Seattle is known for celebrating the Gay Pride Parade and Festival with style and flair.. This year, the Gay Pride Parade and Festival is on June 23 and 24, beginning with the parade starting at 4th and Union. The route will end at the Seattle Center where Pridefest continues the festivities, hosting four stages of music and all-around fun. Many restaurants and business get into the fun as well offering up great views of the parade or gay pride deals. Check out these five restaurants before, during or after this year’s parade for a great time and a great meal.
Buckley’s On Queen Anne
232 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Buckley’s is always a good time. With big screen TVs, an inventive menu and a laid-back atmosphere, it is easy to see why it draws a crowd. Located just off of the Seattle Center, Buckley’s is a perfect spot to continue the Pridefest party when the festival ends. Feast on bar food like the various tots options including tater, garlic and sweet potato. Or vouch for a larger meal with one of the three stuffed burgers. Between either the Juicy Lucy (stuffed with American cheese), Bleucy Lucy (stuffed with blue and brie cheese) or Lucinda Caliente (stuffed with Pepper Jack and jalapenos, and topped with pico de gallo and chipotle aioli), you will finish with being stuffed yourself. Or, really do it right with the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Dinner – two boneless chicken breasts fried to a golden brown and smothered in county gravy.
2000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Grab a seat early in the bar area at Lola and watch the parade while feasting on some fantastic food. One of Tom Douglas’ many Seattle restaurants, Lola opens at 7 a.m. for brunch complete with House Cured Gravlax (cream cheese, tomatoes, capers and an onion-rye baguette), the Made To Order Doughnuts (served with seasonal jam and vanilla mascarpone) or the Tom’s Big Breakfast (octopus, snap peas, garbanzo beans, a poached egg, garlic yogurt and toast). Try the Lola Mary with house-made jalapeño-infused vodka. Start the gay pride party off right and get down to Lola.
Toulouse Petite Kitchen and Lounge
601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98119
Mardis Gras is quite possibly the biggest party of the year. At Toulouse Petite, Mardi Gras continues year round. With bright colors, festive attitude and a crazy-good menu, you’d think you’re in New Orleans’ French Quarter rather than Seattle. The fun and freedom of the Gay Pride Festival feels right at home at Toulouse. Bring in a group of friends and order few of the small plates to enjoy while conversing. Try the Savory Crawfish Beignets (served with hot-pepper jelly and a spicy sauce), the Housemade Boar-Garlic Sausage (paired with tomato-basil jam and Crescenza cheese) and the Braised and Fried Bacon (drizzled with a smoky glaze). Located just off the Seattle Center, it is also the perfect location to keep the party rolling.
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21 Mercer St
Seattle, WA 98109
An Irish Pub might not seem like a great venue to celebrate the Gay Pride Parade and Festival, but what Irishman doesn’t love a great party? Fill your stomach with delicious sandwiches like the Grilled Ham ‘n’ Cheddar. This meat-and-cheese combination is further flavored with George Dickel mustard and molasses wheat bread. Or, try the All Irish Reuben – one of the best in town – with the inclusion of Ballymaloe sauce. With lively spirits, killer eats and energetic music that makes everybody’s feet tap, T.S. McHugh’s is the perfect place to party. And with a location right on the outskirts of the Seattle Center, it’s just an Irish jig away from the action.
The Grill on Broadway
314 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
The Grill on Broadway doesn’t just celebrate gay pride one weekend a year, here it is a celebration every weekend. Beginning on March 2nd, every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Grill presents ‘Mimosas with Mama.’ Featuring an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, one free mimosa and a fabulous drag show with some of the hottest drag queens in Seattle, it is a marvelous way to celebrate and let loose. For only $15, you can enjoy endless plates of breakfast delicacies. Included in the buffet are eggs Benedict, brown-sugar-glazed bacon, honey-smoked ham, French toast, coffee cake, fresh fruit and more.
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Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend you’ll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.