Arepa Mia: Happy Stomach, Warm Heart


Arepa Mia was a very pleasant surprise. I was expecting some good tasting Venezuelan Arepas, but these were really outstanding. This colorful, casual restaurant is located near Downtown Decatur and is definitely worth the visit.

You order your food at the counter and have a seat at one of their tables. Imagine yourself having lunch on a patio in a courtyard in South America. They have a nice, tropical vibe that makes you feel relaxed at home. Arepas are their specialty and they offer a number of varieties to choose from.

“Arepa” is a type of food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisines of Venezuela. It can be topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish depending on the meal.

I ordered the “Asado Negro” Arepa, which includes grass-fed beef roasted for 12 hours with red wine, cumin and sugar cane. It is served with caramelized onions and chile sauce. Their Arepas are crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. They are cut in half and stuffed with fresh ingredients. They also have other fillings such as chicken, sliced ham, scrambled eggs and others.

I also tried some of their amazing “La Pelua” Empanadas – which included shredded grass-fed beef, caramelized onion, bell pepper and cheddar cheese.

The side of Tostones (sliced green plantains fried and served with cilantro sauce) was out of this world. I also tried the “Tajadas con Nata (fried sweet plantains served with nata) which were very nice as well.

Everything, I mean everything, was absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to come back and try some of the other items on the menu. Highly recommended. They also have a location at Sweet Auburn Market.

Next time I would like try “Cachapapas” which is a traditional Venezuelan dish made like pancakes with fresh, corn dough like Arepas.

The Arepa pictured is “La Llanera.”

307-B and 309-A East College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 | 404-600-3509



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