South American street food has become immensely popular in D.C. Less than a year ago, when Arepa Zone first launched, they were the only ones in the DMV area selling Venezuelan-style arepas. Fast forward one year, and although they now have competition, Arepa Zone is still the best place for your arepa fix!
Arepa zone is a food-truck-turned-Union-Market-stall offering traditional Venezuelan arepas, cachapas and tequeñas. Only the arepas are nobread friendly, but I promise you will not be disappointed! There are 13 different arepas to choose from and each offers its own unique flavor combination. If you are like me and have no idea what an arepa is, it is a grilled corn patty that is prominent in Venezuelan and Colombian cuisine. Often times it is served as a sandwich with fillings such as cheese, and/or avocado stuffed inside.
The Sifina is my personal favorite because it contains all of my favorite toppings- shredded chicken, cheese, and of course avocado! The arepa itself is crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. The perfect combination! Although the arepa was extremely filing, I needed seconds because it was so good. The Pabellón is also a crowd favorite; it is filled with shredded beef, black beans, sweet plantains, and queso. Also, both desserts offered by Arepa Zone (Arroz con Leche and Quesillo) are nobread-approved!
I cannot wait to go back to try their desserts as well as their other arepa selections, especially the Pabellón because I love sweet plantains. Arepa Zone is definitely the place to go if you are looking for some authentic Venezuelan food. You can find their food truck location on social media, or visit them at their stall in Union Market!