We recently visited Cleveland, Ohio where we made a pilgrimage to A Christmas Story House.

The home from the cult classic movie A Christmas Story has been now restored to its movie splendor and is open year round to the public for tours and even overnight stays. In addition to the home that has been staged exactly as the set in the film, there is a museum that features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film.

If you’re a fan of this movie (and really, who isn’t), you’ll LOVE this tour. You’ll learn a lot about the making of the film and get your hands on some pretty cool stuff, making for awesome photo opportunities.

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Across the street is the Rowley Inn, which also played a part in the movie.

During the filming the upstairs of the building served as a location for make-up and wardrobe, and the bar served as a location for post-filming “meetings”.  Many extras in the movie were patrons who regularly frequented the bar and were there at a minutes notice when someone was needed, and several even still live in the neighborhood.

When we saw the leg lamp in the window, we knew that was where we would be dining, post-tour of the house.

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Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Olive

Price: $?

The Bloody Mary here was tasty, but not something we would seek out had it not been for the proximity to the house. The food was terrific and it seems like they have a wide variety on their menu. Again, we probably would not come here specifically to drink or dine, but it’s a great spot for a post-tour bite/drink and I’m sure, a terrific neighborhood watering hole.

When you’re in this area, don’t overlook the Rowley Inn because you won’t be disappointed!

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We recently found ourselves in Minnesota, dining with friends who had ever-so-thoughtfully researched establishments with great bloodies before picking a lunch spot.

“This place showed up on several ‘Best’ lists when we searched for bloodies in Minneapolis,” they said.

When we arrived, we found they had two bloodies on their regular menu: a Basil Bloody and a Bloody Molly.

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Spice: Both of these drinks had just the right amound of spice. The Basil Bloody definitely had a “punch” as they described. You could taste both the Sriracha and the basil in that one.

Mix: Housemade. The Basil Bloody had organic Basil vodka and the Molly had Irish Whiskey.

Chaser: Yes.

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Lemon and salted rim.

Price: $11 each

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These Bloodies were both quite tasty and hit the spot on a warm late-Spring day.

In addition to the drinks, this bar/restaurant had an extensive beer list and a breakfast poutine that was out of this world.

While we are aware of many “fancier” bloodies in the area with crazy build-your-own bars, this one was delicious while keeping it simple. We recommend!

We recently visited Harvest by the Patio in downtown San Diego for Saturday morning brunch and bloodies.

This was our first time at Harvest and we were overwhelmed with the dining options! We deliberated greatly before settling on the Olympia Bowl.

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We were highly satisfied with our decision, which also turned out to be food porn.

The beverages decision was simple. Once we saw the “Cedar Mary” on the menu, we jumped. Even at $20, we knew it was something special we had to try.

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After reconciling the $20 cost against providing our loyal readers with an amazing review, imagine our surprise when this is what showed up at our table:

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Now, we will admit this drink was very good, but as we’re imbibing we’re wondering about the cedar planks and how this can possibly be worth $20.

Lo and behold… it wasn’t. They didn’t actually serve us the right drink! We didn’t find out until the bill came, when we were charged just $8, for what must be their standard, everyday Bloody.

Those disappointing stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cherry Tomato, Shishito Pepper

Price: $8

While the food here was delicious and the standard Bloody Mary was enjoyable, I will say that the service was severely lacking. The place was not busy considering it was a Saturday around 1pm, but we still found ourselves having to get up to ask our bartender to find our waitress, put our order in, bring us more water, the check, etc.

Had the service been better, we might’ve taken the time to inquire early on as to whether we had received the right drink, or brought it up at least when we received the bill; however, we ended up being pressed for time and decided that it was their loss on upselling us to their specialty beverage and having that reviewed.

Again, delicious food; bad day for service and a disappointment on the Bloody Mary end. Maybe next time we’re in San Diego, we’ll give them another shot to get it right!

