CLOSED: Macondo Colombian Coffee and Empanadas
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Empanadas, fair-trade coffee and Colombian music are the focus of this Lakeview counter-service spot from Las Tablas owner Leo Suarez. Macondo, which is named for the fictional town in the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" specializes in Colombian-style empanadas based on a recipe handed down from Suarez's grandmother. (Empanada styles vary greatly throughout South America and even within individual countries. Suarez's family and their empanada recipe comes from the Tolima region.) Expect a daily selection of 8-10 different empanadas stuffed with fillings such as beef, rice and hard-boiled egg; arroz con pollo; spicy black beans with fried sweet plantains (vegan); guava with cheese; and shrimp with goat cheese and spinach. You'll also find Colombian baked goods, sweet treats such as obleas (dulce de leche-filled wafers) and popular Colombian candies like Mani Moto (little caramel-covered peanut balls). Suarez, an Afro-Latin percussionist, carefully curated the music selection, and you can expect a constant mix of Colombian music, local Afro-Latin bands and other world music on the sound system.