Saturday, November 27, 2010
New Moon Café
401 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901
I'm back in my old stomping grounds of Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the Thanksgiving holiday, so I figured I'd write a quick review of my all-time favorite coffee shop, New Moon Café. Any time I'm home for an extended period of time, I find myself there at least once a week. If I'm only making a quick pass through Oshkosh, like this weekend, I still try my darndest to make an appearance. Whether I'm visiting for a night-time performance by a local musician, a Tuesday night open mic, a weekend lunch, or a midmorning coffee run, the New Moon has never let me down.
The New Moon is housed in an historical old building on the corner of Main Street and Algoma Boulevard across the street from the sundial. The inside of the coffee shop has several unique features that are always amusing to see—the floor is a hypnotizing pattern of black and white squares, several squishy couches sit beneath artwork from local artists, exotic plants criss-cross in front of the tall windows looking onto Main Street, and a big aquarium type thingy housing birds was added just a few months ago. It's always somewhat of a déjà vu experience for me whenever I walk in.
When it comes to food and drinks, the New Moon consistently impresses. They serve righteously strong Victor Allen's coffee, roasted in nearby Little Chute, and have a great selection of loose-leaf teas. Foodwise, burritos, sandwiches, soup, and tiramisu all come highly recommended. A few years back, they used to serve some saliva-inducing thai coconut curry soup, but it has sadly disappeared. However, their spicy veggie chili makes an adequate substitute. All of these can be enjoyed leisurely in the New Moon's environment that is always welcoming.
Since I arrive around lunchtime, I order the spicy veggie chili to eat and Victor Allen's Breakfast Blend to drink. Although the breakfast blend is described as a light roast, it packs a heckuva punch—awesome! Likewise, the spiciness of the veggie-riddled chili goes perfectly with the coffee. For me, going to the New Moon is like slipping on my three-year-old loafers—instantly comfortable, impossible to imitate. And no matter how much my mom pesters me, I will never throw those old shoes away.