Archive for July 15, 2015

Also in Hollywood, we checked out a place called Hungry Cat on another recommendation by the Drunken Tomato.

Hungry Cat has three California locations and specializes in seafood and raw bar.

 

 

Hungry Cat (1)

 

That’s why it’s only natural that you can choose to add an oyster to your bloody mary:

Hungry Cat (5)

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Carrot, Celery, Oyster and ??

Price: $15 for “Matchbox,” plus $3 for the oyster

Usually, we agree with Drunken Tomato on what constitutes a good bloody, so I’m going to say that maybe I just had a bad shake… As you can see by the photo, this Bloody Mary was almost translucent, so it was quite strong. Maybe not a good vodka-mix ratio.

We also still aren’t sure what the pink item in our drink was. It looked like ginger, but was rock hard… and we couldn’t place the taste.

The oyster was good, but it wasn’t served in a shell.

Finally, at $18, this was the steepest price we paid for a bloody.

We’d give Hungry Cat another shot for dinner, but think we’ll skip the bloody mary next time.

 

 

 

On our trip to Los Angeles, we visited The Belmont Cafe in Hollywood for brunch on a Saturday morning.

We found it to be uncrowded and scored a primo spot on the patio.

On weekends, Belmont has a build your own bloody mary bar, which we naturally had to check out.

The Belmont (3)

Mix: Choose from the Belmont’s own mix, Clamato, or tomato juice

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: So many hot sauces to choose from! In addition, lots of olive varieties, celery, pickles, homemade bacon bits, beans and more. (This is California though, so no cheese chunks or beefsticks or fried somethings to be found!)

The Belmont (4)

Price: $12

Here’s the masterpiece we created:

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We adored the Belmont Cafe. In addition to the obvious perks of the Bloody Mary bar, their brunch was top-notch. We had the Avocado Breakfast Toast, which was very California and simply amazing:

The Belmont (1)Definitely a great spot to check out when you’re in town!

 

In Pasadena, California, we stopped at Congregation Ale House on a recommendation by the Drunken Tomato.

There are three locations around Los Angeles for this church-themed restaurant and with all of their beers on tap, I can see why it’s so successful.

However, we weren’t here for the beer, we wer here for the bloody mary.

 

Congregation Ale House (1)

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, lime

Price: $6

 

 

This mix was by far the best we tasted in Los Angeles. Very fresh, with the right amount of spice and a pleasant consistency. And at $6, you just can’t beat the price in LA! Their chalkboard touted a “Bloody Mary for 2” for just $10 on Sundays, which is also a great deal.

We also dined here on this occasion. There is no table service. You have to order at the counter. They have a limited menu of burgers/sandwiches and a wide array of dipping sauces to accompany their fries, wings, etc. In addition to loving our bloody mary, we also enjoyed our Grilled RibEye Burger with fries (and curry ketchup!) very much.

If you’re in the LA area, check out the “chapter” near you!

Travels recently took us to Los Angeles, California.

On our first night, we visited the Griffith Observatory where we enjoyed a gorgeous view of the city. Just down the hill, we stumbled upon Little Dom’s, in what is known as Los Feliz.

Little Dom's (2)

We loved everything about Little Dom’s…. except the bloody mary. Now we like spice, but unfortunately, this bloody mary was too spicy even for us.

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, okra, lemon

Price: $10

If you’re ever in the area, you should absolutely visit Little Dom’s. The vibe here is awesome… very neighborhood/home-y, but also hipster/trendy, if that’s even possible.  Rumor has it that celebrities dine here often. There’s a plaque on a booth for Jon Hamm and his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt and the night we were in there, we ran into a member of 90s band Spacehog.IMG_4804

 

They have a limited menu, but very delicious items–we can vouch for the pizza! Their bartenders are very friendly (shoutout to John and Vince!) and on a slower night, they might even buy you a drink. For the record, their Moscow Mule was amazing. Get that instead of a bloody and your night will be complete.

 

 

 

We recently visited Taylor’s People’s Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

We dined here for lunch and enjoyed–what else?!?– their Bloody Mary.

Taylor's People's Park

MIX:  Unknown

CHASER: Your choice–we chose Blue Moon

FIXIN’S: Cheese, Beefstick, Pepper

PRICE: Unknown

We really enjoyed the flavor of this bloody mary. Just the right amount of thickness and spice. We enjoyed the fixin’s and of course, the chaser, which we’ve come to appreciate as we travel to more places that don’t offer it.

This is a great restaurant to check out if you’re in the area–even better if you can snag a spot on their rooftop patio!