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16 Spots for Empanadas Stuffed With Beef, Chicken, or Even Strawberry Shortcake

Where to find savory or sweet dough pockets stuffed with everything from braised short rib to guava and cheese

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Empanadas seem to be appearing on more and more menus at Atlanta restaurants and pop-ups these days. While empanadas originated in Portugal and Spain and are now found in countries throughout the world, the most common variations in the U.S. tend to be those from counties in Latin America. The crescent-shaped turnovers are traditionally made by rolling dough over a savory filling, like beef or chicken, before being fried, sometimes baked, to a golden brown. The type of dough used and fillings vary by country, and even by region within that country. Depending on the size of the empanada, one is typically enough to make a great snack, especially on-the-go. Here are 16 restaurants, bakeries, and pop-ups to grab empanadas around Atlanta.

Disclaimer: A number of Atlanta restaurants on this map have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the Georgia Department of Health. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. CYLANTROS Venezuelan Cuisine

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9595 Main St B
Woodstock, GA 30188
(404) 343-5819
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Cylantro’s serves up Venezuelan cuisine in Woodstock and Kennesaw. Using a traditional Venezuelan method, the empanadas are made with corn flour and stuffed with fillings like pabellon — a combination of shredded beef, plantains, and black beans. Order online for pick-up via GrubHub or UberEats.

2. Empanada House

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3559 W Lawrenceville St #600
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 315-3511
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An entire restaurant dedicated to empanadas? Co-owner Monica Salcedo makes traditional empanadas out of Sweet Octopus at Parsons Alley in Duluth inspired by her Colombian roots, with filling combinations like chicken, hard boiled egg, olives, and raisins. There are also globally-inspired flavors such as goulash (beef, onions, and paprika) and caprese (tomato and mozzarella). Order online for takeout.

3. El Rincon Salvadoreno

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2100 Roswell Rd Suite 2104
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 675-3520
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Looking for Salvadoran treats? Head to this Marietta bakery for empanadas made with a plantain dough. The empanadas come with a choice of two fillings: rice poliada (similar to a rice pudding) and beans.

4. D'Cuban Cafe

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6200 Buford Hwy
Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 447-0877
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Located in Norcross and inside Marietta Square Market, D’Cuban has empanadas with a picadillo filling (ground beef and potatoes) as well as chicken or cheese. Order empanadas as an appetizer at the restaurant, but the pro move is to order an extra one and enjoy it the next day. Order online for takeout or delivery.  

5. Sabores Del Plata

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6200 Buford Hwy #1g
Norcross, GA 30071
(678) 743-4671
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Specializing in Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisine, Sabores del Plata in Norcross offers two types of empanadas on the menu: beef or ham with cheese. Enjoy these empanadas with the restaurant’s grilled morcilla (blood sausage) and milanesa (breaded chicken or steak). Order online for takeout.

6. Xela Pan Cafe

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5268 Buford Hwy NE C
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 452-8880
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Found along Buford Highway in Doraville, the Guatemalan bakery makes empanadas using corn flour. The flour gives these empanadas a thick exterior, securely encasing hearty fillings like chicken, potatoes, and carrots or shredded beef. There’s also a location on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Order at the counter.

7. Porch Light Latin Kitchen

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300 Village Green Cir SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(678) 309-9858
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Even though the Smyrna restaurant is currently operating as takeout-only, people can still enjoy the empanadas here. Served hot and crispy, Porch Light makes empanadas using plantain dough and stuff each with pork cheek, served with an avocado aioli. Call to order between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday. Pick up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

8. Pan American Bakery

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3671 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 457-2172

Although self-described as a Cuban bakery, the empanadas here are made Colombian-style, with corn dough. Fillings include chicken and beef. Order at the counter.

9. Sabor Provisions at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

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2744 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

Based in Braselton and run by a husband and wife team, Sabor Provisions can be found at the Peachtree Road and Brookhaven farmers markets on Saturday mornings. These empanadas are square-shaped, but no less delicious, with filling combinations like spinach, mushrooms, and feta or chorizo and mozzarella. There are sweet versions, too. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

10. Golden Drops Café

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1788 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 968-9981
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Owned by a native of the Dominican Republic, Golden Drops serves Latin American snacks, including empanadas. Grab empanadas with fillings such as cheese, beef, and chicken. Pair it with one of the shop’s lattes or other coffee drinks. Open for takeout and seating on the patio.

