I LOVE LITO’S EMPANADAS! Lito’s, which is located in a small storefront at 2566 N. Clark Street in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. I first started making my own empanadas after seeing a recipe in my high school Spanish book…random I know…so when I saw Lito’s open up, I immediately went in to check it out. If you’re driving by, you may easily miss the restaurant because of its small presence from the street. Inside, there’s only a small bar with about five stools to eat at making Lito’s good for carry-out.
Whenever I go, I order one ‘Beef’ which includes ground beef, olives, raisins, potato, tomato and onion ($2.29), one ‘Chicken’ which has chicken, rice, tomato and onion ($2.19) and one ‘BBQ Chicken’ which is made with slow-cooked BBQ chicken and potatoes ($2.29). One is a snack, two can make me content, but I always get three so I can enjoy my uncomfortable fullness.
According to their website, Lito’s now delivers and caters their empanadas which range from sweet (Choco-Banana), savory (Beef and Rice), and even vegetarian empanadas…all for a pretty awesome price. I have to give props for their marketing efforts because I constantly see articles on them in places like the Red-Eye and Time Out Chicago.