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Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

401 Valencia St San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 400-5453
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Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen serves hand-made, slow-cooked arepas and other Venezuelan eats in the heart of San Francisco, CA.

Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen is a charming, casual restaurant offering diners a taste of Venezuelan cuisine. The restaurant is best known for their arepas - grilled corn pockets filled with a variety of slow-cooked meats, beans, plantains, cheese and more. Apart from this, the restaurant also offers a selection of sides like yuca fries, plantains, taro chips, ceviche and nachos, salads, desserts and...

At Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen, we believe that good food is central to the best times in life. Our food is hand-made, slow cooked and best eaten with your hands. Our Venezuelan arepas (grilled corn pocket) is crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside and stuffed with slow cooked meats, and fillings including your choice of sautéed plantains, cheese and flavorful sauces.

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"Fresh Venezuelan street fare" is the "unusual" specialty at these casual spots in San Francisco's Mission and Castro districts plus the Napa Oxbow Market, where "arepas" – "little corn pillows of goodness" with meat or vegetable fillings – and "maize'wiches" made with sweet-corn bread "provide a break from tacos and burritos"; though service can be uneven, there's "great value" to be had, and...

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen Restaurant Review

At first glance, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen might appear to be just another taquería, but it’s not even close. Rather, this casual corner spot with its high ceilings and modern design offers authentic dishes from Venezuela. Here’s how it works: three different kinds of corn bread are offered, each stuffed with a savory filling. For example, the arepa, a corn flour cake akin to pita bread (but...

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Brought me back to the streets of Bogota.I am completely biased against white arepas, as they are not my favorite, but give me a arepa de choclo and I am extremely happy. Though its not quite as...

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Environment: uncomfortable chairs and wobbly table super annoyingService: no issuesFood: ordered arepas one original white corn with crispy chicken and one sweet corn with pork and side of...

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Good food is central to the best times in life; our food is hand-made, slow cooked and best eaten with your hands. Our Arepas (grilled corn pockets) are crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside, and stuffed with traditional Venezuelan-inspired fillings. La buena comida es central para los mejores momentos de la vida. Nuestra comida es artesanal, cocinada lentamente y mas sabrosa cuando la...

Pica Pica Arepa Kitchen serves hand-made, slow-cooked arepas and other Venezuelan eats in the heart of San Francisco, CA. 100% natural and gluten-free!

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Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, the second location of the popular Napa eatery, looks like it might have fallen out of a CB2 catalog: bright colors, cool zebra wood, and brushed aluminum chairs. The star attraction at this busy counter-service spot are the Venezuelan sandwiches wrapped in one of three types of corn bread: the sweet crepe-like Cachapa, thick corn flour Arepa, or Maize’wich, a combination of the two. Once you’ve picked your maize it’s time to choose a filling. Try the Pabellon, a combination of delicately shredded skirt steak, plantains, black beans and cheese, that manages to be...

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Everything here is wheat and gluten free, so those with special dietary needs should have no worries about cross-contamination.

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