When this unassuming lunch spot closed its doors on the corner of Napoléon and Du Bullion, where it had been tucked away on the Plateau’s quiet side streets for 16 years, I was concerned. How would I abate mid-morning hunger pangs or satisfy the four o’clock munchies if not with their empanadas? These lacquered Chilean pastries were just the right size for a quick snack between meals.
Imagine my relief when it reopened one block south. Because they are now on the West side of the street, there will be no more basking in all that afternoon sunlight, a treat I will miss in the winter. However, I am delighted that three dollars will still buy me either of my favorite empanadas: the Chilena (minced meat, onions, one black olive, and one slice of boiled egg) or the Napolitana (artichokes, tomatoes, green olives, and goat cheese). I am equally happy that I can continue to enjoy my go-to lunch option, the Chacarero –a steak sandwich dressed with avocados, green beans, tomato, and mayo. Viva La Chilenita!