Los Chamos has been stalking the streets of South Florida for almost 2 and 1/2 years now serving up their Venezuelan comfort food favorites like Empanadas, Arepas, and Tequeños. I’ve eaten from their truck here and there over the years but it wasn’t until the last couple of weeks that I could say it’s blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Both sides of my family are Cuban but my father happens to have been born in Caracas, Venezuela so I feel a connection to these folks. In case you wondering how my dad ended up with Venezuelan citizenship, his father (my grandfather) wrestled professionally in Venezuela & Cuba under a mask as Cruz Diablo, true story. Alright enough of that, onto the food.
A Cachapa is a ground Sweet Corn Pancake stuffed with Cheese and then topped with Butter. I guess it doesn’t have to be topped with Butter but this one is. I’m not sure how you could share this with someone without getting territorial over the dish. Every time my wife Marcela took a piece I was doing predetermined Chess moves in my head to see how much more I was “entitled” to. Save yourself the stress and order one for you alone, in other words, don’t share.
Los Chamos also makes Chicharrones (fried pork belly chunks) that are tossed in their special house seasoning. If you like Bacon, but are looking for something with a little more meat on its bones then this is the pork dish for you. It’s a great snack to watch your favorite sporting event.
There is a variety of Arepas to choose from but for me, it’s gotta be La Pelúa. Their Arepa is grilled (hence the grill marks, I’m pretty smart huh?) and stuffed with seasoned shredded Beef and shredded unmelted Gouda Cheese. There’s something about that Cheese being in that pre-melting state which kills it for me. And don’t get me started on that very well shredded beef, #aymama
The Empanadas which are made to order on the spot are another one of their specialties. La del Pana is stuffed with seasoned Ground Beef and Paisa Cheese. I can’t even look at the picture without my mouth watering.
Every once in a while they serve Poutine (French Fries, Cheese Curds & Gravy). I’m not even sure what this Canadian dish has to do with Venezuelan comfort food but I’m not complaining because it was very good. And don’t be a sucka like me and wait two years, now is the time to eat from Los Chamos.