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Welcome to

Chicago Empanada Mama

Now Serving Dark Matter Coffee Cold Brew & Forbidden Root Botanical Beer

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About Us

Chicago Empanada Mama is a Chicago coffee-house and restaurant with Carribean influence. Empanadas are hand-made with buttery dough and rich fillings such as slow roasted pork, beef and cheese or roasted red pepper, eggs and cheese. The family recipes are shared with you by a family-owned and run business. Chicago Empanada Mama supports local by offering Dark Matter Coffee, Forbidden Root Beer and featured local artists. Come for empanadas and coffee; stay for delicious signature cocktails. Chicago Empanada Mama wants to be your neighborhood hang-out. Free WiFi and bottomless drip coffee with your meal.

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Coffee & Empanadas

Because empanadas make everything better.

Inez Melendez, owner of Chicago Empanada Mama

Our Story

In the Carribean, empanadas are often a staple in family holiday meals. Inez Melendez was born and raised in Chicago. Her parents were Puerto Rican. Her mother Rosita is the inspiration for Chicago Empanada Mama. Rosita’s cooking was always the talk of the town. Many of the recipes were inspired by the beautiful times Inez spent in the kitchen with her mom learning how to bring people together through cuisine. Empanadas have always been and remain that special item on the table that means family will be gathering. Empanadas are rich, savory hand-made pies made filled with delicious savory ingredients, folded into light, flaky crust that is deep fried or airfried to perfection. This woman-owned and operated business is answering the call for craft coffee, hand-made empanadas and craft cocktails. To compliment the empanadas, try our salads, arroz con gandules (also known as Puerto Rican rice and beans), ceviche and more! Chicago Empanada Mama is your West Town neighborhood hang-out!


10.06 / 12:00 AM
Live Music
Join us on Thursday night 7pm-9pm for live music and a show!
Empanadas and Coladas
Exclusive behind the scene tour of Chicago Empanada Mama! Learn to make a delicious empanada while sipping on a Pina Colada. $50 per person Max 6 people per reservation *Each ticket gives access to the class and includes one empanada and one pina colada. Register Here:
Sunday Brunch
Grab your friends for Sunday Brunch featuring $29 mimosa packs.

In loving memory, Rosita Ambert & Bernardino Melendez

In loving memory, Rosita Ambert & Bernardino Melendez, ,