Last Updated: October 20, 2021
Empanadas might be the best one handed dish on the planet – delicious savory meat, cheeses and more are folded in to a perfectly cooked, half-moon pastry. But like any good dish, there’s more than one way to fill an empanada. We’re taking a look at 10 great empanada places in Atlanta that are putting their own spin on the likable Latin treat. For more great Latin American food content like this, check out our sister site, Pruebalo.us.
1788 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
This Decatur coffee bar is often packed with Emory students, like their empanadas are packed with flavor. They have six choices including chicken, beef and chicken, along with an incredible cheese and guava option. They serve their empanadas Caribbean style, meaning it’s made with a wheat dough and fried.
10970 State Bridge Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30022
We should always be able to get steak with our empanadas. And Chilean sea bass, and lobster bisque, and crab cakes. Pampas has been delighting the Johns Creek, Duluth crowd for years with its Argentinian style steaks. But every meal has to start with their savory empanadas, a savory and delicious delight every time.
659 Auburn Ave NE Ste 506
Atlanta, GA 30312
This Puerto Rican restaurant in the Old Fourth Ward lives up to its name. Every dish tastes like it came from your Latin grandmother’s kitchen. What sets them apart is their incredible vegan beef and vegan chicken options, which may taste even better than the traditional meat selections. They use wheat dough for their empanadas and fry them.
A delivery only Empanada pop-up, they’re only open 12-3 Monday – Friday. In addition to classic flavors like Caribbean Chicken and Sofrito Beef, they also take some adventurous approaches to empanadas with options like the Mac and Cheese, Curry Shrimp and Southwest Veggie. They serve them fried with wheat dough.
10 N Clarendon Ave suite a
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
This Avondale Venezuelan staple is, of course, well known for their incredible arepas. But they also make delicious Venezuelan style empanadas, too. Using Corn dough and frying the empanadas, they have six incredible options including a Pernil (slow cooked pork), a vegetarian option called The Domino, and a heartier empanada called the Empanada al Caballo, which uses beef, black beans, sweet plantains and cheese, and is topped with a fried egg.
3559 W Lawrenceville St #600
Duluth, GA 30096
Owned by a Romanian and Colombian couple, Empanada House is not afraid to make use of empanadas as a delivery system for all kinds of flavors. They have everything from Goulash Empanadas, to Bulgogi BBQ Empanadas to Hawaiian Empanadas, Bacon Egg and Cheese and more. They make them Argentinian style with a wheat dough and baked in the oven.
11730 Jones Bridge Rd Suite F
Johns Creek, GA 30005
This Johns Creek Argentinian style empanada shop has tons of delicious, non traditional options, including Butternut Squash (Roasted Squash, Caramelized Onion and Mozzarella), Corn (Corn, onion, mozzarella), Mushroom (Mushroom, Onion, Mozzarella), and more. They also make incredible gluten free empanadas using corn flour, with options including onion, cheese, chicken, and more.
With locations in Marietta and Norcross, D’Cuban Cafe delivers high quality Cuban and Carribbean staples to the North Atlanta suburbs. Their empanadas are no frills, but delicious – available with beef and potatoes, chicken or cheese and made Carribbean style, fried with wheat dough.
Known more for its nightlife, they also make some delicious empanadas to snack on before hitting the dance floor. Their Dunwoody location serves a delicious empanada de pollo, made with black bean, corn and fontina cheese, while their Buckhead location has a mouthwatering shrimp empanada, served with poblano peppers, pepper jack cheese and a tomatillo salsa verde.
1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
While these guys may make the best Cuban bread in Atlanta, their empanadas are nothing to ignore when looking through their menu. They have the classic beef and chicken options, but they also make an incredible spinach and Swiss empanada for those staying away from meat. They make them Caribbean style, deep fried with wheat dough.