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“El Sur”, meaning “the South” in Spanish, specializes in Argentinian-style empanadas. Originally started out of a 1970 Citroen H-van imported from France, El Sur has now grown to a commercial kitchen and cafe in Potrero Hill, and a substantial catering operation serving the entire Bay Area. Our empanadas are inspired by Argentina and developed with French culinary technique. We prepare our empanadas with the best, locally-sourced ingredients, like our beef, sourced from Five Dot Ranch, a Northern California ranch run by a family who has been in the cattle business for seven generations. The dough is made in house, the meat is hand-cut, and each empanada is folded and crimped by hand. 

Empanadas are a great meal - easy to eat, easy to share and come in a variety of fillings. We look forward to welcoming you at our cafe and at our trucks’ public events. If you’d like to order empanadas for your next office lunch (or any event - big or small!), check out all of our offerings in the Large Party section of our site. Want to book our truck for a private event? Make sure to email us:

See you soon!