I’m so behind on writing this wrap up of my East End Neighborhood tour. Buying a house, moving, serious renovation, a couple big speaking gigs, a big work project and Snowpocalypse version 1, 2 & 3 will apparently wreak havoc on my schedule. Things are calming down a bit now though so I’m finally getting to give this post the proper attention it deserves.
Mike from The Big Stick very graciously offered to show me around his part of the East End (and it turns out well beyond just his part of it) on a weekday afternoon. It was the first or second week after we moved so it was a very welcome distraction, an educational trip and ended with some really excellent dessert.
Tour Guide: Mike from The Big Stick
Where We Ate: Goose Creek Diner for lunch and The Comfy Cow for dessert.
What You Should Know:
1. I admit that I’ve never really understood living in the suburbs. Country living I get (I grew up on a farm remember), city neighborhood living I get (you know how I love living in the Highlands) but that in between place? I’ve never gotten that. When Mike was driving me around he stopped at an intersection and said (I’m paraphrasing) “If I turn left and drive 10 minutes I’m out in farm country. If I turn right and drive 10 minutes I’m in the middle of tons of retail shops and restaurants.” Suburb living finally made sense to me in that moment. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely still not for me but I can see the appeal of it for folks now.
2. I was amazed at how quickly we got from say The Summit to Springhurst. Knowing the back ways makes all the difference in the world when getting around out there. I was lost way more than I knew where we were and then all of a sudden something familiar would pop up. Mike also took me to places I’d never been like Anchorage. How cute is Anchorage? I know the owner of Papa John’s is pumping a lot of money into the little town center and making new stuff look old and pretty and it seems to be working.
3. Did you know there is a thriving community theater in Peewee Valley? Me either. That’s another benefit of the suburbs, Mike can drive 25 minutes and take his family to see amazing world class theater at Actors Theatre and he can drive 15 minutes in another direction to take his family to see small great productions in their own community. From what he said his family sees a lot more theater than I do since they have the community theater option in their backyard.
4. There is an Asian grocery store and a Mexican grocery store/taqueria on Lyndon Lane (that’s the right street Mike?) that I can’t wait to go shopping at. Mike was telling me about some of the deals he and his family gets at the Asian grocery and they sound great. One of Mike’s kids is a vegetarian so he was able to tell me about some good vegetarian products they’ve purchased and really like.
5. . The Comfy Cow is totally worth the drive.
After driving me around all afternoon on a frigid day Mike took me to The Comfy Cow in Westport Village. I’d heard about it and written about it a couple times but hadn’t actually made it out there yet. We shared the epic sundae you see above and didn’t come close to finishing it. I’m pretty sure 4 people could have shared it and no one would have left hungry. The Comfy Cow is adorable, absolutely adorable. They have a really impressive lineup of rotating ice cream flavors and a case full of fresh, homemade baked goods. I brought home a pint of their strawberry ice cream for B and she gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up (strawberry is her favorite and she’s a tough critic when it comes to ice cream).
So it’s totally worth driving down Westport Road to get to The Comfy Cow now but as soon as that Wesport Road exit off the Watterson is complete? Oh kids it’s on, it’s totally on.
Thanks again to Mike for being such very gracious tour guide of the East End. It was a really good trip.