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Where to Find Miami’s Best Arepas

A bite-sized Miami favorite

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For those not privy to what an arepa is, it's like a buttery sandwich that uses ground maize dough instead of bread to hold its tasty ingredients. It's important to note that there are no rules or limitations for what goes inside them — and they can be eaten regardless of the hour, making them a fit for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even late-night snack. So in honor of this South Florida favorite, here's an roundup of the best arepas that South Florida has to offer, listed in geographical order.

— With contributions by Greyceli Marin and Olee Fowler

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Saman Arepas Bistro

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4709 NW 79th Ave
Doral, FL 33166

Saman's history traces back to 1977 Venezuela, but despite its antiquity, it continues to be frequented by local arepa lovers. Its Orlando outpost made its way to Doral, with options like the Shrimp Special made with shrimp, chicken salad and white cheese or the Churrasco made with grilled churrasco, guac salad, and white cheese. (Locations also in Dadeland Mall and International Mall.)

2. arepa.bar

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169 NW 36th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 763-4443
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As one might guess from its name, Arepa Bar specializes in the corn-based sandwich. Offering options that run the gamut from classic filled with cheese and shredded meats to the more unusual like its take on the caprese, there is something for everyone at this Wynwood spot.

3. La Latina Miami

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3509 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 571-9655
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La Latina is an actual arepera, meaning that arepas are the specialty and everything else is secondary. In fact, Bill Addison, Eater's former roving restaurant critic, tried a few and described the experience as "the kind of Miami dining I had been craving." Meat lovers can opt for the Pelua filled with beef and cheese, while vegans can go for the black bean, sweet plantain and avocado arepa.

4. Bocas Grill

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3399 NW 72 Ave Ste 128 Miami, FL 33122 Estados Unidos
Miami, FL 33122
(305) 592-6333
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Boca Grill's mantra is "In Arepa We Trust," which is a good indicator that it takes its arepas seriously. The Latin American fusion restaurant is in the heart of Doral serving classic Venezuelan food. Think interesting spins on the arepa like an arepa burger or one filled with Lomo Saltado.

5. Central Park Food Station

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2721 NW 79th Ave
Doral, FL 33122
(305) 463-8512
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If Central Park really did have a food station, this might actually be it. Skimming the menu filled with pastelitos, soups, subs, hot dogs, burgers and empanadas, it's hard to decide what to try first. That is, until guests reach the Pepiarepa, a Venezuelan classic, made with a fried arepa topped in cabbage, tomatoes, ham, cheese, boiled egg mustard, ketchup and home sauce with choice of beef, chicken, or smoked pork chop.

6. Delirio Fresh CO.

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2475 NW 95th Ave Unit 8
Doral, FL 33172
(305) 499-3304
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For those looking to stuff their face without all the caloric repercussions, stop by Delirio. Its gluten-free quinoa arepa are filled with items like chicken avocado salad, veggies and mozzarella, or eggs and cheese.

7. Charlotte Bakery

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1499 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 535-0095
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Charlotte's has been serving Chilean/Venezuelan fusion in Miami Beach since 1996, so the folks there might know a thing or two about keeping people happy. From the arepa bar choose between cheese, shredded beef, chicken or fresh cheese. There's also Huevos Pericos (eggs, tomato, cheese, onion); Huevos, jamón, queso (eggs, ham and cheese); and Reina Pepiá (avocado, chicken and mayo).

8. MONDU

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236 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 603-8009
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Even in corporate filled Downtown Miami, people can feast on arepas. Popular picks include the shredded chicken arepa or the filled to the brim Pabellon version with shredded beed, black beans, and plantains. After ordering head to the sauce bar to load up on sauces.

9. Cardon y El Tirano

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3411 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 392-1257
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Cardón y el Tirano is a fusion of Latin American dishes with Asian and European influences — and arepas. Nestled centrally on Calle Ocho, it serves traditional arepas by the platter filled with items like avocado mouse, skirt steak and burnt queso.

10. Doggi's Venezuelan Cuisine

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1246 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145
(305) 854-6869
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Doggi’s overwhelming menu — boasting 23 kids of arepas — features everything from burgers and pepitos, to salads, barbecue and even fresh juices, all in true Venezuelan fashion.

11. Super Arepa

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14417 SW 42nd St
Miami, FL 33175
(786) 447-8626
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If a child answers the "If you could be any superhero, who would you be" question with "Super Man," they're wrong. Super Arepa is the right answer. This gem is hidden in West Kendall, far from all the gentrification and rush hour traffic. Its "super" burgers, burritos, pepitos and cachapas are just as over the top as the arepas. (Locations throughout South Florida, find them here.)

