Feb 1, 2022 - Business

Austin's best Venezuelan cachapas

The cachapa at Budare's.
The pulled beef and cornmeal at Budare's. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Hungry after a day of flea-market shopping on North Burnet, Asher popped into the 5000 Burnet Road food truck lot on Saturday afternoon.

  • It was that weird time — 4:30pm — when you realize you haven't yet really had lunch and you're not going to be able to hold off until dinner.

Plus: He hadn't fed his kids and felt bad.

Yes, but: Even at that strange hour, there were plenty of options — banh mi, pizza rolls, hot dogs.

Asher opted for a mechada cachapa from Budare's, a heavy-duty sweet cornmeal crepe with a savory filling. This one was absolutely yummy, with mozzarella and pulled beef snuggled up to one another.

  • Served with a bright helping of green salsa and a side of grilled plantains, the dish was a scrumptious balance of flavors.
  • The only rival cachapa worth mentioning that Asher has enjoyed is the one offered by Four Brothers.

Of note: A budare is the cast iron griddle traditionally used in Venezuela to make cachapas and arepas.

Pro tip: Grab a parchita, a passion fruit juice, with your meal — that's pleasantly sweet and tangy.

Bonus pro tip: There's a modest playground at the food truck lot, which is perfect if your kid — or you — really likes slides.

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