Base Camp

Base Camp offers the best cup of coffee in town. While you’re there you can have a look at some local art, enjoy the handcrafted West coast modern decor, and catch up on local news and events among the town’s progressive movers and shakers, who frequent this coffee bar/cafe. There are freshly baked muffins, the tallest I’ve ever seen and other baked goods to go with that great coffee. Or you can have a full breakfast or lunch. I haven’t tried anything other than the coffee, but that alone is worth a visit.

Update: 1/2017

Base Camp has really found it’s rhythm. I am impressed with their dedication to good food and fast service and appreciate that they keep it friendly but professional when they are on the clock. The coffee is still wonderfully rich and strong so that it holds up well to some Creamo. The Breakfast Bowl is a delightful way to start the morning. It’s an unusual juxtaposition of flavors and textures and I LOVE IT. Salad greens in a tangy vinaigrette are tossed with oven-roasted yams, with a fried egg on top. The thing that is so wonderful about this food is that it’s not expensive or pretentious, but it’s creative, joyful and satisfying.

The people who gutted and rebuilt the interior were geniuses. The handmade tables, inside and out, the coffee counter, even the bathroom are pieces of fine craftsmanship that celebrate our local materials.

There are several pieces of local art on display, some of it very, very good stuff. However, the styles and colors of the various pieces are at odds and disharmony abounds. It’s a mishmash and not a good one at that. In order for the art to look good and for the cafe to look good, someone needs to curate.

It would also improve aesthetics to give the children’s area a good weekly scrub. Some of the soft toys are pretty grungy.

 

 

 

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~ by maijatomboy on December 9, 2014.

One Response to “Base Camp”

  1. I’ve had the pleasure of taking breaks at Base Camp. I too like the decor and it’s the place in town where progressives gather. The coffee is really good. 32 Lakes Coffee Roasters provide wonderfully roasted beans for that perfect cup of java. Having eaten there, I do recommend the food. I’ve had several baked goods and the ham and brie breakfast sandwich. All very tasty. A couple of complaints are the tables and seating are all bolted to the floor and they have bench seating that isn’t all that comfortable after a while. These complaints are really minor. There is a reason they are an award winning establishment. Definitely a place to enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat and plan the revolution.

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