Sa­vor a taste of Venezuela with Doña Arepa cui­sine

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Central Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Adri­ana Del­gado Palm Beach Post Staff Writer adel­gado@pb­dai­lynews.com

MENU

Doña Arepa has est ab - lished a menu with sta­ple f avo r i t e s o f Ve n e z u e l a n cui­sine. Dishes like Pa­bel­lón Cri­ollo, which is a tradi t i o na l Ve nez ue l a n pot roast, Asado Ne­gro, shred­ded meat cooked in a home­made sauce ac­com­pa­nied by rice, black beans and sweet plan­tains, and Pollo Ju­liana, mar­i­nated chicken breast cut into juli­enne strips, sautéed with green pa­pers and onions. The tra­di­tional arepa is not ab­sent by any means from the list, and the res­tau­rant of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of choices: Reina Pepi­ada, La Catira, Carne Mechada and La Llan­era to name a few.

AT­MOS­PHERE

Doña Arepa is like step­ping into a small cor­ner of Venezuela. Me­mora­bilia from dif­fer­ent Venezue­lan cities and towns dec­o­rate the walls, along with col­or­ful prints of The Avila, an im­pos­ing moun­tain that sur­rounds Venezuela’s cap­i­tal, Cara­cas. The ta­bles are set-up fam­ily style, with four to six chairs per ta­ble. Dur­ing the week, there is a lunch menu that of­fers many of the same dishes of the reg­u­lar menu, but at a much lower price and slightly smaller por­tions.

FA­VORITE FOOD/ PRICE

The tequeños or small cheese fin­gers ($3.95 for six); and To­s­tones Playe - ros, three mashed and fried large green plan­tains topped with juli­enne salad, av­o­cado, shred­ded cheese and sauces ($6.95). The flan ($2.50) was the se­lected dessert fol­low­ing the meal, and it did not dis­ap­point. To wash it all down, the choice was pa­pelón con limón, a drink made with crude brown sugar and fresh lemons ($2.95) and a large Café con Leche ($3)

REA­SON TO GO

The staff is friendly and the food is fill­ing.

SER­VICE

The ser vers are quick , ami­able and knowl­edge - able about the menu. The own­ers are al­ways on site help­ing the servers or chat­ting with cus­tomers. Wait­ing time for the food is rea­son­able, and the drinks are brought to the ta­ble al­most right away.

NOISE LEVEL

Mode r a t e . Du r i n g t h e lunch rush, it can get a bit nois­ier.

KID FRIENDLY

The re s t au­rant i s f a mily-style, so chil­dren of all ages are wel­come. There is a chil­dren’s menu avail­able to please the younger pa­trons.

CON­TRIBUTED BY ADRI­ANA DEL­GADO

Doña Arepa is like step­ping into a small cor­ner of Venezuela. Me­mora­bilia from dif­fer­ent Venezue­lan cities and towns dec­o­rate the walls, along with col­or­ful prints of The Avila, an im­pos­ing moun­tain that sur­rounds Venezuela’s cap­i­tal, Cara­cas.

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