Maria Empanada

1298 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
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Lori Midson


  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Catering, Delivery, Order Online, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Metered Parking, Street Parking
This Argentinean café and bakery isn't new to Denver, but its new digs in Platt Park are much more of a rebirth than a simple relocation. While the original spot on a seedy stretch of Mississippi Boulevard looked more like a fur trapper's outpost (with a rustic pine-pole façade), the new shop sports gleaming white tile, a high-end espresso machine and enough pastry-case square footage to properly display the many empanadas, tortas and desserts being baked up in a much improved kitchen. Empanada varieties follow a traditional Argentinean pattern; each plump pastry has its own shape based on the filling. The best of the bunch may be the corn version with sweet corn kernels spiced, cheesed and swaddled in tender dough. Other tempting fillings include spinach with béchamel; the classic combo of ground beef, peppers, hard-boiled egg and olives; and a caprese with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Thick wedges of tarta, like a savory deep-dish pie, come loaded with spinach, mixed minced vegetables in cheese or mushroom and leek. For a little eye-rolling indulgence, the perfect alfajores (sugar-dusted sandwich cookies) come in two sizes, the smaller of which can be popped in the mouth like an Argentinean prescription to perk up a dreary day.

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