Everybody knows Fall means football. So what do you do in the Fall if you, despite noble efforts, actually hate football? You go to a place like Happy Camper. Because even if you can't get behind football, you can get behind the things that come along with it: beer, flannel, and food covered in cheese.
Between the beer, pizza, and TVs, Happy Camper has all the makings of a cool Old Town sports bar, except for nobody here seems to actually be watching sports. That’s cool with us though, because it provides a much-needed service to Wells Street – a non-weird drinking scene and good food.
The menu is practically identical to its sister restaurant, Homeslice. The Happy Camper could’ve done more to shake things up, but at the same time, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Both restaurants are known for creative pizza toppings, and the crust is neither thick nor thin, but a non-offensive middle ground – crunchy on the outside, soft and airy on the inside. Appetizers are mostly cheesy, which, by definition, can’t be bad. The food might not be revolutionary, but there’s nothing to dislike about it either.
Unlike Homeslice, you can actually get a table here. The indoor space is huge and includes tire swing barstools, a rehabbed Airstream camper, and an enormous neon outline of the Great Lakes. It’s a weird combination of decor, but it succeeds in making the entire experience feel like good, wholesome adult fun. We suggest grabbing a spot at the communal high table, where side conversations are common and most likely end with “what a small world!”
The lack of die-hard sports fans is probably a surprise to no one, which is why we have a feeling Happy Camper knew what they were doing when they built a mirror-lined “selfie room.” And to be fair, even the sportiest of patrons can be easily distracted by the exceptionally good-looking crowd and space perfectly designed for socializing. That’s why Happy Camper is worth your time, even if you’re not a football fan.
Our pick of the cheesy apps. It could use a little more goat cheese, but the flavor is bold and it’s easy to share.
You always need a bit of salad to go along with your pizza. That's just a rule in order to ensure pizza is healthy. All of the salad options are pretty solid, so take your pick.
The main event. The cornmeal crust is pretty “medium” in texture—not too thin, not too thick. As for the toppings, do your thing. If the options get overwhelming, we suggest going with the Tony or the Chris.
Who said you can't get pizza for breakfast or brunch? Put a couple eggs on it and you're good to go.
For those of you with a healthy friend, don’t scoff at splitting a gluten-free pizza. We actually enjoy it, and love skipping the conversation about their alternative lifestyle.
Keep an eye out for this dessert on special. It’s piping hot and the dough melts in your mouth. It’s basically a light, edible pillow, and it’s also only $1.