The Loop location, near Franklin and Lake Streets, has a small seating area, but customers were mostly ordering empanadas to go. The empanadas are each priced at $2.50 and they suggest ordering three or four to make a meal out of them.
The menu consists of 15 different types of empanadas including breakfast and desssert varieties. Malbec Beef, Mushroom / Thyme / Bleu Cheese, Bacon / Dates / Goat Cheese and Ratatouille are just a few of the highlights from 5411’s current offerings. They also make their own hot sauce and chimichurri for topping or dipping those tasty little pockets.
While 5411 has several types of empanadas already made for quick pick-up orders, they make many of their empanadas to order. I got a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen and oven they use. Each empanada is handmade and hand stuffed and then placed into a 465 degree oven. The conveyor-style oven takes 10 minutes for the empanada to bake all the way through. Once they're done, they emerge brown and bubbly and completely irresistible.
|Empanadas Going Into the Oven|
|Empanadas Coming Out of the Oven|
- Chorizo and patatas bravas
- Caramelized onion and Parmesan
- Mushroom, thyme and blue cheese
- Malbec beef
- Bacon, dates, and goat cheese
- BBQ chicken
- Banana and Nutella
Eating with your hands is encouraged, and I think really adds to the eating experience. Especially when you feel that soft, yet crispy, dough.
|A Great Motto|
With a food truck and four locations, trying these empanadas is super easy. Plus, 5411 Empanadas offers delivery if you have an empanada craving and don't want to leave the comfort of your home.
Have you been to 5411 Empanadas? What's your favorite variety?
Note: my meal at 5411 Empanadas was complimentary; however, all opinions are my own.
175 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60606