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Caracas Arepa Bar
Posted by anonymous on 12/14/2009
I was really looking forward to going to this restaurant as I have heard such great things, but I was thoroughly disappointed. The food was extremely oily (there was oil dripping from the arepas) and lacking in flavor. Additionally, the service was quite poor, and it took at least 3-4 requests for our water to be filled. I would not recommend it or go back.
Posted by foodluvah on 10/29/2009
it's a good night when I get both grilled eggplant and chorizo in the same meal. Lordie lordie it was excellent- all around. Trendy, for sure... but don't we all want trendy, to a degree at least? We want to be surrounded by enthusiasm and a line at the door. That's how we know we're in the right place at the right time. Could there be anything more depressing than an empty restaurant, regardless of the menu? Well, here you have it- brimming with life and conversation and young foodies looking for a deal. Terrific arepas- crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, overflowing with all things rich and delish. One is simply not enough, two is a little too much. Go with two, I'd say. There's nothing to disappoint here.
Posted by Rick on 10/25/2009
Been going here a long time. Food is fantastic, and always has been. However, service has deteriorated dramatically over the years, both within the restaurant but even more for the delivery business. Basically Caracas is a victim of it's own success, with more interest than they can manage. The effect is that they tend to treat people like chattle, don't seem to care very much how they interact with people on the phone, and aren't really too interested in feedback. Case in point, I spent 15-20 minutes on hold this evening trying to put in a delivery, only to have the woman on the other end ask me for my phone number 5 times and then hang up when she couldn't understand me (I guess she thought speaking slowly was "rude"). I can also remember an experience a few months back where the hostess tried to seat me and 4 friends at a 2 top table after waiting 1.5 hours. I mean, it's just really ridiculous stuff. Anyway, Caracas has great food, so you'll be happy with what you eat. However, I'm currently working this out of my rotation and moving on to places that are as good but actually understand "service"... read: Mercadito Cantina, which is 5/5 in both categories.
Posted by Ike on 10/22/2009
I went to this place for lunch, and had an excellent meal. I had the lunch special- $7.95 for an arepa and soup/salad. The soup was a delicious butternut squash soup with a little grated cheese and jalapeno. For the arepa, I had A8- De Pabellon. The shredded beef was uber-tasty. Great flavor, very juicy. The beans were nice and tender. And the arepa was nice and crispy. The portions weren't huge but it satisfied me from lunch to dinner, so in my mind it's a good lunch. I'd never had Venezuelan food, so I can't comment on how authentic it is, but it was certainly tasty, and I'll be going back- especially for a cheap lunch of that quality.
Posted by Maracaiboy on 09/18/2009
My friends and I are Latinos that appreciate good food, we did not like this restaurant. We ordered yoyos for appetizer that came with a sugar cane sauce (bad), the arepa with shredded beef was ok. The quesadilla or flan was awful, the caramel tasted also like sugar cane and there was no freshly squeezed tropical fruit juices as per menu.
Posted by ER on 09/06/2009
I went to this place with a Venezuelan friend based on excellent reviews and we were very disappointed. The arepas were too sweet (tasted like sugar cane), no natural juices and the flan was the worst I've ever eaten in my life. I do NOT recommend this place.
Posted by Danie on 08/12/2009
The food at this little cantina is absolutely delicious! No grease, and arepas are unlike anything I have ever had before. The only downside is that the place is small, with only 2 larger tables (a party of 4 had to wait 45 minutes-a parties of 2 breezed by us with rapid ease) and on the louder side. But the food is to die for, and the average arepa costs of most $7.