Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's National Empanada Day!

The folks at Pollo Campero want you to help celebrate National Empanada Day (today) and their 43rd anniversary this month.

Today, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., they say, "Guests can visit any of the five Pollo Campero restaurants in New Jersey all day and receive a FREE hand-made empanada,which are made fresh daily with the restaurant’s famous Latin chicken and proprietary blend of spices."

Plainfield's very popular Pollo Campero restaurant is at 301 East Front Street. The company began in Guatemala in 1971 and when it opened here, the lines were around the block. I'm told Guatemalans are one of the largest Latino groups in the Queen City.

If you don't know an empanada from a quesadilla, this is your chance to sample one of Latin America's most popular food items.If I get out of the PMUA meeting early, I might just walk up Roosevelt Avenue to the Pollo Campero and get me one. And maybe some yuca fries.



  1. Pollo Campero's empanadas are the best!! Enjoy!


  2. Although a free empanada would be awesome...I can't even imagine the line! They are good that is for sure.

  3. Pat Turner KavanaughApril 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Bernice: did you walk over and snag yours?
    I was at the PPL for a FOSH meeting and forgot the offer. My neighbor, who is from Spain and owns a Spanish restaurant in the Port, makes empandas. I've been to Argentina twice, and empanadas were "fast food" at the ski area we visited. Please give us your "taste test."