11. Mami’s Empanadas at breweries like Steady Hand Beer Co.

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1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW UNIT F
Atlanta, GA 30318

For empanadas with creative fillings like creamy crab or strawberry shortcake, check out Mami’s popping up at spots around Atlanta. The pop-up often makes appearances at breweries such as Scepter Brewing Arts and Steady Hand Beer. Follow the pop-up on Instagram for locations and menu updates.

12. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

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1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
(678) 744-5638
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Buena Gente recently opened its doors in Decatur. While the Cuban sandwich may be the star of the show here, the empanadas are definitely part of the strong supporting cast at this bakery and sandwich shop. Buena Gente offers three types of fillings: beef, chicken, and spinach with Swiss cheese. Order at the counter. Masks required. Follow social distancing protocols.

13. The Iberian Pig

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121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-8800
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For a dressed up version of the hand-held treats, head to the Iberian Pig in Buckhead or Decatur. On the tapas menu at this Spanish-inspired restaurant, those seeking empanadas will find the variation here stuffed with braised short rib and Mahon cheese, served with crème fraîche and salsa verde. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Takeout and delivery available. Order online.

14. My Abuela’s Food at The Spindle Kitchen

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659 Auburn Ave NE Ste 506
Atlanta, GA 30312

The Puerto Rican pop-up operates out of the Spindle Kitchen in the Old Fourth Ward. In addition to dishes, like slow-roasted pork and tostones, the menu also includes meat-filled empanadas as well as a vegan alternatives. Pair that empanada with a La Fria — the beer My Abuela’s Food helped create with Westside brewery Second Self. Order at the counter or online for pick-up or delivery.

15. Casa Cardoza

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Chef Zac Basto fell in love with empanadas when his El Salvadoran grandfather taught him how to make them. When the pandemic put Basto out of work, the chef created the empanada delivery service Casa Cardoza. Basto makes a wide variety of empanadas for the delivery service, including beef and raisin, spicy pork, and blue cheese with walnuts. Order online. Deliveries made Wednesday through Sunday. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

16. Zun Zún

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479 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 401-6691
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Located in East Atlanta Village at We Suki Suki: the Global Grub Collective, brothers Kevin and Terrance Allen serve up food inspired by their Afro-Latino heritage. The Allen brothers sell a variety of empanadas on the menu, including an empanada stuffed with Impossible “beef”. For a sweet treat, order the guava and cheese empanada topped with salted caramel drizzle. Contactless pick-up and delivery via UberEats, Postmates, DoorDash, and GrubHub.

1. CYLANTROS Venezuelan Cuisine

9595 Main St B, Woodstock, GA 30188

Cylantro’s serves up Venezuelan cuisine in Woodstock and Kennesaw. Using a traditional Venezuelan method, the empanadas are made with corn flour and stuffed with fillings like pabellon — a combination of shredded beef, plantains, and black beans. Order online for pick-up via GrubHub or UberEats.

9595 Main St B
Woodstock, GA 30188

2. Empanada House

3559 W Lawrenceville St #600, Duluth, GA 30096

An entire restaurant dedicated to empanadas? Co-owner Monica Salcedo makes traditional empanadas out of Sweet Octopus at Parsons Alley in Duluth inspired by her Colombian roots, with filling combinations like chicken, hard boiled egg, olives, and raisins. There are also globally-inspired flavors such as goulash (beef, onions, and paprika) and caprese (tomato and mozzarella). Order online for takeout.

3559 W Lawrenceville St #600
Duluth, GA 30096

3. El Rincon Salvadoreno

2100 Roswell Rd Suite 2104, Marietta, GA 30062

Looking for Salvadoran treats? Head to this Marietta bakery for empanadas made with a plantain dough. The empanadas come with a choice of two fillings: rice poliada (similar to a rice pudding) and beans.

2100 Roswell Rd Suite 2104
Marietta, GA 30062

4. D'Cuban Cafe

6200 Buford Hwy, Norcross, GA 30071

Located in Norcross and inside Marietta Square Market, D’Cuban has empanadas with a picadillo filling (ground beef and potatoes) as well as chicken or cheese. Order empanadas as an appetizer at the restaurant, but the pro move is to order an extra one and enjoy it the next day. Order online for takeout or delivery.  

6200 Buford Hwy
Norcross, GA 30071

5. Sabores Del Plata

6200 Buford Hwy #1g, Norcross, GA 30071

Specializing in Argentinian and Uruguayan cuisine, Sabores del Plata in Norcross offers two types of empanadas on the menu: beef or ham with cheese. Enjoy these empanadas with the restaurant’s grilled morcilla (blood sausage) and milanesa (breaded chicken or steak). Order online for takeout.

