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The chicken-filled, pork crackling-studded "Reina de Chicharron" arepa at Chicken + Whiskey.
The chicken-filled, pork crackling-studded "Reina de Chicharron" arepa at Chicken + Whiskey.
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9 Arepas to Try Right Now

Cheese, beans, and assorted meats fill the popular corn cake sandwiches

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The chicken-filled, pork crackling-studded "Reina de Chicharron" arepa at Chicken + Whiskey.
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Arepas, the easily adaptable corn cakes enjoyed throughout Venezuela, Colombia, and parts of the Caribbean continue finding their way onto the menus at local restaurants and roving food trucks.

Homegrown Arepa Zone, which started out serving its hearty sandwiches curbside, recently opened its first brick-and-mortar shop just below Logan Circle. Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo worked gourmet arepas into his debut D.C. restaurant, Chicken + Whiskey. Meanwhile, family-owned restaurants such as Al Carbon in Rockville, Maryland, Arepas Pues in Silver Spring, and JPII Colombian Breeze in Gaithersburg are keeping arepa lovers well fed out in the ‘burbs.

Whether big or small (arepitas), fried or grilled (some people even bake them), stuffed or plain (go on, fill it with meat), arepas are here to stay.

The featured restaurants are not ranked; they are arranged geographically from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Al Carbon

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200 Park Rd
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 738-0003
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This family-run restaurant offers several dishes that include arepas. Mini arepas with crema appear as appetizers, while three standalone selections inhabit the tapas menu: the peplada with shredded chicken, avocado and house dressing, the mechada with shredded beef and tomato sauce, and the domino with black beans and imported cheese.

2. Arepa Zone (Multiple locations)

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1121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
What began as a food truck has grown into a thriving business with not one, but now two physical locations. In addition to running a food stall at Union Market, Arepa Zone opened its first brick-and-mortar spot in late 2017. The new restaurant features individual arepas (cheese; shredded beef; pulled chicken), arepa flights (“meat lovers” or vegetarian), and sweet corn pancakes known as cachapas.
Arepa Zone DC grill Arepas on the grill at Arepa Zone’s new brick-and-mortar location. Photo: Arepa Zone

3. Caracas de Ayer

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4423 Longfellow St
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 209-0049
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This Hyattsville mainstay concentrates on making Venezuelan-styles arepas every day. There are nearly a dozen pre-set combinations to choose from, including ham and cheese, roasted pork, and black beans with milky queso blanco.
Caracas de Ayer MD food Chicken- and ham-filled arepas at Caracas de Ayer. Photo by Natalie G. / Yelp

4. Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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Enjoy arepas morning, noon, and night at this LeDroit Park coffeehouse that transforms into a bar and restaurant when the sun goes down. There’s egg-filled arepas at breakfast, while cheese-, beef-, and hearts of palm-filled varieties materialize in the afternoon.
Royal DC food A fried squash arepa at Royal. Photo by Rebecca D. / Yelp

5. Toro Toro

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1300 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 682-9500
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This upscale Latin restaurant stacks its braised short rib arepas with hoisin sauce, achiote, guacamole, serrano peppers and crema. Snag the arepa with the express lunch or on its own during dinner.
Toro Toro DC food Short rib arepas at Toro Toro. Photo: Toro Toro

6. Colombian Breeze

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348 Main St
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
(301) 869-0023
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This 13-year-old Colombian restaurant in Gaithersburg weaves arepas into three appetizers and nine different breakfast dishes. The appetizer portion arrives with either grilled cheese, melted soft cheese or a crispy fried pork rind. One breakfast offering pairs the arepa with grilled steak, fried plantains, and sliced tomatoes.
Colombian Breeze MD food A meaty platter with an arepa at JPII Colombian Breeze. Photo by Terry C. / Yelp

7. Arepas Pues

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8555 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(240) 670-8020
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The arepas at this two-year-old Silver Spring restaurant can be grilled, baked or fried and stuffed with over two dozen featured fillings or toppings including seven cheeses, grilled vegetables, tuna salad, bacon, scrambled eggs with onions and more. Prefer to hand off the decision-making process? The restaurant prepares specialty arepas including a traditional pabellon featuring black beans, shredded beef and plantains.
Arepas Pues MD food A shredded chicken- and cheddar-filled arepa at Arepas Pues. Photo: Arepas Pues

