This handsome 30-seater with a busy takeout counter serves daily breakfast, lunch and dinner a stone’s throw from Eastie’s Central Square. Popular with family groups, it serves homey, traditional Venezuelan dishes in hefty portions. Arepas Venezolanas (chewy corn flatbreads) topped with proteins like pabellon (shredded beef, black beans and sweet plantains) or catira (shredded chicken and white cheese) are essential centerpieces to any meal here. Plus the prices are wonderfully gentle.
28 Porter St., Boston • (617) 561-0707
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...
- 5197 Washington St., Boston
- (617) 323-7844
2017 Winner: Orinoco
From its original South End beachhead to locations in Brookline Village and Harvard Square, Andres Branger’s South American charmer continues to beguile...
- 477 Shawmut Ave., Boston
- (617) 369-7075