Regardless of the time of year, it’s good to have a spot where it always feels summer-ish, even when it’s zero degrees out and there’s a foot of snow on the ground. That’s why we love Hola Arepa in Lyndale. Between the colorful interior and good cocktails, it’s an easy place to forget about the North Pole-approved parka that you wore to get there. Their arepas, which come filled with everything from chimichurri chicken to shredded beef and plantain, are also really excellent, as are the fresh salsas and guacamole. If you come for brunch, make sure to get the chorizo and egg arepa and don’t forget to order a mini churro too. They also have a great patio for when it’s safe to sit outside.
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