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Avila Food Truck Brings Venezuelan Cuisine to Charleston

Time for arepas

Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Venezuela food truck Avila went a bit undetected for a better part of this year. The weather was gross, as it rained and rained — not ideal conditions for a mobile kitchen. Currently the truck is gaining traction with adoring fans on Instagram showing off stunning patacones, platos, and arepas.

Co-owner Adam Goodwin explains that Avila came to life as a way to showcase his partner Melanie Blohm's Venezuelan heritage and recipes. Goodwin recalls that the group was presented with an opportunity to purchase a food truck at a low price, and they jumped on it. Goodwin recruited friend and chef Alex Clark to work in the mobile kitchen to bring Blohm's recipes to the masses. Goodwin says they are seeing a positive response and that the most popular order is the arepas with pernil (pulled pork) with garlic mojo sauce, a side of tostones, and a papelón con limón (Venezuelan limeade, sorta).

Check out Avila's calendar to see where the truck will be next.

Avocado and cheese patacones and Arepas Pernil. Find these guys @avilachs

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