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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

South American Street Food: A Directory

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

click to enlarge El Porteño's Joseph Ahearne at one of the SF Underground Markets. - SUSIEFOODIE/FLICKR
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  • El Porteño's Joseph Ahearne at one of the SF Underground Markets.
The Venezuelan arepas at Mr Pollo and Pica Pica Maize Kitchen that I wrote about in this week's review are part of a larger wave of South American street food ― Argentinian trucks, Chilean empanada shops, Brazilian sandwich stands. Some have been around for years; many are new, particularly the empanada makers. Here are the South American street-food stores and trucks we know about:


Mas Empanadas (215-1995;

based in San Rafael but sold in Marin County farmers markets and stores

around San Francisco). Savory meat and vegetarian empanadas, as well as

dessert ones.


Empanadas de Mi Pueblo (a website,, doesn't seem to be working). All SFoodie knows about this new Berkeley empanada maker is that it has a Facebook page.

El Porteño Empanadas (permanent stalls at 331 Cortland and the Ferry Building; also appears at numerous farmers markets). Serves savory and sweet empanadas with flaky crusts.

Primo's Parrilla (various East

Bay locations, 510-423-3473, Twitter: @vamosprimos). Serves tri-tip and

chicken sandwiches with chimichurri, meat and veggie choripan,

empanadas, and alfajores.

Tanguito (2850 Jones, 577-4223). Serves

choripan, a sausage sandwich, along with meat and vegetarian empanadas,

burgers, and paella.

¡Venga! Empanadas (2937

24th St., 410-8300, as well as various stores around the city). Serves

baked vegetarian and meat empanadas with non-flaky crusts.


Brazil Fresh Squeeze Cafe (2161 University, Berkeley, 510-845-8011).

Tri-tip sandwiches and fruit smoothies.


Chile Lindo Empanadas (2944 16th St.,

621-6108, as well as certain parks on sunny days). Savory meat and

vegetarian empanadas.


El Majahual (1142 Valencia, 821-7514). OK, so this is mostly a sit-down

Colombian-Salvadoran restaurant, but since it serves Colombian-style

arepas SFoodie figured we'd mention it.


El Perol (2590 Mission, stall 7, 550-8582). Longtime stand in the

Mission Market that sells Peruvian empanadas and tamales as well as pan

con chicharron, a Lima-style pork sandwich, as well as steam-table food

and great alfajores.

Rincon Peruano (3364 26th

St., 824-2673). Another sit-down Peruvian restaurant that sells pan con

chicharron, pan mixto, beef empanadas, and Peruvian tamales.

Did I miss any? Let me know ― especially if you have contact information for Junior

Barbecue, the Brazilian burger stand that shows up late nights in


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