Being at The Embassy Row Hotel on Embassy Row, naturally we want to embrace the culture of other countries and learn more about their traditions. One-by-one, we're calling each country's embassy in Washington, DC (all 100+ of them) and discovering the most fascinating facts about their country.
We spoke to the Embassy of Venezuela and couldn't resist telling others about Venezuela's traditional breakfast entree, arepas. It's melt in your mouth goodness and we explored the best places in Washington, DC for authentic arepas. Find out where to dine your way through DC..
At The Embassy Row Hotel on Embassy Row in Washington, DC, naturally we want to embrace the culture of all countries and learn more about their traditions. One-by-one, we're calling each country's embassy in Washington, DC (all 100+ of them) and discovering the most fascinating facts about their country.
The Flavor of Venezuela
On 30th Street in Georgetown, a scenic jaunt (1.1 miles) from The Embassy Row Hotel, you'll come across the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a large brick mansion a block from the waterfront.
Venezuela celebrates many of the same holidays as the United States, such as Mardi Gras (February), Independence Day (July 5) and New Year's Eve (December 31), but their food is another story. The meals of Venezuela are described by the Embassy Consulate as very Latin America; Traditional Venezuelan plates are filled with rice, beans, and meat, followed by a dessert of flan described as a creamy custard made of condensed milk, eggs, and sugar.
But, we were sold after they described one particular dish. Let your mouth water for this.
Arepa, Venezuela's traditional breakfast entree, described by the embassy consulate as dough filled with cheese, butter, and sometimes ham and turkey, and then cooked; sounds like paradise.
Being in Washington, DC, it's easy to find cuisine from every culture. So, where can you try Venezuelan food in DC? Better yet, we think you need to know where to get the best arepas in Washington, DC.
Here's a round-up of places to eat authentic arepas in Washington, DC:
1. Mio Restaurant: Affectionately called the 'Embassy of Latin America in DC,' the arepa trio appetizer at Mio has melted mouths of visitors and locals.
2.La Caraque Latin American Cuisine: This restaurant is a bit of a hike for travelers, but it's a short taxi ride from East Falls Church metro station (orange line). Worth the trip, the arepas here are praised for being authentic Venezuelan.
3. Guarapo: Touting many nominations, including Best of DC, this lounge and hookah bar in Arlington features arepas with your choice of inclusions. Known for their empanadas and arepas, we urge you to try the arepa with queso, tomato, and avocado, served with a side of plantains. Yum!
4. Rumba Cafe: Located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Rumba Cafe's Executive Chef Angel Gustavo Huapalla serves Latin American cuisine with his own twist. Yelp reviewers boast a variety of arepas at Rumba. Take note: Thursday ; Saturday, the upstairs turns into a fun, Latin dance floor.
5. Chupacabra Latin Kitchen Taqueria: Described as authentic arepas; this spot on H Street started out as a food truck. Arepas are small at $6 each, but our motto is quality over quantity.
Tell us where is your favorite place for Venezuelan food in Washington, DC? We'd love to hear where you love to go in DC!
Photo: Caracas Arepa Bar