EmpanadUS in Riverside

Pastry and label perfection

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By Sarah Corbin

Shopping & Business Blogger

I drove out to Riverside yesterday to take pictures at Flur, a new gluten free bakery in downtown Riverside. They have been open since July. They are super nice at Flur, but that's a post for another day.

I was briefly chatting with a friend before I got moving to my task and she said, "Well, if you are there you have to try EmpanadUS. We love them. I even freeze them and then have them ready to go for meals on the run."

I had NOT as yet had breakfast. Frankly, the smell coming from the small store front was fantastic.

After my photos at Flur I stopped in and got a box of 10 to go home.  You spend a little less on each one if you purchase 10 or more.  

I called my husband, who was off for the day, and said, "Don't eat! I have the most wonderful empanadas I'm bringing home from this spot in Riverside."

Of course, with it being my first purchase, I decided to get a variety. As she started loading them all into the same box I had a moment of dissappointment.  I thought, "We'll have to cut into each one to find out what I ordered."

And then I immediately saw how wrong I was to worry at all. Each empanada was labeled in pastry dough!  Yep, I saw "BBQ PORK" labeled on the edge of one, "CHICKEN" on another. 

As I was walking out, the man enjoying his empanada at the small table in the window said, "You are going to love the ham one!  That's my favorite!"  

He was right - I love the ham, and the chicken, and the spinach.   I had the empanadas for breakfast, lunch and then breakfast again today.  

EmpanadUS has hit label and culinary perfection with their pastry dough!


They have two locations.  One at  7 E BURLINGTON ST in Riverside the other at 22 W CALENDAR CT in LaGrange.  

PS - I often feel like bakeries, businesses and other spots need better labeling. Labels are an added expense, but they go along way to letting friends of your customers know where their food gift is coming from. EmpanadUS needs to label their outside boxes a little better, but I'll forgive them this once. 

Email: sarahc@wjinc.com Twitter: OakParkShopping

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Joette Fearn Kompare from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: December 11th, 2013 1:19 PM

While at another great business, the Riverside Tap Room, we were disappointed to learn their chef was ill & we couldn't order food. However, we could have something delivered! We ordered a dozen empanadas from EmpanadUS, who delivered them fresh & hot to us at the bar! Perfection. I'm going to start keeping 10 or so in the freezer for quick bites. All of them have been delicious. Since I'm in Brookfield, I'm thrilled that there are two locations on either side of us. Makes it easy to stop at EmpanadUS!

Jeff Clennon from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: November 5th, 2013 10:11 AM

Love this place! Ham and the caprese are my favorite. Let's hope the community supports it and it thrives.

Pam Fontana from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 8:03 AM

Michelle, I don't think empanadas are just Mexican. Believe they are an Argentinian specialty as well, and the ones from this little place are delicious! Very reasonably priced too, so you can sample a few different flavors til you find your favorite.

Rita Kuzmenko from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 9:07 AM

I've only been to the Empanadus in La Grange, but I think they are fabulous. Have you tried the apple empanada? Like a mini apple pie. Incredibly good.

Michelle Martinis from Chicago, Illinois  

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 12:13 AM

Sorry to say Sarah but You must Not Know Good Mexican Food , I too tryed them " Things" because I heard they were Good . . . Nope They were NASTY ! I not Only tryed them , but I did Twice . Thanks but No Thanks

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