Food & Drink

Dining

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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Crafty Cocktail Recipes for Fall

Our Specialty Cocktail Guide of Harvest Drinks to Pour All the Way Through Autumn Photography by Russ Youngblood Product Styling by William Duffee-Braun A special thank you to Finlandia, Jack Daniels, Korbel, Herradura, and Woodford. Please enjoy responsibly. Gentleman’s Fizz Bubbles tickle the brain, bourbon makes sure it’s working. Ingredients: 1 Part Woodford Bourbon 3 Parts Ginger Beer 3 Dashes of Bitters Directions: Fill a festive cocktail glass with ice. Add Woodford Bourbon and top with ginger beer. Shake in…

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Great Pride Dining Just Steps Away from the Park

After you’ve done funnel cakes and turkey legs at Pride, put a few extra steps on your FitBit for a meal break from mayhem in the park. By Mike Fleming Atlanta Pride done right means different ways for different gays. Some plan their park days around the acts on stage. Others strategically position themselves for people-watching. And just about everyone will have a plan for food while out and about in Piedmont Park. Festival organizers do a pretty good job…

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Fill Up on Fall Flavors

Gay Atlanta Chef Alexis Hernandez seduces us into autumn with warm, hearty recipes and homegrown flavors By Mike Fleming Don’t tell the in-town-only loyalists, but several of their gay brethren are cheating on Midtown. We’re regularly venturing out, not quite OTP but brazenly close, to experience the culinary delights of Union Hill Kitchen and its head foodie Alexis Hernandez. Far from repentant, we’re not sorry one bit. Taste the stick-to-your-ribs meals that Hernandez serves, and you’ll make the short trek to Chamblee a regular habit yourself. Known for stints on The Next Food Network Star and Café CNN, Hernandez brings his Cuban-American heritage, culinary cred, and organic farming experience to…

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Bites of Westside Fabulous

Latest Barcelona Wine Bar location rounds out Howell Mill’s newest re-use project with the right tapas, sangria and patio to get the gays through the dog days – and beyond. By Mike Fleming In case you’ve been living under a rock, the West Midtown revitalization that took a dip with the economy a few years ago is back at full stride. The fervor includes a flock of gay guys gathering in an old ironworks to claim it as the latest…

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A Better Barbecue

Anyone can fire up a grill and put out squirt-bottle condiments. Here’s how to up your outdoor party game. By Mike Fleming We don’t have to tell you that champagne and white tablecloths aren’t required to make a party fabulous. Here are our sure-fire tips to turn your backyard barbecue into something special, for a bangin’ Fourth of July or any time summer’s outdoor party fever hits. Frozen Fruit Replace cocktail ice with frozen berries from the bag, or really…