O Seattle! City of proud rebels and lovers! City of progressive politics and regressive taxes! May you always find the rainbow after your rains.
In honor of this year's Pride Week, all of us at Seattle Weekly have been reflecting on the many things that make us proud to be LGBTQQI and hetero companions on the road to equality. Taking its name from a particularly inspirational ad campaign for Miller Lite, our Pour on the Pride series of blog posts will celebrate the gayest people, places, and things in the Emerald City. And beyond. Our first installment:
The 10 Gayest Meals in Seattle
10. Seafood louis at Martins Off Madison: Waiters in Utilikilts, chanteurs singing at the piano, bloody Marys (the drinks, we hope). The gentleman's gentleman's bar of choice.
9. Philly cheese steak, Storm game: Between the Rat City Rollergirls and the WNBA, Key Arena has become Seattle's premiere lesbian venue. Bring your binoculars to check out the action on the court -- or the ladies in the stands.
8. Coq au vin, Julia's on Broadway: So gay that actual gay people have stopped going there. Bachelorette parties think it's faaaaaabulous.
7. The melon sellers at the Ballard Farmers Market: We hear that suggestive cantaloupe sniffing has led to phone numbers being exchanged.
6. Sunday morning dim sum, Sea Garden: Tiny plates, rapid service, amazing fashion choices on the 70-year-old women around you. Brunch is so 1985.
5. Tofu Pups, backyard barbecue: Some say that if you're a single lesbian, the best way to date in this town is to hang out at your friends' barbecues and look for the hot member of the feuding couple.
4. A shot of Jameson and a Stella: Classy yet not stuffed-shirt, and not too heavy on the carbs. The signature drink of Seattle gays of all stripes.
3. Big Daddy Burger and a Gayhound (Ruby Red vodka, pink grapefruit juice) at C.C. Attles: Greasy food and stiff drinks knock the lightweights out quick so only the real men stick around.
2. Bratwurst at Shultzy's: A sausage fest no matter what time you enter.