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Ever heard of an Arepa? Or a Cachapa? Neither had I. But Trenton’s only Venezuelan restaurant serves up these national specialties, along with a superb Latino-fusion menu. Casa de Luna is a wonderful addition to Chambersburg’s flourishing Latino restaurant scene, serving up scrumptious items you’ll find nowhere else in town. The restaurant is also a full bar (which opens 6 PM – 2 AM) and occupies the space which Chambersburg old-timers will remember as Tattoni’s. Note the bar-scene is pretty noisy, so if you’re looking for a quiet meal consider eating before 6, or take-out afterwards.
Think of an Arepa as a Venezuelan bagel. Well, sort of. As a bagel is to a slice of white bread, an arepa is to a tortilla. It’s made from a special masa flour (limed-corn-meal, and inherently gluten free), formed into a sandwich roll that is dense and chewy. For roughly $5 (June 2017 prices) you can order an arepa with a huge range of fillings.
- Reina Pepiada – a traditional chunky chicken salad made with avocado and mayonnaise. Add some of the “house dressing” a garlicky green goddess sauce. Lovely.
- Pelua – shredded beef (similar to a Cuban Ropa Vieja) and cheese filling
- Pernil – roast pork
- Perico – scrambled eggs with onions and tomatos (especially good for breakfast)
Want to try something else as well? Check out the Cachapa (header image), a thick, sweet-corn pancake stuffed with your choice of fillings. Incredible!
Casa de Luna has a lot going for it besides good food. First, it’s open early and late. The breakfasts are superb starting at (allegedly) 6 AM. It’s open late, by virtue of the bar that’s open to 2 AM. I’ve never been there that late, but I’m told the kitchen is open past 1 AM. There’s also a take-out window on the side (Morris Ave), where you can get Arepa’s to go until well past midnight.
Weekdays during the week they also offer lunch specials. Platters with lunch-sized portions that vary day by day. The photo shows a superbly grilled chicken lunch special: rice, beans, friend plantains, and even a soft drink included in the $7 price.
Is everything good here? I’m not sure. To date I’ve eaten here 5 times, focusing on Arepas and Chachapas, and loved everything. It’s quickly become one of my favorite restaurants in a town filled with great Latino food.