Oshkosh is about to get another grocery store. But it’s not like a regular grocery store, it’s a cool grocery store. Oshkosh Food Co-Op (OFC) is set to open their grocery store around summer 2021 in central Oshkosh, a USDA designated food desert. The store will be...
A Cute and Cozy Cafe
Tucked away on Lawe St. in Appleton is a sweet little gem called Moon Water Cafe. Regrettably, I hadn’t even heard of Moon Water until just a few weeks ago. I finally got the chance to check it out and I am SO happy I was able to! Cute and cozy cafes truly feel like home for my soul and this one is no exception.
Walking into Moon Water, the first thing I noticed was the aesthetic. The store front from the outside is adorable and festively decorated. If you’re a fellow lover of the vintage chic look, you’re in for a treat. Complete with tons of natural lighting, and comfy chairs, the cafe is very photogenic and provides lots of opportunities for photo ops (if that’s something you’re into).
Now, let’s get into what I really came to for, the food. Some friendly patrons gave me a run down of the menu, and some of the honorable mentions included the grilled cheese (which apparently has a “perfect goo to crunch ratio”), and the flatbread. Ultimately, I landed on the Chicken Curry Soup, which had a delicious curry flavor and was plentiful in the chicken department. It’s also worth noting that this soup is very flavorful but it’s not spicy, so if you’d normally stray away from curry due to spice, you will likely enjoy this soup.
Additionally, I tried an Italian sausage galette. If you don’t know what a galette is (I didn’t!), it’s a flaky pastry that’s oftentimes filled with savory ingredients. Moon Water Cafe does have sweet ones as well. I brought home a poppy seed scone and a breakfast cookie, both of which were delicious!
As if I wasn’t already sold, Moon Water Cafe is committed to supporting fellow small, local businesses. They serve Acoca coffee and sell beer and wine offerings from Appleton Beer Factory as well as McFleshman’s Brewing company. They also strive to source ingredients locally, including the bread for their flatbread from Breadsmith, and lettuce from Riverview Gardens. In the summer they feature ice cream from Frio and often have meat from Jacob’s Meat Market. One of the best things about food is its ability to bring people together and Moon Water Cafe puts that into practice.
My first visit to Moon Water Cafe will not be my last. I appreciate the community that Moon Water has built. The food is amazing and the vibes are immaculate. It feels great to support a business that does so much to support others.