Staying in

Bookstore’s empanadas are bestsellers

Empanadas are the ideal takeout fare, and the baked versions — some in traditional half-moons, others pinched into little hobo sacks — at the Café at The Bookstore in the Grove are bestsellers.

Get them now, because the shop has to vacate its space in the Offices at Mayfair by early January. The owners are looking for a new location, and we can only hope they’ll succeed.

The empanadas come with a choice of nearly a dozen fillings, including ham and cheese, spicy beef and mushroom, Nutella-banana and guava.

My kids’ favorite is the caprese, with tomato, melted mozzarella and basil. The Four Cheese, with its Gorgonzola bite, is the one I always grab.

There are also paninis, wraps and a small selection of ready-made tuna, egg, bean and seaweed salads.

Like the empanadas, quick breads ranging from cranberry and pumpkin to lemon and chocolate marble are made in house. Vegan cupcakes by Cherimoya Tree artisan bakery are brought in daily.

On weekends, a crock of oatmeal is always steaming behind the counter, where baristas are happy to chat and answer questions.

Settle into one of the tables at the back of the store, where laptop jockeys take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. Or take your empanadas home and reheat them for 5 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

Café at The Bookstore in the Grove, 3399 Virginia St., Coconut Grove (corner of Virginia and Grand); 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; empanadas, salads and sandwiches $4-$8.

Read more Entertainment stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category