David Atlanta http://davidatlanta.com Atlanta's #1 LGBT Community Magazine Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:24:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Watch This Straight Guy Tries Out A Anal Sex Toy For The First Time http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/watch-this-straight-guy-try-out-a-anal-sex-toy-for-the-first-time/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/watch-this-straight-guy-try-out-a-anal-sex-toy-for-the-first-time/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:20:01 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133348 Davey Wavey is a popular guy entertainer on youtube, famous for his solo youtube rants and interesting conversations while shirtless. Recently he has been out of the spotlight and setting up pretty strange but very interesting videos. Watch as straight guy Donald try out a butt toy for the first time. On camera.

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Davey Wavey is a popular guy entertainer on youtube, famous for his solo youtube rants and interesting conversations while shirtless. Recently he has been out of the spotlight and setting up pretty strange but very interesting videos.

Watch as straight guy Donald try out a butt toy for the first time. On camera.

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Harrison Ford Critically Injured in Plane Crash http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/harrison-ford-critically-injured-in-plane-crash/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/harrison-ford-critically-injured-in-plane-crash/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:12:01 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133345 The 72-year-old actor, Harrison Ford was seriously injured but “ok” Thursday after his vintage World War II training plane crash crashed on a California golf course. He was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said.   At the hospital. ...

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The 72-year-old actor, Harrison Ford was seriously injured but “ok” Thursday after his vintage World War II training plane crash crashed on a California golf course.

He was conscious and breathing when rescue crews reached him, was stabilized and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair to moderate condition, authorities said.

 

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Can Masculinity & Femininity be Taught? http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/can-masculinity-femininity-be-taught/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/can-masculinity-femininity-be-taught/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:02:27 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133341 The men in my family are exactly how you would imagine guys from Texas to be – rugged, country, with a light scent of leather and coffee. If you didn’t grow up to be incredibly masculine, you were clearly being influenced by something unnatural. Boys in my neighborhood were bred to be men. Whatever that ...

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The men in my family are exactly how you would imagine guys from Texas to be – rugged, country, with a light scent of leather and coffee. If you didn’t grow up to be incredibly masculine, you were clearly being influenced by something unnatural. Boys in my neighborhood were bred to be men. Whatever that meant exactly, I never knew. So imagine what went through my mother’s head when I came out swinging.

The life of a young boy is hard. You’re born with expectations that have nothing to do with who you are or what you have to offer the world, but rather the duties every man is expected to accomplish: to protect, serve, achieve, and obtain. According to cultural constructs, we’re supposed to be the breadwinners. On top of that, we’re pressured to be exactly like the heroes of stories we read as a child. Anything less is mediocre. For a young confused gay kid such as myself, proving myself didn’t come easy.

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After the Sashay – Tempest Dujour Next Step: World Domination http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/after-the-sashay-tempest-dujour-next-step-world-domination/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/after-the-sashay-tempest-dujour-next-step-world-domination/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:56:14 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133336 David Atlanta: How are you feeling today? Tempest Dujour: Just another day. I’m doing remarkably great actually, not what I was expecting. It’s a little overwhelming. DA: What responses have you gotten thus far? TD: I’ve gotten hundreds of messages from all over the world in support. Things like ‘we never saw this coming,’ to ...

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David Atlanta: How are you feeling today?

Tempest Dujour: Just another day. I’m doing remarkably great actually, not what I was expecting. It’s a little overwhelming.

DA: What responses have you gotten thus far?

TD: I’ve gotten hundreds of messages from all over the world in support. Things like ‘we never saw this coming,’ to ‘you’re our favorite,’ you know stuff like that.

DA: It was a tough first challenge, I mean the ‘Naked Challenge’ come on! It seems a little unfair to a lot of queens in the competition. A girl puts on a lot of make-up and under garments, and then it all comes down to an unflattering body stocking. How did you feel about that?

TD: You know as someone who has lost a ton of weight, I’ve always had body issues, but this was a moment of freedom for me. It was liberating. There’s nothing I would do differently. I just think it was liberating!

DA: Why was it liberating?

TD: As someone who has spent their entire life as a boy, and a drag queen, covering up and hiding my flaws, it wasn’t until the judges critique when Michelle [Visage] and Kathy Griffin both said to me (though it didn’t make it on the air), ‘look, your not the big girl anymore, you’ve got to stop seeing yourself that way. Go look in the mirror.’ When I saw myself on the episode, I was shocked how I looked. I couldn’t believe that I looked as thin as I did. I’ve never been that thin in my life.

DA: You looked great.

TD: I mean, I’m not as thin as some of the girls, but (laughs) who is?

DA: Well we can’t all be Violet Chachki’s.

TD: Thank God!

DA: (Laughs)

TD: Oh, did that come out loud?

DA: Yes! (Laughs) How did you lose the weight?

TD: You know, there’s no secret. Ru asked me the same thing on set and I said; ‘Honestly, I’m starving!’ I’ve always medicated myself with food; if you’re happy, sad, anxious. It was sort of figuring out ‘why do you keep doing this to yourself?’ It’s portion control and cutting out certain things. It’s day-to-day and minute-by-minute. I use a lot of focus and control.

