I love Coffee Bar, but the problem is so does everyone else. Peak hours are now a madhouse, and very few hours aren't peak hours anymore. It's also a total pain in the ass to get to from my remote neighborhood, requiring three transit changes or two and a fairly hefty walk. Because I was starting to get sick, I insisted that the Financier meet me at a more local place. She chose Nervous Dog, which she identified as being in Bernal, although as a devotee of Burrito Justice I know that it's actually located in the Autonomous Republic of La Lengua. I was additionally sold because I had a half-off coupon from Scoutmob, the deal site I prefer because it doesn't make you pay anything up front. I ended up paying $3.22 for a large cup of Earl Grey and a veggie bagel sandwich. Saving money will always help give me a positive opinion of a place.
There are many, many upsides to Nervous Dog. The atmosphere is relaxed, which made me realize how stressful grad student factories like Haus seem. There is a nice big couch and some armchairs as well as tables. The self-aware hipster quotient seems to be low, and the music isn't hipster-esque. The staff is friendly. The tea and coffee menus are broad (two kinds of chai). The one drawback was that the food menu was quite disappointing, although that's true at many coffee shops. Places like Coffee Bar and the Blue Fig have spoiled us into thinking they are restaurants, but most places can't do everything. And La Lengua is a neighorhood with lots of restaurants, so no true hardship there. Although Nervous Dog feels off the beaten track and intimate, it's also fairly small, which means it probably fills up quickly in the morning, etc. Late lunch was definitely a good time to be there. Since it's only one bus ride or a brief drive away (plus free but illegal parking in a spot you probably know if you know the neighborhood), I'm seriously considering making it my new go-to work spot.