I still remember the first time I went to Bloc 11 way back in the winter of 2008. The cafe had only been open a few months, but I fell in love that day and have returned more times since than I could possible count. From the high-quality coffee and food to the incredibly friendly service and the cool setting (it’s housed in an old bank, you can even sit in the vault), this is one Somerville establishment you don’t want to miss.
Located at 11 Bow St. in Union Square, Bloc 11 serves tasty breakfasts, sandwiches, soups and sweet treats as well as carefully crafted coffee drinks. They use lots of local and wholesome ingredients in their products, which is a big reason I’ve been back so many times. I know that if I go to Bloc 11, I’m going to get a high-quality meal that tastes great. The cafe also recently added a really nice outdoor seating area, so be sure to check that out if it’s a nice day.
For breakfast, the egg sandwich on rosemary focaccia bread is delicious as is the oatmeal, which you can complete with some terrific toppings, like dried cherries and maple syrup. Bloc 11 also has tons of pastries and the highly coveted (in our house anyway) Iggy’s bagels.
Lunch brings way too many delicious choices! But even with all of the yummy offerings, I almost always get the same thing: The Union salad, which comes with a bed of greens, shredded beets, a hard-boiled egg, sliced almonds and cheese cubes with a choice of chicken salad, tuna salad, tofu salad or marinated tempeh. I almost always get the curried tofu salad (and white wine dressing) and they are the perfect complements to the rest of the salad’s ingredients!
For sandwiches, the Arrow (marinated tempeh, cheddar cheese, avocado, banana ring peppers and greens on rye) is incredibly flavorful. It’s like a party for your tastebuds. The Clover (locally made fresh mozzarella, arugula pesto, caramelized onions, tomato and greens on baguette), Willow (curry tofu salad on whole wheat with avocado, apple, sprouts & greens), Davis (turkey, cheddar, red onion & greens on baguette with sun-dried tomato mayo) and Terrace (turkey, cheddar, red onion, avocado, tomato & romain on focaccia with garlic mayo) are also favorites of either myself or those I’ve eaten at Bloc 11 with. Basically, you can’t go wrong!
If you’re in the mood for soup, Bloc 11 always has something tasty on offer. The curry peanut is killer, so be sure to get it if they have it when you go.
Now for the drinks. Bloc 11 serves terrific coffee and espresso drinks, but my favorite thing to get there is the chai, either hot or iced. It’s oh-so-spicy and incredibly creamy all at the same time, satisfying your greatest chai cravings (am I the only one who has those?). And if you need an extra kick, order it dirty and they’ll toss a shot of espresso in for you.
If my love for Bloc 11 isn’t clear by now, it never will be. At this point, you just need to get there yourself and try it. If you go, let me know, I’d love to hear what you ordered!
11 Bow St., Union Square
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.;Thursday: 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wi-Fi: $4.95/hour; $7.95/day; $13.95/month
If you’re in Davis Square, visit sister store Diesel Cafe!