Sadly, I don't have many fantastic things to say about this place which pains me as I want to give my support to my fellow Venezuelans. 3 stars for the food, 1 star lost due to the horrendous stench of this place. Think about mopping your floor with the same mop for 3 weeks and and leaving it in the same dirty bucket full of black water after each and every wash - multiply that x 10 and that's what this place smells like. The place looks kinda run down, which matched the smell and not in a charming, cute little hole in the wall way. The service was good - owner was manning the place on his own on a lonely Saturday afternoon. My friend and I were the only ones in there, come to think of it he could've walked the food to us vs calling me to the counter to juggle my order.
I'm Venezuelan so I feel I have a pretty good palate for my native cuisine. The tequenos were pretty good. The green sauce didn't really shine but it was OK. My Cuban companion loved it, but what does the poor girl know (I love ya, VV!)
The cachapa was good - the cheese was on point. The cachapa itself was a little flat - like a chancleta, but the flavor was acceptable. I prefer mine a little thicker.
The arepa was unlike anything I've ever had before - he makes it very different than what I'm accustomed to. He told me about his process which I appreciated. It was super crispy and I prefer mine fluffier. The filling - carne mechada - was tasty. The sauce was sloppy and didn't add much to it. Sometimes it's best to keep things simple.
Sadly this place doesn't offer empanadas which is one of my favorite things to eat when indulging.
I don't think I would go back to this place. The food wasn't stellar and the stench is unforgivable.
3655 NW 107th Avenue