6200 Buford Hwy #1g
Norcross, GA 30071

6. Xela Pan Cafe

5268 Buford Hwy NE C, Doraville, GA 30340

Found along Buford Highway in Doraville, the Guatemalan bakery makes empanadas using corn flour. The flour gives these empanadas a thick exterior, securely encasing hearty fillings like chicken, potatoes, and carrots or shredded beef. There’s also a location on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Order at the counter.

5268 Buford Hwy NE C
Doraville, GA 30340

7. Porch Light Latin Kitchen

300 Village Green Cir SE, Smyrna, GA 30080

Even though the Smyrna restaurant is currently operating as takeout-only, people can still enjoy the empanadas here. Served hot and crispy, Porch Light makes empanadas using plantain dough and stuff each with pork cheek, served with an avocado aioli. Call to order between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday. Pick up between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

300 Village Green Cir SE
Smyrna, GA 30080

8. Pan American Bakery

3671 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

Although self-described as a Cuban bakery, the empanadas here are made Colombian-style, with corn dough. Fillings include chicken and beef. Order at the counter.

3671 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

9. Sabor Provisions at Peachtree Road Farmers Market

2744 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

Based in Braselton and run by a husband and wife team, Sabor Provisions can be found at the Peachtree Road and Brookhaven farmers markets on Saturday mornings. These empanadas are square-shaped, but no less delicious, with filling combinations like spinach, mushrooms, and feta or chorizo and mozzarella. There are sweet versions, too. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

2744 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

10. Golden Drops Café

1788 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Owned by a native of the Dominican Republic, Golden Drops serves Latin American snacks, including empanadas. Grab empanadas with fillings such as cheese, beef, and chicken. Pair it with one of the shop’s lattes or other coffee drinks. Open for takeout and seating on the patio.

1788 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

11. Mami’s Empanadas at breweries like Steady Hand Beer Co.

1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW UNIT F, Atlanta, GA 30318

For empanadas with creative fillings like creamy crab or strawberry shortcake, check out Mami’s popping up at spots around Atlanta. The pop-up often makes appearances at breweries such as Scepter Brewing Arts and Steady Hand Beer. Follow the pop-up on Instagram for locations and menu updates.

1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW UNIT F
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Buena Gente Cuban Bakery

1365 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Buena Gente recently opened its doors in Decatur. While the Cuban sandwich may be the star of the show here, the empanadas are definitely part of the strong supporting cast at this bakery and sandwich shop. Buena Gente offers three types of fillings: beef, chicken, and spinach with Swiss cheese. Order at the counter. Masks required. Follow social distancing protocols.

1365 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033

13. The Iberian Pig

121 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030

For a dressed up version of the hand-held treats, head to the Iberian Pig in Buckhead or Decatur. On the tapas menu at this Spanish-inspired restaurant, those seeking empanadas will find the variation here stuffed with braised short rib and Mahon cheese, served with crème fraîche and salsa verde. Open for limited dine-in service. Masks required. Takeout and delivery available. Order online.

121 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

14. My Abuela’s Food at The Spindle Kitchen

659 Auburn Ave NE Ste 506, Atlanta, GA 30312

The Puerto Rican pop-up operates out of the Spindle Kitchen in the Old Fourth Ward. In addition to dishes, like slow-roasted pork and tostones, the menu also includes meat-filled empanadas as well as a vegan alternatives. Pair that empanada with a La Fria — the beer My Abuela’s Food helped create with Westside brewery Second Self. Order at the counter or online for pick-up or delivery.

659 Auburn Ave NE Ste 506
Atlanta, GA 30312

15. Casa Cardoza

Atlanta, GA

Chef Zac Basto fell in love with empanadas when his El Salvadoran grandfather taught him how to make them. When the pandemic put Basto out of work, the chef created the empanada delivery service Casa Cardoza. Basto makes a wide variety of empanadas for the delivery service, including beef and raisin, spicy pork, and blue cheese with walnuts. Order online. Deliveries made Wednesday through Sunday. Follow on Instagram for menu updates.

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16. Zun Zún

479 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Located in East Atlanta Village at We Suki Suki: the Global Grub Collective, brothers Kevin and Terrance Allen serve up food inspired by their Afro-Latino heritage. The Allen brothers sell a variety of empanadas on the menu, including an empanada stuffed with Impossible “beef”. For a sweet treat, order the guava and cheese empanada topped with salted caramel drizzle. Contactless pick-up and delivery via UberEats, Postmates, DoorDash, and GrubHub.

479 Flat Shoals Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

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