With ancient roots winding from the Iberian Peninsula through most of Latin America, these warm and gooey combinations of meat, cheese, veggies and/or fruit in a fried or baked dough pocket have long been favored by laborers, travelers and traders—and now Seattleites—for their tasty portability.

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Maria Luisa Empanadas
La boca, with seared ground beef, onions, peppers, raisins and spices, is the quintessential Argentine empanada. $25 for 12; free delivery in the Seattle area with an order of a dozen or more. Available at theFremont Sunday Market (year-round) and Queen Anne Farmers Market (Thursdays, May–October). 206.218.9678; marialuisaempanadas.com

La Isla
At this bastion of home-style Puerto Rican cooking, try the fried pernil, a flaky crust stuffed with succulent pulled pork that has been marinated for days and slow-cooked for hours. $4. Ballard, 2320 NW Market St.; 206.789.0516; laislaseattle.com

Jump over to Seattle Magazine to find the rest of these portable treats.

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