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Green Sprout

1529 Pied­mont Ave., At­lanta, GA 30324­ Good choices: When you visit this su­percheap restau­rant, pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the “chef’s spe­cials” writ­ten on a board. I al­ways stick to the strictly veg­e­tar­ian dishes. There are also “mock-meat” dishes that do not come close to the purely veg­e­tar­ian stuff.

Sar­a­vana Bha­van

2179 Lawrenceville High­way, De­catur, GA 30033 Good choices: South In­dian veg­e­tar­ian at its best. Or­der a thali, a par­ti­tioned plate of four or five dif­fer­ent tastes. The do­sai – huge rice-flour – pan­cakes filled with savory veg­eta­bles are also fab. The recipe of fried tough tofu with kim­chi and green beans is fast, spicy and really good. der his coat. I en­joy ec­cen­tric peo­ple.”

Janet stabbed her chop­sticks into a plate of ex­quis­ite Yukon Gold pota­toes stir-fried with pieces of pick­led greens and gar­lic. “No,” she said, “you like guys who are so out-there that they aren’t psy­cho­log­i­cally avail­able for a re­la­tion­ship.”

“What is it about gay peo­ple?” Robert asked, launch­ing his usual lec­ture. “We are still re­viled by much of the dom­i­nant cul­ture, but we our­selves in­creas­ingly revile those gay men and women who don’t try to be nor­mal. I hear this re­peat­edly from my stu­dents. It was much more fun to be gay when it meant be­ing a proud out­law.”

“Ah,” Beth said, “you like this Lee be­cause he’s an out­law. Will you boys have an open re­la­tion­ship and wear rain­bow thongs to the Ea­gle? Young gay men hate that shit.”

As usual, in­stead of di­min­ish­ing Robert’s fas­ci­na­tion with the outré, his ir­ri­ta­tion re­in­forced his cu­rios­ity. He de­cided to call Lee the next day and ask him out.

At that moment, a sweet smell of some­thing like cus­tard and honey drifted through the room. “That doesn’t smell very Chi­nese,” Beth said.

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