We had just parked the car along the street and were getting out when a woman walking by on the sidewalk said “have the Caramel Nut Pie a-la mode with Udder Pecan ice-cream, it’s to die for.” We looked at each other wondering what she was talking about, when we suddenly noticed we were standing in front of a window with a large black and white cow in it. A black and white Holstein awning shaded the window and the sign above the door said COW CAFE.
Realizing we were in front if an ice-cream shop, we held a mini-conference, took a vote, and unanimously decided to go inside for some ice cream. I have to tell you that was one of the best decisions we have ever made.
The overwhelming variety of flavors of ice-cream was mind-boggling, so I was very glad for the suggestion of the “woman on the street”, otherwise I might still be there trying to decide what to order. Do you know how it is when you know you will only have one chance at something, and so you want desperately to get it right, and not be disappointed; that it be the very best choice you could make? That’s how it was. So I took the woman’s advice, and ordered the “Caramel Nut Pie a-la Moo, with Udder Pecan Ice-cream. My daughter ordered the same flavor of pie with Pumpkin Pie ice-cream. We couldn’t have been more satisfied with our choices; it was indeed “to die for”. Oh, and to the woman on the street, if you happen to be reading this, “thank-you, m’am”.
The pie was an apple pie with hugh chunks of nuts coated with crunchy caramel coating in a crust so flaky it fell apart on the fork. Caramel syrup was drizzled across the top. The ice creams, both flavors, were perfect accompaniments.
As I sit here writing about it, my mouth is watering at the rememberance of it. Reason enough to go back for another visit. If I lived there I would want to go to this wonderful little spot, as often as possible, so its probably a good thing that I live so far away.
My husband, I don’t know how he can do this, but he ordered his usual Hot Fudge Sundae with Vanilla Ice-cream. He’s a “play-it-safe” kind of guy…however, he did request a taste of mine.:)
Our assessment of this little gem of an ice-cream shop? It was an “utterly” unique experience. Nestled in the cow country of New Bern, North Carolina ( or Moo Bern, as they say) Cow Cafe is the only “four-hoof restaurant ” in the world. You will find it to be a “mooving” experience. They also serve sandwiches, wraps, salads and other light lunch items. In addition, it includes a small gift boutique that features many bovine-inspired gifts. You need not speak cow-language to enjoy a visit.
THE PLACE: COW CAFE, 319 Middle Street, New Bern, N.C.