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EL COCOTERO for lunch

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EL COCOTERO for lunch

mrnyc | Apr 28, 2004 03:37 PM

very nice folks here. cute place with the palm trees out front --- thats always inviting.

i had the reina pepiada arepa sandwich. the arepa is surprisingly small, fairly dry white corn style and it comes to you fresh and warm ($5). mine came with chicken salad...that is to say shredded chicken, cilantro, mayo and avocado. the cilantro was there, which is the important thing imo, but i did not catch the mild avocado in the mix. to drink i had chicha de arroz, a sweetened rice milkshake on ice sprinkled with cinnamon ($3.50). that was good.

i like bland hearty food a lot and venezeulan too, but this was just ok. unmemorable really (so far). to be fair of course i'll go back for more arepas, but i have higher hopes for the salads, soups and specials.

ps--as mentioned on posts below, do not expect the sweet street fair/arepa lady columbian versions of an arepa, venezeulan is a different style, more like a thomas' english muffin-sized pita here.

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