It’s a good time for stuffed dough. Among the handheld foods having their moment in D.C.: arepas—grilled corn patties filled with meats, cheeses, and more—and kolaches, pillowy Czech pastries with sweet or savory fillings that are particularly beloved in Texas. Two new “residencies” showcase these treats. Here’s where to stuff yourself on stuffed stuff.
Arepa Zone at Union Market
After winning a culinary entrepreneur competition called Launch Pad, the Venezuelan food truck gets to take over the former Ris stall in Union Market. Arepa Zone will serve more than a dozen arepas as well as quesadilla-like sweet corn crepes called cachapas and gourmet cheese sticks called tequeños.
Arepa flavors: Pabellón (shredded beef, queso fresco, sweet plantains, black beans), Sifrinia (chicken salad, avocado, shredded cheddar cheese), Caprese (tomato, ham, queso de mano, basil)
Prices: $6 to $8.50
Drinks: Frescolita and Chinotto sodas
Hours: Tuesday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residency length: At least six months beginning Aug. 29
Republic Kolache at American Ice Company
Two Texas natives raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter to begin producing the Lone Star state staple in D.C. They’ll offer a rotation of gourmet flavors once a week at American Ice Company, where patrons can also browse through copies of Texas Monthly.
Kolache flavors: Half-smoke with sharp cheddar and Shiner beer-brined jalapeño relish, vanilla bourbon peach preserves with bacon crumble, chorizo with scrambled egg and sharp cheddar
Prices: $2.50 for sweet kolaches, $3.50 for savory
Drinks: Sweet iced tea, Topo Chico mineral water, coffee
Hours: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Residency length: At least a few months beginning Aug. 22
Photos courtesy Arepa Zone and Republic Kolache