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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