Skip to main content

For a Latin American Favorite So Good it Will Make You Go Crazy: “Empanada Loca”

Back in June, I shared a blog about my favorite places to get breakfast on the go in Brooklyn ( It was a place I discussed in that post that led me to “Empanada Loca”.

“The Bagel Factory” on 5th Avenue is on the same block as “Empanada Loca”. The first time I walked by I thought: “this place looks cute”. The second time: “I love empanadas”. The third time I just went in. 

It is worth noting I went back a second time and have already picked out what I am eating for my next visit. Seriously. I kept one of their menus and marked several empanadas, including old favorites and ones I MUST try, and even one for dessert. My love for this place and their food is THAT strong.

Prior to this experience, I have only had empanadas from “Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine” ( If you have ever spent any time walking around NYC chances are you have passed by one of their locations. I always thought their food was pretty good but looking back now I see that it was my inexperience in quality Latin cuisine that made me think so. No offense to Sophie but the best comparison I can come up with now is ordering a Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s and equating that to Pat LaFrieda’s beef, which can always be found at a place I LOVE, “Emmy Squared” (  

The head chef of “Empanada Loca” hails from Columbia and has recreated old family recipes including the forty-two kinds of empanadas found here. But that is not all that they make. There are salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, the list goes on and on. They all sound good but I kept with their namesake dish. 

All and all each empanada I tried was incredible. I think I am partial though to the old standard: beef and cheese. The only thing better than their empanadas is there homemade “green sauce”. Peruvian green sauce, also known as, best aji verde, is so delicious I would eat it out of the container with a spoon. This is why I always ask for extra. 

This is the kind of meal you can pick up in the morning, reheat for a few minutes later on, and be over the moon satisfied with your choice. Although the next time I think I will sit down for my feast and enjoy it within the confines of its home base. 

For More Information:


Popular posts from this blog

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?

You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard?  You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound.  I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes.  I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something.  It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions.  Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima.  According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards

For My Madness During Migraine Awareness Month

Last weekend as I sat staring at the blank page in front of me, I was still surprised and elated that I had an entire day to myself and unlike past experiences it was filled with what I wanted when I wanted it. There were a few rough moments but when I consider the previous twelve hours (and the days to come) have been better than the last week. Especially this last week even though I had braced myself ahead of time, I just didn’t know I should have braced for a more serious episode. I am a chronic migraine sufferer for so many years I don’t quite remember when they started exactly which is ironic because I can remember every special event they have ruined. I remember plays or dinners I was at where I don’t remember what happened but I could tell you what I felt minute by minute. It amazing how the mind works, especially when it’s operated by a migraine brain. In the last few years, specifically the last few years since I have been going to the Montefiore Headac

For Find Out Friday - Why is One Foot More Ticklish Than the Other?

As I sit here typing I can’t seem to stop thinking about my nails. Mainly that they REALLY need to get done. They are starting to chip and become unruly. As soon I as think about making an appointment my mind immediately returns to this question: “which of my feet will be ticklish this time?” Because I am a girl that needs her fingernails and toenails to match, I always get a pedicure whenever I get my nails done. And while this should be an activity I enjoy, it often feels like a chore, despite my going only once every three to four weeks. I know; #firstworldproblems.  Anyway, each and every time I get my toes done, as soon as they are done soaking in the bubbly water I wonder, which of my feet will be ticklish today?  Without fail one of them always seems to get the brunt of it and suddenly what was supposed to be a relaxing activity has made me all tense. So, is there a scientific reason for this?  According to most research, yes. While the answer doesn’t