Brunch

Palace Bar's Drag Brunch Named One of OpenTable's Top 100 in America

The Palace's drag brunch has been named one of the country's top 100 spots.
The Palace's drag brunch has been named one of the country's top 100 spots. Karli Evans
click to enlarge The Palace's drag brunch has been named one of the country's top 100 spots. - KARLI EVANS
The Palace's drag brunch has been named one of the country's top 100 spots.
Karli Evans
Every Sunday, drag queens in colorful costumes take over the sidewalk outside Miami Beach's Palace Bar to bust moves and belt out pop songs for hungry patrons and passersby.

It's not just brunch. It's drag brunch — one so hot it's been ranked among the finest in the nation, according to OpenTable, which yesterday released its annual "100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America."

The list was culled from more than 12 million OpenTable verified diner reviews of more than 30,000 establishments in 24 states between March 1, 2018, and February 28, 2019, tagged with the word "brunch."

Six spots in the Sunshine State made this year's list, including Louie Bossi Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale. Florida is one of the top states with multiple placings. California is the most recognized, with 16 restaurants, followed by New York, with 12, and Illinois and Pennsylvania, with eight each.

The Palace presents drag shows every Friday and Saturday, but the Sunday "Brunchic" is where it's at. For $45 per person, guests are treated to an action-packed show accompanying a menu of dishes that change weekly. Options often include items such as steak, seafood, and traditional breakfast fare like pancakes and French toast. An extra $20 guarantees unlimited mimosas, and $13 brings mint lemonade-spiked Ketel One vodka. The Palace's à la carte menu — including salads, tacos, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and burgers — is also available.


Be sure to call ahead for an outdoor seat to watch the show: Those coveted tables are usually reserved days — sometimes weeks — in advance.

Palace Bar & Restaurant. 1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-7234; palacesouthbeach.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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