We recently visited the Emerald City for the first time ever, so we called up our friend the Drunken Tomato and asked her for her expert recommendations. We knew we were only here for a short stay and wanted to know where we HAD to go. If we could only have one Bloody Mary in Seattle, we asked, where should we go?

Sam’s Tavern is was.

We came here solely for the Bloody Mary, but could only make it around 11pm on a Saturday night. Yep, they were still serving it despite the large crowd and booming music. We were served fast and the bartender didn’t even blink an eye when we ordered it. (Most bartenders give you the “We’re out of mix” line at that time of night, even though you know they’re stocked up for Sunday Brunch.)

Sam's Tavern Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Cheese, olive, cocktail weenie, cherry tomato, lime, pearl onion, celery, and a cheeseburger slider complete with lettuce, onion, tomato and sauce.

Price: $15

Sam’s Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary Masterpiece is not all for show. The mix itself has a nice smoky, spiciness and was very smooth. The salted rim is an added bonus.

We absolutely LOVED the garnish. The slider was reminiscent of a Big Mac or a Whopper and the cheese hunk was generous. Lots of snacking while sipping–a great combination!

Thanks so much for the recommendation, Shelley! We wish we could have connected and went out for bloodies together!

 

 

 

 

 

On the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area, I recently checked out Piece Pizzeria & Brewery in Chicago. This cute & hip spot is located in the Wicker Park neighborhood and was hoppin’ even on a Wednesday night.

We grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered an app and a pizza. My friend had promised me a “Bloody Mary made with pizza sauce,” but alas, we found out they are no more. They have changed their recipe since he was there last; however, we still ordered a couple to test ’em out.

Piece Bloody Mary

Spice: It had a little kick to it, especially the salt around the rim.

Mix: Homemade!

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Celery, Pepper, Cheese, Olive and a piece of Hot Doug’s sausage.

Price: $Unsure

This Bloody Mary was very tasty. I especially enjoyed the garnish. The food here was delicious, too. A little sad I missed out on the pizza sauce version, however! Definitely recommend this place as a dining option when you’re in the area. Cheers!

Our State Fair is a great State Fair… From cream puffs and fried stuff on a stick to micro brews and beersicles, there is a ton of great food and drink to be enjoyed.

Each year, the vendors seems to try to one-up each other and themselves by creating the most outrageous concoctions.

This year, the Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger from the Exotic Meats stand caught our attention.

Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

The Mountain Man Burger, for the uninitiated, contains “5 Animals in 1 Patty!” Yes, that’s right, the patty was comprised of Antelope, Bison, Boar, Elk and Venison blended in a 1/3 lb. patty, seasoned like a bloody mary. The patty is topped with a special bloody mary sauce and celery salt, and served on a gourmet bun. It was then garnished with a skewer of celery, pickle, olive, bloody mary cheese curd, bloody mary meat stick and marinated mushroom.
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So, we shelled out the $13 for this delicacy and gave it a try.

We have to admit, we were a little disappointed. While not too gamey-tasting (like I was expecting), the patty seemed small and quite dry. There was definitely more bun than meat. The best part about this was the garnish, but we would have rather had that on top of a real bloody mary, rather than this burger–especially for the price tag.

Sorry, guys. We really wanted to like it! Next time, you’ll find us sampling a drink instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We recently visited Point Burger Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Happy Hour.

Point Burger Bar combines top-notch burgers along with beer from Steven’s Point Brewery (hence the name).

The restaurant is headed up by local restaurateur Brian Ward, owner of Ward’s House of Prime and was inspired by burger bars in Las Vegas.

A licensing agreement with Stevens Point Brewery, a Wisconsin brewery with a history that dates back to 1857, lends both their name and their beer to the fast casual dining spot.

The bar features 30 taps, 25 of which are Point products, along with over 60 bottled brews and a full selection of spirits; it also has a great Happy Hour.

On a separate occasion we dined here for lunch and built our own burgers, but the next time we knew we had to try out the drinks, so we came for the Happy Hour.

Although the bloodies weren’t on the special, you know we just had to test drive ’em anyway. For you, of course.

Point Burger Bar Bloody Mary

Mix: Sacramento

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Bacon, Olive, Cheese, Pickle

Price: $11

While Point Burger Bar gets “points” for using our favorite mix, the chaser, cheese and bacon, it gets docked for the hefty price tag, in our opinion. We knew the bloodies weren’t on the Happy Hour special, but we didn’t expect to pay $11 a pop. That’s a problem when they’re so good you order two and get saddled with a $22 bill when you didn’t even eat real food!

We’d suggest knocking the price back to a more reasonable $7 or $8, which seems more on par with similar bloodies in the marketplace. Or, hey, you’re a Burger Bar. We’d gladly pay the $11 if you slapped on a slider or two, like Milwaukee Burger Co., AJ Bombers or Sobleman’s before you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently we found ourselves in San Diego, home of many great bloodies that we’ve previously reviewed. On this particular trip, we revisited two of our favorites: Cafe 21 (where we weren’t able to imbibe, but enjoyed our breakfast) as well as the Bier Garden of Encinitas (where we tried a different one of their Bloody options, review updated).

