Doggi’s Arepa Bar in Miami

I’m not sure how long I’ve been telling myself that I’m going to hit up Doggi’s Arepa Bar, but I finally dropped into their location on Biscayne Blvd.

I made sure to sit by the window to get some natural light action, aka how to have the best-looking photos. I was familiar with the menu from checking it out online, but I felt overwhelmed trying to pick out a few items.

*At that exact moment, the owner, Giovanni, comes over to my table and introduces himself. We talk briefly about Venezuelan comfort food, and I order.

Doggi’s Arepa Bar Menu

Doggi's Arepa Bar Menu Front
Doggi’s Arepa Bar Menu Front
Doggi's Arepa Bar Menu Back
Menu Back

Coffee and Arepas

Doggi's Arepa Bar Black Coffee in Miami, Florida
Black Coffee

Every restaurant in Miami has some variation of coffee, but it’s not often that I order one and enjoy it black. It wasn’t intentional, as I dropped a packet of sugar into it and started sipping away.

Who needs half and half anyway, I thought? This guy was right here, but it was terrific.

Empanada Operada Pabellon from Doggi's Arepa Bar in Miami, Florida
Empanada Operada Pabellon
Empanada Shell from Doggi's Arepa Bar in Miami, Florida
Empanada Shell

The Pabellon Empanada (shredded beef, black beans, plantains, and house-made white cheese) comes “Operada,” aka, open face. Besides being delicious, this empanada is a meal in itself.

I have to stop myself from eating the entire thing, or I wouldn’t have been able to try everything else I ordered. Speaking of which, I went a little lighter with my arepa option (they’ve got over 20 to choose from).

I chose the Kikiriki (fried egg with shredded cheese). The egg was cooked beautifully, and that salty shredded cheese was so good. I was trying to figure out how much of it to eat, then one of the loves of my life arrived.

Kikiriki Arepa from Doggi's Arepa Bar in Miami, Florida
Kikiriki Arepa

My Love of Cachapas

Oh, cachapa, how I love thee! If you’ve never eaten a cachapa, then you’re missing out on one of life’s greatest treasures. I know I’m overselling this a bit, but I’m a big fan of this dish.

A cachapa is essentially a corn pancake folded over a slab of house-made cheese. Believe it or not, I only ate one bite, but only because I knew I would eat it later (and did).

Cachapa from Doggi's Arepa Bar in Miami, Florida

I’ve got an aversion to anything green on my burgers. It’s a common misconception that I won’t have a tomato on a burger. After checking out Jose’s Burger (house-made white cheese, caramelized onions, and tomato), it seemed like the fella to get.

The half-pound patty arrived perfectly cooked to my preferred temperature, medium. I loved it, but I can’t help but think that two 4oz. burger patties would work better. I’m just throwing that out there.

Jose's Burger from Doggi's Arepa Bar in Miami, Florida
Jose’s Burger

As I walked out of Doggi’s Arepa Bar, I couldn’t help but think of all the work I had ahead of me. I haven’t even made a dent in trying everything on the menu, but I’ll get there.

Doggi’s Arepa
7281 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL

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Monday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

*The owner spotted me when I walked into Doggi’s Arepa Bar and covered my meal. It was very nice of him and, even though I insisted I would pay for it, there was no changing his mind. I’m just glad I loved the food and had every reason in the world to write about it.

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