Where to find good empanadas?

empanadasErinn asked a while back:

Any idea where in the Albany area a girl can get a good empanada?

Salsa Latina in Albany has them on the menu -- though we've yet to try them.

We seem to remember Carmen's in Troy having empanadas -- but we haven't been since its rebirth late last year.

You might also be able to score empanadas -- frozen, at least -- at La Marqueta.

Any one have suggestions for Erinn? Please share!

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try the ones at the Troy Farmers Mkt. on Saturday's. my wife is addicted. no sure of the name of the vendor, but you will find them.

Roy's Caribbean Restaurant has good empanadas, although they don't call them that on the menu.

http://www.royscaribbeanrestaurant.com/menu.html

Salsa Latina, the ones I have had from there, aren't crispy and they are heavier, a different style, maybe South American?

Just got some the other night at Casa Dominicana on Central Ave. They weren't on the menu or in the serving area, but I asked and they whipped some up right away. Beef was very good and came with a spicy salsa verde, yum!

I think they have them at Frank and Geovanni's on Morton Ave.

I second the rec of the Troy Farmer's Market! Tasty stuff.

All good suggestions ... now how about some Arepas?

I'm not sure what's up with the empanadas at the Troy farmer's market but I don't think they're good at all. The crust is really weird, not at all flaky. The filling was just eh and skimpy on the pork. I've had the empanadas at Salsa Latina and while a teeny bit greasy, they are really good. Excellent fillings.

There's really no such thing as a traditional empanada. Many countries make an empanada like item. I think with empanadas, it comes down to personal preference. When I make empanadas at home, I use a pie type dough enriched (and made sturdier) with egg and I bake my empanadas after liberally brushing with a beaten egg, thinned with a little water. They're actually really easy to make yourself.

Carmens has traditional style empanadas and they're the best in the area--piccadillo and black bean & plantain.

Solomon Rose at Troys Farmers Mkt sells empanadas, which are also good, but not what I think of as a more traditional style-- they have more of a curry-based shell.

Saturday Delmar Farmers Market: The empanadas made by Maria (my fav the beef-cabbage) and sold at her stand called Peruvian Delights are superb! As are her "green" tamales - my breakfast every Sat morning - the best tamales in Delmar if not the world. Her sauces, especially the cilantro-based, are fantastic. Worth a trip to Delmar.

I tried the $1 empanadas from Salsa Latina recently and really enjoyed them.

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