:) = Delicious, authentic Venezuelan food and beverages. The bright, colorful décor and cute cartoon arepas gracing the walls of the restaurant create great ambience for kids. Friendly Spanish-speaking staff. Easily accessible private parking lot. Front and back entrances create a smooth flow of people traffic, considering the space is not very big.
:( = This location only has one picnic table that seats 8 comfortably. The rest of the seating - high-top counters and bar stools - is definitely not toddler-friendly during busy hours. During peak hours (weekend brunch/lunch), this restaurant is best for kids 5 and up.
|"Must. Grow. Longer. Arms."|
We arrived at the restaurant around 12:30 PM. Sometimes parking and getting out of the car with toddlers can be difficult in the heart of Downtown Decatur, but Mommy happily discovered that Arepa Mia is not exactly in the heart of Downtown Decatur and has a large private parking lot. We entered directly from the parking lot through the back door- really convenient.
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|Arepa reina pepiada|
All we can say about the food is WOW. Every dish was so tasty and full of exotic flavors that we weren't even sure where to start. Our favorite dish was the cachapas pabellon. It was both salty (due to the cheese) and sweet (due to the sweet corn used to make the cachapa). We also enjoyed the empanadas, even though the cheese was really messy and wet. The arepa was a little too intimidating for our tiny hands and mouths, but Mommy loved it. The best part of the meal, though, was the fresh guava juice. The cashier told us that Arepa Mia offers different fresh juices weekly.
The crowd died down eventually, and the picnic table came open. We moved over to the table, sparing Mommy and Auntie from having to hold us on their laps (while sitting on backless stools) any longer. We all were able to fully enjoy our meals after that; but by then we were almost done.
We would love to give Arepa Mia at least 4 Gummy Bears because the atmosphere was bright and fun, the staff was friendly, and the food was so authentic and delicious. Unfortunately, we don't think we'll be able to go back unless we go on a weekday. There just isn't enough toddler-friendly seating. If we're craving Venezuelan food another weekend, we may order takeout to enjoy at home. And we will definitely dine in again when we're older, more coordinated, and have better listening (and obeying) skills.
|"Mommy gets so tired trying to cachapas with us!"|
|"Can't touch this."|