Cayce’s newest restaurant is bringing a Venezuelan flavor to the west side of the river. Arepazo Latin Foods opened Saturday, Sept. 24 at 904 Knox Abbott Drive.
Siblings Jorge Barboza and Marisol Barboza are hoping to fill a void for this type of cuisine in the area.
“There is no fresh Venezualan food in the area,” Jorge says. “It’s a simple, healthy, delicious food and we thought there might be a demand for it, and there has been.”
The restaurant’s specialty is the arepa — a corn flour disc cut down the middle and stuffed with meats, cheeses, beans, eggs or vegetables.
“In South Florida [where chef Marisol Barboza just moved from], they sell arepas there like we sell hot dogs in gas stations,” Barboza says.
Other menu items include cachapas, a thick pancake made from sweet corn and served with queso de mano (a fresh handmade cheese); patacones (fried plantains), Venezuelan soups and breakfast plates.
Arepazo is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.