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Choose from Four Options
- $14 for one dozen empanadas and three sauces, valid Monday–Thursday (a $28.50 value)
- $14 for one dozen empanadas and three sauces, valid Friday–Sunday (a $28.50 value)
- $28 for two dozen empanadas and six sauces, valid Monday–Thursday (a $57 value)
- $28 for two dozen empanadas and six sauces, valid Friday–Sunday (a $57 value)
Choose from a menu of handmade empanadas filled with ingredients such as hand-cut beef, caramelized onions and parmesan cheese, or a sweet and savory combination of bacon, goat cheese, and medjool dates. Customers can pair their empanadas with their choice of sauce, such as classic chimichurri or the fiery Red Hot. Business hours are Monday–Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
They're a common food in several Latin countries, including Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, but empanadas are made a bit differently in Argentina. “We have an edge because we actually bake them,” Nicolás Ibarzabal, co-owner of 5411, told the Decider in 2009. ”Here in Chicago there are a couple of places that offer empanadas, but they're pretty much all deep-fried. We like to think of ourselves as the new healthy frontier of empanadas.”
Today, at locations on Clark Street and North Avenue, 5411's chefs make the flaky baked treats in nearly a dozen varieties. You'll find traditional hand-cut beef empanadas as well as Americanized versions including barbecue chicken, which Ibarzabal admits is one of his favorites despite chuckles from his Argentine friends. Along with friends, he started 5411-a mash-up of Argentina's country code, 54, and Buenos Aires's city code, 11-in 2009 as a catering company before rolling out a food truck and finally opening the first shop in Lakeview. That shop makes deliveries by the dozen, and the same pale-blue food truck-perhaps the catalyst for 5411's success-still takes to the streets daily, urging office dwellers to emerge from their cubicles and horses to escape from their buggies.