DC Empanadas is brought to you by the husband and wife team of Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis, a couple of Washington area natives who met in Kindergarten (everyone now…awwww). After Anna decided that life on the road was for her, she only had to figure out what the D.C. elite needed to eat. With her Guatemalan background and the fact that empanadas are quite delicious, it seemed like a no-brainer.
They will serve their empanadas from a revolving list of incarnations both traditional and quite creative. From “The Traditional” which is a mix of grilled sirloin, Spanish olives, hard boiled eggs, raisins and onions to the “Menage a Trois” with brie, figs and Marcona almonds. At the Curbside Cookoff this summer, I tried out a few of the fancy empanadas and can say they are not to be missed. The “Taj Mahal” (chicken tikka) was super flavorful, while the “Veggie Nirvana” was way more satisfying than most vegetarian lunch options I encounter. If anyone spots the “Il Paesano” (prosciutto, mozzarella and dates), let this lady know, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Look for the truck today near Capitol South and tomorrow at Federal Center.