Tasting a new kind of food is the best way to determine your culinary compatibility, since aromas can be misleading and it can get boring hearing food sizzle on about its high-school glory days. Make a date with edible destiny with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Venezuelan fare at My Arepa in Mesa.
My Arepa carefully encases a variety of fresh, delectably seasoned Venezuelan ingredients into cornbread encasements. Served either fried or baked, regular arepas arrive with fillings such as gouda ($4), shredded chicken ($3.50), or ham ($3.50) snuggled into piquant pockets. Specialty arepas pack bundled concoctions, including black beans and white cheese ($4.50), colombian chorizo with gouda ($5), or a combination of scrambled eggs, onions, green peppers, and tomatoes ($4.50) for flavorful expeditions into previously uncharted belly territory.
Other South American–style eats include fried yucca with avocado sauce ($5) and crispy tequeños—Venezuelan cheese sticks—(three for $3), ideal first-course finger-foods or last-course savory desserts. More traditional sandwich-seekers can find hot dogs ($3.50) and hamburgers ($6.50) slotted alongside the garlicky grilled steak pepito, a globe-crossing french baguette laden with steak and smothered in gouda and venezuelan pink sauce ($10).
Visitors can wash down these savory eats with refreshing liquids such as cinnamon-spiked chicha ($3), or they can distract sweet teeth with bites of flan to keep them from gossiping about the last lollipop the tongue licked.
- At My Arepa, empanadas are made from corn (not flour) and deep-fried so brown and brittle they practically shatter when you bite into them. Meanwhile, pastelitos are made with flour, which renders them more tender and pastry-like. – Nikki Buchanan, AZCentral.com
- The owner Moises is a great guy. He and his wife Maria make some outstanding Venezuelan food. The arepas and empanadas are truly out of this world. – Hank M., Yelp, 7/8/10
2057 S Alma School Rd.
Mesa, Arizona 85210Get Directions