N.J.’s 35 best empanadas, for National Empanada Day 2021

The empanada is the economical compact car of the fast-food universe — cheap, maneuverable, dependable, long-lasting.

The baked or fried pastry likely had its origins in Spain, but today many countries put their own spin on empanadas, also known as pastellitos, empadas, empanadillas, empadinhas and saltenas.

April 8 is National Empanada Day, so it’s no better time for a list of N.J.’s 35 top empanada spots — restaurants, markets, bakeries and trucks — serving up empanadas of all textures, tastes and terrific-ness. On my list you’ll find Colombian empanadas, Puerto Rican empanadas, Chilean empanadas, Cuban empanadas, Argentinian empanadas, Venezuelan

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