Nom noms empanada! From clockwise, here is a display of our order of delicious empanadas: 2 beef gauncho, 2 chicken diablos and 2 Linda’s Chicken. Yes, I’m famous – just kidding.
For most people, birthdays are celebrated month long and not just that specific day or week. Due to my boyfriend and I’s last birthday brunch not going so well, we decided to try a different type of food and location like empanadas on Westheimer. Visiting The Original Marini’s Empanada House is not our first time and it certainly won’t be our last. Our favorite is Linda’s Chicken and not because it has my name in it, haha. Chicken “Diablo” comes second due to the “spiciness”.
Beef Gauncho – Ground beef, hard-boiled egg, olives, onions and spices
Chicken “Diablo” – Diced chicken, onions, bell peppers, tomato sauce, and spices
Linda’s Chicken – Chopped chicken in a tomato chipotle sauce with American and Monterrey Jack cheese
Evita Peron – Dulce de leche, sweet potato, and walnuts (not pictured)
The Evita Peron empanada tasted like fall in my mouth. Sweet potato sweetness oozing out of my empanada and small chunks of walnuts for texture. I’ve tried the Snickers in the past, but it was a bit too sweet for me. I’m still working my way down the dessert section.
I love this Westheimer location because of the walls and photographs. But my favorite is how each area is covered with signatures and who was last here. You can find sweet comments like “Happy Birthday Mom” written in corners. There are plenty of spots for seating areas. Oh and dessert like the alfajores and dessert empanadas are a must if you saved room. Major plus that the wait staff is friendly and eager to offer suggestions if it’s your first time.
Check out their recent sign. A few people stopped by to take a quick picture before entering the restaurant.
The next time I’m here – I’m definitely bringing a permanent marker. Oh and my boyfriend had a better experience here, but we’re still celebrating. 🙂