Once I caught wind that an arepa food truck was parked downtown, I obviously had to check it out! I first tried arepas in Brooklyn a few years ago and was in love with the crispy soft corn pita like sandwich filled with all sorts of savory delights. For those of you who aren't as familiar with latin cuisine, an arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, popular in Venezuela, Colombia and other Spanish speaking countries. Arepas are unique because they can take on many different flavors, textures and colors. My favorite arepas are crispy on the outside from the grill and soft on the inside. Now for the food truck business, I arrived about 12:15 to a pretty long line of folks waiting to try this Venezuelan classic. I am so pleased to know that Minneapolis is right in toe with the other foodie capitals and can draw a crowd for something other than beer and hot dogs! The menu is posted on a chalk board outside the truck and features 6 varieties of arepa sandwiches, chips, salsa and guac and a handful of refreshing drinks. I order the chorizo and pepper arepa with chips and guac. A short while later, my order is called and I make a b-line for the spicy salsas by the counter. You may want to be warned about the salsas, they are not joking around with the spice factor. I taste the guac, it's pretty darn good. The gauc is mild and has corn inside which is a nice touch for a corn patty food truck! The arepa is soft on the inside but not as crispy on the outside as I would have liked. Inside, the chorizo was delicious and spicy, as well as cotija cheese, black beans and pickled cabbage. I wish there had been more cotija cheese, a mild yet salty mexican cheese- which would have balanced out the flavor a little better. Also lacking in my opinion was a sauce on the inside- overall the arepa was a bit too dry. I left the truck satisfied yet not as pleased as I was with the Brooklyn arepa joint. Needless to say, I would like to come back and try another arepa possibly when they aren't as busy.
Click here for a link to Hola Arepa food truck!
Click here for the arepa joint in Brooklyn!