Get empanadas from these 9 local spots for National Empanada Day April 8

Family enjoys a meal from Pa que Ronald Food truck
Pa’que Ronald has a nice dining spot outside their food truck for you to enjoy. Photo via Pa’que Ronald’s Facebook

National Empanada Day is Thursday, April 8. Indulge in these delicious, flakey hand pies when you visit one of these local Birmingham restaurants. Celebrate in Birmingham by getting empanadas from one (or several) of these nine local restaurants.

1. Pa’que Ronald

Empanadas from Pa'que Ronald
These golden beauties are ready for National Empanada Day. Photo via Pa’que Ronald’s Facebook

Pa’que Ronald serves delicious Venezuelan dishes from their food truck, like tacos, hamburgers, areapas, and, of course, empanadas. 
Order your empanada with just cheese or go meaty with shredded beef, chicken or ham.

  • Location: 1559 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11AM-7PM | Sunday, 11AM-6:30PM
  • Contact: Facebook | Instagram | Call

2. Miami Fusion Cafe

Miami Fusion Cafe's empanadas
Look at the detail on the crimping of the empanada. Photos via Miami Fusion Cafe’s Facebook

I am so happy to see Miami Fusion Cafe’s downtown location open again. The restaurant creates amazing Caribbean-inspired dishes, including empanadas that will blow your mind.

Pick up some beef, chicken or ham and cheese empanadas from their two locations in Birmingham.

3. Tropicaleo

Empanadas at Tropicaleo
Tropicaleo has a great selection of vegetarian and vegan empanadas. Photo via Tropicaleo’s Facebook

Tropicaleo is a popular Puerto Rican restaurant in Avondale. With their dedication to sustainability and love for community, it’s easy to see why people love them.

Choose between vegan and vegetarian empanadas, or try the sampler plate that offers three for $13. 

  • Location: 4426 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Hours: Popup shops Monday-Tuesday, 5-9PM | Regular Wednesday-Thursday + Sunday, 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-11PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

4. Kool Korner Sandwiches

Storefront of Kool Korner Sandwiches
This spot may look unassuming, but they serve great sandwiches and Cuban food to the Vestavia area. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Kool Korner Sandwiches is a staple in Vestavia that serves great sandwiches and Cuban classics. It’s also another stop to grab an amazing empanada on Thursday, April 8.

You won’t break the bank while chowing down, either, because empanadas at Kool Korner Sandwiches are just $2.59 each.

  • Location: 1360 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10AM-3PM | Thursday-Saturday, 10AM-8PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Call

5. Sabor Latino

Empanada from Sabor Latino
Sabor Latino’s empanada is the perfect treat. Photo via Sabor Latino’s Facebook

From Mexican flavors to Peruvian staples, if you’re looking to expand your taste buds, Sabor Latino is a great choice. Bonus: margaritas are $1 on Wednesdays. 

Order their empanadas from the list of Peruvian appetizers.

  • Location: 112 Green Springs Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35209 
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11AM-2PM, 5-9PM | Friday, 11AM-2PM, 5-9:40PM | Saturday, 11AM-9:40PM | Sunday, 11AM-7:30PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

6. Rojo

A plat of empanadas and beer at Rojo
Rojo’s empanadas are back on the menu. Photo via Rojo’s Facebook

ICYMI: Rojo is now serving empanadas 😍 Make you way to this Birmingham favorite for a great meal. Empanadas come with your choice of ground beef or chicken, sour cream, salsa, lettuce and a side of jalapenos.  

  • Location: 2921 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM | Saturday-Sunday, 11AM-10PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

7. Sol Y Luna

The bar at Sol Y Luna
The atmosphere is unparalleled here. Photo via Sol Y Luna’s Facebook

Sol Y Luna serves tapas and a unique empananda that you cannot get at any other restaurant. Order their fried duck empanadas with chimichurri sauce for a one-of-a-kind experience in Birmingham.

  • Location: 920 Lane Parke Ct, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11AM-3PM, 5-9PM | Friday, 11AM-3PM, 5-10PM | Saturday, 11AM-3PM, 5-9PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

8. El ZunZún

El ZunZun patio
Perfect spot for outdoor dining. Photo via El ZunZun’s Facebook

El ZunZún’s bright colors reflect the flavors of their tropical dishes. They serve tacos, enchiladas and a few creations of their own, including their chicharrone empanadas. It features:

  • chicharrones (fried pork rinds)
  • avocado salsa
  • queso fresco
  • lettuce
  • cilantro
  • Location: 4105 Crosshaven Dr, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 11AM-9PM | Friday-Saturday, 11AM-10PM | Sunday, 11AM-8PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

9. Cayo Coco Rum Bar

Empanadas from Cayo Coco Rum Bar
Definitely making reservations this weekend. Photo via Cayo Coco Rum Bar’s Facebook

Cay Coco Rum Bar has an interesting take on empanadas—beef picadillo. This Cuban comfort dish is made with ground beef, potatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, raisins and olives. The filling is then stuffed into a flakey dough and topped with pico de gallo. 

  • Location: 2015 1st Ave N, Unit-A, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4–9PM | Friday-Saturday, 4–10PM
  • Contact: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Call

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