Before heading out to see the Golden Gate Bridge, R’s husband JP, my tour guide for the day, decided that we should have breakfast. Since I had woken up at 5:30 that morning (jet lag) and had eaten breakfast around 7:00, by 11:00 I was ready to eat again.
With visions of scrambled eggs and pancakes in my mind, we set off. I should have realized that even though we were in the U.S, my tour guide was Chilean and breakfast for him is not waffles or bacon at a diner.
“Do you want to eat an empanada?” he asked me.
“What? Where?” I asked.
“I know a place,” he told me, “my friend works there.”
So we went and got empanadas at Chile Lindo in San Francisco. We both got the traditional pino flavor (chopped steak with onions, a raisin, half a hard-boiled egg and an olive), although they also have cheese-jalapeño and a vegan option.
The empanada was good. I’m not a huge fan of pino empanadas in general, but it was maybe one of the best I’ve ever had. Definitely in the top five. At US $5.00 a pop, it better have been good. In Chile, you can get a pino empanada for a little over US $1.00. I guess that is how supply and demand works. 🙂
We met the owner, Paula, who was very nice and invited us to a Chilean music concert for the next night. We were unable to attend because we had to go to Santa Cruz, but it was a nice gesture.
If you’re in San Francisco and craving a taste of Chile, check out Chile Lindo. It’s a small shop at 2944 16th Street in San Francisco. It’s mostly to-go, but there is a small counter with three stools.