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Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Division Café, 8 Division Street, Somerville, NJ – Last Visited Sunday, 8/18/2019

Division Café, 8 Division Street, Somerville, NJ – Last Visited Sunday, 8/18/2019

We have only ever visited for breakfast, but they have an extensive regular menu filled with Central and South American comfort foods. But let’s talk about the overall experience first. The interior of the café is a typical New Jersey style café, in this case two store fronts have been joined together. The whole place has a mom and pop kind of feeling with a fair number of tables to attend customers. While the weather is nice, they also have outdoor seating in front of the store. They take advantage of the fact that Division Street was closed to automobile traffic a few years ago and is now a pedestrian mall. Sitting outside when the weather is warmer adds to the Spanish flavor of the food. When you walk in to the café, the counter and kitchen are almost right in front of the door. The display case displays warming cabinets with empanadas and other typical Central American bocadillos (snacks). Let’s talk about SERVICE, and we all know how I feel about service at a place that needs your business to stay in business.

It seems, in my experience at least, that on the weekends there is one main waiter and a few bussers to clean and reset the tables. There have also been, on occasion, table assistants who provide more coffee or juice as requested. Inside must have 10 to 12 tables, most of which can seat four. Outside also has five to six tables, again most able to seat four. So on a busy Sunday morning, if the tables are full, it can be hectic. The waiter always, not sometimes, but always has an attitude. For some reason, which I can’t figure out, he abruptly takes orders and marches away. Somebody, at times the waiter himself, brings the drinks and because they are usually very busy, the food follows about 20-30 minutes later. There is never a revisit to the table when this particular waiter is working on his own. So, if you happen to finish your coffee or tea, unless there is an assistant also working, you probably won’t get a refill. BUT the food is great.

The breakfast menu is a good mix of different types of items. For example, they offer Gallo Pinto which is a typical Costa Rican breakfast which includes fried rice, beans, a fried egg and a slice of fried cheese. It is a plentiful plate that is always piping hot and delish.

They also have chorreadas which are pancake style sweet corn cakes. They are extra yummy. They are served with a thick sour cream sauce. My personal favorite is the dulce de leche French toast. The dulce de leche is stuffed in to the French toast. This meal is also hearty because it comes with a scrambled egg and a couple pieces of bacon. All of the good food is very reasonably priced. Expect to pay the price you would pay at an American style diner.

Try it once and if you can, try it again in the spring when the sun is shining and there is a nice breeze. The outdoor experience is the best. If you can stand the less then great service and the longer than average wait time for your food, it is definitely worth it.

We Eat A lot rating: Food 😊😊 😊 😊 Service 😊😊 Overall 😊😊😊.

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