French Quarter Brasserie
We had the pleasure of checking out the French Quarter Brasserie this past Sunday for their first ever Drag Brunch and let us tell you, it was quite the experience in more ways than one! But, we'll get into that in a bit.
The French Quarter Brasserie is a relatively new (opened August of 2017) spot on Pearl Street that features a New Orleans style menu. The inside is unique, with colorful chalk art depicting musicians on one brick wall, and a lively bar on the other. They also have a patio, for those warmer days-- which is always a desirable option in Boulder!
Our favorite feature of the restaurant was definitely the amazing speakeasy located downstairs which is only open on the weekends and has a separate menu for those who are informed. The bar is made of bookshelves (adorable) and there is an actual rocky passageway that leads towards the north side of the building. Reportedly, the passageway used to go all the way to Hotel Boulderado but has since been blocked off. Bummer, we know. P.S. We didn't get a good shot of the speakeasy, which is all the more reason for you to check it out yourself!
Pro tip: Check for the red light on the patio and you'll know the Speakeasy is open.
Ok, now onto Brunch!
We opted for some of their fun, New Orleans style cocktails: the Hurricane and the Marie Laveau. The Hurricane was classic, delicious and definitely packed a punch (side-note: if you don't enjoy the taste of alcohol this may not be the drink for you). The Marie Laveau stole the show, though. Champagne + Chambord come together for a raspberry, bubbly cocktail that was light and refreshing. If sweet isn’t your thing, try the Rajin’ Cajun bloody Marie or the Cajun Martini (vodka + jalepeño juice, yum!). They also offer two bottomless options for brunch: Bloody Marie and mimosas for $20.
Chesapeake Bay Oysters
The oysters were so fresh, we felt like we were on the coast while we sat and enjoyed these. They were accompanied by cocktail sauce and horseradish, both equally delicious additions! The 1/2 dozen was a good amount for the two of us to enjoy as an app. They also have Charbroiled Oysters and Blue Point Oysters but come early as they can sell out!
Pro Tip: happy hour goes from 3-6 DAILY and oysters are $1!
Fried Gator Benedict
We LOVED this dish. Obviously, it wasn't your typical benny, but for those who aren't afraid to step out of their comfort zone we highly encourage trying it. The pieces of gator were hearty and perfectly breaded with a mild spice. They were complimented perfectly by the creamy hollandaise sauce, which was slightly salty but not overpowering. The fried gator, sauce, poached egg, spinach, all sat atop a pancake-like bread which came together to make this a dish worth licking the plate for! Other Benedicts on the menu include the Fried Oyster and the Fried Shrimp. We're definitely going back to try them all!
Honey Fried Chicken and Beignets
This is a perfect brunch option for those with a sweet tooth! We loved that the chicken was paired with traditional southern beignets for a new twist on the "chicken and waffles" idea. The chicken was honey glazed and perfectly fried with plenty of powdered sugar. Some of us may have even gotten some powdered sugar in our hair while we were enjoying... not naming any names, though.
Know Before You Go: The entree items are a bit on the pricey side ranging from ~16-22 (they are mostly seafood, after all, so pretty typical for landlocked Boulder) but they offer a variety of smaller dishes and $1 happy hour oysters can't be beat!
Delicious food, cocktails and a show?! You can't beat it. We have to admit, this was our first Drag experience here in Boulder, and though we didn't know exactly what we were in for, we had an absolute blast. Felony Misdemeanor was the host, and she kept us highly entertained with humorous banter and introductions. The Queens put on some awesome performances with dance music and choreographed routines. The most amazing part, though, was how many times they changed their outfits and hair! We were seriously impressed by the showmanship (or ladyship) but above all, how well they rocked those stilettos!
Overall, we loved our time at French Quarter Brasserie, and can't wait to go back. From the excellent service to the New Orleans style food and one of a kind entertainment, it's a place that's totally unique on the Boulder scene. The Drag Brunch is sure to be a permanent installment on Sundays based on the success of this one, but, if you'd rather head in for something a little more PG, they also do Crawfish Boils on Saturdays!