Is it just us, or is the Pittsburgh empanada scene booming lately? While we’ve tried quite a few of these empanadas, the city has so many more to offer! Which is why we’ve compiled a list of restaurants within the city for your empanada fix. How many have you eaten??

Mi Empanada

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Mi Empanada is home to traditional Argentinian empanadas. Ivan grew up in Argentina, so they started with a family recipe before adding their own little twists. The traditional beef empanada is a must, but don’t overlook their sandwiches and sides, too!

Baires Grill Food Truck

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We first tried Baires Grill Food Truck at a brewery, and we were hooked. Their dough is flaky and crisp, their fillings are flavorful, and their chimi is perfect for dipping. Their empanadas are worth the effort of tracking them down!


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When you think of Gaucho, we bet you think of their amazing grilled meats, but we also love their empanadas. All of their flavors are delicious…our biggest problem is not getting one of everything on the menu!

Cilantro & Ajo

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Cilantro & Ajo has Venezuelan empanadas – instead of the Argentinian empanadas we’ve mentioned so far. We haven’t had them yet, but we are super excited to try them! If you’ve eaten their empanadas, please tell us which flavors we need to try!

Ki Pollo

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Empanadas and fried chicken? Two of our favorite things…count us in! You can’t beat Ki Pollo’s beef empanadas, and they’re doing it a little different by using quail eggs. Pro tip: get a couple extras cold and reheat them later when you need a snack.

The Colombian Spot

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The Colombian Spot is another restaurant we need to get to ASAP. About 80% of their menu is naturally gluten free, and they have tons of vegetarian options. You know we’ll try their beef and chicken empanadas, but we’re also intrigued by their vegetarian ones!


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Located downtown, Arepittas is home to more empanadas we must try. They have ten flavors, so you know we’ll go hungry! And also maybe bring a couple friends so we can share and sample more dishes…anyone interested?

La Feria

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Head to Shadyside for the only Peruvian restaurant on this list, La Feria. They’re not only a restaurant, they also sell Peruvian clothing and folk art. We can’t wait to visit, not only for the empanadas, but also to do a little shopping!

After we’ve tried all of the city restaurants, you know we’ll expand our bucket list outside the city! Share all your favorite spots in and around Pittsburgh so we can try them all!

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Lauren Roberts

Lauren loves all things Pittsburgh and all things food! When she's not checking out a new restaurant, you can find her in the kitchen trying a new recipe, working on her photography, or out on a bike ride exploring the city.

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