Sergio’s Empanadas is an Argentine restaurant in Laguna Beach. It sells traditional Argentine ones such as carne (olives, raisins and sweet ground beef) and prosciutto, but there are also spins:. A mushroom one, tart with shallots. Another that did a great impression of a chicken pot pie, the gravy inside steaming and sticky. The sweet potato empanada was too hippie for my tastes, but my wife ate it up as if it were a special at the Stand. And the dulce de leche dessert variety was the perfect finisher, oozing Patagonia’s version of caramel and freshened up with bananas.
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Some years ago, I was at a farmers' market—was it the Old Towne Orange one? Irvine? Laguna Hills? Can't remember—when I came across an empanada maker. A guy and girl chatted me up and gave me their card, and I bought a few. The empa...