Exterior of Kamp's 1910 Cafe in downtown Oklahoma City

Kamp’s 1910 Cafe: a new tradition

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Kamp's 1910

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10 NE 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Exterior of Kamp's 1910 Cafe in downtown Oklahoma City

I was initially drawn to Kamp’s 1910 Cafe because it fits into a very small group of restaurants that is really close to my heart. That is, local restaurants in Oklahoma City open at 6am with free wifi, power outlets and good iced tea. Kamp’s meets the criteria of this exclusive list beautifully, which is reason enough for me to take notice.

But as I’ve visited Kamp’s a few times now, I’ve discovered that they also have some good food, giving you a reason to take notice even if you don’t happen to enjoy visiting restaurants at 6am. In fact, the food at Kamp’s Cafe has surprised me in how much I’ve enjoyed it.

Kamp’s 1910 Cafe is housed in a beautiful, historic structure on NW 10th street just to the east of Broadway. It’s situated right in between the railroad tracks and I-235. It’s so close to the railroad tracks, in fact, that you can vividly experience the frequent passing of trains while you dine.

This building used to house Java Dave’s, which is now located in a smaller building to the south. This is a pretty large facility for a restaurant, and the dining area is quite open and spacious. The interior is really quite beautiful with rich wood floors and gleaming table tops. A giant wall of windows lines the north end, offering a dynamic view of the … well, the electrical power grid across the street. Ok, so it’s not the most scenic view but the natural light is very much appreciated.

The only downside to the facility is that it can be quite loud at peak times. The open space and hard surfaces serve as an effective sounding board when a lot of people fill the room, making it tough to have a conversation.

It should be noted that Kamp’s actually operates two separate concepts from within this same facility. Kamp’s 1910 Cafe is the focus of this review and is open from 6am to 5pm every day but Sunday. But they also have The Vineyard, a wine and tapas bar, which opens 4pm to 8pm on those same days.

With regards to the type of food and drink they serve at Kamp’s, I usually tell people it’s like a local version of Panera. They are baking breads, bagels, muffins and other goodies in house and serving them alongside a menu of sandwiches, salads and soups. They’ve also got a full coffee shop built right in.

For breakfast, they have baked goods like muffins and bagels and also a small selection of breakfast sandwiches and entrees. I had the breakfast burrito once (see a pic), which was pretty filling for $4.75. It was more like a panini-grilled wrap, with a thick tortilla stuffed with potatos, egg, sausage, and cheese and served with some very good salsa.

For lunch, I’ve tried a couple of selections. I had the “Wrong Side of the Tracks” Reuben ($7.99 with one side – see a pic). Honestly, I was expecting a pretty good reuben, but what I found was a great reuben. I loved the spicy dressing and the quality of the meat was excellent. The thick rye bread was great too and it was served panini-grilled with great texture.

For my side, I tried the fruit salad, which was good, but very unique with a light, herby dressing covering the fruit. I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure it would be for everyone. It’s definitely not the typical fresh fruit salad you might expect.

On another occasion, I tried the “Speakeasy Club” salad ($8.49 – see a pic) at the recommendation of the person taking my order. This is one of those salads that doesn’t really seem like a salad because it’s none too healthy. The romain lettuce was fresh and green and piled high with all kinds of meats and cheeses and avocado. I had it with their homemade ranch dressing which was excellent.

I also tried a homemade carrot cake cupcake (see a pic). It was delicious. The cake was extremely moist and flavorful and the icing was great as well, though there was a ton of icing, perhaps too much for me. This was a large and filling cupcake, easily enough to share. At $2.49, I thought this was one of the best values at Kamp’s and, in comparison to other specialty cupcake shops, a great cupcake value all around.

I was drawn to Kamp’s by its unique location, convenient morning hours, and wifi, but the quality of its menu items have continued to bring me back. I think Kamp’s is definitely worth your attention. Give them a try and let us know what you think of Kamp’s in the comments below.

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  • Jennifer says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:38 am   

    Their tomato basil and potato leek soups are awesome! The grilled cheese wasn’t my favorite, but everything else I have had there is top notch.

  • Dave says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am   

    I had a breakfast item there that I think was biscuit debris. It was pretty tasty and very filling. They also accept keepitlocal cards for 10% off.

  • Sallyfourfingers says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 11:52 am   

    It’s basically Java Dave’s with a new interior. The coffee is still the same horrendous swill and the menu items look exactly the same. Maybe their food is decent, I haven’t tried the new incarnation, but I know the coffee, and coffee drinks, are bad enough that it will never be a place that goes in to my rotation. There are too many good coffee joints around here that provide food (though maybe not as extensive – but even Prairie Thunder’s (who has a wonderful breakfast selection, btw) basic, brewed coffee is infinitely better) to waste time on poor-mediocre coffee/espresso.

    I dunno, aside from the coffee complaint (which is *huge*, btw, it’s really terrible), 1910 seriously looks/feels/offers just like the Java Dave’s that was there with a few minor decorative differences. The items in the display were the same, the cooked menu items looked the same….it just feels like a “reboot” instead of something entirely new. Which then makes you wonder about the unusual move of JD’s to the building on the other side of the parking lot and 1910 polishing up the look and continuing on with the same concept. Did JD have some crazy debts or something?

