La Cocinita ("The Little Kitchen") serves contemporary Venezuelan-inspired street food. Known for their Venezuelan arepas, the menu also features empanadas, plantains, yuca fries, tacos, and more. La Cocinita specializes in catering private events, whether with its food truck or buffet-style from the restaurant. The brand was established in New Orleans in 2011 by husband-wife duo Benoit & Rachel Angulo and expanded to Evanston in 2016. The Angulos are proud to operate two food trucks and two restaurants in two of their favorite cities.
La Cocinita has been featured on several major network TV shows, including CNBC’s Restaurant Start-Up, Food Network’s Eat Street, and the Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip with Aaron Sanchez. Benoit competed on Season 11 of Bravo’s Top Chef in the Padma’s Picks series, and served as the personal chef for Sylvester Stallone. La Cocinita has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal and has been voted both the best food truck in New Orleans and one of the 101 best in the country.