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 to deliver tasty treats that will make your body thank you instead of curse you.

Whether you’re looking to pair fresh greens with lighter meats like chicken and fish, or you’re interested in all-out veggie and gluten-free options, our town boasts a great selection of eateries ready to satisfy your cravings.

Here’s a look at some of Atlanta’s best spots to enjoy fresh eats that reflect the vibrancy of the spring.

Veggie Delights

Tassili’s Raw Reality in Atlanta’s historic West End is a great option for guys-for-guys for great vegan food. Tassili’s menu of wraps, salads, sides and smoothies features a wide variety of fresh uncooked, unprocessed fruits and vegetables. With several items coming in sharable portions, bring all your boys for a family-style meal to try it all.

For over 20 years, Café Sunflower has served up an internationally eclectic menu featuring the best vegan and vegetarian cuisine. From amazing fried avocado tacos to handmade ravioli in a swanky Buckhead atmosphere, this is a great spot for dates, as well as groups with varying palates. They offer lunch and dinner service, as well as Sunday brunch, and hungry boys have no need to worry: Café Sunflower crafts hearty choices certain to satisfy even the biggest appetites.

Café Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Road, Atlanta 30309
Accepts Reservations: 404-352-8859

Tassili’s Raw Reality
1059 Ralph Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta 30310

Show Me The Meat

If you’re in search of fresh, healthy salads and sides paired with outstanding meat offerings, True Food Kitchen and Takorea provide a great selection of fish, chicken, pork and beef dishes. On the lighter side, both also have bountiful veggie options for the lightest warm-weather eaters.

Located inside Lenox Square Mall, True Food boasts a “health-driven” take on seasonal selections with menu changes throughout the year so they can feature items at peak freshness. We can’t recommend their craft cocktails, made with a variety of in-house pressed juices, highly enough.

With multiple Metro-Atlanta locations, Takorea offers a taste all its own with wildly popular and totally trending Mexican-Korean fusion. If you’re looking for something spicy, this is the spot. The menu allows for trying multiple items a-la-cart, so consider giving something a go from each category.

True Food Kitchen
Lenox Mall 3393 Peachtree Rd NE. Atlanta 30308
Accepts Reservations: 404-481-2980

818 Juniper St NE, Atlanta
Accepts Reservations: 404-532-1944

Something Sweet

Spring might have us thinking from a more health-conscious perspective, but there’s no reason to deny yourself a treat when you’re being this good on your diet. Along with diverse seasonal options for the freshest savory entrees and sides, Alon’s Bakery & Market has some of Atlanta’s best cookies, pastries and breads. Grab an artisan salad and a handmade dessert to take home, or dine in and make the most of their European inspired atmosphere.

Alon’s Bakery & Market
1394 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta 30306  

Keep It Gay

Also on the market-fresh train to your springtime tummy are these tried-and-true gay-founded and gay-run in-town eateries to keep your dollars working within the community.

Ria’s Bluebird
Breakfast & Lunch Daily
421 Memorial Drive SE

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sat, Brunch Sun
931 Monroe Drive

Radial Café: Breakfast & Lunch Daily, Dinner Thurs-Sat
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE

Image: True Food Kitchen