  • Patrick says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 2:09 pm   

    I’ve had the Okie Sandwich there, and it was amazing.
    Seared garlic bologna w/ caramelized onions and yellow mustard on wheat bread. Their pasta salad is really good too, I think it’s made with caesar salad dressing.

  • Tim says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 5:11 pm   

    @Sallyfourfingers, thanks for your comments. I’m not a coffee drinker so I couldn’t comment at all on the coffee. I’m sorry to hear you don’t like it.

    I do think you should give the food a try. I had the same misgivings early on thinking that it probably wasn’t going to be all that inspired. But, I have been pleasantly surprised by everything I’ve tried so far. I only went to Java Dave’s a couple of times but don’t remember eating anything there that struck me with the quality I’ve experienced at Kamp’s.

    Just my opinion and I appreciate you sharing yours. Thanks!

  • Jim says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 8:10 pm   

    Sallyfourfingers is just trying to put a negative spin on a great place. It is nothing like the old Java Daves inside and has been totally remodeled. The food, coffee and service is great.

  • David says:
    June 1st, 2011 at 10:50 pm   

    Thanks for your review! I just drove by there the other day and was wondering about it. Would love to get your list of other wifi haunts!

  • Tim says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 6:36 am   

    @David, if you go to our home page and use the filters at the top, you can choose “Free Wifi” under the “Features” filter and it will show you restaurants we’ve reviewed that offer free wifi. As far as early morning options, the only other local restaurants I know of that are open at 6am with wifi are Cattlemen’s and Beverly’s Pancake House. That’s why I say Kamp’s is quite unique being open that early, which I appreciate.

  • Sallyfourfingers says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm   

    Hey Jim, sorry you thought my honest opinion was “trying to put a negative spin on a great place.” My experience there (and, yes, it was just the one) almost came with deja vu it was just like being in Java Dave’s. Yes – with a different interior, which I already noted in my original comment. So if you’re just going on interiors, yes it’s different than Java Dave’s; if you’re going on *coffee* (which is what I mostly was), food on the display (cupcakes, pastries, n’ such), and menu items – it sure has that same ol’ Java Dave’s feel.

    I didn’t even talk about the service I received there, as it wasn’t good, since my comment was mostly going to be an observation on how this “new” place feels quite a bit like the “old”. If you like I can fill you in on how I waited for someone to assist me at the register (while they fiddled behind the counter), then waited longer for the person making the drinks to notice that she had an order and stop messing around with napkins and tidying up. She never did notice, btw, because at the time of my visit they had an unusual system set up of a separate coffee area that receives orders through a little machine printing them out. So when the machine didn’t print, and the girl working the counter didn’t look, no one knew about my drink order and I was left waiting for five minutes before speaking to the girl behind the counter. If the coffee bar is going to be separate, maybe they want to give it a cash register since the way it was set up seems to have some kinks. I will go ahead and mention that this was early on (they’d been open for a couple of weeks, I think?) and the place was dead. I can overlook minor issues like that during a busy time and chalk it up to a new place getting itself straightened out….but it reminded me again of the lackluster service given at Java Dave’s.

    Because of this review I’ll check out the place one more time for food…..but if they want to take some customer suggestions they should up their coffee/espresso game. The Beatnix Cafe offers breakfast and lunch and with Brian (can’t miss him, he’s quite tall) working the espresso machine you’ll get a good drink too. Again, it’s just a shame that with so many places in the metro serving good coffee (usually of the Elemental variety – which btw has its own location now and a few snacks for morning go-ers), that any one new wouldn’t do the same. Unless good coffee isn’t important, in which case this place sounds fine. My only intention with my original comment was to point out the huge similarities between the previous incarnation of Java Dave’s, and the supposedly new Kamp’s 1910; and that with so many breakfast and lunch options in the metro with good food and good coffee, what makes this place stand out? Judging from some of the other comments it’s early hours and free wifi. That’s not enough for me, that’s all. :)

  • Clarence G. says:
    June 13th, 2011 at 9:44 am   

    Let me tell you Kamp’s breakfast items are amazing. I haven’t’ made it for lunch. But I have hit it up a number of times for breakfast. They are fast and quick and more importantly, delicious. You’ve got to hit up their Boxcar Breakfast Burrito. It’s wowzers, in addition to their muffins…I really don’t know about the coffee though, it taste fine to me. But, I drink coffee straight, black, no sugar or no syrup. Coffee is pretty mandatory in the morning (run in grab a cup), so I have hit up a number of coffee shops, I wouldn’t call myself an expert.

  • Emily says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:19 pm   

    Ok, this cafe has totally made me like sandwiches again and have made me overcome my aversion to olives! The Pacific Railcar sandwich is, no kidding, the best restaurant sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

    Potato and pasta salad there is also incredible. The pasta salad had olives in it, which I usually don’t like, but the flavor was so good I didn’t care!

    We are looking forward to going back again and again to try more yumminess! This place is a great new addition to the downtown OKC restaurant scene.

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