Combine New Orleans’ top-notch cuisine, lively atmosphere, affinity for glitz and glamor, and vibrant community of LGBTQ entertainers, and you’ve got a recipe for a drag brunch you will never forget. After all, everything's better when drag and food are involved, right?
Today, weekly and monthly drag brunches are held at bars and restaurants throughout the city to satisfy your appetite for a mid-afternoon celebration. The trend has been so popular that beloved local media personality Poppy Tooker, host of NPR’s Louisiana Eats!, wrote Drag Queen Brunch, a 160-page book that combines stunning photographs of local drag entertainers with recipes for your favorite brunch fare.
For those ready to experience the phenomenon firsthand, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite drag brunches. Spots fill up fast, so make your reservations, grab your dollars, and get ready for the show of a lifetime.
Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Queen Brunch
Not content to simply write about drag brunches, Poppy Tooker adds her own special flair to the scene with a truly unique pop-up experience. Poppy’s Pop-Up Drag Queen Brunch is held nearly every month at various locations, including the famous Tujague’s Restaurant, and features a rotating cast of queens. Oh, and did we mention bottomless mimosas? Reservations are encouraged (and sometimes required), so check for details by visiting www.poppytooker.com.
This long-running spectacle is held every Saturday and Sunday with seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Drag Brunch features an a-la-carte menu, bottomless mimosas, and an impressive Bloody Mary bar. There’s no extra charge for the show, but plan ahead, because reservations book up months – yes, months – in advance.
Local drag legends Jessica Campagne and Kookie Baker are regular performers at SideCarNOLA’s drag brunch, which is held on select Sundays. The price of admission includes access to a buffet and jaw-dropping performances on the outdoor patio, and showgoers can also order from a wide range of food and drink specials. Reservations are encouraged.
If you’re looking for an immersive art experience and drag brunch all in one place, Music Box Village is the place for you. This eclectic Bayou St. John venue hosts a monthly drag brunch for $15 admission, plus the price of brunch. Because food is not served by the venue itself, expect a rotating list of food vendors.
The Tasting Room
This Magazine Street eatery boasts an incredible drag brunch that is held one weekend a month on both Saturday and Sunday. While the lineup of queens changes regularly, their delicious cheese boards, bottomless mimosas, and Bloody Marys are permanent staples. After you’re done tipping the girls, stroll down Magazine for some of the best shopping and art galleries in the city.
Regularly hosted by Eureeka Starfish and Vanessa Carr Kennedy, Barrilleaux’s weekly Sunday Funday drag brunch starts at 11 a.m. and is just as delicious as it is entertaining. The brunch menu includes classic breakfast fare like chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy, as well as $25 bottomless mimosas. Barrilleaux regularly updates their Facebook page with weekly lineups and reservation links.