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5411 Empanadas

Argentinian Restaurant$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
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    Rich L.
    "Malbec beef and sweet corn, must get at least one of each!"(13 Tips)
    Jordan Y.
    "Bacon, date and goat cheese empanada oh my god yes."(5 Tips)
    Anamaria H.
    "The bacon, date, and goat cheese empanada is incredible!"(4 Tips)
    Cristina D.
    "Bacon, dates & goat cheese and the banana Nutella are to die for!"(3 Tips)
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  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedSeptember 25, 2014
    I love how each empanada is wrapped differently and there is a legend on the menu! Really cute. And BYOB! Great service with outdoor seating. They also have a food truck!
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KJune 22, 2013
    This BYOB empanada bistro has a fabulous selection, and a menu with pics that helps you figure out which is which. The bacon, date & goat cheese will blow your mind and can't be misses.
  • Abby M.
    Abby MeixnerDecember 23, 2012
    Best empanadas in the city. Store is cozy and clean. I even order these for delivery when hosting parties, top shelf finger food and crowd pleaser. Even the foodies will give you props!
  • Cat G.
    Cat GaoJuly 8, 2014
    It's hard to go wrong, but the Malbec beef, bacon/date/goat cheese, ham and cheese, and mushroom ones are all excellent.
  • Thrillist M.
    Thrillist ManagerJuly 17, 2012
    Enjoy the flaky goodness of chicken breast spiced up with BBQ sauce and cilantro or fill your sweet tooth with sliced banana & Nutella combo covered in brown sugar. Read more
  • Eoghan C.heart icon on user image
    Eoghan CosgroveMarch 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic empanadas, can't go wrong with any of them!
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaOctober 26, 2014
    Bacon, date and goat cheese is ah-mazing! Also loved the Malbec beef. You MUST get the banana and Nutella for dessert. Delicious.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezJuly 16, 2014
    The bacon, date, and goat cheese empanada is incredible! The beef is also delicious!
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SalzbergNovember 23, 2014
    Love this place. Great atmosphere, really friendly staff and most importantly fantastic food!
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    BradAugust 10, 2014
    This was a total gem. The empanadas came right out of the oven, crispy and delicious. It's BYOB, so don't forget to BYOB.
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielOctober 25, 2014
    This place is a hipster's dream! Bacon date empanadas, banana Nutella empanadas, all in a very well presented package. Great stuff.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistSeptember 22, 2014
    The fact that empanadas are baked, not fried, actually enhances their flavor quotient, and 5411 provides more than nominal vegetarian options as well. Read more
  • Tara S.
    Tara ShannonJune 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order three: bacon date and goat cheese, ham and cheese, and Malbec beef. You're welcome. Then split the banana and Nutella.
  • Michelle R.heart icon on user image
    Michelle RAugust 10, 2016
    Everything was great! Especially loved goat cheese with bacon and dates. Corn was interesting but yummy.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 14, 2014
    Get the bacon, goat cheese, and dates one. You will have 0 regrets.
  • Robert T.heart icon on user image
    Robert TrautmanApril 3, 2015
    Try the Bacon, Date and Goat Cheese. It's delicious, sweet and savory.
  • Denaheart icon on user image
    DenaJuly 31, 2013
    2nd time here and so excited. Trying some new-but the date, bacon and goat cheese-so good! Also Malbec Beef-yummy! Hoping my new tried will be as good!
  • Emily S.heart icon on user image
    Emily S.July 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The sweet corn empanadas and the caramelized onion ones are def my fav!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    Try the ham and cheese--it sounds very simple, but it's actually very surprising...
  • Jeff J.heart icon on user image
    Jeff JohnsonAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best empanadas I have ever had. Baked! Not fried! The dough is soooo good.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMarch 30, 2014
    Really, really small place. Don't forget to order the chimichurri and the hot sauce!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LangeJanuary 13, 2013
    Awesome. Even better than the food truck. Try the bacon and dates, and the caramelized onion.
  • Mayowa F.heart icon on user image
    Mayowa FaboyedeJune 10, 2017
    The caramelized onion is a great balance between sweet and savory
  • Patrick
    PatrickMay 26, 2014
    The bacon and dates empanada is amazing
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Four empenadas are just right for a meal. They're all delicious too.
  • George M.
    George MontesNovember 17, 2012
    The bacon, date and goat cheese one is the best!
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay StevensNovember 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    So so good. Get the Malbec beef and bring a bottle.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithNovember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The caramelized onion and parmesan is surprisingly sweet. You should try each one at least once.
  • Michelle
    MichelleMarch 3, 2013
    Get the Malbec beef. It has beef and carrots and tastes like a delicious empanada pot roast.
  • Cristina D.heart icon on user image
    Cristina DordasMarch 8, 2014
    Bacon, dates & goat cheese and the banana Nutella are to die for!
  • Jordan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jordan YoungJuly 5, 2014
    Bacon, date and goat cheese empanada oh my god yes.
  • John W.
    John WallerDecember 9, 2012
    Malbec Beef is the way to go. Huge bonus: they serve Intelligentsia Coffee
  • Chinwuba O.heart icon on user image
    Chinwuba OkaforMarch 18, 2015
    Get the goat cheese empanadas. Delicioso!
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JoynerDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The bacon date & goat cheese empanadas are GREAT
  • Diego G.
    Diego GamboaJuly 1, 2013
    Great empanadas! Get a bottle (mexican) coke to go with them.
  • Greg
    GregJune 1, 2014
    My favs: beef, ham & cheese, bacon & dates, caramelized onion, mushroom thyme
  • Carol M.
    Carol MarrAugust 30, 2014
    Ham and cheese is amazing! Regular beef could be skipped
  • Dalia B.
    Dalia Bates-MelecioJune 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything's delicious. Great service! Quick and yummy.
  • Justin
    JustinFebruary 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Tried the merlot beef and BBQ chicken... Both were great! Wish I got a few more! #nomnom
  • Tio M.heart icon on user image
    Tio MaluFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Bacon dates empanada is just heaven in your hands
  • Sydney C.
    Sydney CharlesAugust 25, 2012
    Bacon, date, and goat cheese is amazing!
  • Eric W.heart icon on user image
    Eric WeisMarch 15, 2014
    Beef,bacon, dates, and Goat cheese :-) sweet corn spinach and cheese
  • Stephan G.heart icon on user image
    Stephan GermainMay 7, 2015
    Empanadas seem smallish but are very flavorful and filling
  • Marianna Z.heart icon on user image
    Marianna ZazzerSeptember 29, 2013
    Ham and Cheese or Malbec Beef are the best
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BrennanFebruary 10, 2013
    Ham / cheese and cheese/ spinach are amazing!!!
  • Deanna M.
    Deanna MingoDecember 13, 2013
    Two words: Malbec Beef. Try it!
  • Javier O.
    Javier OsorioJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try all the empanadas. They're all delicious.
  • Rich L.
    Rich LeeDecember 29, 2012
    Malbec beef and sweet corn, must get at least one of each!
  • Maggie
    MaggieApril 26, 2013
    Really tiny. It's like being a packed sardine when there are people eating here. Best for pick up only.
  • Melissa
    MelissaJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ham and cheese was okay but malbec beef was amazing!!
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