Gay Atlanta spots make 10 ‘Amazing Breakfasts’

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The only thing we like better than gay brunch is a gay-owned restaurant serving it. And the only thing that tops a tall stack of pancakes from them is renowned Zagat stacking their “Best” list with our gay favorites.

The standard-bearing ratings group recently tempted taste buds with Zagat’s 10 Amazing Atlanta Breakfast Spots. Two gay-founded eateries long loved in gay Atlanta made the cut: Radial Café and Ria’s Bluebird.

Radial (photo) rates for its healthy ingredients, even on its more sinful offerings.

Radial Cafe

Holding down the DeKalb Avenue breakfast scene since 1999, this cozy neighborhood spot pulls them in with health-conscious dishes that still satisfy that need for something hearty, whether pancakes, cinnamon rolls or something savory.

Neighborhood: Candler Park
Opens at: 8 AM
What to Order: Biscuits and vegetarian gravy ($8.49)
1530 DeKalb Ave. NE; 404-659-6594

And here we would have put Radial on the list just for its reality TV cred, status as a gay election hub, its pull on a POTUS, and generally being the all around Bestest of the Best of Gay Atlanta.

Also on Zagat’s “Amazing” list, Ria’s continues the legend started by its late, great founder Ria Pell. The lesbian chef was a “Chopped” champion who was taken from gay Atlanta way too soon. But her vision for awesome breakfast thrives.

Ria's Bluebird

There's a line out the door for this Grant Park breakfast-and-lunch place, thanks in part to the pancakes that brought the restaurant fame. But the modest interior and cozy back patio keep things mellow, while the straightforward staff is efficient, friendly and quick with a coffee refill (especially if you're perched atop one of the few counter stools).

Neighborhood: Grant Park
Opens at: 8 AM
What to Order: Huevos: grilled blue-corn tortillas with eggs, beans, cheese, salsa verde and sour cream ($8.50)
421 Memorial Dr. SE; 404-521-3737


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