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Latin, Cafe, Venezuelan, Deli
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
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It was a beautiful November day, just before Thanksgiving, a nice day to eat outside. During COVID they have almost as many tables as before, yet there could be a wait for a table if you want to eat there. My wife and I shared...a Galipan Cachapa plate, which is now my regular order. We also shared a cheese roll pastelito, which was also wonderful. When my wife ordered it she as expecting a sweet cream cheese filling, this was not sweet except for the faintest touch of a glaze on top to cut the salty richness. It contained one of their firm salty Venezuelan cheeses. I had the Raymond hot chocolate. Now I am not a hot chocolate drinker, but this stuff was good, very dark and rich without being overpowering. Many times dark chocolate has a sourness to it, not this hot chocolate. It comes with marshmallows on top, and that adds just enough sweetness. For dessert I had a sea salt brownie, man was that good. It was very fudgy, far from a cake brownie, almost like a flour-less brownie, very good, rich but not overpowering, also not sour. I did have to finish my hot chocolate before eating it, I had some iced tea in the car to accompany my brownie.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed March 18, 2020

Our 2nd trip to this cafe serving South American food, beverages and desserts. If you like churros, this cafe serves delicious churros. From my observation their churros is a hot item on their menu. Service is good and efficient. If you ae lucky you gt...to met the owner, a friendly gentleman from Venezuela. I met a couple from the same country. They remarked this is the only cafe serving food frothier homeland! Their home made chocolates are lip smacking.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Venezuelan cuisine is wonderful and they have the best veggie arepas. The black beans were also outstanding.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed August 10, 2019

v=My husband and I decided to have Sunday Brunch at Amara Chocolate & Coffee. I ordered the Altamira Breakfast, which was fantastic. My husband ordered the Mananitas Churros with bacon. To drink, I had the cacao latte and my husband had the Venezuelan Hot Chocolate...with a shot of Guatemalan Espresso. The staff, in particular Bryan R., was extremely helpful and made fantastic suggestions. The dining area was cozy and the business was steady. My husband had the orange juice with mango and guava and I had the lemonade with passion fruit to go. Everything exceeded our expectations. If you are looking for an amazing brunch, give Amara a try. You will be delighted.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

Don't think than this place is only good for breakfast of coffee. They have a full menu and are open into the evenings. My wife had a beef cabrera, no tomatoes, mano cheese and also a Papelon lemonade, which had a ginger flavor, very good....I had a pork and cheese cachapa, very good, although I think I will go with a cheese only cachapa next time. I prefer the cachapa to the Arepa. I also had a Pasadena Hot Chocolate, I don't normally drink hot chocolate, but here its truly something special. The plaintains are wonderful too. There is street parking close on the next block over I usually find an opening there, and there is also a parking structure next door, although I don't know how expensive it is.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019

Comfy Latin cafe in Historic Pasadena. Specializes in things of chocolate like drinks, churros, croissants etc. Egg sandwiches are served for breakfast along with pastries. For lunch you can grab something made with a corn flatbread or as a crepe. But by all means try...some version of a hot chocolate. Your choice of real thick or less so. My selection was a salted caramel with marshmallows.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2019

Went to Pasadena on a cold, rainy day and I mentioned I would loooove to have hot chocolate (a good one) to drink! Well, we found this little cafe in downtown Pasadena, it was packed. This is a Venezuelan restaurant that offers arepas, empanadas, and...other delicious food, and REAL churros and chocolate! Just a little note, the Costco churros are not real churros LOL. The hot chocolate was amazing, really thick and strong. I got the small cup but the next time I fly to California I am going back and getting the BIG one. The churros were delicious too. Excellent place to eat!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

Churros are a day old.... too hard and a bit burned with sugar. Wish they had an option of no sugar since I ordered it with hot chocolate and was way too sweet. You get 6 pieces per order. I ended up wasting the 5...pieces since no one in my family wanted to eat it. I should have ordered a pastry instead or their breakfast meal looks good.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

We were excited to find the churros are gluten free and dairy free- and they are amazing! Hot , crispy outside and fluffy inside, with yummy dips. We also had vegan venezualan hot chocolate, tostones ( again gluten and diary free , with beef chicken...and pork on crunchy corn fritter things). The shop is small with not many tables and there was a wait for food but it was so worth it.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

This place has received raven reviews and awards ever since they opened their doors 5-6 years ago, and they just keep getting better every year. Their Venezuelan cuisine has a mosaic of flavors with an arrangement of top quality ingredients that I would eat there...from breakfast to dinner. Their coffees, chocolates, churros, arepas, tekes, and cachapas (just to name a few) are world-class items that are a 'must' - I suggest no less that 7 visits to get a good taste of what these people offer.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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