Just outside our gate is a relatively new complex built in the old colonial style with caramel colored stucco buildings, terra cotta tiled court yards and pillars. There are a few shops, a restaurant and an intriguing little oven that sits on a stand in front of one of the shops. A hand written sign leans against a post. It says Empanadas al horno: Res, Pollo, Cerdo, et Vegetal. It is deserted during the day but about 7PM there is always activity. Tiny round tables and stools are pulled onto the walk in front of the shop and we pass people eating and drinking a glass of wine or beer.
We’ve been curious about this place and passing it almost daily for the past two winters but never stopped until one recent evening. We’d taken a long walk on the beach. When we passed the little oven we decided to stop. We were shown to the back and seated on little sofas overlooking the courtyard. The empanadas arrived steaming hot from the oven and delicious. Pollo (chicken) was mixed with vegetables, wrapped in pastry and baked. The res (beef) was similar but spicy too. Both were great. We are now fans of empanadas al horno. They deliver too but not for us. We couldn’t telephone an order in Spanish but no matter, it’s a few steps away.