On a recent trip to San Diego, California, we made our way to the beach on Coronado. Following a romp in the sun, we checked out Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge  on Good Friday for a bite to eat and, of course, a Bloody Mary.

First, a word about the poke tacos… San Diego, or Southern California in general, is kind of known for its fish tacos… Many places serve them and it’s really hard to find bad ones there. However, here at Leroy’s, they are poke tacos instead… made with Ahi Tuna, Napa slaw, spicy creme and served in a crispy wonton shell, these tacos still give you that beachy vibe with an Asian flare.

Delicious. 10/10, would recommend. Also, a perfect meal on Good Friday when Catholics should be abstaining from meat.

But then… the Bloody Mary. It’s not just a regular Bloody Mary served at Leroy’s, but a BACON Bloody Mary.

The stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade with Bacon-Infused Tito’s Vodka

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Cucumber, Celery, Candied Bacon

Price: $12.50

So, again, Poke Tacos…a good Good Friday choice… a Bacon Bloody Mary presented a great conundrum. After much internal deliberation, we decided that, even in the name of Bloody Mary research, we could not eat the candied bacon; however, we did make an exception for the beverage itself even though the vodka was “bacon-infused.”

The drink was pretty good, although admittedly, probably not worth the price, and you couldn’t beat the resort-town, beachy vibe. We also bet the bacon was delicious, but you’ll have to visit and let us know for yourself!

From the genius of local Chef Michael Feker comes a new Mexican place on Milwaukee’s west side, in the building that once held Birdie’s Café.

Feker is perhaps best known in the area for his restaurant IL Mito, in Wauwatosa, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a casual fine dining setting.

His new venture is 2Mesa, which represents the Spanish words “tu mesa,” meaning “your table.” Chef Feker and his wife want to be your table away from home.

Tucked in the neighborhood, 2Mesa is just what this location needed. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am to 2pm, with lunch service from 11am to close and dinner beginning at 5pm.

We had our first visit to 2Mesa on a Saturday morning, around 11am, so we had our choice between breakfast and brunch.

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After much deliberation, we chose the Divorced Omelet-organic eggs complimented with herbs, cheese, ham, and spinach and topped with both green and red sauces. Served with Mexican potatoes and beans.

Of course, we also had to try their Bloody Mary.

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The stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: Housemade with your choice of tequila or vodka

Chaser: Full-Size bottle of Miller Lite or Corona

Fixin’s: 2 Olives, Lemon, Lime and salted rim

Price: $8?

This Bloody Mary was the perfect consistency and tasted very light and refreshing. However, it is quite petite! It was almost like having a beer with a Bloody Mary chaser. Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with that… we’ll just have to order two next time!

And there will definitely be a next time because this place is something special. We love the cozy atmosphere and the food was delicious and priced just right.

Thank you for bringing a great place like this to the neighborhood, Chef Feker!

 

 

One of Arizona’s most-talked about bloody marys is available at Hash Kitchen. Featuring a build-your-own bar with over 40 toppings to choose from, the place that bills itself as “Turntables +Mimosas+ Bloody Marys + Crazy Brunch Menu” certainly lives up to its hype.

We got there early on a Sunday morning and while we weren’t able to make reservations ahead of time and the place was poppin’, we were told it would only be about a 20-30 minute wait for a table for two. Not bad! We were able to fill the time by heading to their special build-your-own station located in the middle of the restaurant. Complete with its own cashier, we got in line, chose our vodka and began to assemble our masterpieces.

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By the time we found a place to hang out for the remainder of our wait, our table was already ready. Genius way to keep customers occupied, plus we didn’t have to waste time once seated by getting up to go make our drinks.

So, we sat down to order our brunch and were blown away (again), this time by the menu.

When I saw the s’mores French toast (graham cracker brioche/Nutella/charred marshmallow fluff), I knew that was what I had to order.

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 Spice: It’s up to you! Choose from regular vodka or several infused options.

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Mix: House-mix, up to you to doctor up.

