The practice of stuffing one food item with another gained popularity in the '20s, when restaurants began serving bananas hidden in bags of flour. Munch on a modern take on stuffed cuisine with today’s Groupon: $10 buys you a dozen empanadas (a $20 value) at Half Moon Empanadas, redeemable in Miami Beach and their brand new location downtown.
Half Moon’s empanadas are made from scratch daily, using fresh ingredients, a soufflé cooking method, and a secret dough recipe designed to titillate taste buds. Design your own dozen by choosing from 16 different handcrafted empanadas, jammed with meats, vegetables, and spices. Offered in regular or spicy options, beef and chicken empanadas fold floury flesh around a medley of meat, onion, pepper, and egg. Other edible pouches come loaded with creamed corn and béchamel sauce (the corn); smoked pancetta, mozzarella, and plum (the Americana); and bacon, cheese, and herbs (the bacon cheeseburger).
Half Moon’s red and white interior, cubed dangling lights, and relaxing armchairs provide an atmosphere fit for counting sheep jumping over an empanada moon. Stock up on a baker's dozen plus three empanadas to feed friends or a 16-man traveling circus.
The Miami New Times named Half Moon Empanadas the Best Empanadas of 2009.