1. Saman Arepas Bistro

4709 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33166

Saman's history traces back to 1977 Venezuela, but despite its antiquity, it continues to be frequented by local arepa lovers. Its Orlando outpost made its way to Doral, with options like the Shrimp Special made with shrimp, chicken salad and white cheese or the Churrasco made with grilled churrasco, guac salad, and white cheese. (Locations also in Dadeland Mall and International Mall.)

4709 NW 79th Ave
Doral, FL 33166

2. arepa.bar

169 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33127

As one might guess from its name, Arepa Bar specializes in the corn-based sandwich. Offering options that run the gamut from classic filled with cheese and shredded meats to the more unusual like its take on the caprese, there is something for everyone at this Wynwood spot.

169 NW 36th St
Miami, FL 33127

3. La Latina Miami

3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

La Latina is an actual arepera, meaning that arepas are the specialty and everything else is secondary. In fact, Bill Addison, Eater's former roving restaurant critic, tried a few and described the experience as "the kind of Miami dining I had been craving." Meat lovers can opt for the Pelua filled with beef and cheese, while vegans can go for the black bean, sweet plantain and avocado arepa.

3509 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137

4. Bocas Grill

3399 NW 72 Ave Ste 128 Miami, FL 33122 Estados Unidos, Miami, FL 33122

Boca Grill's mantra is "In Arepa We Trust," which is a good indicator that it takes its arepas seriously. The Latin American fusion restaurant is in the heart of Doral serving classic Venezuelan food. Think interesting spins on the arepa like an arepa burger or one filled with Lomo Saltado.

3399 NW 72 Ave Ste 128 Miami, FL 33122 Estados Unidos
Miami, FL 33122

5. Central Park Food Station

2721 NW 79th Ave, Doral, FL 33122

If Central Park really did have a food station, this might actually be it. Skimming the menu filled with pastelitos, soups, subs, hot dogs, burgers and empanadas, it's hard to decide what to try first. That is, until guests reach the Pepiarepa, a Venezuelan classic, made with a fried arepa topped in cabbage, tomatoes, ham, cheese, boiled egg mustard, ketchup and home sauce with choice of beef, chicken, or smoked pork chop.

2721 NW 79th Ave
Doral, FL 33122

6. Delirio Fresh CO.

2475 NW 95th Ave Unit 8, Doral, FL 33172

For those looking to stuff their face without all the caloric repercussions, stop by Delirio. Its gluten-free quinoa arepa are filled with items like chicken avocado salad, veggies and mozzarella, or eggs and cheese.

2475 NW 95th Ave Unit 8
Doral, FL 33172

7. Charlotte Bakery

1499 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Charlotte's has been serving Chilean/Venezuelan fusion in Miami Beach since 1996, so the folks there might know a thing or two about keeping people happy. From the arepa bar choose between cheese, shredded beef, chicken or fresh cheese. There's also Huevos Pericos (eggs, tomato, cheese, onion); Huevos, jamón, queso (eggs, ham and cheese); and Reina Pepiá (avocado, chicken and mayo).

1499 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. MONDU

236 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132

Even in corporate filled Downtown Miami, people can feast on arepas. Popular picks include the shredded chicken arepa or the filled to the brim Pabellon version with shredded beed, black beans, and plantains. After ordering head to the sauce bar to load up on sauces.

236 NE 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33132

9. Cardon y El Tirano

3411 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Cardón y el Tirano is a fusion of Latin American dishes with Asian and European influences — and arepas. Nestled centrally on Calle Ocho, it serves traditional arepas by the platter filled with items like avocado mouse, skirt steak and burnt queso.

3411 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

10. Doggi's Venezuelan Cuisine

1246 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

Doggi’s overwhelming menu — boasting 23 kids of arepas — features everything from burgers and pepitos, to salads, barbecue and even fresh juices, all in true Venezuelan fashion.

1246 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33145

11. Super Arepa

14417 SW 42nd St, Miami, FL 33175

If a child answers the "If you could be any superhero, who would you be" question with "Super Man," they're wrong. Super Arepa is the right answer. This gem is hidden in West Kendall, far from all the gentrification and rush hour traffic. Its "super" burgers, burritos, pepitos and cachapas are just as over the top as the arepas. (Locations throughout South Florida, find them here.)

14417 SW 42nd St
Miami, FL 33175

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