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Mama's Empanadas Northern Boulevard

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Mama's Empanadas Northern Boulevard

kodiak | Dec 5, 2004 11:03 AM

Don't know if this has been written up before (couldn't find anything when I searched), but this small storefront between 85th and 86th on Northern Boulevard has some pretty good varieties of Empanadas. Lived in the East 20s, so have spent some time looking for an analog to the great Havana Pies on 23rd Street, and this isn't quite there but very worthy nonetheless. They have about two dozen different types of Empanadas. Most are Colombian style, made with cornmeal dough, but a few are made with wheat dough as well. So far I've tried Chorizo (tasty but a little too greasy for me), chicken--very tasty classic with cornmeal dough, ham and cheese--nice comfort food, greek with feta and spinach--good but could use saltier feta. They also have something called the Elvis Empanada--peanut butter and mashed bananas, which is very good. Surprised no one thought of that before. Empanadas run 1.00 to 1.50 each, and I still have a bunch more to make my way through. I also passed a storefront for Mama's Empanadas on Greenpoint Avenue in Queens, but haven't checked that out yet. Bottom line--haven't found anything as addictive as the Jambalaya empanada at Havana Pies, but still very worthwhile, and I have about 18 more varieties of Empanadas to work my way through. And if anyone knows of HP style empanadas in Northeast Queens, would love to hear about it.

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