Other than that, we really didn’t have much time to seek out anywhere new, but we did have some time to kill at the airport on our way home. That’s when we stopped at Banker’s Hill Restaurant and Bar in our terminal.

While the actual restaurant itself looks cool, the watered-down airport version was crowded and left much to be desired, particularly when it came to the average-at-best bloody mary:

Banker's Hill

 

Mix: Unsure

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Olive, celery

Price: $?

We barely sipped half of the drink and boarded our flight home with a somewhat spicy but non-memorable taste in our mouths.

Next time, we’ll stick with our known entities, purposely seek out some more great Bloody places, and/ or give the actual Banker’s Hill restaurant itself a do-over.

Cheers!

In San Francisco, we took a trip down the Embarcadero, which led us to the Ferry Building, which led us to Hog Island Oyster Co. on a whim.

Now, we love Oysters and you know that seafood in San Francisco will be especially delicious. Plus, where you find oysters you often find… Bloodies!

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MIX: The Hog Island Bloody Mary is made with vodka, organic tomato juice, Tobasco and “Hog Wash,” whatever that is.

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Two olives and some spices(?)

PRICE: $11

The Hog Island Bloody Mary was quite delicious. There’s just something about a Bloody Mary that compliments the oysters and seafood so well.

I highly recommend you check out Hog Island for their bloody mary, their oysters, and their awesome view of the Bay!

We recently visited popular San Francisco establishment Mama’s on Washington Square.

This place always has a line out the door and on weekends, it is not uncommon to wait hours to get in.

On this mid-week visit, we only had to wait about 30 minutes to order and be seated. After reviewing the menu, we could see why people make the trek here. We couldn’t decide on what to order, so we went with the French Toast Sampler and, of course, a Bloody Mary.

Neither disappointed.

The French Toast was amazing, especially the Banana version–whose idea was it to make French  Toast out of Banana Bread?! Pure genius.

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Mama’s reminded us a lot of Honey Honey Cafe, so we were fully prepared for a similar Bloody Mary experience. In fact, we almost skipped the Bloody altogether in favor of one of Mama’s fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies or coffee beverage, but when we saw the listing, we decided we had to try it.

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We have never had a Bloody Mary made with Soju before…in fact, we’ve never had Soju period. So we had to give it a shot. Upon Googling of Soju, we found out that Soju, for those similarly uninitiated, is a “Korean vodka,” except it’s not really vodka.

They also hooked us with Uncle Cy‘s secret spicy mix…

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MIX:”Secret” Bloody Mary Mix, made with Soju

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Lemon, Lime & Celery

PRICE: $7

This Bloody Mary was very good. It definitely had a seafood-type taste to it, so we are guessing it contains one or all of the following: Clamato, Old Bay, actual crab.

It was spicy as billed, but definitely not TOO spicy. As for the Soju? I don’t really think it had much of it’s own taste, so it worked well in the beverage. Overall, it was a nice compliment to the sweetness of the French Toast.

Our only real complaint about the experience? Mama’s doesn’t take credit cards. We could have ordered another drink if only we’d had enough cash!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a recent visit to San Francisco, we stopped at Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery for breakfast.

We absolutely loved this place. It had a line out the door the entire time we were there, but it was well worth the wait.

On this visit, we sampled an Athena Omelette and a Baklava Crepe. Of course, we had to try their Bloody Mary as well!

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MIX:Tabasco

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Lemon

PRICE: $4.75

This drink was modestly priced at $4.75, but you get what you pay for. There was nothing special about this drink. You could tell Honey Honey does not serve many of these drinks and probably keeps them on their menu because they feel like they have to offer it as a breakfast/brunch venue.

This is not to say that we didn’t absolutely LOVE Honey Honey, however. We just don’t recommend checking them out for their Bloody Mary… the rest of their menu is a different story! Be sure to check them out if you’re in the Bay area!

Back to Atlanta again… this time to Bantam + Biddy in Lenox Mall.

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MIX: Homemade mix

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Salted rim, celery, olive, lemon

PRICE: $5

At a modest $5, you cannot go wrong ordering a Bloody Mary from Bantam + Biddy, even if the drink itself wasn’t something super special. It was your average bloody–not amazing, but certainly not bad in any way.

 

On a recent trip to Atlanta, we dined at the Brake Pad in College Park.

Although we were there for dinner, we were pleased to see the “BP” Bloody Mary on the menu for ordering at any time of day.

MIX: Absolut Peppar and Guiness added to their mix!

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Bacon, Celery, Pickle, Olives & Lemon

PRICE: $?

This Bloody Mary was quite good. It had a nice kick to it and even though you couldn’t exactly taste the Guinness itself, it did add to the overall flavor.