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Runway drag brunch host and producer Ladie Chablis — Courtesy photo
Runway drag brunch host and producer Ladie Chablis — Courtesy photo

If you're seeking a stellar weekend-afternoon activity, look no further than Seattle's Runway drag brunch at Taqueria Cantina. Featuring DJ Vince Urban, a rotating guest list of entertainers, great Mexican food with a modern twist, and a delicious cocktail menu with over a hundred varieties of tequila, it's an absolute treat to experience.

Taqueria Cantina's downtown location is very accessible. Located by Pier 57, the building offers a paid parking garage with an elevator that takes you right up to the cantina. If you happen to be walking to brunch, there is an elevator on First Street that will take you directly down to the venue.

Daniel Ceballos, Brian Brandell, and Salvador Amezquita are the owners of this lovely establishment. They started this all-ages drag brunch over two years ago to "create a safe environment where everyone can experience what drag is, regardless of identity and age."

It definitely delivers. The diverse set of entertainers, with different styles of drag, means there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The owners of the restaurant all agree that they are incredibly grateful for the support they have received, not only from the LGBTQIA+ community but from "everyone else that has an open mind to appreciate the art that drag queens bring" to their establishments.

Every facet of Seattle drag
The drag brunch, which originated at Taqueria Cantina's downtown location — and is hosted and produced every Sunday by the seasoned legend herself, Ladie Chablis — later expanded to the Belltown location, where every Saturday, Belltown Babes is hosted by Drew and Jessica Paradisco.

The brunch truly showcases every facet of Seattle drag. Drag queens, kings, and things are all celebrated and welcome to perform. This Sunday's lineup featured Moltyn Decadence, Londyn Bradshaw, Dion Dior Black (Seattle's top bearded queen, carrying the title of National Bearded Empress Renaissance), Jayla Foxx, and Reign Ferrah James.

Diversity is not always present at drag shows, but Chablis makes a point of it: five out of the six (counting Ladie Chablis) are queens of color

Moreover, Chablis has been an integral part of Seattle drag and the community at large for decades, nurturing and fostering talent in all of its stages and forms. The brunch is another prime example of her love for the Seattle Queer scene, providing opportunities for entertainers who far outumber the chances to perform. Ladie Chablis truly embodies what it means to be an icon.

I would like to include a few very important guidelines. Tipping is mandatory: it takes a lot of money to make quality drag possible, and most drag entertainers are extremely underpaid. Tip the staff too — they work very hard to make every brunch run smoothly. And most importantly, consent is mandatory. Drag entertainers are like exotic birds: look but don't touch unless explicitly stated otherwise.

You can catch the Runway drag brunch with Ladie Chablis every Sunday at 89 University St., Seattle, WA 98101 at 12:30 p.m. Drew and Jessica Paradisco's fabulous Belltown Babes brunch takes place every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at 2630 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. You can make reservations online at https://rsvp.taqueriacantina.com