Venezuelan food has returned to Austin. Back in the early double aughts there was a wonderful Venezuelan cafe on 1626 along the southern fringe of Travis county but it has long since shuttered.

We used to love to ride down there and get Patacones, a Venezuelan sandwich that is absolutely diabolical in its construction as it eschews bread, instead using fried plantains [!]. The name of the little restaurant escapes us. Readers? Walking along Rainey Street the other afternoon, moonlighting for Chowpapi, we noted that a brand new, fancy looking food trailer has appeared. Unfortunately the operation was not open so we snapped a couple photos and continued along our journey.

If you like fresh quick breads and cheese you’ll probably like Venezuelan food as that is what the cuisine is known for. Empanadas, arepas, cachapas are the hallmarks of a good Venezuelan restaurant and they are all on the menu at Budare’s.

Wondering what all the fuss is concerning Rainey Street? By this time next year there will be 20 or so bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The place is absolutely buzzing right now.

Here’s a quick tour of the new joints.

and here are the hours for Budare’s

Wed – Thu: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fri: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am

Sat: 2:00 pm – 2:00 am

Sun: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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