Argie Grill

If you think all empanadas are created equal, then you haven't been to Argie Grill (Las Olas Riverfront, 300 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-2686). Not only are the empanadas here a step above the standard but each one is flavored distinctively. That means the differences between the beef and chicken turnovers are not just variations on a theme but true individuals -- the beef is ground and sautéed with onions, while the chicken is diced, mixed with peppers and onions, and blended with a cream sauce. The ham-and-cheese empanada contains traditional hard-boiled egg, while the broccoli-mushroom version is sautéed and combined with melted cheddar cheese. Add in the fact that the pastries are hearty enough for a light lunch and that each costs only $2.50 and there ain't no arguing with Argie.

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Jen Karetnick is an award-winning dining critic, food-travel writer, and author of the books Ice Cube Tray Recipes, Mango, and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Miami.
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