Nestled in a deep pocket of Rainey Street, it is almost easy to overlook Budare’s Arepas, save for its bright yellow sign. After one visit to the Venezuelan food trailer, however, and overlooking it won’t be a mistake made twice. Budare’s specializes in serving authentic Venezuelan delicacies like arepas, cachapas, and empanadas made fresh to order. I officially became hooked on cachapas after a recent sampling of the South American answer to quesadillas. A cachapa is a thick corn pancake made from fresh corn. Budare’s folds in a combination of cheese and meat inside before griddling them. The indulgent pancake encased a hearty portion of fresh melted Venezuelan cheese. Budare’s uses traditional ‘queso de mano’ (handmade cheese) in all of its cachapas, resulting in authentic and flavorful fare. Served with a creamy dipping sauce for a little heat, it was filling and delicious.
Budare’s Arepas is located at 75 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701. Open Wednesday – Thursday 6-10pm; Friday – Saturday 6pm-12am; Sunday 2pm-6pm. (512) 923-3079.