DA: What’s your go-to food?

TD: You mean like comfort food? I’m definitely into savory foods. I’m not that into sweets. Like pizza…

DA: Did you originate from Arizona?

TD: No, actually I’m from North Carolina.

DA: Oh! A southern girl!

TD: Yeah, I used to come down to Atlanta all the time and hang out at Backstreet and catch the shows. A lot of my early drag experience was there. I came out very late, so being in North Carolina, we would take road trips to Atlanta once or twice a year. To see the size of the community, especially around Pride, it was a very liberating experience for me. Of course I was obsessed with drag. I’d go to all the drag shows. I guess I was silently taking notes the whole time. Some of the best are from Atlanta.

DA: That’s very true. Do you have plans to visit Atlanta soon?

TD: I don’t have anything booked at the moment, but I sure hope that’s going to happen. I love Atlanta, and I always have a great time.

DA: Let’s get you down here.

TD: Bring it on! Atlanta’s one of those drag hot spots.

DA: Now the big question: what’s with the turkey that you dropped from between your legs at the opening of the show?

TD: Oh you never saw the video? One of the things about me is that I raise chickens. Like show chickens.

DA: The fancy feathered kind?

TD: Yeah. I’ve always had chickens as pets. They’re so funny to me, and they make me happy. Including the turkey was kind of like homage to my poultry fetish.

DA: So that’s why in your intro video you had a turkey on your bed. Now it all makes sense.

TD: Yeah it’s kind of up to your interpretation as to whether I’m sleeping with the turkey, or raising it as a pet. I’m just weird that way.

DA: Tell me about your husband.

TD: We’ve been together for about nine years. He’s very much my opposite. He’s very quiet and calm. Not at all showy like me. He’s been amazingly supportive.

DA: What do your kids thinks about you running around in a dress?

TD: Well my kids are only four and eight. They think that this is what everybody’s Dad does. They’re putting on pajama bottoms, while Dad is putting on make up and a wig to go out. It’s normal to them. They love it and keep begging my to go to shows.

DA: What was your best RuPaul experience?

TD: I’ll tell you, I know exactly what it was. It was before we even starting taping for the show, we recorded our duets with RuPaul…for Cover Girl 2 (sold on iTunes). We didn’t know we were doing it that day, they just took us to the studio. I walk in and RuPaul is sitting there. We didn’t know that we were going to meet her or anything. So I walk in and Ru’s like ‘Tempest DuJour, how are the kids and blah, blah, blah.’ She knew stuff about my life. It was overwhelming. It was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me in my life. She said that she handpicked me for the show. What a great honor that was to hear.

DA: Why do you think she handpicked you?

TD: Why wouldn’t you? No I’m kidding. That’s a Violet Chachki answer. The Tempest answer is that I’ve worked really hard to create this character. I do very well in my hometown. So I must be doing something right. Evidently Ru saw that too. It’s a huge nod when the Queen of the Universe handpicks you for her show.

DA: How many times did you audition?

TD: Three.

DA: So what’s next for you?

TD: You know, world domination. That’s the plan. No, I just want to work and make people happy.

Watch every week as David Atlanta interviews each queen hours after the sashay away. We’ll release it online and then in print the following issue. It’s the best way to know your queens this season.

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2015 David Atlanta: Dining Guide http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/2015-david-atlanta-dinning-guide/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/2015-david-atlanta-dinning-guide/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:21:37 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133214 Atlanta ::  For some it conjures recollections of the antebellum South. Others see it as the throbbing epicenter of the Georgia’s LGBT community. For foodies, Atlanta is a capital of world-class cuisine. Influenced by cultures both near & far, and supplied by a bounty of regional farmers & artisanal makers, no other American city sets ...

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Atlanta ::  For some it conjures recollections of the antebellum South. Others see it as the throbbing epicenter of the Georgia’s LGBT community. For foodies, Atlanta is a capital of world-class cuisine. Influenced by cultures both near & far, and supplied by a bounty of regional farmers & artisanal makers, no other American city sets a table quite like the Empire of the South. The 2015 David Atlanta Restaurant Guide gives only a tiny snapshot of our city’s eateries. Sink your teeth into Atlanta’s thriving restaurant scene. Your table’s waiting.

Casual Dining – Dinner with the Boys

A meal on-the-town shared amongst friends is one of life’s treasures. Atlanta’s offerings are endless. Gather your pals and enjoy a few hours at a welcoming table. Here are a few favorites.

Burkhart’s

With lots of quiet outside table vignettes served by a friendly wait staff, Burkhart’s is a wonderful gathering ground for a nice meal before hitting the town. Heck, you don’t even need to leave the bar to get the party started. There is something for everyone each night of the week, from drag shows to karaoke, to share with your pals.

Try one of their house ground steak burgers. Made daily from New York Strip and Ribeye cuts.

1492 Piedmont Ave. NE • burkharts.com • 404-872-4403

Johnny’s Pizza

If you’re looking for full-flavored Italian pizza without the European attitude, look no further. Johnny’s is a good deal any time of the week and its location is the perfect spot to meet up with your friends for a well-priced meal. If you’re feeling the need for greens, they also have an excellent house salad.

