Rapa Nui | Albany Park | Latin American, South American, Cuban | Restaurant
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CLOSED. The "House of Empanadas," one of Chicago's few options for authentic Chilean cuisine.

Our Review

Billed as the "House of Empanadas," Rapa Nui (formerly the Latin Sandwich Cafe) is the place to go if you've got a hankering for Chilean chow. Authentic Chilean empanadas are made here of pino, a savory blend of ground beef, raisins, chopped egg, and olives, all baked in a wheat-flour shell. Baking is big here, and rolls made fresh on the premises are used for the sandwiches, including the chacarero, a Chilean specialty featuring tender steak, tomato, and green beans. Humitas are Chile’s version of tamales; "blind" (no filling, just sweet cornmeal), they benefit from a little salsa. The dish that captured my heart (and most of my stomach) was pastel de choclo, a baked bowl of masa with ground beef, onion, olives, egg, and a chicken leg: the cornmeal was caramelized and crisp around the edges, while in the center the casserole had the consistency of corn pudding. Pastel mil hojas, a cake of a "thousand layers" and dulce de leche, is so good you forgive the hyperbole.

David Hammond

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