It’s funny how things work in Edmonton. There was no Venezuelan places in town and then boom, two open at the same time. I’ve heard about Avila Arepa but never El Fogón.
Hours are pretty solid for the area.
I happened to be near the area with L so I suggested we check them out on a Friday afternoon. I didn’t realize it’s right in the same plaza as Safeway, Busters Pizza and KFC/Taco Bell. The clientele here is “interesting”. One guy walked in literally to check his lottery ticket and then left. That’s right, you can buy lottery tickets here too! Welcome to 118 Avenue.
Soup of the day was chicken lasagna. Interesting…
Lottery tickets! Fits perfectly with the ‘hood.
The menu is short and sweet; arepas, empanadas, cachapas, pupusas and tequeños. There was all day breakfast, westernized part too but we just ignored that.
There was also a few homemade desserts (like tres leche).
Shredded beef empanadas ($2.99)
This was our favourite. The dough was fantastic. It reminded me of a pastry my grandma used to make. The beef filling inside was flavourful and tender. We liked the beef more than the pork.
We did takeout so took a few photos of them out on plates.
You can tell everything is homemade and quality is there. Just prepare mentally for the carb and grease overload. Will be back for the cachapas!
El Fogón Latino
8026 118 Avenue