This local success story started in 2010 as a family-run food truck that rapidly cultivated a following that funded the launch of several brick-and-mortar locations. The specialty is simple: handmade corn flatbread (arepas) that’s overstuffed with meats, veggies, and your choice of sauce, from creamy to spicy. It’s simple, filling, and honest, and it’s made even more satisfying when you pair it with tropical juices such as blackberry or mango. You’ll find it just east of the Universal complex. Note: It’s lunch-only.
Arepas el Cacao
5389 S. Kirkman Rd., Orlando
Our Rating Neighborhood International Drive Area Hours Daily 9am–4pm Phone 321/252-2226 Prices $6–$8 Cuisine Type Venezuelan Web site Arepas el Cacao