Spicy beef empanada – Venga Empanadas

Spicy beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
Slow cooked ribs in hot chile sauce with chipotle peppers. $2.75
Venga Empanadas, San Francisco CA

Spicy beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
There was absolutely no spicy heat to this empanada. The overwhelming flavor was that of sour vinegar so they should really call this a vinegar beef empanada. To its credit, there was some great chile flavors and the beef cubes were nice and tender. Overall, this was good but it still didn’t make up for the atrocious service.

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake with Mt. Tam in the distance.

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Argentine beef empanada – Venga Empanadas

Argentine beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
Natural ground beef, onions, red bell pepper, hardboiled egg. $2.75
Venga Empanadas, San Francisco CA

Omg, the service here was super LAME! The guy at the counter appeared and acted like he was too busy doing nothing than actually wanting to help customers. There was nobody in the frickin’ restaurant! I guess he also assumes that everyone wants their food to-go because he didn’t even ask and just shoved my food into a paper bag. They reheat the premade empanadas before serving, which is nice, but the dough/crust still tasted raw and uncooked. The Argentine beef empanada was boring and very forgetful. It’s like I never even ate the damn thing. Why is this on the 7×7 List?! Ridiculous.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Serpentine monardella
Serpentine monardella (Monardella purpurea, Lamiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.