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Empanadas in the SFV

Deirdre | Nov 15, 2002 08:27 PM

Just discovered Cafe de la Ciudad, 7542 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, just south of Saticoy on the east side of the street. Fresh, inexpensive empanadas; $1 each. We tried the chicken and beef tonight. Very good. Not the best I've ever eaten - that was the product of 1st, an Ecuadorian woman; 2nd, an Argentine woman, both cooking out of their homes. However, these are very tasty. Baked, not fried.

The restaurant is a combination bakery, deli, and small market (Mercado Buenos Aires). A good place to find mates and naranja agria (the sour orange juice needed for Cuban cooking). I was tempted to buy some of their bakery items, but I stood stalwart and brave.

Be forewarned: parking is a disaster. This whole little corner is crowded with stores that are well visited. Parking up and down the side streets is almost non-existent. However, it might ease up later around dinner time; I was there around 4pm. Waited for a truck to pull out so I could squeeze my Bronco in alongside the dumpsters.

The empanada varieties also include spinach, corn, tuna, cheese, and cheese and ham. They were out of the last two. The menu has a variety of Italian dishes along with the Latino, which is typically Argentine, if I'm not mistaken. The service was very friendly.

I would like to sit down and try some of their main courses one day. Has anyone else eaten here?

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