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A drag brunch performance at Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard last year
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8 Drag Brunches to Liven Up Any Sunday

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A drag brunch performance at Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard last year
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The best brunches are such a drag.

Entertainment at brunch featuring talented drag queens is a thing not just in New Orleans, but in cities like Miami, Baltimore, and even across the pond in London. In her new book Drag Queen Brunch, local food celeb Poppy Tooker puts the spotlight on talented local performers including artist and cover girl Vinsantos and the dynamic Laveau Contraire. Deliciously photographed by the talented Sam Hanna, the book includes recipes, stories, and a history of drag in New Orleans.

What drag brunch is not: quiet, retiring, shy, boring. If it’s a lively glammed-up tasty good time you seek, then read on. Note: Most drag brunches are pop-ups, some happen every other week and others every weekend. This just in, Laveau Contraire is hosting two pop ups Oct. 19 and 26 with The Benedetti Group at Borgne in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The first brunch feataures Dusty Ray Bottoms of RuPaul’s Drag Race, former Miss Gay New Orleans USofA Britney DeLorean and the fish who fled from Hawaii (Slenderella). The second brunch spotlights Farrah Moan of Rupaul’s Drag Race , the delightful Debbie with a D (Joey Bean) and the slayer from St. Louis, (Siren). Check online or call to reserve.

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Parlor at the Pontchartrain

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This pretty new event space, with its lovely magnolia backdrop, is run by partners Emery Whalen and chef Brian Landry, the talented duo behind Jack Rose at the Hotel Pontchartrain. Brunch at the Parlor might include a crab omelette with wild mushrooms, shrimp and grits or duck confit hash. At one recent drag brunch, unlimited mimosas were flowing and included in the price.

Pythian Market

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Love this eclectic public market, with its variety of vendors dishing everything from barbecue to Vietnamese, Latin American, and seafood. Eight of the vendors serve brunch, with $18 getting you bottomless mimosas. Drag brunch at Pythian Market happens on a regular basis, featuring the ladies of Va Va Voom, who also star in drag bingo most Taco Tuesday nights.

A VaVa Voom performer at Pythian Market last spring
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Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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Broussard’s isn’t just a white tablecloth spot for French Creole cuisine in the Quarter. Pop-up drag brunches are shaking things up big time, with the next one planned for Halloween. Starring Miss Moanalot Fontaine, Miss Gia Giavanni and Miss Coca Mesa, the $49 brunch offers an impressive menu including shrimp and grits and veal grillades. Add bottomless mimosas for $14. 

A drag brunch at Broussard’s last year
Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard/Facebook

Fillmore New Orleans

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The weekly drag brunch at the Fillmore is wicked good fun, thanks to themes like Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and Sex and the City. Put on by Drag Divas, an all-star cast of queens and guest stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the lively happening is booze forward and raucous good fun. Tickets are in the $45 range and the place is huge – expect high decibels. 

A drag brunch performance at the Fillmore New Orleans in August
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Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

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Sundays are fun days at Cru, chef Marlon’s takeover of what used to be Feelings Café in the Marigny.  Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch shakes the rafters at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with Miss Vanessa Carr in the spotlight. Offered Saturdays too, the a la carte menu is well priced at $13-$18, with another $20 getting you bottomless Mimosas, bellinis, house made punch or bloody Mary’s. 

Artisan Bar and Cafe

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This low-key Marigny pub is known for its friendly bar and comfort cuisine. Low key is left behind on the second Saturday of each month, when Vanessa Carr presents Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch at Artisan. A $25 “ticket” on Eventbrite is used towards the price of your brunch. 

The exterior of a restaurant painted green with large double windows divided by the entrance. A sign hangs from above reading Artisan Cafe and one sits on the pavement in front of the building.
Outside Artisan Bar and Cafe
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The Country Club

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One of the longest running drag brunches in town, the Country Club in Bywater delivers an over the top scene every Saturday and some Sundays – and brunch sells out just about every weekend. Brunch is a la carte and there’s a swell Bloody Mary bar. Lots of bachelorette parties contribute an ear-splitting din.

