On the Brown Low: Galentine’s Day at Milk Money

Welcome to On the Brown Low—a column dedicated to exploring all that the lovely city of Providence has to offer. Join me, Isabela Karibjanian, as I take you on a tour of all the hidden gems I find off College Hill!

Everyone knows there’s one major holiday in February that breaks up an otherwise generally drab and cold month, a holiday needing intense preparation, dinner reservations, and gift-buying…that’s right, Galentine’s Day! To celebrate this year, some friends and I decided to treat ourselves and try out the hip tapas spot, Milk Money. Keep reading after the jump for more on our Galentine’s Day celebrations and to find out just what a cookie dough beignet is.

When trying to find a hip place to get a meal in Providence, the choices can seem overwhelming. For this year’s Galentine’s celebration, my friend and I spent a good hour on Yelp, sorting through the dozens of ultra-cool restaurants that make up Providence’s famous food scene. We eventually chose Milk Money, a restaurant on South Water Street whose seasonal menus and constantly changing offerings sounded like just the sort of culinary adventure we needed to break up a week filled with work.

Milk Money’s interior takes rustic-chic to a new level; with exposed brick, artfully placed branches, painted filing cabinets, and low lighting, I felt as if I was not nearly cool enough to be dining there. (Luckily, no one else seemed to notice.) The menu has a wide array of offerings, ranging from comfort foods like fried chicken and pork chops, to more upscale offerings like foie gras poutine and pan-seared squid. My table ordered the fried chicken, potato chips, and the salmon, all of which were excellent. Milk Money put its own spin on more classic dishes, like the fried chicken, by pairing them with flavorful accompaniments such as kimichi aioli.

Milk Money bills itself as a tapas restaurant, where you would order a number of smaller plates to share, but, that being said, the portions were very generous. The fried chicken was more than enough for two people, as was the salmon. The potato chips, which had an interesting vinegar kick to them, would have easily fed four people. If you’re not into the idea of tapas, however, Milk Money also offers four larger plates to share, including za’atar fried chicken and a creamy polenta.

Though our entrees were delicious, the real highlight of the meal came with the dessert. Milk Money is known for its beignet offerings, and after seeing a picture of some during our never-ending Yelp search, we knew we had to try some. The beignets of the night were M&M cookie dough beignets—an interesting combination that we weren’t sure would work. All of our fears subsided, however, when the beignets arrived steaming hot in a paper bag. Lightly tossed in sugar, the beignets were fluffy with just the hint of cookie dough in the center. Needless to say, we devoured them all.

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While eating, we noticed at least four other groups of gals getting together to celebrate the holiday, including a table with some former professors of mine! Milk Money was the perfect choice for Galentine’s Day, and I definitely want to go back to try more of their offerings (they look like they have a killer brunch menu, too!), and try to figure out what “Milk Money” means.

Is there something in Providence that you want to see covered here? Have any suggestions for my next adventure? Send me an email (isabela_karibjanian@brown.edu) to let me know!

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