!South Street’s newest bar and restaurant began as a MilkBoy recording studio. Owners Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner opened in Olney and then moved to Ardmore, opening MilkBoy Coffee around the corner as a quaint coffee shop and music venue. Then it was off to midtown Philadelphia for bigger and better space with a liquor license too. Fast forward to August 2, 2016, with the opening of Milkboy South Street. Formerly Lickety Split and after Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer a bi-level concept: Alleged Pizza on the bottom, 2nd State Lounge on top; which didn’t last long.
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MilkBoy, America’s only entity including three bars, a recording studio, and live music venues, is excited to announce the launch of Milk & Cookies, a brand-new Drag Brunch Series, starting on Sunday, August 25, from 11 am – 4 pm at MilkBoy's upstairs concert venue on Chestnut Street.
Milk & Cookies will take place every last Sunday of the month and features a great variety of delicious brunch items, fun drag performances, CBD cocktails, drink specials, and more. The brunch series is pay-as-you-go and will be hosted by performer Icon Ebony-Fierce.
“The idea of Milk & Cookies came alive during Philly Beer Week earlier this year when we hosted the only LGBTQ-related event,” said Jamie Lokoff, Co-Founder of MilkBoy. “We’re proud to contribute to Philly’s vibrant LBGTQ scene and to host a fun brunch series that offers a little bit more than your usual brunch fare.”
The Drag Brunch menu sees classics such as Omelet, Buttermilk Pancakes and Fruit but also offers more exclusive and fun creations, including Pride Salmon Deluxe ($13) with lox, scallion cream cheese, capers, pickled onion, tomato and rainbow bagel, Hangover Burger ($15) with chili mayo, pickled pepper, American bacon and fried egg and Steak and Eggs ($13) made with skirt steak, sunny side up eggs and home fries.
Additionally, Milk & Cookies celebrates the LGBTQ-community and friends with creative brunch sipper specials, including DC Brau Pride Pils ($4), Evil Genius Tap Takeover ($4) and CBD Pride Punch ($12) made with fruit juices, vodka, and water-soluble CBD, available during the brunch series only. Fans of a more traditional brunch cocktail can choose between classics such as Man-mosa ($11) with orange juice, orange vodka and brut, Bellini ($12) made with Prosecco and peach or Bloody Mary ($10) with a house-made bloody mix, vodka, and olives.
Lucky for us, MilkBoy South Street is here. With a music venue, as well as bar and restaurant on both top and bottom floors, plus the signature garage doors on the side.
MilkBoy’s executive chef Chris Beyer is running both kitchens with a menu of “elevated bar-fare,” alongside bar manager Evan Maffiore who has set up a cocktail and beer-heavy menu which includes a six-tap, all-PA draft list. We love the atmosphere at Milkboy, although you might think it only appropriate for drinking we highly encourage you to check out the menu. But feel free to start with a local beer or some great cocktails. We loved the Blueberry Smash with mescal, luxardo, lime and blueberry, and the Clover Club with Plymouth, Lillet, egg white, raspberry, and lemon.
If you’re ordering food and like a kick of heat, we loved the Chile Habanero hot sauce which is bright green and delicious, we could easily kill an entire bottle of this stuff. This Milkboy signature item started at their 11th street location since they are officially a Green Bay Packers bar. This dish was created for the “cheeseheads” who would frequent the bar to watch football. The Bacon Bowl is also served at both South Street and 11th Street. This bowl o’ bacon features applewood smoked, honey, and buttermilk ranch.
The Nachos are also served at both locations piled high with jack cheese, refried beans, chile de arbol, pickled red onion, and sour cream. We added the Mojo Pork, which is slow-cooked with citrus, orange, and lime. You can also find this delicious pork in the Cubano sandwich- Chef Chris’s favorite. The Corn Dogs are also a popular bar snack.
Being french fry lovers, you’ll have to go to Milkboy South Street for this indulgent Breakfast Fries. Brunch will start in September, but right now you can get these fries topped with homemade Scrapple, sausage gravy, smoked bacon, and a sunny-side-up egg.
Many menu items can also be easily made gluten-free. If you’re vegetarian or vegan don’t fret either, Milkboy has got a fantastic Seasonal Salad with greens, beets, red onion, mandarin orange, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese. This salad is one of their best selling menu items! The Roasted Mushroom & Seitan sandwich is also served at both locations and a filling meal with mushroom jus and American thyme cream cheese on a long roll.
Every sandwich is served with fries, and we’re so glad that Chef Chris tried out 18 different variations to perfect these fries. They’re also being served with signature sauces like Cactus Mustard which is like honey mustard with agave syrup, Asian-inspired BBQ sauce, a garlic aioli deemed Tommy Sauce, and 1001 Island Dressing, one better than 1000 Island.
Of course, we can’t miss these burgers either. Every patty at Milkboy is cooked “White Castle style” steamed with onions to come out extra juicy. We loaded up with the Hangover Burger complete with chili mayo, caramelized onions, bacon, egg, pickled peppers, and American cheese. And you’ll have to try the Chicken Cheesesteak too. The guajillo pepper marinade gives the chicken great flavor, and orange color like a buffalo chicken cheesesteak, plus the Delco lager beer cheese sauce is to die for
But the most exciting thing about Milkboy South Street just might be that they’re making homemade ice cream; French custard-based smooth and creamy. Traditionalists will go crazy for the rotating Cereal Milk flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch (which sold out in hours)! The more adventurous types will enjoy the Hopped flavor with malt syrup and fresh hops brewed into the custard this ice cream has got the savory bitterness of an IPA. And to substitute for after-dinner coffee, there is Espresso flavor with sweet caramel cream.
Stop by Milkboy South Street for lunch, dinner, and late-night (the bar’s open till 2 am daily AND the kitchen’s open till midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and 1 am Thursday to Saturday). Brunch begins in September and delivery is available via Caviar!
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