Café Azul has been family owned and operated since 2009. We strive to serve the most authentic and highest quality Venezuelan food in the Baltimore - Washington-DC metro area for connoisseurs of Venezuelan food and for those who look forward to be introduced to it. Our most popular dishes are arepas, cachapas, empanadas, y hallacas. What are they?
- What is an Arepa? An Arepa is made from scratch daily. Arepas are white corn cakes which are soft and smooth within, split in half, with a golden crispiness on the outside and filled with a variety of tasty fillings. Arepas are the center of every meal in Venezuela and can be eaten as a snack or meal.
- What is a Cachapa? A Cachapa is a large, sweet-corn pancake with fresh white venezuelan cheese filled in between. The venezuelan cheese is homemade and it's slightly salty which offsets the sweetness of the corn cake.
- What is an Empanada? An Empanada is a baked, dough turnover pastry filled with seasoned meats, veggies, or sweets.
- What is an Hallaca? A Hallaca is the Venezuelan version of a Mexican Tamale. The Hallaca is a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, olives, raisins and capers wrapped in cornmeal dough, folded within plantain leaves, tied with string, and steamed afterwards.