Saturday, February 14, 2009

On a Quest for Coffee

Work and family obligations have conspired all week to keep me from riding or blogging. I took advantage of the free time I had this afternoon and headed out the door with the intent of having a cup of coffee at the Spiral Diner, Fort Worth's only vegan restaurant. I'm not a vegan but I'm always looking for a good cup of coffee. 

I did something I've never done on a ride before, I wore jeans. I wore the removable padded liner from a pair of mountain bike short under my jeans which made for a comfortable ride.

I rode through the TCU campus rather than take the Trinity Trails.

I took a break near a building on Cantey Street that I believe is the TCU art department.

That baby head is kind of freaky!

I thought this was a stencil of Obama when I was riding toward the sign. I don't know who that is, maybe Henry Rollins? My wife thinks that it looks like the Janitor from Scrubs.

Riding on Cantey crossing 8th Avenue.

There are lots of nice old wood frame houses being remodeled in this area south of Magnolia Avenue.

Here's a fixer upper.

I arrived at Spiral Diner and discovered that the place was packed full. I didn't want to wait that long for a cup of coffee so I left. I walked next door to Panther City Bicycles and bought a t shirt. This is a new business just across the street.

This place caught my eye as I was riding north on Jennings towards downtown.

Riding under Interstate 30 on Jennings.

The view of downtown north of IH-30.

I settled for a cup of coffee from the Starbucks at Sundance Square. We seriously need some new coffee houses in Fort Worth. 

Fort Worth P.D. bike patrol officers

I came across this nice Bridgestone XO-1 while riding through Trinity park on my way home.

My last break near the Trinity River before arriving at my house.


  1. Awesome ride report! Excellent photos! You about ready for another cup of coffee? We'll wait.

  2. Jeans? Coffee at a vegan place?

    What are you, some kind of hipster??? :D

    Great pics; I know every one of those scenes well. We'll have to get together for a ride soon.

  3. Christopher-Thanks. Hurry up and get that Homer Hilson put together. I'm interested in seeing what equipment you decided to use.

    Doohickie-Thanks. Now my wife and daughter are laughing and calling me a hipster.

    Let me know when you've got some free time. Be sure you're riding that slow heavy bike.

  4. i've never been to the usa (canada is as close as i've been) and over here we only see the bits of america that are exported. i'm sure that most americans would be fairly horrified by the stereotypes we are offered.
    the thing i love about blogs and especially reports like this is reading text and seeing photos of people doing the same things that i do but in the u.s.
    it is fascinating and i would encourage you (and anyone else reading this) to continue to produce such work.
    when i ride later today, i'll do something similar and try to show you a bit of england that isn't the royal family, red telephone boxes and cricket matches!


  5. Starbucks may not be perfect, but that location of the one you went to is pretty nice. I've gone there often...

  6. I was saddened at the demise of Eurotazza. I have never had coffee at Spiral, but need to try it. I love seeing all of your images.

  7. Placid Casual-Thanks for the thoughtful comment and encouragement. I've really enjoyed your photos and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your surroundings although I admit that I like the red telephone boxes.

    Steve A-That is a nice location. This was only the second time that I've stopped in there for a cup of coffee. I really don't have a problem with Starbucks. Like I've heard said before, you can now go to just about any town in America and be reasonably sure to get a decent cup of coffee. I just prefer a little variety in coffee, environment etc.

    Ashley-I was surprised to hear that Eurotazza was closing. It seemed to be full of customers on the few occasions that I visited. I used to also stop in at the Four Star Coffee Bar when they were located on 7th. I've stopped by their new location on Houston, but it seems to be setup as more of a sandwich shop now. Too bad.

  8. The more I ride in Ft Worth, the more I like riding in Ft Worth.

    RIP Eurotazza, but I miss Panther City Coffee a hair more...

  9. David-I only visited Panther City on one occasion just before they closed. It was crowded and there was nowhere to sit so I just got a cup to go. I wonder why they closed?

  10. — Great work on supporting a vegan cafe, even though you are not yerself. More people should realize that it's still "food" and not just an expensive trend. Good post!

    (Vegan 17 years, this July.)

  11. Ortolan-I'm definitely for supporting new and interesting businesses in our area like the Spiral Diner. Judging from my quick visit it looks like this place is doing very well.

    I'm going to try a vegan meal although I have no idea what I'll order. Something filling.

  12. Thanks for sharing your ride experience. I'm enjoying your blog!