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posted Friday, April 18 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 16
'Queen of the Brunch' at Julia's on Broadway is as good as it gets!
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'Queen of the Brunch' at Julia's on Broadway is as good as it gets!

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It wasn't that long ago when, on a Sunday, the Gays had to search high and low for somewhere to be for brunch - or Gay lunch, as some people call it - whether nursing a hangover, meeting up with family and friends, or all of the above. And the reality of it all is, is that there just wasn't anything good happening to justify a queen going out of her way to spend any amount of money on breakfast food - until Mama Tits started her 'Mimosas with Mama' and all hell broke loose on Sunday afternoons.

There have been some who tried it, and it didn't stick. There have also been many who dared not try it, knowing that, for their venue, it wouldn't stick. I'm talking about Gay Brunch, of course. The ingredients are simple: Drag Queen(s), a DJ or sound technician, mildly good breakfast grub and - Boom! - you're in business! Only & it isn't that simple at all, is it?

So I applaud the shows and the people in those shows that have been able to hang on, through all kinds of fair-weather brunch eaters, a great recession, and an ever-changing neighborhood with its demands for quality and quantity - at a discount price, of course!

So when I heard that Eladio Preciado and Karsten Bedt, owners of Julia's on Broadway and creators of 'Le Faux,' Seattle's best female celebrity impersonation show, were putting together a Sunday brunch that was scheduled to take on 'Mimosas With Mama,' I thought, 'Well, this is going to get interesting.'

I didn't think that because I particularly care about Hill politics, and who likes who, and all that nonsense; instead, I was looking at it strictly from a saturation standpoint. For years the Hill didn't sustain even one Sunday brunch. Now - and if you mix in the other Sunday Funday Happy Hours, specials and what not - you could get a feeling that this might not work out too well for the Julia's gang.

Except history does repeat itself. And if there is one thing that Capitol Hill history has taught us (and Broadway in particular) - is that it is wise to bet on the house when it comes to Karsten and Eladio, because the house truly does always win. 'Queen of the Brunch' is as good (and in some places even better than) 'Le Faux!'



I attended the April 13 'Queen of the Brunch' drag show because Seattle drag king Ceasar Hart was scheduled to make history as the very first drag king to join the cast, and because I was curious and had the time to see what all the fuss was about. I can tell you firsthand that the 'fuss' is not just hot air either - 'Queen of the Brunch' is a solid show both in production value and entertainment value.

Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Julia's on Broadway (300 Broadway E.) has a drag show hosted by the fabulous and very talented Kristie Champagne, featuring 'Le Faux' entertainers Jaxen Brown, Kaleena Markos and more. In addition, just like Ceasar Hart, the producers invite performers, who enjoy local celebrity from both yesterday and today, to present an act to the surprisingly lively Sunday afternoon crowd. The great thing is that every weekend is a different show, so if you come more than once, you still will be thoroughly entertained.

'Queen of the Brunch' is a Priscilla: Queen of the Desert themed show. According to the producers, 'It's all about the glitter, the glam, and the gorgeous queens who are fighting for the weekly 'Queen of the Brunch' title!'

Eat before or during the show from Julia's extensive breakfast menu. There are seven omelets available, plus a build-your-own option, three different breakfast burritos, and four scrambles to choose from. In addition, Julia's offers all of the classics, like Eggs Benedict, Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs Huevos Rancheros. And if you're in the mood for sweet, they have several options, including Blueberry Crepes, Belgian Waffles, French Toast.

'Queen of the Brunch' is an all-age appropriate show. At the show I attended, there were at least four youth, all under the age of 16, having a blast - enjoying the food, the show, and the overall ambient mood of happiness that 'Queen of the Brunch' elicits from the audience. While I wouldn't exactly call the show PG, I would say that the queens onstage toned down their profanity as soon as they saw kids in the audience. That level of professionalism is appreciated. It is possible to entertain without the use of the word 'bitch.'

For those looking to enjoy the show and a drink, the bar staff makes a good Bloody Mary and delicious Mimosas. General seating is $10; VIP is $20 for the best seats closest to the stage and the action. If you want to reserve group seats, please call 206-334-0513. Tickets are available at the door. For more information about 'Queen of the Brunch' drag show, 'Le Faux' and Julia's on Broadway, go to www.JuliasRestaurantSeattle.com.

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