Camper Menlo Park

InMenlo readers know we are huge fans of Camper in downtown Menlo Park. The food is great and the duo behind it — managing partner Logan Levant and chef/owner Greg Kuzia-Carmel —are genuinely good people.

Today, September 2, is the restaurant’s second anniversary and wow, what a second year it’s been. Logan and Greg closed Camper in March, reopening in early May for a “to go meal-of-the-day.” Camper is currently open for lunch Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and dinner Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Diners will find a reconfigured outdoor patio as well as a new adjacent dining area.

We haven’t been dining out much, so we went on the early side yesterday to limit the number of people we’d come into contact with. It was the night of a full moon, so we continued our tradition of eating a “full moon” cheeseburger, cooked perfectly medium rare.

It’s Webb Ranch Ace tomato time, so we couldn’t resist the Gazpacho (pictured) that was as tasty as it was pretty.

Greg is well-known for his pastas, and we were lucky enough to sample the smoked ricotta tortelli with shelling beans. Highly recommended!

The highlight of a meal at Camper is getting to chat with Logan and Greg. They admit this hasn’t been easy, but as Greg said, “We feel like we’re is this together with the other restaurants and merchants downtown. That’s been a positive.”

One tip to help if practical for you: When ordering take out, pick up the food yourself rather than using a delivery service.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Enjoying lunch outside at Camper in Menlo Park

We continue to support Menlo Park restaurants, especially those that are locally owned and operated. That’s been easy for us to do at Camper, co-owned by Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel and Logan Levant. On Wednesday, they added lunch hours (11:30 am to 2:00 pm) to their dinner hours (4:30 to 8:30 pm), both Monday through Saturday. […]

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Spotted: Chef Greg channelling Jack Nicholson

We picked up Camper cheeseburgers to go last night and walked past Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel appearing to channel Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Luckily no negative effect on the cheeseburgers, which were mighty tasty!

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Spotted: Chef Greg Kuzia- Carmel making pizza at Camper

A pizza oven on University Dr. is a new addition to Camper in Menlo Park, offering takeout on Saturdays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. We spotted Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel at work last Saturday, making the dough inside and using the outside oven for baking. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Camper in downtown Menlo Park opens for takeout on May 7, plus Mother’s Day offering

Starting Thursday, May 7, Camper in downtown Menlo Park will re-open, offering a “to go” meal a day, Tuesday-Saturday from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm via the apps DoorDash and Tock or by calling (650) 321-8980. “Our first meal is Organic Roasted Roast Chicken Breast, which has been rubbed and marinated in a house blend […]

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Spotted: Another winning pasta from Chef Greg Kuzia-Carmel at Camper

Menlo Park is lucky (in our humble opinion) to get the king of pasta heading the kitchen at Camper. And what’s great is that there is always the tried and true (my companion loves the rigatoni) and the new. Tonight we got the best of both worlds, getting a special taste of a new addition […]

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Camper in Menlo Park hosts cookbook author Erin Gleeson for a “forest feast”

That a restaurant named Camper is offering a cocktail hour and three-course “forest feast” shouldn’t be surprising. That will happen this Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 6:00 pm and feature cookbook author Erin Gleeson, whose latest book is The Forest Feast Mediterranean. Attendees will receive a copy of the book. Cost is $100. You can reserve […]

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Lesson about persimmons thanks to Logan at Camper

Persimmons seem to be every where at the moment — on trees as we walk the streets of Menlo Park and at the grocery store. Until last night, we thought they were something to be avoided at all costs. Yucky and mushy come to mind as descriptions. Given that, we’re not sure why we ordered […]

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Camper in Menlo Park celebrates 1st anniversary and adds happy hour

Camper Restaurant in Menlo Park, is celebrating its first anniversary on September 4th and adding a happy hour. We stopped by on Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed a tasty salad featuring Webb Ranch tomatoes  followed by really yummy Brentwood corn agnolotti. “We continue to be blown away by how much kindness, encouragement and support the […]

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Spotted: Chickpea Panisse at Camper in Menlo Park

One of the things we like about Camper in downtown Menlo is that the menu often contains surprise treats. At a recent lunch the Chickpea Panisse with Spigarello Broccoli and Walnut and Nettle Pesto fit that description. It was pretty, too! Side note: Normally closed on Mondays, Camper is open this New Year’s Eve and […]

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Catching up with the duo behind Camper in Menlo Park

With Camper in Menlo Park three plus months old — and now open for lunch Tuesday through Friday — we stopped in to talk with managing partner Logan Levant and chef/owner Greg Kuzia-Carmel. The two had met when Greg was cooking a private dinner for one of Logan’s friends. “I was struck by his great personality […]

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