Archive for June, 2014

Yesterday, I went to happy hour with a friend at Firefly Urban Bar & Grill in Wauwatosa.

For some reason, I never really think of Firefly when there are so many other restaurant choices in the Wauwatosa Village and East Tosa, but today, we decided to give it a go.

Firefly has an awesome bar. It’s really large and very swank. And, as I discovered, they also whip up a decent Bloody Mary.

Firefly Bloody Mary


 

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Pickle, Lemon, Lime, Cherry Tomato, Olive and Bacon

Price: $?

This isn’t my favorite Bloody Mary in the Village and I wouldn’t go here specifically for the Bloody  (Cafe Hollander has that badge), but when I come back, I will likely order this again.

After a recent round of golf at Rock River Hills, I stopped into their pub, Mulligan’s for a beverage. I was sorely disappointed:

Rock River Hills Mulligan's Bloody Mary

 

Mix: Unsure, very generic taste.

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: NONE. The bartender asked “Would you like a pickle or olive?” as she set this offensively naked bloody down in front of me. I nodded enthusiastically. When she returned, she had to inform me they were out of both. Not a great sign.

Price: $5.50

Definitely need to find somewhere else to go post-round in Horicon!

Last weekend, I had the fortune to dine at the lovely tapas restaurant in Walker’s Point: La Merenda.

Even though I was there for dinner, I was craving a Bloody Mary, so I asked if they had a good one.

“It’s a bit unusual,” the barkeep told me.

My ears perked up.

“We use the sauce for our Patatas Bravas,” he said. I was intrigued. I ordered one. And then another…

La Merenda Bloody Mary

 

Mix: Homemade (See above).

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime and Olive.

Note: I had three of these (don’t judge) and each time, I got an extra olive, so 1=1, 2=2, 3=3. Not sure if it was a different bartender on duty or they were keeping tabs!

Price: $5, on a Friday night, even.

 

I recently played golf in Slinger, Wisconsin. Looking for a 19th hole, I searched “Bloody Mary” and “Slinger” on Google and Slinger House popped up–several times. Yelp? Same thing. This Ultimate Bloody Mary is only available on Sundays, but is WELL worth the wait and drive.

In fact, it’s so well-stacked with fixin’s, only a 360 view will do it justice:

Slinger House Ultimate Bloody Mary Slinger House Bloody Mary

 

Mix: Homemade (with Sacramento tomato juice!)

Chaser:Yes

Fixin’s: Beef stick, string cheese, onion ring, slider w/cheese & lettuce on a pretzel bun, lemon, lime, bacon, two shrimp, olive, pearl onion, cherry tomato, mushroom,celery, bean, asparagus, carrot

Price: $12

Amazing. I cannot wait to get back here.

Lobster Joint in Brooklyn is one of those places that appears on several Bloody Mary “lists” and I had been trying to make it here for quite some time.

I was very pleased to finally check it out.

Lobster Joint Bloody Mary

What makes this Bloody Mary unique is the lobster claw as a fixin’ (hence its name: “Lobster Claw Bloody Mary”). It also has celery, olives and a pickle.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Lemon, 2 Olives, Celery, Pickle and Lobster Claw

Price: $11

Unlike B&B, this Bloody Mary lived up to the hype. And-bonus! The food here was amazing. Very fresh and tasty. Come hungry!

 

I found myself at Grand Central Station around dinner time one night in New York.

I’d always heard about the famous Oyster Bar there (it even appeared in an episode of one of my favorite shows, Mad Men) but the last couple of times I was in the city, I either didn’t make it there or it was closed for construction.

Thus, I was very excited to realize I could stop there for a bite.

I actually was not planning on ordering a Bloody Mary here, but when the bartender told me Bloody Mary Oyster shooters were a Happy Hour special, I couldn’t turn that down.

 

Oyster Bar Grand Central Station Bloody mary

 

So, not quite an actual Bloody Mary, but something new to try that was Bloody-related. The mix was tasty and homemade and went down in one smooth swig with the oyster for just $5. Cheers!

On a recent trip to New York City, I stopped at B&B Winepub, otherwise known as Burger & Barrel.

As you may be aware, I’ve visited New York and tried many Bloody Marys there in my day.

New York is one of those places where you could eat at a different establishment for every meal of every day for the rest of your life and still not get through half of them. Thus, I’ve been relying on “Best of” or “Top 10” lists in my research to help me seek out the best Bloodies in the city.

B&B was one of the Bloody Marys that was cross-checked (i.e. it appeared on several lists, so it must be good), so I headed there.

Most recently, it was even featured on Zagat’s 10 Essential Bloody Marys in NYC list….where it said they had a Bloody Mary Menu.

Burger and Barrel New York

 

I’ve picked up many tips in my quest to find the perfect Bloody, one of them being:  When you say to the bartender, “I hear you have a good Bloody Mary here” and he or she doesn’t light up like the sky on the Fourth of July, you should be wary.

In this case, I knew I was setting myself up for disappointment when I said this to my bartender and he said, “Sure.” And he made me the one pictured above, which is pretty standard.

After sitting there for a bit, I struck up more of a conversation. I told him I had come to B&B specifically for the great Bloody Marys I had read about. He still seemed like he didn’t know what I was talking about. Then he said something about having one that was made with Tequila… but this didn’t show up on a menu anywhere, nor was it originally offered.

Anyway, needless to say even though this Bloody was perfectly fine, I was bummed because I was expecting it to be perfectly great.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, 2 Olives

Price: $11

 

I recently visited an establishment called In Cahoots Bar & Grille in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin where I was pleasantly surprised by their very tasty Bloody Marys made from scratch:

In Cahoots Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade (with Sacramento tomato juice!)

Chaser:Yes Note: A small chaser is the standard here; the bartender was kind enough to give me this full pint of Summer Shandy she had accidentally poured for someone else.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, 2 Olives

Price: $?

If you find yourself in Genesee Depot, you should definitely check them out!

Last month, my travels took me to Atlanta.

I also have family down there, so I was able to combine business with pleasure. Thus, I started off my trip with a round of golf at Whitewater Creek.

Golf and Bloody Marys go hand in hand, so post round, I ordered up one of these:

Whitewater Creek Bloody Mary

Unfortunately, as I’ve noted in the past (with few exceptions) fixin’s in Bloody Marys decline in direct proportion to the farther south you travel.

It’ll do in a pinch, but you’re better off ordering a beer!

Mix: Unsure

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Nada

Price: $?

While in Atlanta, I enjoyed  a nice meal out with friends at Little Alley Steak in Roswell.

I’m a firm believer that places with “steak” in their name know a thing or two about Bloody Marys, so even though I was in the south, I placed my order and hoped for the best.

Little Alley Steak

Little Alley delivered!  This Bloody was very spicy, just the way I like it–and had a decent about of fixin’s for a Bloody south of the Mason-Dixon.

The food here was also delicious (I had the scallops). Highly recommend stopping here if you find yourself in this quaint little downtown area of Roswell.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Lemon, lime, olive, cucumber, celery

Price: $?