5411 is the city's most stylish food truck, so the clean lines and mod furniture in its storefront are no surprise. It's tight in here—there are only 13 seats—but if you can score a four-top and bring some wine, you've got the makings for a good BYOB dinner. Start with veggie options, like the thyme-heavy mushroom-and-blue-cheese, and ease into the heavier meat options (beef simmered in malbec). And don't cheap out on the sauces. These empanadas are flaky, but they're nothing without chimichurri.
|Venue name:||5411 Empanadas||Contact:|
175 N Franklin St2850 N Clark St
|Opening hours:||11am–9pm Sun-Thur, 11am-10:30pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown,Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 22.|
|Price:||Average empanada: $2.25|
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Cheap. Quick. Hot. Tasty eats.
If you want a gourmet selection of empanadas, check this place out! They have traditional fillings like beef, and pork, but go the extra mile with items such as Mushroom/Onion/Goat Cheese, Bacon/Bleu/Dates, and Madiera Beef. With each pocket running around $3 dollars, its a pretty good deal. The only criticism that I had would be for the corn filled empanada that they had on special. It was very watery, and a little on the bland side, so the bottom of the empanada became a bit mushy.
Get the spinach and cheese empanada and save room for a sweet corn one, too. These empanadas are perfect, and you can find them in locations across the city now, from the Loop to Wicker Park to the roving food truck.
The bacon, date and goat cheese empanada sounds a little weird... but I swear it is the best empanada you will ever taste. The Lakeview location is perfectly small and BYOB. There is literally no better way to end your day than with a couple of fried dough pockets and a beer.