If you've got Venezuelan cuisine on the mind, a recent opening is need-to-know. Called La Cocinita, the new arrival is located at 234 Loyola Ave. in the Central Business District in the Pythian Market food hall. If the eatery's name sounds familiar, it's because La Cocinita also operates a local food truck.
Stop by the new brick-and-mortar spot for tacos filled with your choice of carne asada, chicken, pork, or butternut squash and black beans; and appetizers like arepa chips and pico de gallo, empanadas, and the Venezuelan sampler. And don't forget to save room for tres leches cupcakes and churros for dessert.
It's still early days for the fledgling business — it's got just one review on Yelp thus far.
"The carne asada was thick well-seasoned chunks of meat — not cheap and stringy bits — and the mix was no store-bought pico," Yelper Morgan F. said. "And the arepas ... Y'all — I'm not a big corn tortilla person, and I hate when this sort of dish just crumbles, but these were crispy and fluffy at the same time and held it all together until my last bite."
Intrigued? Stop in to try it for yourself. La Cocinita is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.