $3.00-$4.00 each, talk about a serious food win.