Anytime Arepa, Dawg City and Kawa Ramen are new to 3rd Street Market Hall
Downtown 3rd Street Indoor Market has more dining options, including quick Venezuelan dishes, simple and fancy hot dogs, ramen and rice bowls.
Arepa at any time
At any time Arepa, a truck familiar to Zócalo Food Park at Walker’s Point, opens Friday at the Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.
New on the menu: The traditional queen arepa, or reina pepiada, chilled chicken salad with creamy avocado.
Other arepas — Venezuelan sandwiches served on naturally gluten-free cornmeal flatbreads — feature hot toppings of beef, chicken, pork or black beans and ripe plantain along with various toppings. The pork is made from the owners family’s Christmas recipe.
Bacon, egg, and cheddar arepas are sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily (the breakfast arepa is $10.99; the others are $11.99).
Other items on the menu include Venezuelan empanadas ($5.49 and $6.49) and snacks such as tequeños, dough-wrapped cheese sticks (six for $10).
Leo Farfan and Maria Salas started their business in 2019 and became full-time salespeople at Zócalo in 2020. At all times, the original Arepa location will remain open. The company is on Facebook and instagram.
Dawg City opened this week in the Market Hall, serving items like Philly cheesesteak dogs, brats, Polish sausages and grilled pork nachos.
All-beef hot dogs range from $7.95 for a classic or corn dog to $10.95 for elaborate hot dogs like the Philly.
Others include the Hickory: Bacon, Cheese and BBQ Sauces, and Grilled Onions ($8.95).
Also on the menu: loaded cheese fries, fried cheese curds, funnel cake fries and more.
The owners of Dawg City are Ken and Tonya Hughes. The company is on instagram.
Kawa Ramen, a sibling of Kawa Sushi in Whitefish Bay and the East Side, specializes in chicken ramen three ways ($17): clear broth; paitan, the creamy broth resulting from a long simmer; and “hellfire”, with chili oil.
It also sells rice bowls, such as salmon, chicken chashu, and grilled eel ($15 to $18). Snacks ($5 to $9) include edamame, chicken karaage – Japanese fried chicken – and pork dumplings.
Kawa operator Linjin Xiao will also open a Kawa sushi stand in the food hall. No date has yet been set.
With Anytime Arepa opening on Friday, the venue has up to 14 working vendors plus the venue’s full bar. They include Strega pastas and desserts, Hot Dish Pantry pierogi, Dairyland burgers, chicken sandwiches and custard, Middle Eastern sandwiches and hummus, greenhouse salads and sandwiches, a shop of Strange Town bottles and a natural wine bar, Mid-Way Bakery and Amano Pan sourdough. breads and slices of pizza.
Kompali Taqueria and Supernova Coffee and Donuts will open the week of May 15; Paper Plane Pizza is scheduled for late June. The hall has room for several other vendors, said market partner Omar Shaikh.
The room, cashless, is open for lunch and dinner every day at 11 a.m.