Lis Hernandez has been slinging arepas—stuffed cornmeal patties, crunchy from a hot grill—at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market since 2012. Last summer, she moved a second location from Decatur to Avondale Estates, where she has a patio and more parking. New menu items there include two entrees—pabellón (shredded beef with black beans, fried plantains, queso de año, and rice) and asado negro (beef roasted with red wine, served with rice and vegetables)—plus avocado and heart of palm salad dressed with olive oil and sweet corn juice. Atlanta needed a captivating introduction to Venezuelan food, and this is it.
10 North Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, 404-600-3509, arepamiaatlanta.com