1. Lis Hernandez, a native of Venezuela, is the proprietor of Arepa Mia, a Venezuelan café with two Atlanta-area locations: one at the Sweet Auburn Market and one in Decatur.
2. Which brings us to arepas. Lis says it’s okay if you’re not familiar with them; she has to explain her signature dish all the time. It’s a cornmeal patty, cut in half and stuffed with savory ingredients such as meat, beans, cheese, and vegetables. Lis likes to source her vegetables from Georgia farms, and she uses grass-fed beef.
3. In addition to arepas, Lis rounds out her menu with other Venezuelan favorites: empanadas, plantain chips, and cachapas (open-face grilled corn cakes).
4. If you’re into ordering menu items that just plain sound cool (and we don’t blame you), you’ll want to try Lis’s guasacaca sauce (wa-sa-CA-ca)—think of the bright-green condiment as a first cousin of guacamole, or a second cousin of chimichurri.
5. Lis is bringing the guasacaca—and arepas, and empanadas—to Oxford next week, where she’ll serve breakfast at her first SFA Symposium.