Chaser: None offered

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Fixin’s: Over 40 craft fixin’s to choose from, including bacon, meatballs, toasted ravioli and even pickled mango.

Price: $12

Now I know that there is a segment of the population who doesn’t like to build their own bloodies. I can understand that. If you’re one of those, Hash offers a standard version that you can order and have delivered to your seat, no sweat. But for those of us who are creative and like to pile on as many toppings as we can, your palate will enjoy the palette at Hash.

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The best part for Hash is that we can’t really blame them if the Bloody Mary is “bad,” because that would be our own fault now, wouldn’t it? J

Doubtful that it ever really could be, however. Definitely a happenin’ spot to check out next time you’re in the Valley of the Sun.

One of our favorite pizza joints is Grimaldi’s. For years, we have enjoyed Grimaldi’s on visits to Peoria, Arizona and we were ecstatic when we learned a Grimaldi’s was opening up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, which is much closer to home.

Although we have dined at Grimaldi’s often, we have only enjoyed wine as an accompaniment to our favorites (margherita pizza and kale chopped salad FTW!)…until now.

How did we never realize that Grimaldi’s also boasts an amazing Bloody Mary?!

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Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: GRIMALDI”S FAMOUS PIZZA SAUCE + Square One Basil Vodka + Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mix

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Pizza Toppings: Basil, Tomato, Pepperoni, Olive

Price: $10

This pizza-themed Bloody Mary is genius. Love, love, loved it. We didn’t need another reason to go to Grimaldi’s but now we have one…and you do, too.

For the first Friday of March Madness, we visited Paulie’s Pub in West Allis to watch a little of the action on the court.

We came for the basketball and beers, but found ourselves digging the Bloody Marys and the old music videos being played on alternate monitors—nostalgia at its finest.

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Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: Choose from anything on tap—and there are many good options.

Fixin’s: Beefstick, olive, Brussels sprout, cocktail onion, lemon, lime

Price: $8

We enjoyed this one so much that we ordered a second. Well done, Paulie’s. We will be back.

We recently found ourselves in historic downtown Glendale, AZ at a restaurant/bar that gives off a newer vibe than many of the old-timey shops and dining staples. Housed in the Humphrey-Davidson building, Cuff has brought a more modern feel to the place constructed in 1895. According to Cuff, they were recently named Best Cocktail Bar in the West Valley, so we had to check them out.

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We sat at the bar and enjoyed a dinner of a simple but delicious burger and fries. Since it was after 6pm, we didn’t know if the bartender would be up for making us a bloody mary, but since it was listed prominently on their cocktail menu, we thought we’d ask.

They were happy to oblige.

Spice: A little too spicy…maybe the chile liquer?

Mix: Housemade, with Tito’s vodka and ancho reyes chile liquer

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Bacon, olive, celery, carrot, cucumber

Price: $9

Unfortunately, we weren’t fans of this drink. It might be the ancho reyes chili liquer, but it was a little too spicy and/or the ratio of liquor to mix was “off.” As you can see, this drink was a bit too clear of a consistency as compared to normal bloodies, so perhaps this was just a one-time bum experience.

If we are back in downtown Glendale, we would certainly visit Cuff again, but we’d have to give one of their other craft cocktails a go instead.

On a snowy Sunday in early February, we visited Birch + Butcher for brunch & bloodies (say that three times fast!).IMG_5482

 

Spice: Not too spicy, but tasty.

Mix: Housemade, with your choice of vodka, gin, tequila, scotch or aquavit

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Summer Sausage, Cheese and Small Pickle

Price: $8

This Bloody Mary was very tasty and we liked the fact that let you choose your liquor, came with a chaser and included a salted rim; however, as you can see from the photo, it was a little lighter in color and perhaps could’ve had a bit of a thicker taste, in our opinion.

The brunch fare here is very trendy and it truly is a mix of “both primitive + modern cooking styles” that are both “nostalgically comfortable + inspiring,” per their website.

As you know, we are always in the market to try new bloodies and quite often, that means a new place for brunch, so bring it on!