Archive for June 17, 2014

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


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


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


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


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

Price: $?

While in Atlanta, I stopped at Del Frisco’s Grille for a Bloody Mary.

Although tasty, it was pretty run of the mill for a “southern” Bloody–and, at $9, definitely not worth the price.  The food here was much better.

Del Frisco's Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Lime, 1 Olives

Price: $9

Okay, now this is more like it.

On a recommendation from a friend who lives in the area, I trekked (literally) to There Bar at Towne Brookhaven. (Where? There!)

There Bar Atlanta

“There” I fell in love with this quaint little gastropub. I was the only person in the place at the time of my visit and sat down at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and even plugged in my phone for me while I dined. She was delighted to make this signature Bloody Mary for me:

There Bar Bloody Mary

Yes, that’s BACON on the Bloody! And some okra for southern flair. Delicious. The food was great, too. This isn’t a place you’d normally find as a tourist because it’s off the beaten path, but trust me on this one. Good times to be had “There.” Cheers!

Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Bacon, Okra, Pickle, Olive

Price: $7.50

Are you a fan of Yelp?  I find it to usually be a reliable source of information on bars & restaurants in a particular area.

On this given day, I found the Bucket Shop Cafe listed as a good Bloody Mary within walking distance of my locale.

I’m sorry to report that this was one time Yelp let me down. Not only was the Bloody Mary VERY standard, the food here left a lot to be desired and the bartenders on duty weren’t very friendly.

Bucketshop Cafe Bloody Mary

During my visit, I sat alone at the bar and it took what seemed like forever to get the bartender to notice me…while two other bartenders played Photo Hunt right next to me.

The only thing this Bloody Mary and place had going for it was the price tag and the salted rim. Cross it off the list. Next!


Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Lime, 2 Olives

Price: $6

Next up: McCray’s Tavern in Smyrna.

A friend suggested we meet here and of course, I had to try the Bloody Mary. It was just okay, again, nothing special.

The best part was sitting on the patio in the warmth of the sun with friends. Not sure much more needs to be said.

McCray's Tavern Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade


Fixin’s: Lime, Lemon, 2 Olives

Price: $?