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Sunday Brunch At Perry’s

Posted in Eats by msdisdain on August 15, 2008

Alright, I’ll be honest, the Saturday before had been a ruckus one, and I walked into Perry’s in Adam’s Morgan looking forward to mad eats, and an egg-loving-pancaking-coffee-and-toast-grubbing kind of Sunday.  I also walked into a line that went down the stairs and almost out the door.  Curious.  Food must be good.  To my luck and moreso thanks to some excellent strategic coordination, our friends were already in line, waiting and sipping on (1) iced coffee and (2) a green tea frappucino.

Aside:  Everyone here dolls up and gets pretty for Sunday brunch.  I had heard a lot of acclaim for Perry’s as it does have in addition to some decent grub and drink, a certain attractive, semi-loungy atmosphere to it.

We joined them further up the line and I peeked over the bannister to a full house of eaters, couples, friends, parties and a buffet.  You could hear the chatter of a million different stories, the clinking of coffee cups and the chiming of silverware against the porcelain white of hot restaurant plates.  A few minutes into standing in the queue and suddenly I hear disco karaoke music blaring from a decent in-house system, and a half-naked drag queen dawning a beautiful sequenced risque cabaret outfit comes rolling through the back entrance and into the crowded dinning area singing, I dont remember, but something along the lines of ‘Dancing Queen.’  Laughing and cheering in between chews, the eaters had soaked it all in and clapped with gusto after her performance.  Great, awesome, I say with a little bit of What the hell is this anyway? under my breath.  Oh, cool!  But the show’s probably over.  We laugh and look at eachother and then promptly escorted to our tables where we were encouraged not to take too long having fun at this meal.

For starters, the grub:

The coffee is delish but go for a pitcher of Mimosas while you’re there.  A perfect buzz to an ensuing clownshow of clap-happy eaters and the OJ tasted especially fresh.  The buffet was a combination of tastes with an assortment of green salads, pasta salads, bean salads and fruit salads, eggs, ham,bacon, sausage and hash browns for the breakfast diggers, five-cheesy mac n cheese for the folks eating for comfort and a nice vegetarian lasagna for the light lunch lovers with a partial sushi bar, a bit of a desert bar and really good toast.

Half way through our meal and two deep:

Queue disco music and out comes another woman in drag, this time dressed in a pink sparkly bikini type costume.  Taking dollars for a split second grope and wink, this is what you get when the ladies of the date throw a dollar down for their homeboys:

The Boys and Her

The Boys and Her

That should be enough of a hint, because I wont spoil the rest.  The troupe is a group of five that do various performances including Drag Bingo on Tuesday nights.  I need to do the research on where and when.  Recently the drag show brunch was featured on the Travel Channel’s ‘Samantha Brown’ which aired last Thursday night.  There were a few bachelorette parties and many double and triple dates that were at the brunch.  It’s a great way to kick it not so kosher wth your friends…

Perry’s is known for its decent grub but moreso for its Happy Hour on the 3rd flr. terrace.

Here’s the info in case you want in on the brunch madness:


1811 Columbia Road NW

Washington, DC 20009


Happy Hour Every Day 1730-1930

$4 Cocktails / $5 small sushi plates = nomnomnom