Located in Carrboro, Esperanza is an Empanada & Tequila Hotspot.
At Esperanza we do two things, empanadas and tequila! You can find us at the new 300 East Main building near Cats Cradle, the ArtCenter and the Hampton Inn in Carrboro, North Carolina! Choose from 16 varieties of savory and sweet empanadas and up to 70 tequilas and mezcals, plus whatever exotics we have in that week. We take pride in using the freshest ingredients in not only our food, but our cocktails as well. Whether you're a seasoned empanada aficionado or just curious to find out what these little baked treats are all about, we look forward to seeing you soon!
370 East Main St #180
Carrboro, NC 27510
Kitchen open until 12am, Sunday & Monday
Kitchen open until 2am, Tuesday-Saturday
Monday 11am–12am Tuesday-Friday 11am-2am Saturday 12pm-2am
So What's an Empanada?
An empanada (em pa nada - not em pan yada) is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Western Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, which means to wrap or coat in bread.
Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing, which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese, huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits. We BAKE ours and make them with love!
So you JUST do Empanadas?
No way! We do tequila too! Okay, we actually offer a few things other than tequila and emapandas but that's sort of our "thing". Our house-made guacamole is always a good start, as is our elote. Elote, for the uninitiated, is a Mexican street food tradition. Delicious sweet corn cooked just right and then covered in Mexican mayo (very limey), cotija cheese and chili powder. Its a great treat to snack on alone or to start off your dinner. We have a few vegetarian options on the menu; but for the gluten haters out there, one of our salads might be your best bet.