Like the mythical phoenix, Tejeda was determined to rise. Her company's rebirth in a new space on 16th Street started early last year, when Chile Lindo was open sporadically as Tejeda oversaw renovations and added equipment. Finally, on Monday last week, Chile Lindo opened its doors with a schedule of 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; weekend hours are still tentative, to be determined after Tejeda assesses store traffic.
The current menu includes three types of empanadas: pino (beef), cheese and jalapeño, and a vegan version. Our favorite is the traditional trapezoid-shaped empanada de pino ($5), filled with ground beef, onions, hard-boiled egg, black olives, raisins, cumin, and paprika. If you haven't tried Tejeda's empanadas, check them out. In the opinion of this blogger, they're the best.
Chile Lindo 2944 16th St. (at Capp), 642-8887