We are Chicago’s first build-your-own empanada restaurant. We are really fun, but we take empanadas pretty seriously and only use the freshest ingredients and most innovative ideas.

Savor It Yourself

At Savory Crust, food is more than just energy for the rest of your day. That’s why we believe that we serve up more than just empanadas. Eating is an experience, and we make that personal the minute you walk through the door. Pick your favorite ingredients, mix and match them to embody or create a special memory and see your empanada become a pocket of joy. This is an experience to be shared, and we hope that you remember not only your first bite, but also the people you shared it with.

Sharing is important to us too and we want to make Savory Crust more than just a place to buy food. Our art gallery, which features local Chicago artists’ work on a rotational basis, speaks to this and we want to continue paying it forward. The wonderful thing about community is that it’s always evolving but always present and we’re excited to see what comes next and want you to be a part of it.

Press Statemet

Savory Crust doesn’t exist simply because Jen had a great idea and the sisters put their food start-up knowledge and business acumen to good use. Savory Crust is the result of their unfailing optimism, perseverance and ability to find and nurture talent.


What Do People Have To Say About Us?

Chicago Mag

"Empanadas are poised to join the ranks of fast-casual DIY chow. Savory Crust (7180 Dempster St., Morton Grove) will offer a build-your-own option in the mold of Chipotle..."

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Chicago Eater

"Diners can pick their fillings, stuff their empanadas with their choice of meat, veggies and sauces. They can stay traditional or go their own way..."


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ABC7's Steve Dolinsky (Hungry Hound)

"Hand-held snacks are always popular, think pierogi, dumplings and calzones. But ABC 7's Hungry Hound said the empanada is also worth seeking out, and he's found a shop making what are, in his opinion, the best in the region."

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