Monday, March 21, 2016

Empanadas Come to Forest Hills

Ok, so it's a cute little empanadas truck, which happens to have suddenly perched itself across from the Key Food north of Queens Blvd. But given the fact that Forest Hills remains one of the only neighborhoods in New York City without its own empanadas storefront—despite the many empty ones available on Austin Street, I might add—I'll take what I can get.


16 comments:

  1. Aw, I missed the empanada truck! I hope it comes back!

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  2. Huh, I saw that truck parked there yesterday. Didn't even know it was selling. Any good?

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  3. Tried the sweet plantain empanada, I thought the filling was very generous for the price ($2.50). Another person I know tried the chicken & spinach and the guava & cheese - they said it was pretty good too.

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  4. We were on Austin Street this past Sunday and passed a Kettle Popcorn truck (I think at the corner of 71st). Several employees were pouring free samples into the eagerly waiting cupped hands of passers-by. There was also a line at the truck. I hope we just got an errant sample, but I must say that I have tasted much better.

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    1. The kettle corn truck is on that corner of Austin St every weekend. The empanada truck is a new addition to the neighborhood, and has been on Queens Blvd. I haven't tried either but the word on the street is that the empanadas are very good.

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  5. Saw it last night on my way home (still on N. side but on QB this time, btwn 71 Rd and 72 Ave, in front of the bus stop), and figured I'd come here and see if anyone had tried it yet. May give it a whirl for dinner tonight if the truck is there again. Will report back if/when I do.

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  6. Planning to try this truck soon. Hope it's good and stays around.

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  7. It's in the same spot right now, I just saw it! Saturday evening, 7pm.

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  8. Any idea why I saw the Calexico van staked out on and around Austin St. a couple of weekends ago? Crossing fingers that they decide we're a good spot to park for food sales.

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  9. Those empanadas are DE-licious! So glad that truck has decided to be part of our community--hope they stay around too. I had the chicken empanadas...it was so juicy, and savory. A must try!!

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  10. Omg, I've tried this truck few days ago and it's so good! Especially its rifht nearby where I lived and very convenient too. Please stay here permanently!

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  11. I did try the truck, and sorry to say, felt really ripped off. It was a little before 6pm. I got the spinach and cheese ($3.50). Barely lukewarm, rubbery, and not-so-generously filled with clearly frozen supermarket spinach and minimal cheese. Really not worth the money to me, so I will not be returning. I really wanted to like it, but it was not even up to the standards of frozen Goya empanadas.

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  12. Mr. & Mrs. Corzo DuffyApril 9, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Myself and my wife just purchased 4 empanadas Chicken, Beef for me and the wife got guava cheese and plantain. I must say she ate more of my empanadas then hers. The plantain empanada was 3 slices of plantain banana inside the empanada (blah plain) and the guava cheese was missing cheese so again blah, BUT over all it is a fantastic idea and could make a lot of business. I would recommend they smash the plantain and add a lot of queso to the guava. I would definitely go back and try others for sure as my wife works a couple blocks away from where they park.

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  13. The chicken and chicken with spinach are by far the best things on this custom made Mercedes truck. I sooo want this business to make it. They actually fill and cook everything except the fillings on the truck. The beef with spinach was not cooked or mixed together like the chicken was. Mushroom was canned sliced mushrooms WTF five slices do not a mushroom empanada make. If they stuck to the formula for chicken and spinach, this truck could be a goldmine.

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  14. Tried the truck again, same result. Nearly cold, rubbery, greasy, flavorless and hardly any filling to speak of. I completely support their being in the neighborhood and hope they do well, but I'm not feeling the love food-wise. They need to up the quality and not rely on obviously cheap, generic, frozen/canned ingredients.

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