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Posted: Monday, April 2, 2018 9:00 am

Coat anything in a doughy crust, and it’s pretty magical. Empanadas are no exception. Empanada fillings can be sweet or savory, and the dough is typically folded over meat, cheese or other tasty fillings. Every country seems to have their own kind of empanada — think Italian calzones or Jamaican patties. In Latin American and Spanish cultures, empanada translates to “coat in bread.”

And what do we have to say about that translation? Yes, please!

National Empanada Day is Sunday, April 8, but do you need an excuse to eat these pockets of happy? While some are baked or fried, sweet or savory, celebrate National Empanada Day at one of these local restaurants!

16 Tasty Spots to Enjoy National Empanada Day


Washington, D.C.

Julia’s Empanadas

1221 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

2452 18th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

6235 Georgia Ave., Washington, D.C.

Try one of their seven savory varieties or one of their fruit-filled empanadas!

Panas Gourmet

2029 P St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Try the kale, quinoa and goat cheese empanada, the beef and green olives combo, or make your own!

DC Empanadas

1309 5th St., N.E., Washington, D.C.

Try the combination of chipotle beef with cheddar and black beans, the buffalo chicken and blue cheese, the Indian-inspired chicken tikka, or try another from their long list of offerings!

Seafood empanadas
Seafood empanadas danielfela - stock.adobe.com

The Salsa Room Quesadillas & Baked Empanadas (Food Truck)

Farragut West Metro, Washington, D.C.


Try the chicken or beef empanadas, or one of their other varieties!

Colada Shop

1405 T St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Try the cauliflower, spinach and cheese, beef or chicken.



Colada Shop

21430 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling, VA

Try the cauliflower, spinach and cheese, beef or chicken.

Café Sazon

4704 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA

Try one of their savory empanadas, or the pineapple empanada for dessert.

Caribbean Grill

5183 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA


Try one of their cheese empanadas.

Hot empanadas.
PATAGONIA ARGENTINA, NOVEMBER 11 2011- Empanadas are stuffed pastries either with chicken, beef, potatos, seafood, and many other items depending on location. They probably came from the Spaniards and are very popular here in South America. R Deleon


6198 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA

Try one of their six varieties!

Barcelona Reston

12023 Town Square St., Reston, VA

Try their spicy empanada made with beef.

Betty’s Grill

46950 Community Plz., Sterling, VA


Try their cheese or chicken empanada.



La Limena

765 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD


Try one of their savory varieties.

Al Carbon

200 Park Rd., Rockville, MD

Try their empanadas — either vegetarian or meat.

Kantutas Restaurant

2462 Ennalls Dr., Silver Spring, MD


Try one of their meat or veggie empanadas, both with a tasty gravy.

El Pollo Rico

2517 University Blvd., W, Wheaton, MD


Try their stuffed-to-the-brim chicken empanada.

Homemade Stuffed Chicken Empanadas
Homemade Stuffed Chicken Empanadas on a Background Brent Hofacker

Pupuseria Dona Azucena

8728 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring, MD


Try the plantain empanada.