Try The Great White, a white sauced pizza with grilled chicken, sliced tomatoes, and spinach.

1810 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE • johnnyspizza.com • 404-874-8304

Las Margaritas

This popular Mexican establishment brings you all the things that you like for getting together with friends and starting the party. From their extensive tequila bar and authentic margaritas, to their yummy cuisine and famous Sunday brunch, you will always find a fun time for you and your cohorts.

Try the Carnitas made with tender slow roasted pork doused with garlic and lemon sauce.

1842 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE • lasmargaritasmidtown.com • 404-873-4464

Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill

The warmth of the tropics awaits you right here in Atlanta. Papi’s brings you all the most desirable dishes the islands have to offer (the island boys are a la carte). It’s a great place for an exotic getaway with your friends without packing any luggage.

Try Rey’s Cuban Sandwich. It has to be one of the best Cuban sandwiches in Atlanta.

216 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE • papisgrill.com • 404-607-1525

Roxx

A long-time favorite for Midtown, Roxx’s eclectic menu is always a great choice for catching up with your friends. Boasting daily specials, they’re always ready to tempt the senses and spare the pocket book. Roxx’s year ’round patio is the ideal setting for a casual get-together and employs some of the friendliest staff in town.

Get Thanksgiving any day with carved turkey breast and apple cornbread stuffing. It’s even served with cranberry relish and whipped mashed potatoes.

1824 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE • roxxfanclub.com • 404-892-4541

 

Great Gatherings – Perfect for Large Parties

Birthdays, Weddings, Celebrations, Business Banquets: all of these events require a memorable venue able to accommodate a large group. These are choices that can make your function unforgettable.

Lips

For the ultimate in drag dining look no further than Atlanta’s rendition of this famous franchise. The long tables are perfect for a huge party no matter what the event. Your servers are actually the lovely queens in the show. Lips is where you can find established performers like Charlie Brown and Bubba D. Licious, but also where newer performers are perfecting their craft.

The Monica Van Pelt: It’s a pan seared ahi tuna dusted with sesame seeds accompanied by a tangy orange ponzu sauce.

3011 Buford Hwy NE • lipsatl.com • 404-315-7711

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

For over 70 years Mary Mac’s has set the standard for Southern cooking in Atlanta. They have several dining rooms that can accommodate parties from 20 to 200. Their focus on serving made-from-scratch true Southern fare served with genuine Georgia hospitality has made them a staple for generations.

If it’s your first visit to Mary Mac’s be sure to ask for your complimentary cup of pot likker. And, don’t miss their fried okra–a classic.

224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE • marymacs.com • 404-876-1800

No Mas

With a concept that combines The Cantina Restaurant serving classic Mexican favorites & house specialties, and the Hacienda Showroom with an amazing collection of artistic creations from Mexico, No Mas is muy bueno for large parties. They even have the Adios Café where you can get a big group together for breakfast.

You’ll love the Salmon Del Diablo. It’s been blackened and deeply seasoned arriving on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, grilled zucchini and squash.

180 Walker St SW • nomascantina.com • 404-574-5678

Thai Chili

Finding great Thai food in Atlanta was virtually impossible until Thai Chili came along 20 years ago. This Southeast Asian family-owned restaurant, has traditional Thai fare and offers floor seating as an option. If you’re into boldly flavored food you’re in luck here. Just make sure to order it “Thai spicy.” This venue can also host some pretty large-scale parties.

Try their super spicy Basil Scallops sautéed with peppers and onions in their signature “Thai Chili” basil sauce on top of romaine lettuce.

2169 Briarcliff Rd NE • thaichilicuisineatlanta.com • 404-315-6750

TWO Urban Licks

Boasting three areas for large parties of up to 75 people, the newest addition to TWO is the private dining space on the second floor, The Ballroom. Overlooking the main dining room’s bustling scene, it’s a special setting for any exclusive event. The restaurant features delectable wood-fired cuisine, rotating rotisseries, and a unique 26-foot wine-on-tap barrel wall–the very first in the country!
Try their Wood fired grilled flat iron steak with green beans, wild mushrooms, herb whipped potatoes and chimichurri.

820 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE • twourbanlicks.com • 404-522-4622

Romantic Rendezvous – Great Date Places

Your special man deserves the finest our city has to offer. These selections are perfect for those evenings when the busy world seems to fade away, leaving just you two.

10th & Piedmont

The restaurant’s modern, open, and airy dining room with over-sized windows looking onto Midtown is a date-night destination. Better yet are their seasonally-inspired dishes portioned for sharing. On Tuesday evenings they offer excellent discounted dinners for two, plus an Absolut special.

Try their delectable braised short rib spring rolls stuffed with caramelized onions, spinach, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers. Then dip them into some of the best spicy chipotle aioli around.

991 Piedmont Ave. NE • communitashospitality.com/10th-and-piedmont • 404-602-5510

Bantam + Biddy

For great Southern fare specializing in local free-range and pastured chicken, you must try Bantam + Biddy. It’s one of those restaurants that has made it their focus to provide no-nonsense cuisine with an attention to gluten-free/vegetarian offerings, seasonal sides, and of course superior rotisserie chicken.

