It's getting harder and harder to find an interesting place to eat near Potomac Mills Mall. Somehow every franchise that is awful has found its way to this shopping mecca.
About 5 minutes away, a relatively new place in a hidden location, Arepas Capital, features Venezuelan food that breaks through the ordinariness of everything else. I had two arepas, domino(black beans and white cheese) and reina pepiada (chicken salad with sliced avocado). Venezuela arepas are served sandwich style, as opposed to Colombian arepas which are more likely to be stuffed before hiting thre griddle.
The domino comes with a big mound of finely grated, snowy, white cheese that has a sweet profile to contrast the savory beans. The cheese is served cold and not melty. The winner, though, is the reina pepiada which includes a very large serving of a creamy yet dense and finely minced chicken salad that is very satisfying.
I felt very fortunate to find this place.