Patagonia Express

2279 N Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
Patagonia Empanadas is an Argentine restaurant in Tustin. Argentine empanadas have become a bit of a thing in OC over the past decade, but you’ve never had ones like these: gigantic, crust as soft as butter, ingredients spiked with serranos for an extra kick, and rarities (the one called the Arab, zippy with lemon-simmered beef, calls back to the province of Cordoba, home to many Argentines of Lebanese descent) thrown in among the tried-and-true chicken and spinach varieties. All the tables order a couple to complement the pizzas, which include not just Americanized pies, but also Argentine specialties such as fugazzetta (just white cheese, white sauce and onions) and another topped with heart of palm and something called salsa golf, a bizarre concoction of mayo, ketchup and Thousand Island that’s as much a beloved acquired taste for Argentines as Marmite is for the Brits.

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