It's already the end of January, 2022, and most everybody has pushed through that new year brain fog. We have! So, as you've gotten settled into your schedules, calendars and to-do lists, here are 20 of the best products and places to squeeze in for maximum eating and dining pleasure. For the rest of the year.
(All establishments and products are friendly and welcoming. Finally..., here's the list for 2022!)
RESTAURANTS & FOOD
Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. - Albuquerque: Partners Missy Begay & Shyla Sheppard started wowing fans with extremely good looking and pleasingly tasting Pilsners, Ales, IPAs and Sours. Visit their taproom in Albuquerque or find their locally brewed beverages in restaurants and cafes across the Southwest.
The Breakfast Boys - Atlanta: Boozy and social breakfast and brunch spot giving us Jerk Chicken & Sweet Potato Waffles, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Pineapple Mimosas. Backed by local chef/restaurateur/author couple Juan and Gee Smalls, it's a 'can't miss'.
Sweet Cheeks Q - Boston: In the heart of Boston on Boylston Street, Sweet Cheeks Q opened over 10 years ago by Top Chef alum Tiffani Faison. The BBQ hot spot serves famous biscuits, brisket & pulled pork. Their all-natural meats are responsibly sourced.
Edy's Grocer - Brooklyn: Lebanon-born Chef Edy brings Middle Eastern spices, oils and jams to Brooklyn, along with house-made salads, sandwiches and mezze. Their selection changes monthly so if you see something you like, grab a couple.
Gloria's Latin Cuisine - Dallas & Greater Texas: Salvadorian cuisine started with a love story. Now over 20+ locations in Texas. They have become a staple in each city they serve & they're a Greater Dallas LGBT scene favorite. The affordable & authentic menu includes an award-winning 100% Agave Reposado Tequila Margarita.
The Inn at Little Washington - DC: Out Chef Patrick O'Connell brings classic French cuisine to lawmakers and lucky diners. The 3-Star Michelin awarded menu includes Pepper-Crusted Long Island Duck Breast, Pan-Seared Tenderloin of Venison and Coconut Sorbet.
Tiny Champions - Houston: Comfort in the form of pizza, pasta, ciders and natural wines. This Houston east side off-shoot of popular Nancy's Hustle, prides themselves on being an inclusive, pro-LGBTQ workplace (with rave reviews).
Cafe Bastet - Jerusalem: Vegetarian and vegan-friendly with quick service. A tiny indoor/outdoor café with fresh ingredients and menu items like artichoke sandwiches, black lentil hummus and spicy tomato salad.
Whole Foods Manhattan West - New York: This new-ish NYC location, across from Hudson Yards, has a good hot bar, salad bar and eatery options like Cafe Grumpy for coffee. Sit indoors or enjoy a beautiful day at a covered outdoor table. Amazing views and people watching in the heart of Midtown West.
Darnel's Cakes - Philadelphia: A blessing in Philly selling cakes, danish, brownies and bars (until they sell out) as well as breakfast, lunch and brunch menus (think quiche, shepherd's pie, shrimp cakes and cinnamon rolls). Philanthropically, Darnel's supports national & local organizations that seek to end HIV.
Phoenix Coqui - Phoenix: A Puerto Rican food truck. Partners Juan and Alexis met and fell in love in Puerto Rico and now, a truck. You'll find empanadillas, mofongo and spicy nacho cheese & ground beef fries. Check their dates, times and location for a taste of Puerto Rico in the desert.
Zuni Café - San Francisco: An SF culinary icon and James Beard Award winner, Zuni's menu changes daily with seasonal, organic ingredients. Oysters, roasted chicken and polenta are norms. Dating back to 1979, Zuni Café also has a legendary LGBT history.
Equator Coffees - San Francisco: Visit any of their Southern California cafes for a Mint Matcha Latte or Tumeric Latte. Or order direct from this LGBTQ-owned business. Check out their Chefs Blend Collection - collabs with Michelin and James Beard recognized chefs like Thomas Keller, Tyler Florence, Dominique Crenn & Brandon Jew.
Glo's - Seattle: Found in Capitol Hill, this queer-owned establishment exclusively serves breakfast. Eggs benedict and homemade biscuits are most popular.
La Bartola - Toronto: Mexico City native, Ivan Castro, brings authentic Mexican flavors, beverages & vegan-friendly recipes to Ontario with La Bartola. Menu items include Taco Tastings, Tlacoyo de Haba and Hibiscus Mojitos. (La Bartola re-opens their doors for indoor dining Februrary 9th).
James Beard Taste America - United States: James Beard Foundation is helping independent restaurants stay open through monthly culinary dining events. Book in advance for any event in a number of U.S. cities. You get a full multi-course menu, beverage pairings and take-home swag bag.
Antoni: Let's Do Dinner - Antoni Porowski: Recipes from Queer Eye Antoni's kitchen that are healthy. Proteins, veggies and twists on classics that make you want to cook.
CookUnity: Small batch meals, chef-to-consumer. Delivered (not frozen) ready to prepare. Tell them your likes / dislikes, then pick from a changing menu. Get between 4 to 16 meals per week, sustainably packaged. Explore their app for ease of ordering.
Home Bistro: Healthy meals, naturally frozen, delivered fresh to 48 states. Since 1999. Special diets addressed. Amazing meals & combos created by expert chefs like Cat Cora, Claudia Sandoval and Richard Blais. (We like the Mediterranean Chicken Breast).
Made In Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven: (Limited Edition) Launching February 1st with pre-orders. Highly anticipated, crafted in France. The navy blue exterior compliments the black enameled interior. Perfect heat retention from this hand-enameled, cast iron Dutch Oven with brass knob. The steam-capturing lid is engineered with dimples on the underside for more even cooking. Use to make breads, stews, short-ribs and more (our test kitchen report coming soon). Oven safe.
Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.: https://www.bowandarrowbrewing.com/
The Breakfast Boys: https://www.eatatbreakfastboys.com/
Sweet Cheeks Q: https://www.sweetcheeksq.com/
Edy's Grocer: https://edysgrocer.com/
Gloria's Latin Cuisine: https://gloriascuisine.com/
The Inn at Little Washington: https://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/
Tiny Champions: https://www.tinychampionshouston.com/
Cafe Bastet: https://cafe-bastet.business.site/
Darnel's Cakes: https://www.darnelscakes.com/
Phoenix Coqui: https://phoenixcoqui.com/
Zuni Café: http://zunicafe.com/
Equator Coffee: https://www.equatorcoffees.com/
La Bartola: https://www.labartola.ca/
James Beard Taste America: https://www.jamesbeard.org/tasteamerica
Antoni: Let's Do Dinner: https://www.antoniporowski.com/
Home Bistro: https://homebistro.com/
Made In Dutch Oven: https://madeincookware.pxf.io/yREbo2