Good Morning, Darlings!
Still celebrating my birthday, even though we are going into March. Yesterday Holly treated me to lunch and let me pick the spot. I picked Las Arepas de Julia on Lawrenceville Highway. On a trip to NYC long ago, Eric and I sampled some arepas from a street cart during a neighborhood festival. They were just some of the most delicious things we had ever eaten, so when I learned that someone was making them here in Atlanta, I figured it would absolutely worth the trip OTP (that’s Outside The Perimeter for those of you outside Atlanta, and thus, OTP).
We knew we had arrived when we spotted the bright, colorful sign outside:
Inside was a colorful, tidy dining room. We took a seat and our server approached our table. Holly and I seemed to have a language barrier with the lovely woman trying to bring us delicious food, but we muddled through. This would be the time to break out the spanish you learned in high school. I decided on the chocolo (yellow corn with yummy, gooey cheese inside) and the chorizo arepas. Holly opted for the chocolo also and then the chicken with mushrooms. Both very tasty. Water was our beverage of choice.
Neither Holly or I could figure out why this was served with tiny containers of Country Crock. Our server brought out a cool assortment of condiments for our cheesy, Colombian sandwiches. There was a pink sauce, a fruity sauce, some ketchup (?), and a green, slightly spicy sauce that I loved. Not sure what was in the bowl, but I’ll try that next time and let you know.
We gobbled down our chocolos just in time for the next round. We were feeling so happy.
And here’s round two!
All the while, I was snapping photos of all these tasty plates. A man came up to our table and introduced himself as Luis, Julia’s son-in-law. We visited for a bit and he was kind enough to let me photograph he and his beautiful wife, Marisol. Miss Julia was away at the Mercado, so I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself and let her know how much I loved her arepas.
As I was photographing Luis and Marisol, a plate emerged from the kitchen, carrying the day’s special, the Mini Bandeja Paisa. I emphasize the mini because I just cannot imagine what the regular plate looked like. This was huge!
The special was comprised of beans, chorizo, sweet plantain, rice, ground beef, pork rind, arepita (tiny arepas – I love this name..), served with a over easy egg. It looked so good.
And I really loved the bright, happy Colombian sodas they serve.
Before we bid goodbye to Luis and Marisol, I spied a little cooler with more colorful treats – I believe they were a frozen specialty on a stick. Cannot wait to try one when the weather warms up. Everything about Julia’s Arepas was fun and I cannot wait to go back. I even brought home an arepas for Eric. Although I was tempted to load up on everything to go – tamales, more arepas….but I’ll be back.
And I hope you try it, too!
Las Arepas de Julia
4044 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lilburn, GA 30047