Milk Cult Sanctuary pop-up brings tasty breakfast tacos to Park View

Along Georgia Avenue, a restaurant scene is taking root in Petworth and microneighborhoods Pleasant Plains and Park View. This is where to find Mothership, which landed with a menu of international-inspired delicacies; Petworth Citizen, which adds a little Prohibition swank; and Chez Billy, with its live jazz and French cuisine. 

And since early this week, an (albeit ephemeral) hangout from Milk Cult, run by a dairy-loving duo who made a name for their business this summer hawking quirky ice cream sandwiches from a souped-up Honda motorcycle. Patrick Griffith and Ed Cornell, who have made their wares at Union Kitchen, the Northeast commercial kitchen that's fostering a new wave of ambitious local producers, are taking shelter for the cooler months at Park View Patio with a pop-up serving unconventional breakfast tacos, sweets, ice cream sandwiches and locally roasted Vigilante Coffee. The pop-up will be open from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends for the next three months, and possibly longer, Griffith says.


Patrick Griffith, left, and Ed Cornell are the owners of Milk Cult. (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

On a quiet stretch of Georgia Avenue, in a space with exposed brick walls and dim lighting, the pop-up lives up to its sanctuary name. For Milk Cult Sanctuary, the pair, whose catering business frequently focuses on foods more savory than the ice cream sandwiches they're known for, does breakfast tacos ($3 apiece, or three for $9) with a twist: Scrambled eggs come atop flour tortillas with corned beef hash and arugula, or bacon and chives. Mine, with a tater-tot hash (yes!), tomatillo and a foam of lemony hollandaise, might have been the biggest departure from an actual taco, but it was tasty nonetheless.


The egg, tomatillo and tater-tot taco at Milk Cult Sanctuary (Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post)

Griffith says the pop-up isn't necessarily a tryout for a full-fledged shop, but rather an opportunity to "basically plant some roots here. We needed some traction." As such, Milk Cult is attempting to raise $10,000 just for the pop-up through Clovest, a local crowdfunding operation that will give the duo money for an espresso machine, furniture and startup costs, but as a loan that they will have to pay back within three years.

Milk Cult Sanctuary (inside Park View Patio), 3632 Georgia Ave. NW. 

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.

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