Neighborhood Restaurant Review :: 5411 Empanadas

Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas

Empanadas are culinary works of art. Their name is derived from the Spanish/Portugese verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.
For this week’s installment of our Neighborhood Restaurant Review, we headed to the top empanda makers in Chicago, 5411 Empanadas, which exists as both a food truck and a physical restaurant, located at 2850 N Clark (and Surf) in Lakeview.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
The three founders of 5411 are originally from Argentina, where empandas are as common as burgers here in America and are a staple of everyday life. Frustrated by the lack of good empanadas in Chicago, they made a hobby of baking them up and started 5411 as a catering and delivery company out of a rented kitchen space.
After two years of perfecting the delicate craft of empanada making, taking their lead from their grandmother’s time-tested recipe, the trio opened Chicago’s first food truck, 5411. The name came from the international calling code for Buenos Aires, Argentina, 5411.
“We believe people should get together more often. Be it at home with the family, at the beach with friends or in the office with coworkers, we all need to share more time face to face. And by offering good and simple products at an affordable price, we think it will happen,” the owners say on their website.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
The menu at 5411 is very simple. You can choose from one of 12 varieties of empanadas, each baked to order and filled with incredible flavors like Malbec beef, BBQ chicken, and bacon with dates and goat cheese. Vegetarian options are also available. Each empanada is distinguishable by the way it is folded and a handy guide is on every table at the restaurant.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
Each empanada is $2.25 and we were informed that 2-3 is usually enough for one person for a filling meal. In addition to their empanadas, 5411 makes homemade chimichurri sauce, a traditional Argentine sauce made from a delicious mix of herbs, olive oil, and garlic.
Dan ordered the beef, Malbec beef, and BBQ chicken empanadas. This was his first time having empanadas and he was surprised how filling they were. The delicate and delicious baked pastry perfectly compliments the delicious filling inside.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
Jasko ordered up a mix of empanadas but his favorite was the beef. He notes it was great that you could eat them without silverwear, making them a great option for an appetizer at a party or for a meal on-the-go.
Jeff’s favorite was the ratatouille, a mix of zucchinis, red peppers, carrots, onions, garlic and mushrooms.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
Tim is a Malbec wine lover, so he naturally loved the rich flavor of the Malbec-marinated beef with sautéed carrots and onions.
For dessert, we ordered their Banana Nutella empanada. Imagine bananas covered in brown sugar and Nutella, baked to perfection inside of a delicious, soft pastry. Decadent is the only word we could use to describe the taste. Paired with freshly-brewed Intelligentsia Coffee, it made the perfect pairing and end to a great meal and unique experience for our Neighborhood Restaurant Reviewers.
Chicago Apartments, Lakeview Food, 5411 Empanadas
For under $10 per person, our team left satisfied and planning the next time they could return to 5411.
5411 is a great option if you need a quick bite, or, thanks to their catering, want to impress guests at your next party. To PPM residents, be on the lookout, we have the feeling they will be showing up at our Resident Appreciation Events soon!
Follow 5411 on Twitter or Facebook to see where their food truck is located throughout the city, or stop by their store in Lakeview. You’ll be glad you did.

0 thoughts on “Neighborhood Restaurant Review :: 5411 Empanadas

  1. You had me at wrapped or coated in bread! But seriously, I love empanadas and am looking forward to trying out 5411 – at $2.25 I can order all od them, just maybe not all on the same visit 🙂

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