>Mil Jugos — a Venezuelan slice of heaven

>I adore Mil Jugos — why? because they have the best arepas in town! Arepa is a a type of unleavened bread resembling a muffin but made of corn and at Mil Jugos, they are filled with a variety of stuffings ranging from meat to just vegetarian. My favorite arepa is the asada, a very flavorful beef slow cooked and pulled (textured like pulled pork) and often, drips down the side of your mouth when you bite into it. The pabellon (pictured) with carne demeschada, black beans and queso is also good although I’m not fond of the black beans in my arepa — the texture doesn’t work for me. They also have arepas which consists of a salad-like filling but to me, both the filling and the arepa have to be warm/hot or else, the cold with the hot just throws my whole eating experience out of whack! The daily soups are very good also and they do a lunch special of a bowl of soup, one arepa and a fountain drink. If you like juices you MUST try one of their many freshly concocted juices, after all Mil Jugos means a thousand juices so how can you leave it without sampling at least one? The staff here are very friendly and aren’t shy about explaining their Venezuelan cuisine or culture — that is, when they’re not busy serving their customers!

Mil Jugos, 318 W 5th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92725. Tel: 714-836-4601

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