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Caracas Arepa Bar - Report

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Caracas Arepa Bar - Report

Tim | Jan 25, 2005 01:30 PM

Had lunch at Caracas Arepa Bar today, and I just can't say enough great things about the place. My meal was awesome!

The restaurant itself isn't much to speak of; it's just a little hole-in-the-wall on 7th street just off 1st Avenue. I ordered two arepas and a Chicha, a rice drink with cinnamon on top.

My first arepa was the Reina Pepiada, which was stuffed with chunky chicken & avocado mix salad. The arepa itself was crisp and delicious and the filling was sublime. The cold chicken and avocado salad, stuffed into that piping hot arepa, was as fresh as can be (it's an open kitchen and I saw the chef scooping out the avocados for the guacamole).

As good as this first arepa was, the second one was even better. The De Pabellon arepa was stuffed with shredded beef, black beans and sweet plantains (I asked them to hold the cheese which normally comes with it). Again, the arepa was fresh, crispy and piping hot. The shredded beef was sublime (I've used that adjective already, but it really does fit), the beans were good and the plantains were freshly fried. This arepa is a must-try if you have a chance to eat at Caracas.

I have heard others rave about the homemade sauce that's on each table, but I barely used it because the arepas didn't need any help in the flavor department.

The Chicha rice drink was good, but I'm going to skip it next time. It is really a dessert drink, it is quite thick and tastes just like rice pudding.

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