Food & Drink

Venezuelan

2016 Winner: Viva Mi Arepa

Near the Dedham line in West Roxbury, this family-run restaurant offers an affordable entry point to the hearty joys of Venezuelan cuisine. For $10-$15, you can get plates brimming with rich stews of shredded beef, goat and chicken served with black beans, rice and ripe plantains. But no meal at Viva Mi Arepa should omit its namesake, a thick, flattish white-cornmeal bread lovingly hand-rolled, grilled or fried to order and stuffed with fillings like roast pork and chicken salad. Long live the arepas, indeed.

Viva Mi Arepa

5197 Washington St., Boston • (617) 323-7844
vivamiarepa.com