One of the great things about working downtown is the ability to catch a few of the city’s new food trucks dishing out their daily goods during lunch hour. Like a flash in the pan, these trucks pick a location and distribute their delights until it’s all gone. Walking from my office over to Merchandise Mart, I spied a suburban sandwich truck, a half-block long line for 5411 Empanadas, or a short line for cupcake food truck. With a long line I figured the food must have been good and waited through the heat.
Once I got to the front of the line the ordering began, I decided on beef, BBQ chicken, ham & cheese, and caramelized onion. Once I got the goods, I dashed back to the office to discover what all the waiting was about.
The beef: Packs good texture in this pocket of empanada with beef and some extras. I really have to say I always enjoy the texture of the empanada and 5411 does a great job baking on the truck with rack upon rack of empanadas.
This empanada had sauciness that was a refreshing change of pace from the beef. Inside were hunks of chicken and the BBQ sauce wasn’t overwhelming in flavor. Some pulled pork or brisket empanadas would be a dream come true!
The ham & cheese empanada was by far my favorite. Though small in stature this cheese-filled empanada really justified the long wait in line. Every bite was cheesy, all the bits of ham were formidable and if you like ham and cheese with anything, empanadas are something worth trying.
Overall a good treat and fun hunt downtown for 5411 Empanadas. Half of the hunt is the novelty and the other half is trying some food that you won’t find anywhere else downtown. Would I try some 5411 again? Absolutely, just let the temperature cool down a bit or I’ll have to get there earlier to avoid the long line!