There are few foods, in our opinion, more wonderful than a well-done empanada. The stuffed bread pasty originally from Latin American and Spanish countries can now be found pretty much everywhere - but, like everything else, can only be found done well in a few places. While Seattle is no Spain or Argentina, we do have some wonderful chefs; and through them, we were able to find the three best (in our humble opinion) empanadas in town. Agree? Disagree? Let us know what we missed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pampeana Empanadas: After co-owner Nancy Oltman learned how to make empanadas from her daughter's Argentinian boyfriend ten and a half years ago, she's done nothing but pump out these hand-crafted meat pockets ever since. While Pampeana Empanadas is based out of Tacoma, you can find their goods at the U-District Farmers Market, the West Seattle Thriftway, and at several Metropolitan Market locations. All the empanadas cost $3.50 and come with a variety of fillings including beef, chicken, spinach and cheese, and Beecher's Mac and Cheese, to name a few. If you are feeling really courageous, you can pick up their handmade empanada wraps at the farmers market to try and make your own! Location: 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Big Chickie: Owner and General Manager Matthew Stubbs grew up in Washington D.C., and his family's favorite take out was Peruvian style rotisserie chicken. So in 2014, Stubbs opened his Peruvian-inspired restaurant at a remodeled Rudy’s service station in Hillman City. Stubbs offers up his empanadas fried, and you can get a plate of three for $5.50 or a platter of three empanadas with your choice of two sides and cornbread for $12. His crew also whips up house-made hot sauces like the Green Sauce (Jalapeño, garlic, lime) or the Yellow Sauce (creamy, mild, tangy). And if you're thirsty, try a sip of the truly Peruvian Inca Kola, it'll take your tastes buds for a spin. Location: 5520 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
The Innkeeper: This Caribbean-Latin accented pub located in Belltown offers up a plate of close-to-authentic, baked Argentinian empanadas. Executive Chef Brian Durbin makes sure to stuff his empanadas with savory beef, raisins, and serves them with a side of chimichurri sauce. A plate of of three will cost you $10.50. The Innkeeper offers a dark, moody settings with wine barrels placed about, and a small back patio. Location: 2510 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121