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Sherbrooke

Posted: August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Earlier, I wrote about my first experience at Colonel Hart’s. Another Wauwatosa bar I had never made it into was Shepherd’s and, unfortunately (or fortunately, who knows), I never will. That’s because this bar on North Avenue has recently re-opened as Sherbrooke, a bar/restaurant with a French Canadian flair.

While their food choices were plentiful and unique (poutine!), I was also happy to see they had a choice of Bloody Marys on the menu:

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I tried the Garlic Basil Bloody on my first visit because I thought it sounded the most unique and I was also enjoying dinner at the time.

Spice: Definitely garlicky!

Mix: Unknown; I have learned that I do enjoy house-infused vodka though!

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olives, Lemon & Lime

Price: $8

I went into Sherbrooke with extremely low expectations (I had avoided Shepherd’s so long for a reason—I didn’t let myself believe Sherbrooke would make a drastic improvement), but they were exceeded. Surprisingly good fare for a place most people will still likely consider a bar.

I’ll definitely be back and hope to try their brunch—and another Bloody—on a weekend.

Industri Cafe

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Last weekend, after much prompting, I finally visited Industri Cafe in Milwaukee. I’ve been told my numerous people that their Bloody is the best and, sure enough, when I showed up, there was much ado about their Bloody:

Even their website says, “Wisconsin’s Biggest and Best Bloody Mary.  This 24 ounce mammoth is a salad & an appetizer in a glass!  It comes with everything, but the kitchen sink.”

I thought all of this was pretty bold to begin with, but then I saw that they were also handing out postcards featuring the beverage!

So„,

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After enjoying a delicious dinner and draining the 24oz glass, I have to say this Bloody was pretty darn good…but BEST? That’s a pretty bold statement.

Let’s check out the stats:

Spice: It had a little kick to it.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes—I choose a cider!

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Beefstick, Cheese Curd, Olives, Pickle, Mushroom, Onions, Pepper, Deep-Fried Prawn

Price: $13

This was a delicious Bloody and I’ll definitely be back to Industri, but I’m a little hesitant to bestow any awards. For one, it’s pretty pricey compared to most (although it is almost the size of two drinks) and two, while they had a lot of fixin’s, I felt they could have been a little more creative….And I was not a fan of the deep-fried prawn, I would have preferred a skewer of raw shrimp instead.

If you love Bloodies, you should definitely put this on your list and make your own decisions!

One of the best Bloodies I’ve ever had was at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. Seriously, I’ve considered getting up early some morning and driving there just to have a couple of Bloodies, but then I realized I probably couldn’t drive back right away.

So anyway, when I found myself in Chicago for Brewers-Cubs game and some time to spare, I had a Bloody Mary at the Rockit nearby.

Granted, this was a Tuesday and far from the $5 Bloody Mary Brunch, but I was very disappointed.

Spice: It had a little kick to it.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime

Price: $10

For half-price, you can get access to the most amazing BYO Bloody Bar I’ve ever seen on a Saturday or Sunday. I would definitely hold off until then; not worth it at all for this subpar drink on a regular day. For what it’s worth, I had originally visited the location on Hubbard. The one I visited most recently was in Wrigleyville. Shouldn’t make a difference, but that may have contributed to the experience.

Beer Belly’s

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On Sunday, at a friend’s recommendation (from an advertisement he had seen), I visited Beer Belly’s, a bar/restaurant located near the airport.

Spice: Average (they did not ask whether I wanted it spicy or not)

Mix: Made from scratch

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olives, Beef, Cheese, Hard Boiled Egg, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Wing

Price: $7.99

This was a 26 oz house-made drink and the mix was very good (I found out they use the Sacramento Tomato Juice—figures!).The unique items (egg & chicken wing) make it memorable and the price is certainly reasonable, considering this is almost two drink Bloodies in one. I’d definitely come back here again. Great job, Beer Belly’s!

I’ve lived in/near Tosa for basically my whole life, yet I’ve never set foot in Colonel Hart’s until a couple of weeks ago.

Of course, I had to try their Bloody Mary:

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As you can see, it was pretty average.

Spice: Average

Mix: Unknown

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Lemon & Lime

Price: $6

There was nothing wrong with the Bloody or my Colonel Hart’s experience, but there wasn’t anything that really made the experience stand out either. Everything was pretty standard. I think I’ll stick with my established favorite neighborhood haunts.

The inaugural Milwaukee’s Best Bloody event will take place on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Turner Hall Ballroom, a Bloody Mary contest amongst local Milwaukee area bartenders to raise critical funds for the Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation. 

 

I have to work that day, so unfortunately, I won’t be able to partake in this event. If you go, please make sure to take photos and let me know what you think—I’ll post your comments/reviews here on the blog!

I reviewed one of my favorite Bloodies late last year—the Matty’s Mary from Matty’s Bar & Grill; however, I recently returned and noticed that—much to my delight—Matty’s had added to it’s fixin’s.

Take a look at the original:

Notice anything different here?

Yes— a mini brat, on a bun, a welcome addition to this already wonderful drink. Enjoy!