Photo from Pica Pica.
It’s time to get your arepas on: ~PICA PICA MAIZE KITCHEN~ is opening their first San Francisco location this week, in the former Mi Lindo Yucatan in the Mission. Have you ever tasted the delicious arepas from their location in the Oxbow Market in Napa? Well, it’s time. Owner Adriana López Vermut, who is working alongside her father, will be plying you with a menu of authentic Venezuelan street foods, like arepas, cachapas (imagine a corn pancake quesadilla), and maize’wiches (grilled corn breads stuffed or layered with meat, cheese, and vegetable fillings). There will also be empanadas, yucca fries, and sweet plantains, plus soups and salads. The sunny corner location has 30 seats, and will offer beer, wine, and sangria, plus coconut lemonade, and Guarapita, a Venezuelan daiquiri-style drink. The walls are covered in orange tiles and zebrawood veneer, with wood benches of dark-stained walnut, and pendant lights overhead. Hours to start are 11am-10pm daily (and ‘til 12am Fri-Sat). The opening is slated for this coming weekend; call first before heading over.