Now that we’ve reached 100+ restaurants reviewed we figured it’s time to declare something in Jacksonville the best in its category. We’ve been looking for a food item in Jax that stands out to a degree that every other local restaurant’s version doesn’t even compare. This week we made a visit out to Tres Leches to chat with the owners and do an interview. While I was there doing the interview they asked if I’d like to sample some of their food. Since when does a fat guy turn down free food? Everything I tried was fantastic but the empanadas were completely out of this world! Since I travel to South Florida frequently for work I’ve eaten a heckuva lot of empanadas from all sorts of different places. None of them could even come close to holding a candle to this one. I can honestly say the chicken empanada I was served at Tres Leches was the best empanada I’ve ever tasted.
First off Tres Leches empanadas are HUGE! They’re double the size of a typical empanada. A typical empanada in Jax may have meat with good flavor but almost always fails in the crust department. Tres Leches empanada excels in both areas. The crust is the texture of an actual pie crust, It’s nice and flaky and breaks up a little as you eat it. The heaps of chicken found inside were incredibly tender and bursting with flavor. These combine to make Tres Leches Empanada our Pick for the best Empanada in Jax in 2014. For $7 I doubt there’s anything more tasty or a better value in town. Head down to Tres Leches to try it and tell us what you think.