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Recommendation for La Maria Empanada, café/restaurant

There's a new Colombian café that has just opened in Cuenca. It's located on Calle Larga across the street from Todo Santos. Their specialty is Colombian empanadas. There're crunchy on the outside with a delicious filling of beef or chicken. They are served with a spicy salsa and guacamole on the side. Simply to die for. They also serve panini sandwiches and a variety of cold and hot drinks. Their desserts are amazing. I tried the cheesecake. Thick and rich like I remember back in the US. Haven't eaten anything like it in Cuenca.

The owners, Pedro and Sylvia truly know the meaning of customer service and hospitality. Born in Colombia, but having lived in Los Angeles for many years, they really know how to treat customers. They are both warm and charming and speak English. A must try if you're in the neighborhood. They are open from 9 AM to 10 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Address: Calle Larga across from Todo Santos

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