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A Westside Arepa to note........

Mattapoisett in LA | Oct 1, 201110:40 PM

I will start by saying, these are not the be all and end all of arepas. My wife Dommy would still prefer to schlep out to El Carriel Bakery in Huntington Park for their excellent arepas but the ones at Savor's can hold their own and maybe do a bit more.

Savor's is in the old Tacos Don Jorge space and is looking vaguely more to the south than just to Mexican cuisine. Among the Tacos and Tortas on the menu, they also have empanadas, arepas and interesting sets of toppings for their perro calientes

But I am here to talk about the arepa. They cook it to order. It takes about 10 minutes, but is worth the wait since most of that time is spent frying the shell to a crisp golden brown deliciousness. Then you have choices of meat. All of the Mexican standards are there but they are done well. They seem to roast a ton of chicken for the day and their carnitas was wonderfully porky. Added to the mix are their salsa cremas which are made in house. The one served with the carnitas Arepa was a flavorful guajillo chile cream sauce and the pollo had a creamy herb one.

The one fault I have with this and it is a big one, is the shredded cheese. Since it's kept in a refrigerator until assembling the arepas, it never gets past barely warm and never into the melty place it should go. Dommy says I should just order it sans queso but I haven't had the nerve because they seem so proud.

This is an arepa which is worth checking out. I'd love to hear others opinions on this. As I said, the one at El Carriel is worth the trek but the one at Savor is worth a try.

El Carriel Bakery
2405 Randolph St, Huntington Park, CA 90255

8693 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

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