Try the fried chicken and cheddar waffles. It’s a slight spin on the southern classic. Upgrade to a bacon cheddar waffle, it will change your life.

1544 Piedmont Ave. Suite 301 (in Ansley Mall) • bantamandbiddy.com • 404-907-3469

Einstein’s

While many know this restaurant for its lovely patio, it also invites for a date-night, with quiet booths plus a romantic fireplace. Expect innovative cuisine with clever recreations of Southern comfort classics served by a superior & friendly staff.

Try Einstein’s Irish Créme Brülée made with Irish whiskey and served with espresso cookies as a treat for you and your date as the perfect end of the meal, but hopefully not the end of the night.

1077 Juniper St. NE • einsteinatlanta.com  404-876-7925

Genki Noodles

Sushi is an excellent food idea for date-nights. It’s beautiful to see, as well as consume. Sushi is known to have aphrodisiacal qualities as well. Salmon and mackerel are believed to help produce sex hormones with their omega-3 fatty acids. Besides all of that, Genki has soft lighting and high-backed booths that just beg a party for only two.

Try the Super Crunch roll made with salmon, avocado, and cream cheese then made crunchy with fried tempura and topped with spicy mayo.

1040 North Highland Ave. • genkiatl.com • 404-853-8319

Ribalta Pizza

When you think of true Neapolitan pizza it’s unlikely you imagine toppings of hot dogs, french fries, and mozzarella. Yet that is what you’ll find here. Take a walk on the hand-tossed wild side at the pizzeria that has taken Atlanta by storm. Ribalta not only knows their pies, but also excels at all Neapolitan cuisine.

Try the Zola Pizza in Pala Blanca (white sauce) made for two with radicchio, sweet Italian sausage, gorgonzola, mozzarella, and truffle oil.

1080 Peachtree street NE Suite # 9 • ribaltapizzarestaurant.com • 404-249-7019

 

Very Vino – Expansive Wine List

Fine wine is much more than a beverage; it is a lifestyle. Entire empires have been built thanks to the fruits of the vine. Here are some outstanding local restaurants with storied wine collections.

Apres Diem

Feeling like a classic European bistro, Apres Diem has been an Atlanta staple since their days as Café Diem in Little Five Points. Apres gives you a stellar dining experience paired with a well-priced and well-endowed wine list. Relax with a glass of vino or cup of espresso after watching an indie-film at the theater next door.

Try a glass of Sangiovese, Rubio for the full bodied flavor of this “Baby Brunello” from Italy. Because of the way it develops, you can smell the aromas of red cherries, violets and currants.

931 Monroe Dr. NE • apresdiem.com • 404-872-3333

Campagnolo

This establishment has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for dining and socializing. The seasonal menu offers Italian favorites with creative twists. Additionally, the expansive wine list includes very nice selections from Italy, Spain, and France that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Try a bottle of Castello di Bolgheri Varvara.  The best aspect here is the balance the wine shows with bright cherry fruit and spice. Beyond those soft layers are more delicate aromas of herb and black pepper.

980 Piedmont Ave. • campagnoloatl.com • 404-343-2446

Fogo de Chao

An important element of Brazilian culture is Churrasco, the gaucho way of roasting meats over open fire for delicious barbecues. Fogo believes wine is an integral part of a gourmet meal. They have built an extensive wine collection, and are a recipient of the prestigious Wine Spectator Magazine Award of Excellence for eight consecutive years.

You must to try their cheese rolls called Pao de Queijo. They’re surprisingly gluten free because they are made with the tuber of the manioc plant. They are a soft, chewy roll with a pronounced cheese flavor.

3101 Piedmont Rd NE • fogodechao.com • 404-266-9988

ONE Midtown Kitchen

Featuring a 75-label award-winning wine list, and an impressive cocktail menu, ONE offers the “Bottomless Wine Glass” where the choices are priced in tiers. You’ll discover serene and understated décor with an incredible view of the Atlanta skyline, Piedmont Park, and the bustling Beltline.

Try the Domaine Serene pinot noir from Oregon’s most esteemed vineyard. If you’re looking for one of the region’s banner wines, this is the bottle for you.

559 Dutch Valley Rd. • onemidtownkitchen.com • 404-892-4111

The Spence

Helmed by the winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Chef Richard Blais, The Spence has some of the best food in the Atlanta. The wine list is broken into two quirky categories: “Tried and True”, and “Leap of Faith.” While the former can be more expensive, you will definitely recognize the names. With “Leap of Faith” you are in for an oenophilic adventure.

The menu at The Spence changes regularly according to what they are into at the moment, whether it’s an ingredient, band, chef or current event. Just go in prepared with open minds and empty stomachs.

Centergy, 75 5th St. NW • thespenceatl.com • 404-892-9111

 

Looky Loo – We Mean Eye Candy!

Excellent food paired with luscious eye-candy–what could be finer? These establishments play host to feasts for all the senses. “Waiter, I’ll have what he’s having!”

