Puyero Gives Burgers, Dogs, and Shakes a Street Food Spin

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The United States’ and Venezuela’s annual Independence Day celebrations are just one day apart — July 4th and July 5th, to be exact.

To celebrate, Queen Village’s Puyero is putting a Venezuelan street food twist on American Fourth of July favorites with their Week De La Independencia menu, which starts today, June 30th.

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Deep Fried and Overstuffed: Puyero Reviewed

When you’re staring down the barrel of a pabellón arepa stuffed full of braised beef, black beans, and plantains like caramel, nothing else matters. You’re zoned in like you’re defusing a bomb because, from the looks of it, it’s all about to burst—the seams of the cornmeal bun holding it together, yes, but barely. And that’s how it should be. That’s how arepas often come: comically overstuffed.

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Here Are 9 Popular Junk Foods Philly Does Better

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There was a time — long before food blogs existed, long before the rise of cheflebrities — when the world assumed kitchen workers ate like royalty at home — because of course they did. Because chefs are around great ingredients every waking hour of the day, there’s no chance that they go home to peanut butter and jelly.

But when the world got obsessed with food, secrets were spilled. And now we know: the guy who built that 18-course menu with caviar and gold leaf? He probably wen’t home to a lovely spread of instant ramen and Arby’s. And there’s no shame in that. The kitchen is exhausting and junk food is easy. It makes sense.

But that’s where the love affair between chef and junk food begins, and it doesn’t stop there. Here, now, nine junk foods reimagined by some of our city’s best chefs.

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Puyero Venezuelan Flavor Is Celebrating Its Grand Opening In Queen Village This Weekend With Free Churros

Puyero1Over at 524 South 4th Street, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor has been operating in a quiet, soft-opening mode in Queen Village since early January. They’ve been working from a limited menu, doing only dinner services from their small, 22-seat storefront, offering arepas, patacon pinton (a fried sweet plantain sandwich with beef and black beans) and a few other Venezuelan street food snacks for whoever happened to wander by.

But now they’re ready for their grand opening–which will mean extended hours and a fuller, more rounded menu. And owners Gil and Simon Arends and Gil’s wife Manuela Villasmil are celebrating the best way they know how: by giving away a whole lot of free food to anyone who shows up.

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