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Teaneck, NJ 07666
- Cost: $
- Credit Cards: All Major
- Take Out: Yes
January 17, 2017
Teaneck’s Coffeecol Arepa Bar is a good spot to sample a Colombian version of the popular South American griddled corn cakes.
Arepas, the corn flatbreads made from white corn flour, are most popular in Colombia and Venezuela. Coffeecol serves the larger, flatter Colombian version, made fresh, grilled with nicely charred edges, and stuffed with all kinds of fillings. Choose from one of the Arepa Bar combos – like “The Queen” (shredded chicken, tomato, guacamole and white cheese) or “El Paso” (chorizo, black beans, jalapeño, white cheese, sweet plantain) – or create your own. The result is a handheld sandwich that’s more substantial than a tortilla wrap, akin to a pita pocket, but with thicker bread.
The Cofeecol menu includes a variety of coffee drinks, Colombian arabica of course, and hearty breakfast plates, as well as burgers, hot dogs and some traditional deli sandwiches. Savory mini empanadas (fried, with thick yellow-corn dough), yuca fritters, assorted cakes and pastries are on sale behind the counter.
The Teaneck Road space (two doors away from My Belizean Gourmet) is very casual, with a counter and half a dozen tables. Service can be a little slower than your typical coffee shop. Enjoy the Cumbia playing in the background while you’re waiting.