GATHERING PLACE: Perfect for Large Parties
We don’t know who said three’s a crowd, and we can’t fathom who came up with the phrase “maddening crowd.” All we do know is that whoever said the more the merrier had these places in mind.
Latin fare with a gay flair. On any given Sunday, brunch is hopping. And on most every day of the week, gay Atlanta’s own Oscar Valdivieso is usually holding court over his popular eatery. Sample the extensive tequila selection and specialty drinks while you scarf up some awesome food.
Eat this: You can’t go wrong from Mexican specialties to Spanish Paella. We love to start with the Taste of Las Mas appetizer, munch on the Ultimate Mix Trio of dips, and go big with Fajitas big enough to share.
1842 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
The hospitality and every-meal-as-event that the Greeks are known for is on full display at this popular eatery. Load up on delicious traditional fare, imbibe on Greek alcohol delights, and maybe even get in on the belly dancing. It’s always a party at Taverna Plaka.
Eat this: Traditional serving style means that when it’s ready, it hits the table, so forget rules at a Taverna Plaka party. Order it family style and be sure to sample everything as you pass the plates.
2196 Cheshire Bridge Road NE
Raising the bar on gayborhood eats, this Metrotainment restaurant puts a creatve spin on Southern comfort classics. It’s big patio, ample bar, and weekend brunch are popular, and with flexible seating, it’s the perfect place for 2, 20 or 200.
Eat this: We’re fans of the Chipotle salmon with adobo mashed potatoes, but when we say it’s all good, we mean it. Seriously though, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the famous Metrotainment desserts. Save room.
1077 Juniper St. NE
Sometimes called a “modern meatery,” this butcher-block of goodness flips the pages on the New American Cookbook in a chic space with a rotating menu driven by seasonal ingredients as well as handcrafted cocktails.
Eat this: On our last visit, the talk of the table was the Ginger Soy Chicken on garlic sesame greens. A-la-carte shared sides on the “for the table” menu made it friendly and delicious.
866 West Peachtree St. NW
No Mas Cantina
Known for its food and fun as well as hosting events as a member of the gay chamber of commerce, this Mexican food place is a gay mainstay featuring lively décor and a gift shop stocked with handmade goods.
Eat this: The enchiladas are divine, but Southern meat lovers will agree that the Carnitas – seasoned, grilled pork chunks – are as good as it gets.
180 Walker St. SW