Long time no blog. Just to catch anyone and everyone up, back in July I moved from Dallas to Maryland. It’s been a transition to say the least. First. I just experienced my first east coast winter and it was the worst. Technically I’m still experiencing it, and it’s officially spring. Second. The town that I live in clearly isn’t known for its food scene. It’s been hard to find any place that isn’t a chain or serve burgers and flatbreads. Third. My town is so far north that it’s sometimes a bit of a struggle to make my way south to the real food closer to Baltimore.
That brings me to my first blog post in a while. I was recently invited out to MilkBoy ArtHouse. Located in College Park, MilkBoy originated in Philly. The College Park location is the first one outside Pennsylvania. MilkBoy is a performance venue, restaurant, bar and community center all in one. That sounds like a lot, but the space is honestly built for it. MilkBoy has two floors and four distinct “zones”. Upstairs hosts two rooms, one large venue perfect for shows that features a fully-stocked bar and an outside, more intimate space for casual gatherings that has a smaller bar. Downstairs has my two favorite spots. The hidden venue that is behind a fake bookshelf wall. It’s probably the largest space, and also has a fully-stocked bar. I love the hidden behind a wall feature. There is also the restaurant that is always open serving “Elevated American Bar Fare“.
When I went to visit the other weekend I planned to attend a Barre and Brunch event, but that just turned into brunch. Between Daylight Savings and my inability to look up a location prior to leaving my house my friend Dayna and I were about 20 minutes late to barre. Oops. But that meant we were first in line for brunch and I was totally ok with that. They have their standard menu featuring sandwiches, fries and homemade donuts, but their brunch menu is constantly changing.
If you know nothing about Maryland the only thing you need to know is crab and Old Bay. Marylanders LOVE their crab covered in Old Bay. And when in Maryland, you get Maryland Fries which consist of Old Bay spiced fries with jumbo lump crab meat and cheese. While I do wish the cheese was a little more melted, gotta get that cheese pull yo, the fries were well seasoned and it tasted like Maryland. Another personal note, more crab, mainly because I actually really love crab so I feel there is no such thing as too much crab. They also have Buffalo, Philly and breakfast fries. I have no picture because I didn’t want to be intrusive to the couple sitting next to me, but they got the breakfast fries and it was the tallest mound of fries I’ve ever seen topped with a fried egg. Just for the ‘gram alone, the breakfast fries would be worth it, but the couple also said they were delicious. I don’t like eggs on everything so probably not my jam, but I’m an outcast in that opinion.
FINALLY! A place on the east coast that understands that breakfast tacos are amazing and gave them the justice they deserve. First off, there were beans in them and I was totally ok with it. Secondly, that bacon. Crisp and bountiful. Third, freshly made pico. I was so happy to see breakfast tacos on the menu I didn’t even think about any other option. It’s been so long since I’ve had good Mexican food. The dish came with three tacos, which considering all the other food we had, was one taco too many. But had we not ordered the fries and didn’t get the french toast (next) three tacos would have been perfect.
The flavors of the french toast are seasonal and we got banana fosters. Best. Caramel. Ever. Seriously. I’ve never had a better caramel sauce. I’m also pretty sure they also deep fry the french toast but don’t quote me on that. Had I not binge ate tacos and fries prior to the french toast coming out I would have finished this. It was sssssoooo ggooooooooooooddd.
All in all. Check out MilkBoy ArtHouse. If they are doing their monthly paint day, I suggest getting there early to grab a booth, and paint, and enjoy your day. I didn’t get the donuts but a lot of other people were, so throw those on as your app. I feel that MilkBoy would thrive on good weather days because they have garage door walls on both the first and second floor that completely open. Get some food, see a show, hang out for a drink.
Check out MilkBoy ArtHouse’s list of upcoming performances here.