There is something about food wrapped in dough that speaks to the stomach of humans. When I think of these foods I immediately think comfort. Who doesn’t love a donut or a turnover? According to the Baltimore Sun, the average person eats about 63 donuts per year. Why? Because they are awesome! Fitness buffs you may want to cover your eyes on this post. Let’s take our obsession with being the skinniest person in the room away and think about foods that actually taste good. There is always some form of dough on that list.
Empanadas are one of the most versatile foods consumed globally. Almost every country has a version of an empanada. Jamaica has beef patties, Italy has strombolis, and Germany has strudels. It’s safe to say that humans love food wrapped in dough.
Now that I’ve convinced everyone that empanadas are a big deal, let’s talk about what I’ve tried and will try soon.
1. Dos Segundos
This Mexican spot is one of the many popular restaurants in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. They have great drinks and is always full. Ive been here a handful of times and always get the black bean empanadas. This empanada is their vegetarian version and is made with black beans, plantains, and queso fresco, served with a side of sour cream. I love that they thought of our veggie lovers when creating their menu.
One of the few chains I patronize… I usually eat here in celebration of a friend’s birthday. It’s a fun atmosphere that takes you to your favorite island. A live signer is always belting out Caribbean music and playing the steel drums. I always get the same thing at Bahama Breeze as well. The beef empanadas with a side of mashed sweet potatoes. They serve them with a yummy yogurt dipping sauce.
I will be visiting Tierra to try their empanadas. They are located in the North section of Philly. They have four different kinds: cheese, beef and potato, shrimp, and crab. My mouth is watering at the thought. So excited to try them all! I am also excited to try the other items on the menu.
Photos courtesy of Yelp…
4. Mystery location
I am visiting friends this weekend who live in New York and they have agreed to make reservations at a restaurant that features empanadas. Excitement!
More to come…