Cruising North Rampart

So, this date night might be a little bit of a hard sell to your husband. He’s not a homophobe, not in the least. That’s one of the things you love about him. Heck, he gladly watched Project Runway (isn’t this season good?!) with you last night. But, well, there is A LOT of camp in your near future.

But first, a fabulous dinner at Meauxbar Bistro, a stylish, little French-inspired spot right on North Rampart Street. Start by sharing the Salade Lyonnaise [Frisee, Bacon Lardons, Soft Poached Egg, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette ($12.50), and then, because you can’t resist the weirdest thing on the menu, Pan-Fried Frog Legs Provencal with Saffron Fennel Slaw and Tomato Confit ($19), while you know your date is going to have the Steak Frites with Sauce Au Poivre with Fries and Tarragon Butter ($30) because he’s a man, dammit. Of course the meal is not complete without a bottle of 2003 Chateau Duplessy Cabernet ($38).

After dinner, head across the street to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, where the all-male dance company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, sends up classical ballet. Tickets are $20 and up. Repeat after me, “C’mon honey, it’s going to be awesome!”

After all the frou frou that was the show, you’re ready for some kind of frou frou cocktail. Luckily you are right by Bar Tonique, North Rampart’s own little mixology bar. How about “The Faucheux” [Corazon Reposado Tequila, St. Germain Elderflower, Lemon and Basil ($8)], and a “Fringe Quarter Martini” [Death’s Door Gin, Dolin Vermouth de Chambery Blanc, Mint, Lemon Peel ($8)]? Why, these drinks are as pretty as those tutus we were just watching.

It’s gotten to be ’round about midnight, which is when The Midnight Revue–a weekly drag jazz cabaret–gets underway just down the street, at Starlight by the Park. Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Starlight 2009, Rikki Red:

And, it is just about 12:30 am when you promise your husband that next Friday, for date night, you are going Falcon hunting.

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