Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Luna Empanada Shop

-Grubbing in Chicago
Colombian in Portage Park

I was just in Colombia a couple weeks ago. We ate some great food in Cartagena and I didn't want to stop eating Colombian food at all. So much so a few days after returning I went with a friend out to Portage Park to check out a new Colombian empanada shop. Luna is located on Irving Park across the street from the longstanding Patio Theater. It's run by a lady from the city with Colombian roots.

 Newly Opened in Portage Park

First of all - dope logo. Seeing as how they call themselves an empanada shop I had to make sure to give those a go. You'll see a small little display case featuring the current selection two of which are pictured below. We tried the OG made with ground beef, potato, and seasoning. They also have an ode to local Puerto Ricans with a Pastelon empanada. It's made with ground beef, mozzarella, cotija  cheese in a sweet plantain shell. Both of them are delicious and a big part of that is the wonderful dipping sauces served on the side. Particularly a sweet pineapple relish made by the owners spouse.

 Empanadas at Luna Empanada Shop 

Luna also offers both arepas and sandwiches. The former of which is basically a Colombian (and Venezuelan) style sandwich. A cornmeal based shell is split open and substituted as bread. Luna makes a few of their own creations including this bomb ass breakfast sandwich type bite. It's made with bacon, egg, rice, beans, and cheese and comes served with some piping hot yucca fries. I don't want to eat regular old bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches anymore after this one. It's called the 'Calentao' on the menu and it's a great way to either start, proceed with, or end your day. Also those yucca fries are the perfect side. Make sure to make use of the garlic sauce on the side. Yet another wonderful homemade dipping sauce from this little neighborhood gem. Score one for Portage Park.

'Calentao' Arepa at Luna Empanada Shop 

Luna Empanada Shop
6011 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60634
(773) 332-5692

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