Hello, y’all on a HOT Thursday afternoon! CJ here! Today, our writer says he prefers to be called “GeorgieJoeBrown,” which is quite a mouthful, so maybe, GJB??? He studies Rhetoric, is a fellow “ginger” like me, and I can tell he had fun writing this post for all of you!
GJB here I have to admit, when I was first asked to do short bit for this blog I hadn’t the slightest clue as to where on Texas Tech’s campus I wanted eat at and write about. What started out as a mission to find a unique place to write about has without a doubt turned into an obsession that will last for the rest of my time in Lubbock, TX.
At this point it may be helpful to give a little background on the restaurant itself. COWamongus! opened in February of 2005 thanks to the generosity of a TTU/Food Tech Alumnus and is today housed inside the university’s Animal and Food Science building. What makes it unique in relation to the other dining options on campus? First and foremost, the establishment is run by the Department of Animal Science itself. It has nothing to answer to outside of the university, and is staffed by students. This is a stark contrast to the other options on campus which tend to be fully staffed and operated by an outside corporation.
What makes COWamongus! the true treasure of Texas Tech is far more exciting than merely local operation, however. Plainly put, the answer lies in the food itself. All of the meat that is served at COWamongus! is produced by the university itself. The livestock is raised on Texas Tech’s ranch, processed, and cooked all by Tech students. This is about as wonderfully American as you can get, and to jump the gun a little, the effect on the food is fantastic.
The menu holds a variety of different options. From burgers to hot ham sandwiches and salads to university produced ice cream, the restaurant can silence the hunger pains of anyone’s gut. For my first visit I chose to try something simple enough to give me a grasp on the basic building blocks of restaurant. Thus:
A bacon cheeseburger with tater tots and a coke. American enough to make you hum yankee doodle and delicious enough to make every other dining option want to go back the drawing board. I mean, what’s not to like?
It was hard to turn down this dish when I noticed the majority of everyone else around me indulging themselves in it. The beef was cooked perfectly. Juicy enough to hold the flavor, but firm enough to stop the whole thing from falling apart. And the bacon, oh…the BACON! I had to pinch myself a few times to make sure I was awake on account of its being so good. Not a floppy mess, mind you, but crisp and skinny.
To be completely honest, if you’ve looking for the healthy food option, you may be barking up the wrong tree with COWamongus!, though there are a few tidbits you should consider before writing it off completely. First off, this isn’t your normal processed and shipped meat chucked full of preservatives and who knows what else. The beef is brought in fresh daily. The bacon is brought in fresh daily. Frankly, you’re not going to find a much more authentically healthy option anywhere close, unless you’re running a farm and driving cattle in your spare time, of course.
Food-o-meter: I'll give it the best just because it was fantastic.
Mouthfuls: 8-10, depending in how big your mouth is. Add 30 more for the tater tots.
Health: Ummmm… (pretty low…)
Price: $5.00 or £3.18 (much more reasonable than past days, at least)
Guns-up meter: 5/5. This is about as guns up as you can get.
CJ back just to wish y’all a good night, and remind everyone that with all we’ve paid on our meals at school so far this week, we could have fed three kids for about a year through Mary’s Meals. Thanks for your continuing support of VEG’s great cause, and please keep those donations coming. I hope one day the only debate we have about food is whether or not we made healthy choices, because we all have choices to make, and no one has to worry about having food at all.
I’m excited to wrap all this up for you tomorrow, and pass the torch (… seems appropriate since we all know what special event is coming up in sports next week!) to the next guest blogger! I’m excited to begin reading posts by VEG again, too! I know we all miss her! Thanks, y’all!