Archive for June 2, 2013

On Friday, I hit another Third Ward location for Bloodies. This time, Cafe Benelux.

Benelux is part of the Lowlands Group of restaurants which includes some of my favorite places to get a Bloody Mary:Cafe Hollander, Trocadero, and Cafe Centraal. (In writing this I just realized I haven’t reviewed ANY of those here yet—FOR SHAME! Don’t worry, I will get on that!)

Anyway, each of these hot spots boasts an impressive and tasty variety of Bloodies. Here’s the Benelux Lineup:

I had the Athenian and one of my dining partners had the Red Barbie (and kindly let me have a taste), so I’m able to review both of those here.

The Athenian

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good.

Mix: Their own mix with Effen Cucumber Vodka

Chaser: Small light beer.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Feta Cheese, Kalamta Olive, Olive, Grape Tomato, Pickle and Asparagus

Price: $9

I LOVED this drink. It quickly shot up in the ranks to become one of my favorites.

The Rad Barbie

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good; BBQ sauce was overpowering

Mix: Their own mix, made with horseradish-infused Van Gogh vodka

Chaser: Small light beer.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Pickle, Olive, Asparagus, Bacon

Price: $9

This one was also a winner, but with a couple of caveats—one, I am all for horseradish, but I couldn’t taste the vodka in this drink because the bbq sauce was overpowering. However, the sauce was also tasty, so it’s not a terrible thing. Just don’t know if I could drink more than one of these.

On Thursday, I attended an afterwork event at Ryan Braun’s Graffito in the Third Ward.

It was Happy Hour and they have some really great specials; unfortunately, Bloodies aren’t one of them, but I hadn’t had theirs before and wanted to add it to the list. Thus, in the name of the blog here you go!

Spice: Very peppery, but good!

Mix: Not sure.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, 1/2 a Beefstick & Two Olives

Price: $9

I’ve heard Graffito has a good brunch, so I’d definitely recommend getting a Bloody while you’re at it!

On Memorial Day, I played golf at Kettle Moraine Golf Club in Dousman, Wisconsin. There are not many bars/restaurants in the area, so afterward, we headed to the clubhouse for a cold beverage.

This was pretty much your standard Bloody Mary, no bells, no whistles, no beef stick, no burger. Definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again, but when your options are limited, it still gets the job done.

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good.

Mix: Tomato juice, with their own spices added.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Pickle and two olives.

Price: $5