Arepa City (Closed)

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 19 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Dairy-Free + 6 more
83% of 6 votes say it's Celiac friendly

316 North 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA

(717) 233-3332
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    1 ratingApril 21, 2015

    Food was literally dropping in grease! It was so disgusting to see all that orange grease dropping from the arepas. So much grease I could not taste the food!

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    1 ratingApril 03, 2015

    RESTAURANT CLOSED and replaced by GF free friendly (not celiac safe) Middle Eastern restaurant. See 2nd Street Shawarma FMI.

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    5 ratingMarch 10, 2015

    Fabulous fresh food

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    5 ratingOctober 03, 2014

    This place had the best plantains I've had since leaving south Florida and the arenas were killer good. Highly recommend.

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    5 ratingSeptember 20, 2014

    Food was delicious and so many choices! Had three arepas and I'm stuffed.

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    5 ratingAugust 30, 2014

    I have severe celiac for the past 13 years so when I found fried food I was ecstatic knowledgable staff friendly BYOB and great great food!!!! I got the trio of Arepa's

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    5 ratingAugust 08, 2014

    Fantastic selection! Only 3 items weren't gluten free.

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    5 ratingAugust 30, 2013

    Amazing!!!!! Order everything! Everyone had a great meal and no one got sick!

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    5 ratingAugust 18, 2013

    My favorite spot for lunch.

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    5 ratingJuly 25, 2013

    Delicious! Huge portions, casein free options, too.

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    5 ratingNovember 13, 2012

    This was my first time at Arepa City. Honestly, my criteria for trying it was (1) it was within walking distance to my job in downtown Harrisburg and (2) they offered gluten-free options on their menu. (They also have a nice selection of vegetarian options as well.) Let me say, had I known how great the food was, I'd have ventured to Arepa City much sooner. What the heck is an Arepa, you may ask? Well, it's like a cross between a pita the size of your fist and a cornbread muffin, only about a billion times more delicious. These pita/muffin things are fried, then split in half and stuffed full (and I mean FULL) of deliciousness. (Check out their menu for a description of each.…) I had the Arepa Sliders Trio--a Picadillo, a Miliciosa, and a Jardinera. Excellent flavor (did I groan when I bit into the Miliciosa? I think I did a bit), amazing to eat and very messy. Do you eat it by picking it up like a sandwich? Or cutting into it with a knife and fork? Who cares? (I did a bit of both.) Just eat it! The vote on their food? Amazing. Now, for the service ('cause you know the taste of the food is only one part of dining experience). Service was fast and friendly and casual. No pomp and circumstance stuffy shirt here--the chef in the kitchen sings along to the Latino music playing, the server converses and laughs with you, and overall it's a great experience. The prices for the food were pretty comparable to a decent lunch in the city. (If you want cheap food, then drive through McD and get something off the dollar menu.) For the Arepas Trio and a Coke, it was under $11 (not counting tip, and if the service is good, I tend to tip well, and I did.) If you're looking for a hoity-toity place to eat, this isn't it. If you're looking for dirt cheap food, this probably isn't it either. If you want great service and decent and reasonable prices, with even better food, then Arepa City is well worth a visit. I'm already planning on what I'll order NEXT time I visit.

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    4 ratingOctober 26, 2012

    Had some delicious arepa sliders! (dairy-free as well)

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    4 ratingOctober 15, 2012

    Wow, right outside the restaurant, they had a sign staying "100% gluten free menu" so we had to try it! The food was very yummy. I got black beans, rice, spicy (and it WAS spicy) cabbage, and fried plantains, and it was very tasty. Our server was friendly and helpful. The restaurant was small, so filled up while we were there. The arepas were good - South American corn cakes made into little sandwhiches.

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    5 ratingSeptember 23, 2011

    I love this place! going to

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • BYOB
  • Dairy-Free
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Vegan Friendly
Most menu items are naturally gluten free.

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