G’s Midtown

Known for its very exciting karaoke on Sundays, this American gastropub features a well thought out menu that delights all the senses. Additionally, its location and oversized windows lets you enjoy all the gorgeous creatures that walk or jog by. This may be the best spot for watching the Georgia Tech track team as they run past –you know who  we’re talking about, don’t deny.

Try the Shrimp Po’Boy made with tempura shrimp, beefsteak tomatoes, and Creole mayo. It’s not terribly authentic, but it’s terribly good.

219 10th St. NE • communitashospitality.com/gs-midtown • 404-872-8012

Henry’s Midtown Tavern

Named after the owner’s dog, this establishment will have you howling at the moon for all the eye candy that walks by the patio. Henry’s is very well known for its delicious, chef-driven menu, as well as the beautiful people that frequent its sunny space. The Sunday brunch is the perfect time to sit back with some dark shades, and enjoy every jogging passerby.

Try one of their many Breakfast Tacos with scrambled eggs, salsa verde, and your choice of protein for brunch.

132 10th St. NE • henrysatl.com • 404-537-4477

Joe’s On Juniper

This Atlanta institution has been bringing out the boys for years. The patio alone is packed with bevies of beauties there specifically for the people watching. The wait staff is attractive & attentive, bringing reasonably priced food and drink. Things really get hopping on their famous trivia night.

Try the Sweet Tater Tots with marshmallow dipping sauce. However be mindful not to leave any of the dipping sauce on the side of your mouth.

1049 Juniper St. NE • joesonjuniper.com • 404-875-6634

Table at Ten

Sure Ten packs in the fellas at night, but before that Table at Ten is serving up made-from-scratch southern cuisine. The best time to go for the people watching is Sunday brunch. The patio is where people go to see and be seen in Midtown.

Try the delicious Hemmingway Benny with grilled salmon, poached egg, and hollandaise with crispy capers. It’s a protein packed meal that will give you the energy to check out the guys all Sunday long.

990 Piedmont Ave. NE • tableatten.com • 678-438-5533

Tap

Located at the base of Symphony Tower, Tap allows you to see the hustle & bustle of one of Midtown’s busiest crossroads. They have a simple and eclectic menu featuring bar snacks and items for sharing. Of course, they are also well known for nearly 40 beers & wines featured on tap.

Try their croque monsieur with smoked ham and Gruyere cheese on country toast.

1180 Peachtree St. NE • tapat1180.com • 404-347-2220

 

Chef-Driven Eats – Culinary experience just for you

The modern restaurant movement in America has been fueled by culinary masters bringing innovation and celebrity to their craft. In this, Atlanta does not disappoint. These choices feature star-spangled chefs and stellar cuisine.

Community Smith

Hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Micah Willix has had the opportunity to cook at some of the most prestigious restaurants down south and here in Atlanta. He brings more than 20 years of experience and a unique perspective to his role as executive chef. A contemporary eatery with a neighborhood feel, Community Smith is the ideal place to relax over handcrafted cocktails and sharable plates.

Try the pin-wheel Porchetta created from slow-cooked pork belly and sweet pepper relish. You will never be the same.

866 West Peachtree St. NW • communitysmithatl.com • 678-412-2402

Goin’ Coastal

Touted as a “sustainable seafood joint,” Goin’ features only the highest quality seafood from sources, either fished or farmed that can exist over the long term without compromising species’ survival or the health of the ecosystem.

Try their Lobster Eggs Benedict at Sunday brunch. The lobster is delicately poached in butter. How’s that for decadent?

1021 Virginia Ave. NE • goincoastalseafood.com • 404-941-9117

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

In a part of the country where seasonal vegetables and deviled eggs are practically religion, Pennsylvania-native Executive Chef Brian Horn marries masterful technique with a simple approach to bold, balanced flavor. Regulars love JCT.’s refined comfort food, like fried chicken, house made bacon mac and cheese, and deviled eggs with country ham.

Try their famous Angry Mussels with house bacon, serrano chili, and onion toast.

Westside Urban Market, 1198 Howell Mill Road #18 • jctkitchen.com • 404-355-2252

Metro Fresh

With a menu that changes daily, owner Mitchell Anderson has been serving up seasonally inspired, super-fresh cuisine since the 2005 opening of Metro Fresh. Reading his daily blog has become a religion for followers of the restaurant who wish to be up-to-date on the ever-shifting offerings.

Sample the Lobster Tacos. They are the best in town.

931 Monroe Dr. NE • metrofreshatl.com • 404-724-0151

The Cockentrice

With on-site butchers preparing the finest pastured meats, and cheese mongers partnered with premium local dairies, Chef Kevin Ouzts presents a decisive table utilizing the preeminent ingredients for which he’s become known. Focused on pork and beef, the menu devotes a good bit of space to the slices and shavings that make up a charcuterie board.

Try the suckling pig grattons with whipped Jerusalem artichoke and brandied apricot gastrique.

99 Krog Street Suite V • thecockentrice.com • 470-428-2733

 

Tavern Tapas – Pub Fare

Tasty tidbits to whet your appetite while you wet your whistle. They’re not trying to be too fancy, but these bars and nightclubs know that to truly satisfy their customers edible offerings have let them go that extra mile.

