From baked Argentinean empanadas to the deep-fried corn pockets of Venezuela, Philadelphia’s restaurant scene has an empanada for everyone.


Empanadas at Jezabel’s Argentinean Cafe | Photo by Neal Santos

Empanadas come in an almost endless array of styles, from the crimped and baked Argentinean styles to the fried, corn-based ones in Colombia and Venezuela. And eating through this city’s diverse roster of empanada specialists is a little like taking a mini culinary tour of South and Central America. Here’s where to start.

Jezabel’s Argentine Cafe

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