Fifty million empanadas?
While you, your family, and possibly the entire population of Metro Miami couldn’t consume so much crunchy goodness in one sitting, El Balcón de Las Américas just eclipsed the 50 million mark for empanadas sold. since its creation.
“We’ve been tracking sales of our staple since 1997,” said Ulisses Souza, chef and restaurant partner at Coral Springs. “We’ve had a few different POS systems, but we’ve kept a good count and have recently turned the corner.”
Twenty-five years later, there are now six El Balcón de Las Américas sites in total across South Florida, with additional outposts in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Margate, Pembroke Pines, and Sawgrass.
The 50 million empanadas milestone is a combined total of all of the restaurant’s locations, spanning its beef, chicken, cheese and mini empanada offerings. Empanadas are $1.89 each.
All El Balcón de Las Américas empanadas are made in a production facility in Coral Springs – attached to the original location – and distributed throughout the region. In addition to the Colombian-style morsel — which has a fried corn dough wrap — other Latin favorites are made at the establishment, including pandebono (a ball of fried cheese), arepas, tamales and sauces. , including the chimichurri and ají varieties.
“Although the restaurant has Colombian roots, our restaurants represent many cultures,” Souza said. “In everything we make, we always seek to find the freshest ingredients available.”
Beyond his portable offerings, fan favorites over the past 25 years have included his bandeja paisa (a massive platter with white rice, red beans, steak, sweet plantains, chicharrón, arepa, avocado and a fried egg) and its chicharrón ceviche, served with a fried arepita.
As for what lies ahead, El Balcón de Las Américas will open its seventh location sometime next month, located at 9834 Glades Road, Suite C13-14 in Boca Raton. The latest spot will have a relatively modern design – for example, the restaurant will sport a “Pure Latin Flavor” neon sign on a grassy wall for Instagram-worthy moments. Souza says a similar vibe will soon be applied to all of the restaurant’s existing locations.
Beyond El Balcón de Las Américas, Souza and select partners will open a new Mexican concept, dubbed Chilacos Tacos, “in the next month” in the same shopping complex as El Balcón’s Coral Springs location.
The Balcony of Las Americas. Six sites in Broward and Palm Beach counties; elbalcondelasamericas.com. The new Boca Raton location (9834 Glades Rd.) will open in September 2022.