A Budare is a kind of a griddle, similar to a comal but it is made from stone, clay or steel, and it is used to cook a variety of breads. In Venezuela it is used to cook Cachapas, Arepas and more. This restaurant is in Brickell, Miami. Opens late on the weekends.
It describes itself as “an informal spot for arepas & other traditional Venezuelan entrees plus burgers & seafood dishes.”
I describe it as the favorite of all Venezuelans in the Brickell/Downtown area. Best. Tequeños. Ever.
New York, NY
Cocotero is a go-to joint for Venezuelans in New York. It’s tucked into a little side street in Chelsea. Their tequeños are delicious! But of course, so are their arepas. They have a great selection of farmer’s cheese (queso de telita, etc.) and they sell Harina P.A.N.
This place has been around since the 1990’s, a real OG when it comes to Boston arepas, when Venezuelan food wasn’t even in anyone’s vocab much less the arepa. It’s in Watertown and I hear it’s still delicious. If you go, say hi to the owner, Pedro. Apparently he expanded and now has another location in Seaport.
La Latina is an authentic Venezuelan Arepera, located between Midtown and the Design District. It’s legit. My faves are this and Doggi’s.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco’s premier arepa kitchen, Pica Pica, is all I hear about! Can’t wait to try it.
Casual dining for arepas and other Venezuelan fare made with charcoal-grilled meats plus burgers too.