Having spent part of my childhood in Argentina, empanadas and dulce de leche are my two favorite foods. Lucky for yours truly, Panas Empanadas, which recently opened in Dupont, has both.
Although Panas’ empanadas aren’t as good as the ones my mom makes, or the ones off the street carts in Buenos Aires, they’re pretty damn good. The selection is great—Panas has 14 savory flavors—including 5 vegetarian and 3 seafood options. (Heaven for this pescetarian). We sampled 6 different kinds– and they were all scrumptious. The Samba Shrimp empanada was by far the best.
Panas also offers several combo meals that include drinks, banana chips, side salads, dessert empanadas, and dipping sauces. The dipping sauces—salsa verde, aji, chimi or pimento—are a great way to spice up the meal. Amazingly, Panas is affordable—$12 for a combo that fed two. For dessert, Panas has three sweet empanadas—dulce de leche, guava fruit, or berry cocoa. When we visited, they were out of dulce de leche, and I was not pleased.
Beyond the dulce de leche drought, my lone qualm is the only drink option is fountain sodas. And, friends, soda is bad for you!
2029 P St. N.W. Washington, D.C.