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Indulge in the finest flavors of Venezuela with our exceptional selection of the best Venezuelan rum!

¡Sumérgete en los sabores más exquisitos de Venezuela con nuestra excepcional selección del mejor ron venezolano!  

The Story Behind Arepa Mia



This story, as most do, begins with my mother and food. The name Arepa Mia is about my heart, my arepas, and my mom.

In Venezuela, my mother made arepas on the streets for more than 25 years. As a young child, I helped her as much as I could. Along the way, I learned more and more about the business and she taught me many recipes. We would go to the arepa stand everyday and sell the arepas that we had made in our home. When we strolled through the market picking out fresh vegetables and meats, I soon realized how much I enjoyed the process of cooking.  As a teenager, I decided that cooking was my passion and that I wanted to share my gift.

When I moved to America, I knew immediately that I wanted to bring the traditional cuisine of my home country here.  I moved to New Orleans in 1998 and eventually ended up in Atlanta and started Arepa Mia through the Atlanta underground market in 2011.  To me, Arepa Mia is about simple comfort, simple love, and simple food. When I call my mom back home in Venezuela and tell her that people here love her arepas she just can’t believe it! Thank you to everyone, especially close friends and family, for supporting and believing in the dream of Arepa Mia!

Our ingredients are locally sourced from Georgia farms
100% Gluten-Free Menu
Fresh, local, & organic

Venezuelan gastronomy

Venezuelan cuisine is very diverse and rich, with a wide variety of dishes that reflect the mix of cultural influences present in the country. Some of the most emblematic dishes include:


Arepas, Pabellón criollo, Cachapas, Hallacas, Empanadas, Cachitos, Tequeños, Pastelitos, Asado negro, Mondongo.

Gastronomía venezolana

La gastronomía venezolana es muy diversa y rica, con una amplia variedad de platos que reflejan la mezcla de influencias culturales presentes en el país. Algunos de los platos más emblemáticos son:

Arepas, Pabellón criollo, Cachapas, Hallacas, Empanadas, Cachitos, Tequeños, Pastelitos, Asado negro, Mondongo.

In addition to these dishes, Venezuela has a wide variety of traditional desserts and beverages that complement its rich cuisine. Venezuelan cuisine is a reflection of the country's culture and traditions, and its flavors are appreciated by both locals and those who have the opportunity to try it abroad."

Venezuelan cuisine has been influenced by various cultures throughout its history. Some of the main influences come from:

Indígena, española, africana y criolla.

Además de estos platos, Venezuela cuenta con una amplia variedad de postres y bebidas tradicionales que complementan su rica gastronomía. La cocina venezolana es una muestra de la cultura y tradiciones del país, y su sabor es apreciado tanto por los locales como por quienes tienen la oportunidad de probarla en el extranjero.

La gastronomía venezolana ha sido influenciada por diversas culturas a lo largo de su historia. Algunas de las principales influencias provienen de:

Indigenous, spanish, african and creole.

What is an arepa?

A Venezuelan staple, arepas are delicious cornmeal flour grilled patties, sliced in half & stuffed with savory meat, cheeses, veggies, and even sweets! We use local farms, grass-fed beef, and, whenever possible, seasonal veggies.

What is a cachapa?

A traditional Venezuelan dish, cachapas are similar to pancakes made with fresh corn dough. Like arepas, they are also popular at roadside stands. Sweet, salty, and savory. Rico!

What is an empanada?

Empanadas are half-moon shaped stuffed turnovers made with corn flour. They're fried until golden and crispy. Que delicioso!

What is a Patacón?

Patacones are a variety of our delicious fillings served between two fried slices of green plantains.


75 Best Restaurants 2019

"Growing up, Lis Hernandez spent countless days with her mother in the kitchen making arepas—stuffed cornmeal patties, crunchy from a hot grill—that they sold on the streets in their native Venezuela. Hernandez’s arepas first appeared in Atlanta at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in 2012, and she still sells them there. Even more rewarding is a visit to her cheerful, stand-alone spot in Avondale Estates, where she also serves specialties such as pabellón (shredded grassfed beef with black beans, fried plantains, and queso de año) and avocado and heart-of-palm salad dressed with sweet corn juice. This is the Venezuelan food that Atlanta was missing..."

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