Café Tola

Restaurants, Coffee shops Lake View
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Cafe Tola

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Cafe Tola

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

Cafe Tola

This shoebox-size spot on Southport sells empanadas, baked goods and coffee to go.


Venue name: Café Tola
Address: 3612 N Southport Ave
Cross street: between Addison St and Waveland Ave
Opening hours: 7am–7pm
Transport: El stop:Brown to Southport. Bus:9,152.
Price: Average empanada: $3
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As someone who has been to Buenos Aires, these are the only authentic empanadas I have had in Chicago!

Best empanadas in town, hands down! (If only they carried chimichurri sauce, I would eat here every day!)

Love the atmosphere and the creative spin on their empanadas. My only complaint is that the buffalo chicken is not available every time I'm there. Every one I have tried is delicious. Plus, its some of my favorite coffee.


Adorable little coffee/empanada shop right near Music Box Theater makes for a perfect snack before heading into the LGBT International Film fest this week! I grabbed 4 empanadas to share with my date, and we were both perfectly full and happy. The buffalo chicken and the spinach and feta empanadas were my personal highlights, fresh, perfectly crispy buttery dough and plenty of filling. Love it.