Last Thursday, the streets of Buenos Aires merged with the streets of Dallas, when empanadas hit the road in one of DFWs newest food trucks.
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting owners Fernando Ortega and Bayne Reynolds and doing some sample tasting of Empanada Armada's menu. (Though the truck has made appearances around the Metroplex, it hasnt had its official rollout yet.)
Fernandos father is Argentinean and his mother is Cuban. Homemade empanadas have always been part of Fernandos life, so after the family bakery closed, he decided to return to what he knew best, and started producing these savory pastries. Partnering with Baynes service industry experience, these two men seem to have covered every aspect of owning and operating a food truck.
Their spices are sourced from Argentina, as are the machines used to assemble the final product, with complete production happening in Irving. The dough and fillings are made by hand, under the supervision of the lead cook, also an Argentinean. These empanadas are so authentic and so good that in addition to producing them for their food truck, Fernando and Bayne have a wholesale agreement to produce them for Central Market. For now, the menu features beef, chicken, ham and cheese or spinach empanadas. As the business grows, there are expectations that the menu will also. I taste tested all of them and can say that all were very good. The crust is beautiful, light and flaky. To distinguish the empanadas before eating, each variety has its own pattern pressed in to the crust. The truck will have displays telling you which pattern goes with each crust, so that you easily know which one you are holding.
The owners of Empanada Armada have done their homework when it comes to running a successful food truck and they have a great product on board. I expect them to be a very popular truck, as soon as they roll out.
Over the weekend, Empanada Armada was at Camden Farmers Market, American Airlines Center, and then at White Rock Local Market on Saturday, where their empanadas were hot tickets: they sold out.