‘DMV Empanadas’ arrives at Cross Street Market

DMV Empanadas, Baltimore’s Farmers’ Market staple, is opening its first physical location in the city at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. DMV Empanadas is taking over an Ono Poké space that was vacated last year.

Marco and Nacho Amaraz, originally from Bolivia, created DMV Empanadas six years ago. Marco Amaraz had a house cleaning service and said he was tired of being surrounded by all the chemicals, so he decided to use his mom’s chicken empanada recipe and move into local farmers markets around the Washington, DC area.

DMV Empanadas opened its first physical location three years ago in Gaithersburg. In addition to the Cross Street Market location, DMV Empanadas is currently working on opening a location in Rockville and another in a food court in Silver Spring.

Baltimore locals might know the DMV empanadas from 32nd Street Farmers Market, Fell’s Point Farmers Market, and Baltimore Farmers’ Market.

“We have a lot of fans here, but no physical venue,” Marco Amaraz said. “When we saw this opportunity [at Cross Street Market]we caught it.

DMV Empanadas offers 23 different flavors of empanadas which are a mix of Bolivian, American and Maryland flavors. Toppings include chicken, beef, BBQ pork, spicy pork, spinach and cheese, Old Bay shrimp, cheeseburger, and more.

Each empanada comes with a regular or spicy sauce.

Marco Amaraz said the Gaithersburg location serves as a commercial kitchen where they make the dough, fillings and empanadas before they are sent to farmers markets and other locations. He noted that making the dough is a three-day process.

The Amaraz use a custom-made empanada machine from an Argentinian company that prints the name of the filling on the empanada dough.

DMV Empanadas now makes 10,000 empanadas a week and hopes to reach 15,000 by summer.

At Cross Street Market, empanadas will be reheated and served.

Most empanadas are $4. Customers can save $2.50 if they order six or $5 if they order a dozen.

In addition to empanadas, DMV Empanadas will serve bowls featuring two empanadas and sauce over salad or rice; churro donuts; very leches; and rice pudding.

Drinks will include Mexican Jarritos sodas, homemade lemonade and juices.

DMV Empanadas also offers a catering service.

Marco Amaraz said they hope to open within the next two weeks as final inspections go through. DMV Empanadas will likely be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Photo below from DMV Empanadas

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