Food & Drink

Rainbow’s End: Dining at Cactus House

Follow the rainbows to Cactus House for easy eats, big tastes and authentic Mexican fare By Mike Fleming Almost as eye-catching as the rainbow crosswalks just steps away is a glossy new rainbow-painted bench in front of a new Midtown eatery. But don’t just stop for another rainbow selfie. Go inside to Cactus House Midtown. You’ll be glad you did. Before this 1020 Piedmont space opened in July, our gay brethren had to venture over to Buford Highway for true…

Hit The Deck

Do summer right with a fabulous patio party that won’t break the bank – or the host By Mike Fleming As the weather warms up, all you want to do is get out and enjoy it with friends. The solution could be as close as your own deck, but your first thought may be to avoid the work it entails. No worries. We have your back. There’s a great outdoor event at your fingertips that puts you on the “Mostest”…

Happiest Hour

This summer, craft your next happy hour so that your home is the place where everyone wants to be. Photography: Russ Youngblood Product Styling: William Duffee-Braun Heated Midtown Marg |¾ C. Tequila ½ C. Triple Sec ¼ C. Lime Juice 1 C. Jalapeno Infused Simple Syrup Ice Jalapeno Slices for Garnish Lime Slices for Garnish Salt for Glass Rim Combine Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime juice, and Simple Syrup in Blender, Fill with ice, Blend until smooth, Pour in Salted Glass,…

All ‘Hail’ Sophisticated Spice

Culinary fusion gets an upgrade with singular flavors and elegant ambiance nestled in the heart of Midtown.  By Mike Fleming Until now, you may have only heard the phrase ‘Jai Ho’ in the Bollywood-inspired theme from Slumdog Millionaire. Now with the opening of Jai Ho Kitchen & Bar steps from the Belt Line and Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta has something new to sing about. Translated roughly as ‘Hallelujah!’ or ‘Hail!’ the name is fitting for Midtown diners, who have plenty…

Food, Fun, and Fabulous Fare

Get your warm weather groove back with a dozen patios, pubs and party places that make spring pop. By James Parker Sheffield With great weather comes great social-calendar responsibility. Gay Atlantans hit the streets in search of the perfect spot to soak up the sun, kick back cocktails, and enjoy the best in playful seasonal menus. In that spirit, the following pages deliver a season’s worth of eateries to try or rediscover, whether you’re looking to laze away a few…

Picked Fresh and Made to Order

Atlanta serves up the freshest ingredients to quash your springtime cravings for lighter, satisfying fare. By James Parker Sheffield The onset of spring always sets gay Atlanta buzzing. When flowers are blooming and boys are playing outside, we need the right kind of fuel to keep us at the top of our game. The junk food stashes we’ve been hoarding between Halloween and Valentine’s Day must go. It’s time to ramp up for healthier choices. Fortunately, Atlanta restaurants are prepared…

Confessions of a Terrible Holiday Party

Real stories. Real people. Really blown attempts at gay seasonal gatherings in Atlanta serve as hosting lessons for the rest of us. By Mike Fleming Friends and family coming together for good cheer is such a warming thought this time of year. You’ll just invite some folks, you say. It will be rewarding, you tell yourself. It can be super low maintenance, you think. Think again. Without some forethought and your head in the game as you make plans, your…

Close Out the Year at These New Year’s Eve Rooms with a View

Make New Year’s Eve memorable with these fabulous options for the year’s last meal with easy access to Atlanta’s Peach Drop. By James Parker Sheffield Here comes your last chance to treat yourself in 2016. It’s safe to say all the gays in the gayborhood earned a good meal and craft cocktails, at the very least. We endured an election cycle that resembled our least favorite parts of the Hunger Games, plus we lost Prince and Bowie. Some festive self-care…

AGLCC’s ‘Out in the Kitchen’ serves up a Culinary Affair to Remember

The chef-curated tastes of Out in the Kitchen return with Atlanta’s gay professionals mixing business with pleasure for the holidays. By Matthew Holley Let the holiday eating begin! Gay Atlanta’s December calendar kicks off the season of indulgent dining with the annual Out in the Kitchen soiree with Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. For the fifth year, the event features premier Atlanta chefs serving a tasting menu to celebrate the season and send off the year in style.…

Keep on Food Truckin’ in Atlanta

Look out, burrito cart. Atlanta is teaming with food truck options that put a gourmet spin on grabbing a quick, delicious bite. By Mike Fleming The closest most of us got to a food truck until recent years was probably at Atlanta Pride festival. If you're lucky, maybe there was a tamale or sweet potato pie lady at the office. Now the Food Truck sensation is full blown, and Atlanta is all over it. As city laws catch up to…