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5-star Venezuelan food truck, Moon Frog Arepas, serving Downtown Tampa

exterior of a food truck with a black wrap and a wooden high top table set on the sidewalk
Moon Frog Arepas is one of the most popular lunch destinations in downtown Tampa

Moon Frog Arepas might be one of the best food trucks in the city of Tampa. The low-key concept offers up fresh Venezuelan cuisine in the downtown Tampa area, and its recipes have received near perfect 5-star reviews from customers.

Owners Shane and Yosmar are all about delivering the best food to the city of Tampa.


Shane is a Boston native, who spent fifteen years in the aviation sector. He served in worldwide missions as an Air Force F-15 weapons troop, an Army Apache pilot, and a PSA Airlines pilot. When Shane met Yosmar, he quickly fell for her grace, beauty, and especially her cooking, according to Moon Frog’s website.

black beans, shredded meat and cheese held inside two fried corn cakes

Moon Frog Arepas wows diners in Tampa

Yosmar grew up working in her family’s restaurant in Venezuela. When she came to America she brought her family recipes, which became a smash-hit with friends. Everyone loved the new flavors and textures of the Venezuelan food, and they kept coming back for more. It made the duo extremely happy to see people’s delight and satisfaction when they bit into an arepa for the first time.

two fried plantains over a plate of veggies and shredded meat.

Serving authentic Venezuelan cuisine in the heart of the city

In an effort to prolong this happiness, Moon Frog Arepas was started. Its mission is to introduce high-quality Venezuelan food to as many Americans as possible. 


You can find the food truck at 412 North Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa Monday through Friday from 11am-7pm.

Makesure to get some sweet plantains when you visit.

Other notable menu items to whet your appetite include:

Avocado Chicken Arepa: Zesty, grilled chicken salad. Blended with avocado, light mayonnaise and cilantro.

Domino Arepa: Seasoned black beans paired with white mozzarella cheese.

Pabellano Arepa: A sweet and savory union of shredded beef brisket, sweet plantains, and seasoned black beans.

Chicken Mechado Bowl: Shredded chicken mechado, aside cilantro-lime rice, seasoned black beans, and fried arepa and sweet plantain slices.

Follow Moon Frog Arepas on Instagram, and its website for details and to order food for pick up.

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