Friday, July 8, 2011

Hola Arepa Food Truck

I didn't have time this morning to make grab anything for lunch. Plus I was feeling a little adventurous, so I decided to try out this foodtruck phenomenon. My boss and I walked over to Marquette Ave and the first one we came to was Hola Arepa.

The Chicken-Avocado Salad Arepa caught my eye, so we decided it would be a good place to stop. Plus, they accept credit cards, which was good for me since I had no cash.

Anyway, you may be wondering what an arepa is. Well, at least we were. From their menu: It's a cornmeal patty cooked on a griddle, split & filled with deliciousness.

They weren't lying! The chicken-avocado salad arepa really hit the spot and was oh, so tasty! And filling.

My only recommendation would be to try and find a place to cop a squat (do not look this up on urban dictionary. gross. I mean it in the Pretty Woman sense of simply taking a seat) nearby and eat outside. The salsa I added to the arepa and the mayo in the chicken salad made it a little bit messy by the time I'd walked the 4 1/2 blocks back to work to eat at my desk.

chicken-avocado salad arepa with cucumber lavendar lemonade
Like I mentioned, I was feeling a bit adventurous, so I also ordered the cucumber-lavendar lemonade. I'm not sure how I feel about this. It's definitely different. Not sure I'm too crazy about the flavor combination. Oddly, though, as the ice all melted and I've been nursing it for the past two hours, it's actually kind of grown on me. Still not sure I'd order it again, though.

All in all, it was a great experience. The guy taking our orders was very personable and answered all our questions with a smile. When you order, he gives you a playing card as your order number (I was 9 of Hearts), which I thought was a very clever idea.

Great job, Hola Arepa! I'll definitely come back. :)

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  1. My boss just told me she probably wouldn't go back. She thought the Pulled Chicken Arepa was a bit too rich and was only able to finish about half of it. She got the Arnie Palmer (lemonade/iced tea) and didn't really care for it. Guess I'll be going by myself next time.

  2. That lemondate looks really neat! Did they have any other interesting flavors? I'm always looking for new stuff to try.

  3. I wish there was a food truck near our office! Your choice sounds yummy. We just recently went to a "burger shack" that used playing cards - I thought that was very fun!

  4. @REBrown, Actually that was the only flavor of lemonade. The iced tea was something hibiscus. I think they vary their lemonades, though, but I'm not sure.

    @TNM, The playing card idea is fun, isn't it?