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Bienvenidos Raleigh


At calavera we do two things, empanadas and tequila ! We opened in Raleigh North Carolina in September of 2011 and what was once "the little empanada place on the corner" has become one of downtown Raleigh's must stop spots. Choose from 11 varieties of empanadas and up to 70 tequilas and mezcals, plus whatever exotics we have in that week.   We take pride in using the freshest ingredients in not only our food, but our cocktails as well.  Whether you're a seasoned empanada aficionado or just curious to find out what these little baked treats are all about, we look forward to seeing you soon! And we are now proud to announce our newest location in Carrboro!

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Bienvenidos Raleigh


At calavera we do two things, empanadas and tequila ! We opened in Raleigh North Carolina in September of 2011 and what was once "the little empanada place on the corner" has become one of downtown Raleigh's must stop spots. Choose from 11 varieties of empanadas and up to 70 tequilas and mezcals, plus whatever exotics we have in that week.   We take pride in using the freshest ingredients in not only our food, but our cocktails as well.  Whether you're a seasoned empanada aficionado or just curious to find out what these little baked treats are all about, we look forward to seeing you soon! And we are now proud to announce our newest location in Carrboro!


calavera Raleigh

 

 

444 South Blount Street Suite 101

Raleigh , NC 27603

 

Phone: (919) 617-1661

Hours of Operation

 

Monday through Friday 11am - 2am

Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 2am

 

 

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SO WHAT'S AN EMPANADA YOU ASK?


An empanada (em pa nada - not em pan yada) is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Western Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar;  which means to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing; which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese,  huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits.  We BAKE ours and make them with love!

 

So you JUST do empanadas?

No way!  We do tequila too!  Okay we actually offer a few things other than tequila and emapandas but that's sort of our "thing".  Our house-made  guacamole is always a good start as is our elote.  An elote, for the uninitiated, is a Mexican street food tradition.  Delicious sweet corn cooked just right and then covered in mexican mayo (very limey), cotija cheese and chili powder.  Its a great treat to snack on alone or to start off your dinner with.  We have a few vegetarian options on the menu; but for the gluten haters out there, one of our salads might be your best bet.

SO WHAT'S AN EMPANADA YOU ASK?


An empanada (em pa nada - not em pan yada) is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in Western Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia. The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar;  which means to wrap or coat in bread.

Empanadas are made by folding dough or bread around stuffing; which usually consists of a variety of meat, cheese,  huitlacoche, vegetables or fruits.  We BAKE ours and make them with love!

 

So you JUST do empanadas?

No way!  We do tequila too!  Okay we actually offer a few things other than tequila and emapandas but that's sort of our "thing".  Our house-made  guacamole is always a good start as is our elote.  An elote, for the uninitiated, is a Mexican street food tradition.  Delicious sweet corn cooked just right and then covered in mexican mayo (very limey), cotija cheese and chili powder.  Its a great treat to snack on alone or to start off your dinner with.  We have a few vegetarian options on the menu; but for the gluten haters out there, one of our salads might be your best bet.

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BEBIDES ESPECIALES


Okay so more about these drinks of yours..

We serve our cocktails with the freshest ingredients that we can get.  No syrupy lime juice from a plastic bottle.  Check out the guns on  those bartenders, everyday they squeeze a lot of limes to make sure that you are getting the best.  We have a seasonally changing cocktail list so if your favorite is gone from the summer you'll probably see it back when it gets back in season.

BEBIDES ESPECIALES


Okay so more about these drinks of yours..

We serve our cocktails with the freshest ingredients that we can get.  No syrupy lime juice from a plastic bottle.  Check out the guns on  those bartenders, everyday they squeeze a lot of limes to make sure that you are getting the best.  We have a seasonally changing cocktail list so if your favorite is gone from the summer you'll probably see it back when it gets back in season.

I don't know anything about tequila.  Can you help a me out?

I won't bore you with how it's made but let's just say if you could trap sunlight in water and bottle it that would be tequila. Our staff can help point you in the direction of any of our premium tequilas and we can find one that you'll enjoy.  We recommend starting with a flight of tequila.  Choose yours or trust us to pick one for you.  Either way we think you'll learn a bit along the way.  We do keep a bottle of the cheap stuff around but that's just so we know who we need to help out a little more on their journey to becoming an expert.

Now, that little spicy glass of yum sitting next to your hand picked tequila?  That my friend, is sangrita.  It's very traditional when savoring a fine tequila to have a palette cleanser between sips.  We make ours in-house and we think you will enjoy it.  Lord knows we do.