Restaurant talk: La Carreta Argentina

La Carreta Argentina is having its grand opening on Beckley near Zang Saturday. It’s the new restaurant from the owners of Don Panza, which closed on Clarendon last year.

La Carreta has upscale new digs in the space that most recently housed sports bar Alley Oops. It looked great when I went in to pick up a couple of empanadas and a burger last week. There is a small bar that serves liquor, wine and beer, including Lone Star on tap, which is a change from Don Panza’s, which was too close to a school to get a liquor license.

The handmade empanadas are made to order, crispy and hot with savory fillings like spicy beef or chicken and spinach and cheese. The new menu includes the Argentina burger, which came on a house-made bun with a slice of ham and a perfectly cooked over-easy egg. You can’t eat that every day, but it was divine.

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  • @Urban

    There’s always plenty of parking in the lot adjacent to the restaurant as well as behind it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lot full, even on a busy weekend with two other restaurants sharing the same lots.

  • The place is too far to walk or ride our bikes to get there. We couldn’t find a spot to park our car so we ate elsewhere.

  • The old location “featured” slow service too. Maybe we customers should tell the owner who sometimes does seem to enjoy talking more than serving food efficiently.

  • Went Monday night and also had slow service. I’m sure the service will improve. The food was good, I enjoyed their empanadas. Will be going back soon.

  • Went to La Carreta on Saturday night. Service still needs some work (really slow) but the food and atmosphere were great! I’m looking forward to eating there often.

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