8. Arepa House DC

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2120 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-0511
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This Venezuelan eatery joined Adams Morgan in 2017, bringing with it nearly a dozen specialty arepas including corn cakes filled with shredded beef, chicken salad, scrambled eggs and more.
Arepa House DC food A trio of arepas at area newcomer Arepa House. Photo: Arepa House DC

9. Chicken + Whiskey

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1738 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-2456
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Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo combines his native cuisine with Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken at his debut D.C. restaurant. The featured “Reina de Chicharron” boasts an overstuffed arepa with pork cracklings worked into the dough.
Chicken + Whiskey DC food The reina de chicharron arepa at Chicken + Whiskey. Photo: Chicken + Whiskey

1. Al Carbon

200 Park Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
This family-run restaurant offers several dishes that include arepas. Mini arepas with crema appear as appetizers, while three standalone selections inhabit the tapas menu: the peplada with shredded chicken, avocado and house dressing, the mechada with shredded beef and tomato sauce, and the domino with black beans and imported cheese.
200 Park Rd
Rockville, MD 20850

2. Arepa Zone (Multiple locations)

1121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Arepa Zone DC grill Arepas on the grill at Arepa Zone’s new brick-and-mortar location. Photo: Arepa Zone
What began as a food truck has grown into a thriving business with not one, but now two physical locations. In addition to running a food stall at Union Market, Arepa Zone opened its first brick-and-mortar spot in late 2017. The new restaurant features individual arepas (cheese; shredded beef; pulled chicken), arepa flights (“meat lovers” or vegetarian), and sweet corn pancakes known as cachapas.
1121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Caracas de Ayer

4423 Longfellow St, Hyattsville, MD 20781
Caracas de Ayer MD food Chicken- and ham-filled arepas at Caracas de Ayer. Photo by Natalie G. / Yelp
This Hyattsville mainstay concentrates on making Venezuelan-styles arepas every day. There are nearly a dozen pre-set combinations to choose from, including ham and cheese, roasted pork, and black beans with milky queso blanco.
4423 Longfellow St
Hyattsville, MD 20781

4. Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Royal DC food A fried squash arepa at Royal. Photo by Rebecca D. / Yelp
Enjoy arepas morning, noon, and night at this LeDroit Park coffeehouse that transforms into a bar and restaurant when the sun goes down. There’s egg-filled arepas at breakfast, while cheese-, beef-, and hearts of palm-filled varieties materialize in the afternoon.
501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Toro Toro

1300 I (Eye) Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Toro Toro DC food Short rib arepas at Toro Toro. Photo: Toro Toro
This upscale Latin restaurant stacks its braised short rib arepas with hoisin sauce, achiote, guacamole, serrano peppers and crema. Snag the arepa with the express lunch or on its own during dinner.
1300 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

6. Colombian Breeze

348 Main St, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Colombian Breeze MD food A meaty platter with an arepa at JPII Colombian Breeze. Photo by Terry C. / Yelp
This 13-year-old Colombian restaurant in Gaithersburg weaves arepas into three appetizers and nine different breakfast dishes. The appetizer portion arrives with either grilled cheese, melted soft cheese or a crispy fried pork rind. One breakfast offering pairs the arepa with grilled steak, fried plantains, and sliced tomatoes.
348 Main St
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

7. Arepas Pues

8555 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Arepas Pues MD food A shredded chicken- and cheddar-filled arepa at Arepas Pues. Photo: Arepas Pues
The arepas at this two-year-old Silver Spring restaurant can be grilled, baked or fried and stuffed with over two dozen featured fillings or toppings including seven cheeses, grilled vegetables, tuna salad, bacon, scrambled eggs with onions and more. Prefer to hand off the decision-making process? The restaurant prepares specialty arepas including a traditional pabellon featuring black beans, shredded beef and plantains.
8555 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

8. Arepa House DC

2120 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Arepa House DC food A trio of arepas at area newcomer Arepa House. Photo: Arepa House DC
This Venezuelan eatery joined Adams Morgan in 2017, bringing with it nearly a dozen specialty arepas including corn cakes filled with shredded beef, chicken salad, scrambled eggs and more.
2120 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

9. Chicken + Whiskey

1738 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Chicken + Whiskey DC food The reina de chicharron arepa at Chicken + Whiskey. Photo: Chicken + Whiskey
Venezuelan chef Enrique Limardo combines his native cuisine with Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken at his debut D.C. restaurant. The featured “Reina de Chicharron” boasts an overstuffed arepa with pork cracklings worked into the dough.
1738 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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