PW's Guide to Gay-Owned Restaurants

By Tim McGinnis
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Summer lovin’: MaryAnn Brancaccio (left) and Maria Vanni named their restaurant August after the month they met.

Photo by Michael Persico

A few years ago, crime writer and part-time satirist David Mehnert compiled a list of “queer foods” for Slate magazine. At the top was the BLT. Mehnert recalled an experience he had with an overwhelmingly homophobic friend who claimed you could pick out a homosexual by their choice of food, and BLTs, with their tendency to straddle the line between sandwich and salad, were suspiciously gay.

Field Guide understands the absurdity of labeling BLTs a “gay food”; eggs Benedict is, of course, much gayer. So instead of telling you which foods will confuse your strict Catholic parents, here’s a list of places owned by gay Philadelphians.

If You Like Them Young

On Cinco de Mayo, the femme fatales of Lolita (106 S. 13th St. 215.546.7100) are putting together a three-for-$38 prix-fixe dinner celebrating the traditional foods of Puebla, Mexico, with a special blood-orange-and-wild-mint margarita or a classic lemon-lime. Their precocious take on modern Mexican with dishes like carne asada à la Lolita—cumin beef tenderloin with smoky plantain crema and tomatillo salsa—has taken the Philly food scene by storm. W


If You’re a Danny Boyle Fan

The women of Lolita must be blessed by Annapurna, the Hindu goddess of cooking, because their twist on modern Indian food at their newest restaurant Bindi (105 S. 13th St. 215.922.6061) is heavenly. The Brahminlike touch they put on dishes like grilled octopus with a madras curry vinaigrette and roasted parsnip-fava bean samosas with a quince-raisin chutney would make even the most devout Hindu contemplate breaking a fast. W

If It’s a Wonderful World

For something a little different for brunch, try the savory buckwheat crepes at Breton-style Queen Village creperie Beau Monde (624 S. Sixth St. 215.592.0656). Try the truite fumée crepes with smoked trout, roasted leeks and crème fraiche or the house-recommended andouille sausage, ratatouille and caramelized tomato sauce. Add a strong cup of coffee and even the grumpiest non-morning person’s day will be brightened enough to sing Satchmo. B L

If You’re a Romantic

The women of August (1247 S. 13th St. 215.468.5442) named their South Philly BYOB after the month they met 37 years ago. The partnership flourished and the couple has been cooking their slightly redefined Italian fare near Passyunk Avenue for nearly six years. Dishes like pan-seared scallops on mixed greens and fresh basil pop with a bit of lime ginger dressing. And the artichoke hearts with sundried tomatoes, white beans and spinach are as satisfying as a late-summer romance. W

If You’re the Next American Idol

Gayborhood institution Tavern on Camac’s (243 S. Camac St. 215.545.0900) piano bar is pumping out tunes every night of the week for those who have the “Broadway Baby” itch, while the restaurant, the Underground, pumps out discounts. From Sunday to Thursday a three-course prix-fixe menu is available for $15.95, and as always they price their bottles of wine only $10 above cost. B L G P

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1. Stephanie said... on Jun 10, 2011 at 08:30AM

“Great list, but don't forget about the lesbian-owned A Full Plate Cafe and Home Slice on Liberties Walk!”


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