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Feb 14, 2011 11:48 PM

Viva Mi Arepa- Recs?

The post on this place is pretty old and there are a number of contradicting opinions on the nature (dry vs wet, spicy vs bland, etc)of many of the arepas fillings and other items. Anyone have some recent recs there for me? We've had it on the list for a yr and are hoping to go this week. Itaunas? MC? et al?
Thanks for your help. btw, they're not open on sundays any more. good thing we called and found out; that would have been a long and disappointing haul over there!

Viva Mi Arepa
5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

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  1. Hi OC: I like Viva Mi Arepa but not sure if I find it worth a special trip. I've had the pork and it comes either deep fried or griddle cooked and would recommend the latter. If you are in the area, along Washington St (closer to JP), you might try Romanos Pizzeria for their tacos or tamales. I'm also partial to Vouros across the street for the Galactobureko.

    Viva Mi Arepa
    5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      gourm, terRIFic! i never would have known they were all closeby( because i've never been to that area before, actually). now i will try them all and report back. thanks so much.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        mani, i reported on romano's in the taqueria thread. I did try Bouros' melomakarona (sorry, I'm not as much a galacto. fan) and they were really nice, so thnx so much for the tip.

      2. I haven't been back in a couple of years, but I recall a lot of handmade love in the making of my arepas there: it took a good 15 minutes from order to table.

        I liked all the ones I tried: pollo, a highly-seasoned pulled chicken; reina pepina, cool chicken salad with peas; pernĂ­l, spicy, fatty pulled pork shoulder; and domino, mashed black beans and queso blanco. Salsa Viva Mi Arepa is an essential condiment: parsley-tinged mayo with a lot of crushed raw garlic: wicked.

        The arepas are generously sized, and the griddle creates a nice chewy crust that almost defeats the plastic cutlery. Sides of sweet plantains and white rice are a good idea.

        The slightly-sweet, deep-fried masa-dough empanadas of chicken, beef, and cheese are really nice, too. I wish it were closer. It's a lot cheaper and arguably tastier than Orinoco, my nearest local arepa option.

        Viva Mi Arepa
        5197 Washington St, West Roxbury, MA 02132

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          yep, i have all that printed out from your '08 review and will be guided by it.

        2. The arepas are indeed very good. However, my favorite item on the menu is the Mondongo. When they have it, you will see a bowl on just about every table.

          1. While in the area of Vouros, I'll give a shout out to Bob's Pita Bakery for bread and Arabic groceries and Roslindale Fish Market for some of the freshest fish south of Cambridge St.

            Fish Market
            170 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

            1. I ate there last month - had a pretty good meal overall. I really like the cachapa (sweet corn pancake, freshly made). We had a mix of fried and grilled arepas, and I sort of preferred the grilled ones to the deep-fried. Domino was my favorite, but all of the fillings were great.

              Also had some pretty good licuados - I think I had passion fruit, and a friend had mango.

              And as MC Slim JB says, the fried plantains were good too.

              The night I was there was relatively busy, and service was SLOW because everything is handmade. But it was worth the wait

              Dave MP