SAN FRANCISCO | El Sur started life as a food truck selling artisanal empanadas and a few other other South American specialties before finding a permanent home in SOMA (there are still two food trucks).
It’s the creation of Marianne Despres, a classically trained chef with roots in Argentina and France. Upon graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, she continued her culinary training in some of the world’s best kitchens including Potel et Chabot and the French Laundry before deciding to focus on the food she grew up with. It’s all about making food that is true to tradition, using the best quality ingredients and produce.
Beef is hand cut and sourced from Five Dot Ranch, a local ranch run by a family who has been in the cattle business for seven generations, dough is made in house, and each empanada is folded and crimped by hand. The result is some of the best empanadas you have ever tried. Our favourite is the traditional, filled with beef, onion, oregano, pimenton and cumin. The fillings are generous, and the pastry crisp and flaky.
The space itself is small, with enough room to seat 13 people inside and out the front. There’s a counter that displays the five empanada varieties on sale that day. A great option for lunch, or for a quick snack.
300 De Haro Street
Mon – Fri: 10:00am to 2:00pm