Food & Drink

Diner’s Dictionary: Arepa reina pepiada


What is it? Though arepas — flat, round bread made from ground corn — are prevalent in various forms throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean, the dish is perhaps most widely associated with Venezuela, where it originated among northern Andean tribal groups.

Of the many possible preparations, filling a split-open arepa with reina pepiada (beauty queen) — a creamy blend of chicken salad, avocado and green peas with a mustard-mayo dressing — is one of the classic comfort foods of Venezuela.

Where can I find it? Doggi’s Venezuelan Cuisine at 1246 Coral Way in Miami ($8) and the new Amaize at 3887 NW 107th Ave. in Doral ($7) both make standout reina pepiada arepas.

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor and restaurants editor. Follow him on Twitter: @EvanBenn.