Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop

Food & Drink
280 N Union St., Rochester, NY 14609 280 N Union St., Rochester Directions
+15853256650
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92% of 821 customers recommended

Take a trip to Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop in Rochester and make your next meal a good one. Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Chilean, Fast Food, Latin
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    Chilean, Fast Food, Latin
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  • Delivery
    No
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
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Report | 3 months ago
Great food! The Green Sauce is the best!
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Report | 3 months ago
Food is unique and delicious 👍
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Report | 3 months ago
The empanadas are Phenomenal. The flavor is Perfect. I should have ordered more!
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Report | 3 months ago
Perfect mid morning trip down to the public market just for breakfast empanadas and tostones-which are more delicious with the sauce they offer to compliment them. I will be returning back frequently! Also the yummy milk,banana and coconut drink was delicioso! Thank you!
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Report | 3 months ago
Love, love, love it here. Empanadas are fantastic and the sauces are so flavorful and yummy!
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Report | 4 months ago
We got the breakfast empanadas- delicious! And the perfect treat to eat while enjoying the Public Market. Love Juan & Maria's!!
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Report | 4 months ago
Juan & Maria's was a wonderful experience. Great empanadas. Went to the Public Market location.
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Report | 5 months ago
Go now.
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Report | 5 months ago
Best Food. Friendly family service.
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Report | 5 months ago
Great food!! Always satisfied with the selection, but empanada's are my favorite!
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From Our Editors

At Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop, a bell chimes regularly throughout the day, ringing along with the festive Latin music in the background. Its sound does not indicate the time, however?it greets every 50th customer to the empanada hot spot and rewards him or her with $5 worth of complimentary Spanish cuisine. When Chilean couple Juan and Maria Contreras opened their stand in 2000, they rarely had the opportunity to use the bell, as they were serving between 10 and 20 empanadas on any given Saturday. Today they dish out a minimum of 1,000 empanadas each day, vying to beat their current record of 1,504 empanadas sold in eight hours.

Their popularity stems in part from a commitment to traditional, healthy cooking methods. Each of their empanadas is handmade and stuffed with one of 12 types of filling, including 90% lean beef and pork as well as vegetarian options. The deep fryers are filled with light salad oil, and none of the menu items include chemicals or preservatives. Juan and Maria extend the same homemade treatment to their fruit juices, which can be frozen and sold as “Juan-sicles,” and their four hot sauces: green gold, red gold, spanish mayo and spanish ketchup.

Attitude accounts for a second element of the pair's success. Their mix of hospitality and cultural pride draws diners to the turquoise shop, where Juan exuberantly lists the specials to newcomers. They have hosted the Juan & Maria's International Spanish Festival for the past four years, showcasing customs from 20 Spanish-speaking countries alongside their empanadas.

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