Aug 22, 2022 - News

Austin comfort food: Venezuelan cachapas

A cachapa from Cachitos
A cornmeal and mozzarella cachapa from Cachitos512. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

I'm always on the lookout for overseas comfort food, for lack of a better term — something that's yummy and easy to eat and that you might not find on your standard American diner menu.

  • One of my go-tos is a cachapa — a sweet-and-savory cornmeal-and-mozzarella concoction from Venezuela.

Driving the news: Meeting with Axios Austin reader Alex R. recently, I grabbed the cachapa at East Austin trailer Cachitos512.

  • With its oozy cheese and pretty presentation, the dish fit the bill, and it's big enough that you might want to split it with a friend. There's such a thing as too much comfort.

🏅 Pro tip: Definitely order a fresh passion-fruit juice — the tang cuts the sweetness of the Cachitos512 cachapa.

  • Also: If your eating companion gets tacos from Cuantos, in the same trailer park, surreptitiously mooch his salsa.

📣 Tell us your favorite non-burger, non-pizza comfort food in Austin ... and where to find it.

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