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ISO Venezuelan style arepas in LA

I'm looking for Venezuelan style arepas (not Colombian) like they serve at one of my favorite East Village NY restaurants, Caracas.

They are made of white cornmeal and usually stuffed with delicious fillings like plantains, pernil, beans, cheese, etc.

Can they be found anywhere in the LA area?

Thanks!

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  1. Try Coupa Cafe in Beverly Hills. I can't speak to your favorite place in NY, but I've had the arepa sampler here, and it's very good.

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    Coupa Cafe
    419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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    1. re: lil mikey

      But they're nothing like anything you'd actually find in VZLA. This thread comes up over and over; I think Cafe Bolivar seems to be the top contender though I've never tried. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy Coupa for what it is, but not for the authenticity of the arepas.

      1. re: cant talk...eating

        I agree with can't talk... eating. I've never had arepas in Venezuela, but I did have them in New York (I believe at Caracas). When I tried to find something similar here and I went to Coupa, I was disappointed. They weren't bad, but not what I was looking for. I do like Coupa Cafe, but they did not satisfy my craving for arepas.

        I've never eaten at Cafe Bolivar. Maybe I'll give that place a try, but I had given up. Thanks for posting the question, emelia.

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        Coupa Cafe
        419 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Cafe Bolivar
        1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

    2. Cafe Bolivar is owned by a guy from Venezuela and his (IIRC) American born wife: http://losangeles.menupages.com/resta...

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      Cafe Bolivar
      1741 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      1. re: Servorg

        This is great, I've been wanting to have some arepas in LA! Thank you!

      2. Having lived a few blocks from Caracas in NYC I have found nothing like it yet here- I miss their yellow sauce that was on the tables so much! I would buy it in jars if I could....

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        1. re: jdwdeville

          i love that sauce! the last time i went back, they'd started selling it for $8/bottle. not bad, although i'd probably go through one of those in about 2 days.

          those arepas are one of the few things that i haven't been able to find successfully here in LA since i moved here from NY. now when i visit NY i try to get my fill of arepas & italian/pizza since i can't find comparable stuff here.

          i'll try bolivar & coupa, thanks for the suggestions!

          1. It's not in LA, but if you're willing to drive to OC, Mil Jugos in Santa Ana has VERY GOOD Venezuelan arepas. I always get the Pollo, which has shredded chicken, and my friends get the Pabellon, which has beef, black beans and cheese. They have an amazing and addictive green garlic sauce to go with the arepas. If you're into arepas, I think it's worth it to try them at this place at least once.

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            Mil Jugos
            318 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

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            1. re: kittykatshoes

              Thanks for the rec, right by my parents.

              1. re: kittykatshoes

                I was wondering where some good non mexican/non peruvian places were in or around Santa Ana. Great rec, thanks. I'll check it out next week.

                1. re: kittykatshoes

                  Agreed. Love Mil Jugos! Just know they're open M-Sa 10-5PM, and it's a small place that gets crowded during the lunch rush.

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                  Mil Jugos
                  318 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701