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panaderia uruguyan las gemelas - in Port Chester

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panaderia uruguyan las gemelas - in Port Chester

adamclyde | May 3, 2006 01:37 PM

ok, I finally stopped in this place. It's on westchester ave, across from Las Brisas, on the corner.

>random aside here... what's with the "gemelos/gemelas" thing going on in Port chester? was there an influx of latin twins here a few years ago??<

Anyhow, the place used to be a little market. Going inside, I realized that is mostly what it still is. Lots of packaged Uruguayan food sold there. Good place to go if you are in the market for it.

Anyhow, I ordered 3 empanadas - chicken, beef and cheese. The chicken and beef empanadas were baked, with a slightly puffy, chewy pastry. The cheese empanda was deep fried. I didn't see any facilities there to make them, so my guess is that they are made somewhere offsite then brought there.

All were pretty good, though none were superb by any means. The chicken was probably my favorite. It was very finely shredded, in a flavorful, savory, with a touch of sweet, sauce mixed in. The beef was mostly just ground beef with some chopped egg in it. Not bad, but nothing special. The cheese one was what you'd expect... some queso fresco inside a pastry deep fried. Hard not to like.

But forget the empanadas... the greatest thing about the place were the CHURROS FILLED WITH DULCE DE LECHE. I haven't seen any of those around these parts before. I didn't know we could find any nearby - now I know!

Man, they were good. About an inch in diameter, 6 inches long, filled with rich dulce de leche. Very, very good. I forgot to ask when they were fresh - these were room temp (and still wonderful). But fresh, I think they'd be out of this world. They also had regular churros. very good, just not as wonderfully rich as the dulce de leche ones. Man... that was worth trip in itself.

The three empanadas were $4.80 in total. The churro con dulce de leche was $1. Not bad.

So, in summary, they have good empanadas, but I'm sure there are better ones to be found. But the place is worth a visit for the churros alone.

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