Kamp’s 1910 Cafe: a new tradition
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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