La Empanada Llama began as “Marie’s Peruvian Delights” over 20 years ago. Maria T Lloyd(Owner) came to Albany from Peru to study english and ended up staying here to live. She always loved to cook back home and began attending festivals at the Empire State Plaza selling Peruvian Food with her husband Joseph Lloyd(Owner). She quickly developed a loyal client base, and began to expand selling at local Farmers Markets.
Her daughter Andrea Lloyd-Coronado(Owner) also enjoyed cooking and selling at festivals and farmers markets and developed a strong interest in expanding the business. She graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Albany in 2013 and together with Maria and Joseph decided to open a brick and mortar location for the business. “Marie’s Peruvian Delights” became La Empanada Llama LLC and opened for business in June of 2013.
Maria loves to create new recipes in the kitchen. While we offer a selection of authentic Peruvian food, we mainly offer different dishes cooked with a Peruvian twist. Our Chicken Empanada is filled with a typical Peruvian Chicken Dish: Aji de Gallina. Our top seller is of course our Empanadas which come in a large variety of flavors both savory and sweet. However, we also offer many items that are gluten free, vegetarian, Vegan and healthy which we noticed was hard to find in Spanish food. For example, our Chicken Tamale is made Gluten Free using Quinoa with the Chicken rather then bread which the original Peruvian recipe calls for. We aim to have options for everyone to be able to enjoy our food!
Throughout our years in business, we've been fortunate enough to receive some great awards and ranks. Maria Lloyd received Schenectady’s Hispanic Heritage Committee Entrepreneurial Award in 2012. We were named one of the top 25 restaurants in Upstate NY (www.newyorkupstate.com), and won a Bestie Award from Capital Region Living Magazine for 2nd Best Place with Vegetarian Options.
La Empanada Llama
469 Delaware Ave.
Albany, NY 12209
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Breakfast Served until 11:30am and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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