Blake’s On The Park

For over 25 years Blake’s has been a hub for many Midtown denizens. Currently they are in the process of remodeling, but they are certainly always open for business. Serving a full menu from open to midnight they offer everything from burgers and fries, to pan sear salmon and chicken teriyaki.

Try the signature Blake’s Double Decker Club made with a double helping of ham, turkey, American and Swiss cheese on toasted rye bread with bacon, lettuce and tomato. Sure to hit the spot.

227 10th Street NE • blakesontheparkatlanta.com • 404-892-5786

BJ Roosters

While it’s certainly not a huge menu, it’s definitely concise. So while your enjoying all the sights of gorgeous go-go boys dancing around you can also grab a nice bite to nosh on. You gotta keep your strength up!

Try the Chicken Quesadilla, its warm and gooey in the center and crispy and brown on the outside. Kind of like their dancers.

2043 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE • 404-634-5895

Amsterdam

This bar/club/restaurant complex has been serving up great pub fare for years. Amsterdam is a lot of things; a sports bar, a dance club, a place wear you can watch the latest music videos with your friends, and it’s a great place to hang out and eat Sunday brunch drinking bloody Mary’s.

If you’ve got a little group together grab an order of their Mile High Chicken Nachos. They’re made with house made tortilla chips and oven roasted chicken. Topped with spicy queso, guacamole and sour cream.

502-A Amsterdam Ave. NE • amsterdamatlanta.com • 404-892-2227

Jungle

Dining in the Jungle’s front room is a great way to enjoy popular shows such as “The Other Show” on Fridays and “Fantasy Girls” on Saturdays. Their full-fledged kitchen is open and ready to make everything perfect for your dining experience every night that Jungle is open.

Try the Edie Cheezburger. This “two-faced white American” grilled cheese is made with crispy bacon on thick Texas toast.

2115 Faulkner Rd. NE • jungleatl.com • 404-844-8800

Woof’s

As “Atlanta’s Sports Bar,” Woof’s knows how to keep their patrons happy; serve them ice-cold beers, strong and tasty cocktails, and fill their bellies with super tasty pub grub.  You can hang all day/evening with your friends and never miss a moment of the game.

A tasty sandwich you’ll want to try is the Whole Hog. It’s super meaty with ham, sausage, salami, and Mozzarella cheese.

2425 Piedmont Rd. NE • woofsatlanta.com • 404-869 9422

 

Hidden Gems – Get off the beaten path

Sometimes you just feel like you’ve tried just about every restaurant in your area and need to get out of that rut for some culinary inspiration. Here’s a selections of restaurants that you might not have thought of.

La Hacienda

When you visit La Hacienda, you’re in for a treat. Experience all of their mouthwatering dishes. Their chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces. We can’t wait for it to warm up so we can make use of their rooftop patio.

Try the Mole Poblano made from shredded pork cooked in a brown chocolate sauce.

900 Monroe Dr. NE • lahaciendamidtown.com • 404-941-7890

Mama’s Cocina Latina

Located near the intersection of Cheshire Bridge and Piedmont Avenue, Mama’s brings you well price simple Mexican/American fare at any time of the day or night. It’s a great place to get both your taco fix and your frozen margarita fix.

Try their Fish Tacos.  They are lightly fried and have a creamy, tangy sauce.

1895 Piedmont Ave. NE • No Website • 404-242-8226

Radial Café

This farm-to-table restaurant focuses on a vegan and vegetarian-friendly menu that even skews into the gluten free options. They are also the only 3-star certified green restaurants around.

Try the Gouda Scramble assembled with pork sausage or veggie sausage scrambled with cage-free eggs, caramelized onions, tomato, Gouda and fresh basil.

Candler Park Connection, 1530 DeKalb Ave. NE • radial.us • 404-659-6594

Ru Sans

Now under new ownership & management and with an updated menu, Ru Sans is ready to prove itself once again to Midtown. The cuisine has expanded to exceptionally cover not only sushi, but other Asian food staples like Yakitori meat skewers. Plus they have an awesome lunch buffet for a healthy quick meal on weekdays.

Try the dumplings in ponzu sauce called Gyoza. We like the once stuffed with shrimp the best.

1529 Piedmont Ave. NE • rusansatlanta.com • 404-875-7042

The Pig & The Pint

With an ever-changing menu that focuses on meats and seasonal ingredients, The Pig & The Pint is a great place to enjoy a simple but stellar meal. They have a wonderful beer list, many of which are locally brewed in Georgia.

Try the super tender Braised Lamb Shank with seasonal confit vegetables.

1583 Virginia Ave. • thepigandthepintatl.com • 404-549-2416

 

Staff Picks – From the David Staff

Top Spice William Duffe-Braun, Sales and Development Director

The contemporary but relaxed atmosphere mixed with authentic Thai and Malaysian cuisine makes Top Spice one of my favorite and very frequent eateries in Atlanta. More and more Thai options are opening around the city but none showcase the abundance of aromatic and flavorful spices of Southeast Asia like Top Spice.

