A few months back a lot of my coworkers told me I had to check out La Latina. Then, about a week later my blogger friend, Javier from GourmandJ, advised me there was a small Venezuelan place he needed me to check out called La Latina. It quickly became evident that I had to go to this place, si o si.
My first visit was a pretty epic one. Gio from Chat Chow Tv, GourmandJ and myself met up for quite the Venezuelan feast. Javier acted as our culinary tour guide as the resident Venezolano. We had a cachapa, arepas, a pabellon empanada, patacones and more. We practically had 80% of the entire menu and it was all delicious. The restaurant is cute and insanely colorful with a fast-casual set up. It's like the Crayola crayon factory projectile vomited all over the inside of the dining room and I mean that in the nicest way possible.
Since that initial visit, I've been to the restaurant at least twice a week. Sometimes three and four times a week, whatever bro don't judge me. My favorite thing to get there (and what they're most known for) are their arepas. They've got a nice variety of fillings ranging from vegan/vegetarian options to chicken, beef and pork. Thus far, I haven't had a single arepa I didn't like. Some of my favorites include La Pelua (which got its name because Venezuelans are perverts), La Latina arepa, which comes stuffed with bacon, cheese and avocado. Reina Pepiada (not pictured) is chicken salad and avocado is mighty tasty. Last but not least, La Rumbera which is shredded pork with your choice of cheese (I like to go with queso guayanes). Best part is all of their arepas are less than $7.00, making it cheap and scrumptious.
|La Pelua with Gouda cheese|
|La Rumbera with Queso Guayanes|
|La Latina Arepa|
|Fried Sweet Plantains with salty cheese|
|Fried Sweet Plantains with Queso De Mano|
|Inside of a Boliarepa|
So far, I've had two of their five empanadas. Venezuelan empanadas are made out of the same masa as arepas. On my first visit, I had the pabellon empanada, basically an entire meal stuffed into an empanada and fried. It contains carne mechada, sweet plantains, cheese and black beans. It was the tits. Recently, I tried their sweet plantain and cheese empanada. It was piping hot, but once I got to the center of the empanada it was completely cold and the cheese was brick hard. I was left all sad and feeling like "wtf?!" But alas, shit happens and not everything can be perfect 100% of the time (except for me, DUH).
|Inside of the Sweet Plantain & Cheese Empanada|
La Latina Miami
3509 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137