I rarely went to Muddy Waters before, mostly because they never had any food, and I wasn't impressed with their drinks (mediocre tea selection and a passable chai mixture). Now that they added some food, I have to admit that they're worth a second look.
The only vegan thing on their menu is a hummus sandwich, but it was a great sandwich---warm, soft bread and fresh vegetables. I wasn't expecting something of that quality at a punk rock coffee shop at midnight.
The service is friendly and the interior is nicely decorated with a retro-grunge feel. I like the roomy and comfortable counter area. They also have some retro video games.
The outdoor seating is usually populated by edgy, artsy punker types who, sadly, are always smoking. This makes it uncomfortable to sit outside, for me anyway. It's a shame, because this is prime territory for people watching.
If Muddy Waters added a couple more vegan options (how about a tempeh or tofu sandwich?) and some vegan pastries (Caffetto only one block up has vegan desserts, so why can't Muddy Waters?), this would be a prime contender for best neighborhood cafe. Right now, it's just falling short.