On a weekday afternoon in Provincetown, a drag queen speeds down the street in full costume and makeup on motorized scooter. This is a town known for quirk, and there’s an undeniable hurdle to clear here when giving people something they’ve never seen before.
Since opening their first restaurant in 2012, however, Loic Rossignon and Rob Anderson have gained local recognition for doing just that with their own take on favorites such as their Caesar miso salad; crispy Brussels sprouts in fish sauce; and grilled peanut butter sandwiches with house-made peanut brittle and fresh strawberries at the Canteen on 225 Commercial Street.
In June, Rossignon and Anderson opened sister restaurant, Happy Camper, next door to Canteen and, without a doubt, continue to astound customers both young and old with over-the-top donuts and popsicles made fresh daily in-house.
The flavors sound more like cartons of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream than traditional donuts; cereal milk frosting with Fruit Loops, chocolate pudding, Bananas Foster and other eccentric offerings deliver a palette in light blue, bright pink, and sugary-white—like something out of a childhood dream.
The frostings and toppings would be enough to set the donuts apart; however, it’s their thick dough that will have you ruining your summer diet. Loic and Anderson created their own recipe to offer a richer, cake-like donut with a taste that is distinct from most others.
“We tried a lot of recipes and ate a lot of donuts,” said Anderson, “until we perfected a donut we could eat every day, and still enjoy.”
And while popsicles are inherently ideal for a hot day, Happy Camper offers cold treats so good they could be enjoyed even in the midst of a Cape Cod winter. Cases are filled with flavors such as lavender lemon, sweet black tea, and Kool-Aid. You might never be satisfied with a popsicle from your freezer again after trying one.
The dessert shop is just as much a treat for the eye. Modeled after a retro summer camp, the black-and-white-tiled floors support a shiny wrap-around, standing counter and several large coolers for popsicles, ice cream and cold-brew coffee. Seating will be available outside only.
The partners are sourcing local whenever possible, from the Provincetown Farmers’ Market to Wellfleet Sea Salt Company, and there is a notable, fresh taste in their menu items that is likely derived from this choice.
Prices for donuts range from $2-$4; popsicles are around $3.
225 Commercial Street, Provincetown
Open Monday-Sunday 8 am-11 pm during the summer season