Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop

Latin American
280 North Union St N, Rochester, NY 14609 280 North Union St N, Rochester Directions
+15853256650
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92% of 763 customers recommended

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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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218 Tips
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Report | 3 days ago
They were very friendly and accommodating and prepared our order while we waited. If you go during the week, be prepared to wait approximately 15 minutes. We walked around and had a cup of coffee at a nearby bakery. If you don't have the time, order in advance.
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Report | 15 days ago
This is a great place with authentic food and friendly staff. Definitely recommend the coconut drink to compliment your meal!
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Report | 5 months ago
Great food and service!
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Report | 8 months ago
Love their rice and beans!
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Report | 8 months ago
The breakfast empanada is amazing!
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Report | 11 months ago
Take a moment to chat with the owners of try are not too busy. Such nice people.
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Report | 11 months ago
Try this place out! You won't be disappointed!
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Report | 11 months ago
There food is amazing. A great way to start a Saturday morning at the public market
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Report | a year ago
Amazing food, open most days for lunch, brave the cold it will warm your soul! (Ok, I'm addicted.)
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Report | a year ago
Best Breakfast Empanadas around!
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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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