What a great Pride that was! My partner and I exchanged vows at the group commitment ceremony and had our reception at Tap, the chef-driven Gastropub by the same people who own One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks.
I’ve always had congenial, efficient service here. Tap had Pride flags flying outside of their people-watching patio. It’s a mixed scene. The inside has a cool postmodern décor with high ceilings, three levels and a nice view from the third level.
I started with the Buffalo calamari, which is the wing’s gay cousin drizzled with wing sauce and tossed with rich chunks of bleu cheese. It was followed by the juicy Pub burger seared on a flat top with American cheese and on a crispy English muffin with scratch made fries. The best part was the shot of chocolate shake served with it.
Portion of dinner sales to benefit nonprofit
As fall nears, we’re all yearning to escape the late summer heat. Act like the superhero you are. Did you know you were “different” when you had a crush on Superman or Wonder Woman? Me too. So now, fly high in the sky and try these lofty rooftop bars and restaurants.
Whenever my partner and I have friends in from out of town, they always ask to go to downtown Atlanta. We always reply that Atlanta is a commuter city, but there are still some very viable places to entertain out of town guests.
We start by going to the bar at the Sun Dial restaurant on top of the Peachtree Plaza. I remember when I was a kid and my mother took me there. I had a Shirley Temple and felt like I was the most metropolitan child ever, sipping my pink fizzy drink as the bar rotated slowly to reveal the Southern Empire Skyline. On a clear day you can see forever. It’s really pretty at night.
Philip Palmer, owner of Radial Café, winner of the best Vegetarian/Organic restaurant in the Georgia Voice Best of Atlanta survey, will be on local news station 11Alive tomorrow morning to discuss the nation-wide egg recall.
Radial Café, known for its organic breakfast menu, has not been affected by the recall, according to Palmer, who is gay. So far, more than 550 million eggs have been recalled due to fears of salmonella contamination.
Atlantans joined in the celebrations earlier this month when a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, was unconstitutional. Sure, the case is being appealed, but we can still rejoice in the strongly worded ruling that affirmed our rights as lesbian and gay Americans.
All of the Prop 8 revelry made me think about places where I could truly be myself and grab my partner’s hand on the table and say, “I love you.” I’m not a big PDA person, but I don’t see anything wrong with a quick kiss or hand-holding as long as it doesn’t turn into an adult movie.
Here are some gay places in Atlanta where you can give your same-sex partner affection without feeling awkward. You may even want to propose and plan your California wedding.
As they say in New Orleans, or N’awlins, as the locals like to call it, “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez” — Let the Good Times Roll.
This weekend, N’awlins, owned and operated by chef and trans man Franky Capobianco, plans to do just that by beginning to serve brunch in My Sister’s Room in East Atlanta.
The restaurant was once located on Irwin Street but decided to relocate to My Sister’s Room for the weekends after air conditioning problems plagued its former home.
They’re staring at you with those big sad eyes as if to say, “Please take me with you.” You’re heading out to dinner and you want to take them, but where? Luckily, Atlanta is filled with pet-friendly restaurants — well, mostly I mean dog friendly, but some cats like to go on trips also. The other day at Moe’s in Midtown I saw two gay guys bring their pet Lemur named Moxie – fierce.
One of my favorites is the groovy Universal Joint in Decatur, which has a great dog-friendly patio. If you go to their website you’ll even see a pooch on their patio. Take a stroll around Oakhurst Park and then head to U Joint for excellent pub fare. The warm convivial scene is urban which means no one cares if you’re gay or straight.
I love their take on eggrolls with spicy chicken and mango chutney, or if you’re feeling bad, get the scratch fries smothered in melted cheddar, bacon and jalapenos. The joint has superb specials and burgers, including a black bean version for vegetarians.
I love the REM Song “Night Swimming.” I think of swimming in rejuvenating cool water on a balmy Southern summer night, as I watch a blinking yellow symphony of fireflies. Summer makes me crave things from the sea like wild Georgia shrimp so fresh it pops in your mouth. Here are some summer seafood faves.
Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House has locations in Grant Park and Westside. The Grant Park location has a city vibe and is one of my favorite seafood joints for the money. The space is industrial with high ceilings and exposed brick, plus a roof top patio with a view of historic scenic Oakland Cemetery where you can see Twilight goth teens scurrying around at night.