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Thursday, May 10, 2012

W.O.W: real Venezuelan arepas

Brad and I must have been on the same wavelength today. He went looking for cheap and that's what I ended up eating today too.

I'm talking about the the lunchtime food-truck encampment in Pershing Point (at the corner of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Circle). My mission was to finally try the arepas at the W.O.W. (Wonderlicious on Wheels) truck.

The truck's menu describes the arepas as Venezuelan sliders. I got two. The better one was filled with roasted pork and the other with smoked brisket. Both were topped with an easily addictive mayo-based green sauce that resembles chimichurri. The brisket one also included cheddar cheese — not an appetizing addition to my taste or orange-hating eye. I tend to compare arepas to the gorditas I used to scarf down in Mexico, but I actually like these better.

The truck has also been widely lauded for its miniature, $1 donuts. I concur. Absolutely try one. No, try 12.

W.O.W., by the way, is among those trucks trying to sort out its permits, so that the royal nitpickers downtown will allow the Atlanta Food Truck Park to reopen. W.O.W. works out of the kitchen of the delightful bakery and lunchtime bistro, Cosmic Duck Kitchen in Decatur.

I also grabbed a lemon-ricotta popsicle from the King of Pops while I was there. It was so good, I didn't even blink when I mindlessly sat down in a pool of water on the stoop of the old Shell Station there. Many thanks to the helpful policeman who pointed out my clumsiness.

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