Yes, that’s right. This little cozy empanada place has been around for 17 years! Tucked away on Marie-Anne and St. Urbain, this is your classic inside tip – except, “La Chilenita” has become a popular destination for snack-happy travellers and locals “in the know”.
And it’s not just for their great food. Oh, I will get to the food. But when you come in, the first thing you’ll notice – okay, the second thing after that tantalizing empanada display – is the charming decoration this place has! Hand-made figurines grace the counter, all around it are big handwritten menus listing the great variety of goodness on offer.
On the walls are painted and photographed impressions of Chile. Juan, one of the place’s two owners, is all to happy to tell you the stories behind these pictures as you enjoy your meal.
Empanadas and More!
La Chilenita’s main attraction, no doubt, are the freshly baked empanadas: they range from meat and sausage through to tuna, named “La Chilena” or “L’Espagnola”, which live alongside the variety of vegetarian choices. For $ 3.50 each, they’re practically giving them away.
I enjoy the “Au Poulet”, but if you so desire, you can also get one of the many sandwiches, quesadillas, enchiladas or salads available.
While you wait for your food to be prepared, have a chat with Juan or Christian, the friendly owners. Feeling like eating at home? No problem! You can also order right from the web page.