If you’ve ever eaten here you already know about the Chicken Coconut Soup. While it isn’t a main entree it is certainly the best thing on the menu. The coconut milk, chicken, galangal, lime juice, and kaffir lime leaves make for a very unique flavor combination. Follow it up with the Masaman Curry. So. Much. Yum.

1529 Piedmont Ave NE • topspiceansleypark.com • 404-685-9333

Joe – Bone Garden Cantina

The Iberian Pig Jonathan Bugg, Editorial Director

Discovering this modern Spanish restaurant while I was there for a birthday party changed my entire perspective on Decatur. Their menu focuses on all my favorite things; traditional cured meats and Spanish cheeses –I love a good tableau. The Iberian Pig honors traditional Spanish flavor combinations, but also is pushing boundaries with modern techniques and culinary creativity. Their bar is also a treat with hand-sawed ice cubes for signature cocktails.

I fell in love with burgers all over again when I tried The Iberian Burger made from American Wagyu beef on a toasted brioche bun, bacon-onion relish (yum), and Mahón cheese. The most original thing accompanies it: crispy eggplant fries.

121 Sycamore St. • theiberianpigatl.com • 404-371-8800

Trader VicsDavid Thompson, Publisher

While attending Dragon Con in 2009, I found this gem of a Polynesian restaurant by chance and made it my home while at the conference each year thereafter. I’ve met a ton of celebrities while dining there; Larry Hagman (JR Ewing/Major Nelson), Ernest Borgnine, and John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek Next Gen) just to name a few. However the island-style cuisine is what brings me back.

Their Won Ton Soup is like no other, made with shrimp and pork dumplings, asian greens, fragrant chicken broth.  I also love the Macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi that has this crazy mild green curry sauce.

255 Courtland St. • tradervicsatl.com • 404-221-6339

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10 Biggest Relationship Mistakes Most Gay Men Make http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/10-biggest-relationship-mistakes-most-gay-men-make/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/10-biggest-relationship-mistakes-most-gay-men-make/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 05:20:56 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133324 When a relationship goes wrong it’s usually because both parties are to blame. You may have read otherwise but when one person does something wrong it inspires bad behavior in the other person and vice versa. To all of the men out there, you can’t change people but you can fix the issues that you’re ...

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When a relationship goes wrong it’s usually because both parties are to blame. You may have read otherwise but when one person does something wrong it inspires bad behavior in the other person and vice versa. To all of the men out there, you can’t change people but you can fix the issues that you’re causing and hope that it motivates your partner to fix theirs too. Here are some of the biggest relationship mistakes most men make.

  1. You don’t give him enough gifts

This is a common one. After a while it’s hard to drive up the motivation to get your partner something special. Money may be tight or you may not think about it anymore because you have slid into that routine that all couples get into eventually. There is absolutely no point in any relationship where the woman or man in your life doesn’t like getting something nice.

  1. You give him the wrong gifts

It’s just as bad to give him the wrong gifts. It is a frequent occurrence that men will get their partner a gift that the man actually wants but wants to disguise it as a gift for him or for both of them. After a very short period of time (if you’re paying attention) you will know what kind of stuff she likes. Stay within those defined lines unless otherwise notified. If she likes cloths and shoes and you buy him a pool tarp, you are doing it wrong.

  1. You don’t understand him

People are like snowflakes. They are all different and that makes them infinitely more difficult to understand. That makes this a more common problem than many men will admit. If you’re having problems figuring him out then you should probably sit down and ask him some questions. If you’ve been trying this long and have failed, it’s probably not a good idea to base your relationship on the idea that you’ll eventually just understand him.

  1. You’re scared or intimidated by him

Don’t get us wrong. Men can be scary. They can be very scary. That doesn’t mean that they’ll sit there and take you being scared of them. When you’re in a relationship, you’re in a partnership. If the man feels like you’re only around because you’re too scared to do what you really want then she’ll get rid of you and find someone who isn’t afraid to show him how he feels.

  1. You put something else before him

This is pretty self-explanatory. No person ever likes it when their significant other puts work, another person, or anything else before them. You had better believe she has a running tally of how many times you’ve blown off a dinner date because of work or because of your friends. We’re not saying you can’t have a job, friends, or interests but when push comes to shove you’d better make sure she knows she matters the most.

  1. You don’t pay enough attention to him feelings

When a woman in a relationship is angry, she may not show it like a normal person. If she’s jealous, suspicious, or otherwise unhappy then you’re looking at pretty much the same predicament. Unfortunately it’s your job to figure it out because what she’s doing is essentially testing you. If you notice that something is off you are rewarded with him telling you the problem and giving you and opportunity to fix it. If you let it go, she’ll do the same to you.

  1. You pay way too much attention to him feelings

If you’re asking him what the problem is every other day or every day then you’re probably looking too far into things. It’s touching and sweet at first but rest assured it’ll start getting annoying. Soon him problem will be you and we both know what happens when you’re the problem in a relationship.

  1. You don’t inspire trust

As far as I’m concerned, this is the most important item on the list. If you can’t get him to trust you then you have messed up pretty bad. The rest of these are issues that are easily overcome but trust is something that’ll likely be lost forever. It’s a fragile feeling and it’s easy to shatter trust. It doesn’t have to be cheating or outward lying either. If you’re sending messages to another woman on Facebook and they could even remotely be construed as suggestive, then you better hope she never finds out. If she does, it’s game over. The best way to inspire trust and the best way to maintain it is to simply not do anything that could destroy it.

