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Cellar Door Provisions

PHOTOS: Christina Slaton

Cellar Door Provisions is a small cafe and bakery with a strong sense of community. It’s awesome - for some people. For others, Cellar Door is the kind of place that will drive you f*cking nuts. Understanding which side of the equation you fall on is key to recognizing how you’ll feel about Cellar Door as a whole.

Do you mind ordering at a counter and sitting at one large table with strangers? Would you spend extra money for fancy bread and butter? Do you support smaller, sensible portions of food? If you’re cool with these things, then you’re going to adore Cellar Door. Order at the counter off of the giant paper menus on the wall and seat yourself at one of about fifteen chairs. Just know that most seating is at one large rectangular table, so prepare to get comfortable sitting side-by-side and across from people you don't know.

CellarDoor is like a neighborhood convent where people pop in for fresh baked goods and homemade food. The menu changes weekly, but there are always a lot of excellent breads and pastries they spend a lot of time and love making, plus a few other breakfast and lunch items like a pasta or meat dish. If you’re unsure of what to get, go with the one standing item on the menu - the Staff Meal - comprised of a soft boiled egg, bread and butter, and a bit of salad for $10.

If you’ve made it this far without wanting to strangle someone, then congrats, Cellar Door Provisions is for you. But it's not a place you sit and hang, and because of the size and seating system it's not always practical. That Kumbaya attitude isn't for everyone, so maybe stay away if you're going to kill the mood.

Food Rundown

Pastries and Baked Goods

Always different, always good. You should get a sampling of a few things whether you're by yourself or with anyone else.

Staff Meal

A safe bet and the one standing item on the menu. Soft boiled egg, delicious bread and butter, and a bit of salad for $10. Supplement with pastries.

Beets

Some sort of vegetable dish will be available. Consider it more like a side that's good to share.

Hummus

Anything with a soft egg and bread involved is always a good idea at Cellar Door.

Brisket

The lunch items we've had are usually good, just not very big. Whether it's brisket or pork of some sorts, a little meat won't hurt.

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