The Country Club, located on Louisa St. in the Bywater
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Beauchamps Restaurant And Catering Venue

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Drag brunch on the West Bank y’all! This all you can eat black-and-gold-themed brunch pops up at Beauchamps Catering Venue in Terrytown, with the next party planned for November 3. The $45 price includes bottomless mimosas and the talents of Legacy Nicole, Serenity Lopez and Simone Rishard. Saints jerseys welcome. 

Parlor at the Pontchartrain

This pretty new event space, with its lovely magnolia backdrop, is run by partners Emery Whalen and chef Brian Landry, the talented duo behind Jack Rose at the Hotel Pontchartrain. Brunch at the Parlor might include a crab omelette with wild mushrooms, shrimp and grits or duck confit hash. At one recent drag brunch, unlimited mimosas were flowing and included in the price.

Pythian Market

Love this eclectic public market, with its variety of vendors dishing everything from barbecue to Vietnamese, Latin American, and seafood. Eight of the vendors serve brunch, with $18 getting you bottomless mimosas. Drag brunch at Pythian Market happens on a regular basis, featuring the ladies of Va Va Voom, who also star in drag bingo most Taco Tuesday nights.

A VaVa Voom performer at Pythian Market last spring
Pythian Market/Facebook

Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

Broussard’s isn’t just a white tablecloth spot for French Creole cuisine in the Quarter. Pop-up drag brunches are shaking things up big time, with the next one planned for Halloween. Starring Miss Moanalot Fontaine, Miss Gia Giavanni and Miss Coca Mesa, the $49 brunch offers an impressive menu including shrimp and grits and veal grillades. Add bottomless mimosas for $14. 

A drag brunch at Broussard’s last year
Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard/Facebook

Fillmore New Orleans

The weekly drag brunch at the Fillmore is wicked good fun, thanks to themes like Harry Potter, Mean Girls, and Sex and the City. Put on by Drag Divas, an all-star cast of queens and guest stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race, the lively happening is booze forward and raucous good fun. Tickets are in the $45 range and the place is huge – expect high decibels. 

A drag brunch performance at the Fillmore New Orleans in August
The Fillmore New Orleans/Facebook

Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

Sundays are fun days at Cru, chef Marlon’s takeover of what used to be Feelings Café in the Marigny.  Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch shakes the rafters at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with Miss Vanessa Carr in the spotlight. Offered Saturdays too, the a la carte menu is well priced at $13-$18, with another $20 getting you bottomless Mimosas, bellinis, house made punch or bloody Mary’s. 

Artisan Bar and Cafe

This low-key Marigny pub is known for its friendly bar and comfort cuisine. Low key is left behind on the second Saturday of each month, when Vanessa Carr presents Mama Honey’s Drag Brunch at Artisan. A $25 “ticket” on Eventbrite is used towards the price of your brunch. 

The exterior of a restaurant painted green with large double windows divided by the entrance. A sign hangs from above reading Artisan Cafe and one sits on the pavement in front of the building.
Outside Artisan Bar and Cafe
Artisan Bar and Cafe/Facebook

The Country Club

One of the longest running drag brunches in town, the Country Club in Bywater delivers an over the top scene every Saturday and some Sundays – and brunch sells out just about every weekend. Brunch is a la carte and there’s a swell Bloody Mary bar. Lots of bachelorette parties contribute an ear-splitting din.

The Country Club, located on Louisa St. in the Bywater
The Country Club/Official

Beauchamps Restaurant And Catering Venue

Drag brunch on the West Bank y’all! This all you can eat black-and-gold-themed brunch pops up at Beauchamps Catering Venue in Terrytown, with the next party planned for November 3. The $45 price includes bottomless mimosas and the talents of Legacy Nicole, Serenity Lopez and Simone Rishard. Saints jerseys welcome. 

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