Coffeecol - Teaneck, NJ

Coffeecol Teaneck NJ
On a non-descript brick strip sandwiched between the usual delis and laundromats, lies the food gem of Teaneck, NJ, Coffeecol Arepa Bar & Grill. A peak under the hood of this establishment reveals that they are crafting way more than arepas at this Columbian inspired café. As a background, my partner and I both have significant food restrictions. He can't have wheat and I can't eat anything with eggs. I emailed Coffeecol’s owner to inquire about allergens in their food and quickly received back a highly detailed email, explaining their food ingredients and allergy policies. At this point I was sold and dove into their menu.
Coffeecol offers smoothies, coffee in various forms, baked items and pastries, salads, and burgers, just to name a few things. If this tickles your fancy, then I encourage you to indulge. However, the absolute star of this café are the empanadas and arepas. 

The empanadas are corn based/gluten free and come stuffed with either chicken or beef and are served hot from the fryer. They are sold by the dozen which won't last as long as you think! Make sure to ask for extra pink and red sauce on the side.

Onto the arepas, which are two grilled white corn patties in between which a variety of ingredients can be placed. My personal favorite is the Taj Mahal (paprika shrimp, grilled onions, sweet pepper, cilantro, and lettuce) and Habana (sweet plantains, shredded beef, and cheese). For those who are vegetarian or vegan, there is an entire section of the menu with amazing choices. Coffeecol is truly worth a try for anyone who appreciates excellent food at a great value. 

By: Amanda Z. for the NJ Foodhound

1126 Teaneck Rd, Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 357-2700

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