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11 Chicks, a vibrant Venezuelan food hub, expanding in St. Pete

11 Chicks, a vibrant Venezuelan food hub, expanding in St. Pete

exterior of a restaurant with a red yellow and blue paint job, next to a photo of a fried cheese entree

11 Chicks Yummy Creations is hard to miss. The quaint space at 199 Dr. MLK Jr. Street North features a brilliant parrot mural on its exterior. This Venezuelan food hub bursts with the most flavor in the Sunshine City. The locally owned and operated spot makes the most addicting arepas you’ve ever tasted. Soon, this small restaurant will expand on the block taking over the space next door to them on MLK Jr. Street. This will add much needed indoor dining space, and allow 11 Chick to expand its sidewalk seating.

11 Chicks wrote the following on Instagram: “Here at 11 chicks our Journey never ends ! We are temporarily closing for transformational proposes…We are expanding our Business next door and we can’t wait to unveil our new addition. Please stay tuned. We will be back open 01-13-2022. We are excited to share our new adventure with our Loyal and New Customers. See you Soon! Thank you for your support.”

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Need to know what to order when you visit? These are my personal 3 favorite arepas you need to try:

Paisa: plain arepa, carne asada, Bacon, fried egg, sweet plantain, chorizo, black beans, avocado, cilantro aioli and special combination of Venezuelan cheese

Pork Belly: pork belly, grilled cheese, tomatoes, avocado, chimichurri sauce

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Jerk Chicken: grilled jerk chicken, sweet plantains, avocado, homemade spicy sauce and special combination of Venezuelan cheese

11 Chicks has operated around the Tampa Bay region since about 2014, but they first landed in their Dr. MLK Jr. Street spot back in 2017. Their reopening sparked joy for many local diners who flocked to its open door to enjoy the best arepas in town.

It’s so important to show all of our local restaurants some love. You can keep up with 11 Chicks by following the restaurant on Instagram and Facebook.

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