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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Empanada Lady's Serving Up Her Flaky Creations at a New Mission Hangout

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

The Empanada Lady has launched a new place for sampling flaky goodness. - PAULA T./YELP
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  • The Empanada Lady has launched a new place for sampling flaky goodness.
When it comes to empanadas, flaky is a good thing. The quest for perfect flaky Chilean empanadas just got easier with the opening in the Mission of a "satellite" Chile Lindo café location (3147 22nd St. at Valencia) by Paula Tejeda, better known as the Empanada Lady. She's been making the tasty savory turnovers professionally since 1995, when she and then-husband Dennis opened a small factory at the Redstone Building (2944 16th St. at Capp, open to the public Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Regulars at Dolores Park and the Make-Out Room have probably already sampled Tejeda's goodies ($4-$5) -- the Empanada Lady is a frequent vendor there. She's reportedly working with La Cocina to further expand her business.

Chile Lindo's offerings include empanadas de pino, a mix of spicy beef (ground by hand, of course) and onions, raisins, hard-cooked egg, and pitted olives. The queso is a unique jalapeño version that adds a spicy kick to the traditionally mild Chilean empanada. Since Chile Lindo is next door to Esperpento, Tejeda has been able to arrange sangria and wine service. It's a concept that makes for easy, breezy dining while watching Mission denizens go by.

Chile Lindo is open Thursday through Sunday, 6-11:30 p.m. Place a pick-up empanada order by calling 621-6108.

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