  1. You’re too clingy or wishy washy

Women love a man who is around frequently but if you’re attached to her hip she’s going to learn to dislike it when you’re around. If she wanted an animal that hugged him leg all day long she’d have kids or get a dog. She needs a partner and especially one that knows how to give him space when she needs it. Also, don’t be too wishy washy. If you have to ask if you’re being too wishy washy then you’re probably being too wishy washy. You can love someone without turning into a total pansy.

  1. You don’t talk to him enough

One of the reasons you’re even in a relationship is so you don’t have to go through life alone. If you’re not talking to your partner then why do you have one? Sit down on a frequent basis and talk to the men. Ask him about him day, tell him about your dreams, and discuss things you guys have in common. She’s not just a person you have sex with, she’s your best friend and partner in crime. If the communication is weak then the relationship is weak.

Now women, a lot of these can apply to you too. Getting your man that pink, Hello Kitty t-shirt may be fun for you but he has to go out in public in that thing. Sending even remotely suggestive messages to that guy on Facebook and hiding it from your man can inspire just as much distrust as when he does it to you. Frankly, we probably could have taken the gender identifier out of this and made it the relationship mistakes that everyone makes. However, this is for you men out there. If you have a problem, fix it and hope that it encourages your partner to do the same.

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TEEN: “TODAY I DISCOVERED MY HOMOPHOBIC DAD IS USING GRINDR” http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/teen-today-i-discovered-my-homophobic-dad-is-using-grindr/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/teen-today-i-discovered-my-homophobic-dad-is-using-grindr/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:25:58 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133249 The teen writes: Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car. I am still closeted (denial/curious) so i know what Grindr is, even though I don’t have it myself. This makes it so much more confusing for me. Redditors offered the ...

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The teen writes:

Found out that my “Homophobe” dad has Grindr on his iPhone when he asked me to go fetch it from the car. I am still closeted (denial/curious) so i know what Grindr is, even though I don’t have it myself. This makes it so much more confusing for me.

Redditors offered the teen some words of wisdom:

A closeted married guy on grindr might have some intense homophobia going on that he could take out on the queer kid in his care. Tread carefully. IMO coming out before moving out is a bad idea in a situation this complicated.My dad was extremely homophobic before I came out to him when I was 18. He ended up doing a total 180 after going to therapy and eventually became the president of our local PFLAG chapter for a while. He later told me that he was bisexual and admitted that his homophobia was due to his own self hatred around being bisexual. It completely blew my mind at the time. I’m telling you he was the worst homophobic asshole. After accepting myself for being gay, I hated him for a long time for how homophobic he was. It took him a few years after I came out but it was the best possible outcome I could have hoped for. I’m not saying your dad will necessarily respond this way. I think most men lack my father’s courage. But there’s always hope. First you have to learn to accept and love yourself though. That really is extremely important.

Surprise him with a sub sandwich and say “Here dad, I thought you might like a grinder”, wink, and then leave the room. Come back with coffee: “beans fresh from the grinder!”

The teen then offered us this update:

[Update] UnEXPECTED outcome. Will keep post up for fellow redditors.
Hi all, appreciate all the kind words of help and encouragement. I don’t know how to explain it in details though: Dad stood in denial and went on the defensive, even tried to question my own sexuality. Mom still does not know and that pains me. I guess he would still be that closeted homophobe and I; that closeted homo who is too shit to do more. Maybe all of this is just in my head. Maybe i am just thinking too much.

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X-RATED SELFIE STICK – A VIBRATOR WITH A BUILT-IN CAMERA THAT SYNCS WITH FACETIME http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/x-rated-selfie-stick-a-vibrator-with-a-built-in-camera-that-syncs-with-facetime/ http://davidatlanta.com/2015/03/x-rated-selfie-stick-a-vibrator-with-a-built-in-camera-that-syncs-with-facetime/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:19:15 +0000 http://davidatlanta.com/?p=133246 So your boyfriend or girlfriend is away out of town and you both get really horny, what do you do? Introducing the new SELFIE STICK! Now you can actually enter your boyfriend or girlfriend on facetime. Orgasms away! A spokesman for Lovehoney, who stock the vibrator, explained: ‘It allows users to get to know their ...

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So your boyfriend or girlfriend is away out of town and you both get really horny, what do you do? Introducing the new SELFIE STICK! Now you can actually enter your boyfriend or girlfriend on facetime. Orgasms away!

A spokesman for Lovehoney, who stock the vibrator, explained: ‘It allows users to get to know their body in its entirety thanks to the remarkably clear footage this camera captures.’
And like all good selfies, you don’t need to keep these images to yourself.
Recordings can be uploaded straight on to your PC or smart phone, and it even syncs with FaceTime. Yes, you read that right.

Lovehoney enthused: ‘Thanks to its FaceTime compatibility, sharing the view with your lover couldn’t be easier – whether you’re sat right next to each other or miles apart.’

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