“I spent a year living in Chile (and ate LOTS of empanadas) and I can definitely say these were the best Chilean empanadas I have had outside of Chile. In fact, the only complaint I have is that I thought they were too small! I should have ordered two!” says Dave MP. The baked crust has a nice balance of crunch and softness, and there’s a good crust-to-filling ratio. The filling is ground beef, sweet sautéed onions, and raisins, along with the traditional bit of hard-cooked egg and an olive.

He’s talking about a stand in the Alemany Farmers’ Market. It is not obviously an empanada stand; it’s Guisell’s coffee stand. Just ask for empanadas. She also makes great coffee, and incredible alfajores, says Atomica.

The All Star Tamale stand at the same market has excellent tamales. The sweet tamale is moist and fresh.

Alemany Farmers’ Market [Mission District]
Places info
100 Alemany Boulevard (at the junction of Highways 101 and 280), San Francisco
415-647-9423
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Board Link: Alemany Farmers Market: Chilean Empanadas and All Star Tamales

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