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Makus Empanadas

Categories: Restaurants & Bars, Mexican
1125 North Carolina 54, Durham, NC 27707
(919) 390-7525
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MĀK.us / em.pa.NAH.das

Trying to figure out how to pronounce it? It’s simple: Make us empanadas. As in what we do for you, all day, every day.

What is an empanada?

An empanada is a Spanish or Latin American pastry turnover filled with a wide range of savory ingredients, which usually consist of a variety of meat, chicken, cheese, vegetables or fruits.

Their popularity has spread beyond the traditional countries like Argentina to become truly international and trendy.

Our Story

Long before they got together over a few cervezas to sketch out the concept for Makus Empanadas, Hernan, Santiago, and Ricky were best friends growing up in Argentina. Inseparable since preschool, they did everything together: overturning their tricycles into a muddy ditch, battling each other in sports, exploring Buenos Aires' nightlife.

Their list of memories is long (and quite entertaining), but two things remain constant throughout: the good company, and the empanadas. Whether going out with friends or gathering with family at an asado—their pimped-out version of the American backyard barbecue—empanadas were always involved.

The guys have long dreamed of sharing their all-time favorite food—with absolutely everyone. More importantly, they want to share the strong sense of community that this little pocket of intense flavor seems to bring with it, wherever it goes. Their authentic recipes come from grandparents, passed down to the kids in their home kitchen. Makus Empanadas is built around the belief that good food doesn’t have to be complicated and that the best memories can be built around something as simple as a pack of empanadas.


Maybe also a good Malbec.

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Chad B. Oct 26, 2016
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Girlfriend and I were driving around and found this place, and what a find! 1st store ever (open since December) and has a very professional feel behind... (more)
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Michael R. Sep 26, 2016
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Finally, this is the empanada place I've been looking for! The empanadas served here are very simple and delicious; the dough is phenomenal and the fillings... (more)
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Anila Y. Sep 24, 2016
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Makus Empanadas is a great lunch spot in Durham. We have been to Calavera which can be a little gimmicky, resulting in awkward flavors, but Makus does... (more)

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