I’m not sure many people are aware that there is an actual “National Empanada Day,” but there is. And it’s on Monday, April 8. And what better place is there to celebrate this “holiday” than Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort.
The Cuban-themed restaurant will offer a special sampler platter of the half-moon-shaped pastries stuffed with a variety of fillings from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday during “Caippy Hour,” where empanada lovers can feast on Chef Guillermo Pernot’s staple empanadas as well as a few new ones for just $1 each.
“Empanadas are endlessly versatile, and our National Empanada Day offerings are a celebration of all of the different iterations of this crave-able snack,” Pernot says. “From time-honored classics to brand new interpretations, from savory to sweet, we have an empanada for everyone.”
But if you can’t make it Monday, Cuba Libre will also invite diners to mix and match a variety of empanadas. Prices are: $13 for two or $17 for three empanadas during brunch, served with baby spinach salad and tomatillo relish; $12 for two, $15 for three or $20 for four during dinner.
Sampler empanadas will include favorites such as hand-chopped chicken with corn and Jack cheese; ground beef with olives and raisins; vegetarian chorizo with black beans and ripened plantains; pulled pork with roasted poblano and charred tomatoes; and new ones such as slow-braised turkey with sweet peppers, onions and balsamic reduction; berry with raspberry, goat cheese and almonds; and chocolate ganache.
For more information, call 609-348-6700 or go to CubaLibreRestaurant.com.