Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lito's Empanadas

March 28, 2012
1437 W. Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607 and 2566 N. Clark St., Chicago IL 60614
Lito's Empanadas on Urbanspoon

A Quick Word:
Honestly, this Latin American restaurant, with two locations in the city, reminds me of a casino.  You gamble with the empanada you choose and hopefully you chose a "good one."  I was excited for this restaurant because of their "huge empanadas" but when actually seeing them, half are not stuffed with much filling and the others are just not well flavored.  They do have a couple delicious, overstuffed emapandas but like I said its a gamble if you get one.  And for those reasons I couldn't even give it an average rating.  Use this review to help choose one of the better ones.

What I Ate:

Champion Chicken Empanada

Freshly fried empanada filled with chicken, cheese, sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions. Try it with their homemade hot sauce! 

Traditional Ground Beef Empanada

This fried empanada was filled with the classic empanada ingredients... ground beef, olives, raisins, potato, tomato, and onions. Unfortunately, the olive was overwhelming and the rest of the meat was bland. Disappointed in this item.

Spinach Empanada

An ok empanada... decent balance between the spinach and mozzarella cheese in this empanada... but the cheese was just too plain.

BBQ Chicken Empanada

Stuffed with tons of bbq chicken and potatoes.  Nothing too special unfortunately.  It was a little too much sweet bbq sauce.

Hawaiian Empanada

This crazy good empanada was filled with ham, mozzarella cheese, and pineapple. No sauce was needed... The sweetness of pineapple really comes through.

Chicken and Rice Empanada

This empanada was overstuffed unlike some of the other ones we had. It was filled with shredded chicken, rice, tomato, and onion... Eat it with their spicy mayo or their special hot sauce!

Apple Cinnamon Empanada

This one is NOT good... Literally was like warm apple sauce inside a fried pastry. Wished they used apple chunks. I do not recommend.. In fact we squeezed the apple sauce out and put their spicy mayo on it haha.

The DOs/DON'Ts:
- Do use their homemade hot sauce and their spicy mayo sauce.  Both make the empanadas significantly better.
- Do try the nutella and banana one.  I really enjoyed it.  In fact, I forgot to take a picture because I ate it so quickly.

- Don't order more than three.  These are fried and just too oily to eat more than three.
- Don't order take out or pick up.  These get more and more oily as the cool down.  And they almost become inedible after an hour or so.

How far would I walk for this food?

No comments:

Post a Comment