As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing quite like a hearty meal to give your stomach a hug. So, for this week’s restaurant roundup, we thought we’d look to one of the most heart (and stomach) satisfying dishes Latin America has to offer: empanadas. While it’s tough to pick just six restaurants serving up these pockets of goodness, we narrowed it down to some of our favourites. Keep reading to get all the info.
Here are the top six empanada restaurants in Toronto:
You could say that empanadas are kind of a Bar Bacan specialty. The Ossington Street Latin spot offers two kinds of empanadas: Argentinian and Venezuelan. All of the Venezuelan options are gluten-free and fried, but the Argentinian selection has more options, like mushrooms and cheese and a vegan squash and corn option. Large takeout options, in groups of 12, are available for the freshly baked versions, and frozen options are also available.
This is the kind of Toronto spot that does it all. Part secret nightclub, part snack bar, part restaurant, Baro is the kind of inventive space that screams Toronto’s trendiest. The food menu is no different, offering unique takes on traditional Latin fare. The empanada dish, called the Grande Mac, is served with ground beef, lettuce, American cheese, pickles, onions and sesame seeds and rethink a Big Mac.
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If quick and delicious is more your style, look no further than this Dupont Street eatery. Empanadas can be purchased in portions of one, three, five and ten and, as an added bonus, they’re all gluten-free. A variety of flavours, from chorizo to beef and potatoes to guava and cheese to a vegan veggie are all available and come with a bunch of side sauce options like garlic mayo and guacamole.
This west-end duo restaurant is arguably one of the brightest spots in both the Roncesvalles and Ossington neighbourhoods. With locations in two of Toronto’s trendiest areas, this family-run, retro-style Cuban diner serves up homemade goodness in the form of cocktails and cuisine from celebrated Chef Corinna Mozo. The bean and cheese empanadas are not to be missed.
As one of Oliver & Bonacini’s chain of mouthwatering restaurants across the city, Leña offers the same elegant, Instagram-worthy vibe the brand has come to be known for. Vibrant South American cuisine meets the streamlined, elevated elegance of O&B at this eatery. Two types of empanadas are on offer: Susana’s Gaucho Empanadas at lunch and dinner, and the Breakfast Beef Empanadas for brunch.
Peruvian cuisine is the name of the game at Mira, located in an alleyway off Wellington Avenue. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm to late, this eatery offers tons of small bites that taste like vacation. The empanadas on the menu are of the pollo (chicken) variety and come stuffed with sofrito, rocoto, charred corn and green goddess. It’s perfectly paired with one of the fresh Peruvian cocktails on the menu, which rotate seasonally to reflect the flavours of the time.