The Cows End is a great place for the coffee set to grab some caffeine, the health shake set to grab a smoothie and also the sandwich set to grab a decent sandwich. The Cows End also has a very active social scene in which many regulars know each other and meet up there frequently. The coffee is good and strong (much better than the Starbucks on the corner), the smoothies are well made and you have many options (much better than Jamba Juice), and the sandwiches are the best deli style on Washington. Wireless internet access is free with food or drink purchase and there is an abundance of tables on the street and upstairs for patrons to work at.
One complaint (this may be a complaint about life in general) is that they don’t enforce a “no cel phones rule” upstairs. If you are unfortunate enough to end up with a rude person upstairs that seems to think talking on their cel phone while everyone else around them is trying to read or write and be creative .. it sucks. The guy in the video below cackled away for 35 or so minutes getting disapproving stares from everyone around him, but he didn’t care. He was bad enough that Keri and I finished our food and left because of him.
Seriously, what is with people that think talking on the phone for hours in a room full of people is a good idea? Is it an ego thing where they think owning a cel phone and the ability to talk on it shows prosperity? Do they think they are showing the world their virility through being able to talk into a small plastic device? People like this should get some old pagers that aren’t connected to any service and lay them out in front of themselves instead! Nothing says VIP more than a stack of pagers in front of you at a table! Let’s bring back the look of all the fools in the 80’s that thought their self worth was directly equivalent to the amount of pagers they owned. Dum de dum dumb!