Archive for March, 2016

We checked out the new Drink Wisconsinbly Pub in Walker’s Point. As the name suggests, everything here has a Wisconsin flair. And, since we’ve proven that the best Bloody Marys come from the Midwest, Wisconsin in particular, one would imagine a place like this would have a great one.

You would not be wrong.

Drink Wisconsinbly Bloody

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: yes

Fixin’s: Cheese, olive, sausage, lemon, lime

Price: $10

Sometimes on the weekend, they will have “Bloody Marys keep the glass” for $12, which would be worth it as this mason jar style glass is super cute. Wish we would’ve been there for that!

The food here is also very Wisconsin and very good. Think hearty, meaty, cheesy fare. We had a burger and fries, plus we got to pick our dipping sauce. There are currently five different sauces on the menu and you can get a sauce flight if you’re so inclined. (We went with beer cheese!)

I recommend you check this place out and give their Bloody–and food–a try!

 

 

 

Back in Milwaukee, we checked out Camino and tried their Bloody Mary.

Camino

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:Yes

Fixin’s: Cheese, pickle, olive

Price: $8

We really enjoyed the taste of this Bloody Mary, as well as the fixin’s and the chaser. The food here was great, too.

I recommend you check this place out and give their Bloody a try!

 

 

 

 

On our way out of Phoenix, we stopped for a Bloody Mary at Sir Veza’s Taco Garage, located in Sky Harbor Airport.

Sir Veza Bloody Mary

Mix: Made with Clamato

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lime

Price: $8

While this Bloody Mary was nothing special, bloodies usually taste better at the airport for some reason. We enjoyed the flavored rim on this one and the fact that our bartender made it spicy for us. If you’re in this terminal for an early flight, give it a shot.

 

We visited a small sports bar called The Nest in Glendale, Arizona during our trip for Bloodies on a Saturday afternoon. I’m assuming it’s called “The Nest” because of its close proximity to the Arizona Cardinals stadium.

NEST

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None–we ended up ordering our own beers as chasers.

Fixin’s:  Lime, two olives

Price: $?

This bloody mary was simple, yet flavorful. We especially enjoyed the salted rim.

 

While still in Arizona, we visited Frank & Albert’s at the Arizona Biltmore.

According to its website, the restaurant is inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert Chase McArthur and “artfully marries local cuisine with legendary architecture. Breakfast, lunch and dinner wait to be savored by those who appreciate a convivial atmosphere and inventive cuisine that demonstrates a fresh approach to traditional American dishes.”

On our visit, we just had time for a drink at the bar, so we ordered up-what else?-a Bloody Mary:

Frank and Albert's Bloody Mary

Mix: House-infused vodka made with Cipollini onions, Jalapeno & Fresno peppers; Demetri’s Bloody Mix

Chaser: None

Fixin’s:  Olive, Pepperoncini, Cheese, Sausage

Price: $10

This Bloody Mary was quite flavorful and very fresh. It reminded us of one of our favorite house-infused vodka places from back home-Red Dot.

The skewer of fixin’s was also a pleasant surprise.

We recently played golf at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona. Afterwards, we stopped in for a Bloody Mary at the Wildhorse Grille.

Wildhorse Grill Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Lime, two olives

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary had good flavor and was refreshing after a long day of golf under the Arizona sun; however, it was pretty plain.

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area of Arizona and, as such, sampling Bloody Marys along the way.

One of those stops was at BJ’s Brewhouse in Peoria, which is a chain not unique to the area.

BJ’s is one of those places that has a huge, extensive menu, not specializing in one thing.

On this visit, we sat at the bar and ordered the jambalaya and  Bloody Mary:

BJs

 

 

Here are the stats:

Mix: We asked for it spicy

Chaser:  None offered.

Fixin’s: Lime, Bean, Celery

Price:$7.95

Although it was not super unique, this Bloody Mary had a nice flavor to it and went down easily.

We recently visited RnR in Scottsdale, AZ to check out their Bloody Mary.

RnR is a cool bar on the edge of Old Town Scottsdale with a large 2-story patio and a cool atmosphere.

However, be forewarned that it is often extremely crowded and noisy (both from the patrons and the blaring music). Not a great spot for conversation!

On the day we arrived, we squeezed in at the bar and ordered a Bloody Mary. We were told they were serving that month’s signature Bloody Mary. Here’s what that consisted of:

Mix: Clamato

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Lemon and 8 shrimp

Price: $13.89

It was a busy day and we received a mason jar with our drink but were told that they were cooking the shrimp… when it finally arrived, here’s how it was presented:

RNR (2)

Of course, we had to pretty it up for a photo:

RNR (1)

This Bloody Mary was the priciest of all the ones we’ve sampled in Arizona. We understand that there were eight shrimp included, but they were pretty small. Not sure the ends justified the means on this one.

RnR also offers a “bottomless” Bloody Mary on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm for $18 with an entree or $28 without. At that rate, you’d have to drink at least two of these to make it “worth it” and we’re not sure if it is, unfortunately.

As I noted in my previous post, I’ve been traveling to Arizona recently and sampling Bloodies in the Southwest.

Last time I was here, I sought out the Verde Mary at The Windsor in Phoenix. The Verde Mary was very different, but tasted amazing.

 

 

My research indicated that the restaurant hosts a fully loaded Bloody Mary bar available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so I made it a mission to return, which I finally did a couple of weekends ago.

Windsor (1)

Tucked into its namesake historic Phoenix neighborhood, Windsor is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a backyard-style patio,high-quality wine and beer on tap, a robust selection of prohibition cocktails and a menu that features casual bar food with an upscale twist.

Windsor (4)

The Bloody Mary Bar was very pretty-looking, but rather small compared to Midwest standards.

Windsor (5)

Garnishes include cocktail onions, pickles, olives, citrus, hot sauces and more.

Windsor (2)

For $5, this is a great deal, especially if you’re brunching at the Windsor, with its awesome menu. However, we did not see the Verde Mary on the menu this time and forgot to ask about–we’re hoping it still exists. Of the two, we highly recommend ordering that one if you can!
Cheers!

Last year, we had the pleasure of visiting  Snooze in Denver.

From their website: “Founded by brothers Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze was born on April 2, 2006 in Denver, Colorado seeking to evolve the A.M. dining experience through culinary innovation, an eclectic and energetic atmosphere and comfortable and friendly service.”

While Snooze was news to me, I absolutely loved it. When I found out that they have locations in Arizona (along with Colorado and California), I had to revisit it on my recent travels there.

 

On this trip, I visited not one, but TWO Snooze locations.

First up the Phoenix Location: The Bangkok.

Snooze (2)Snooze (1)

MIX:  MEII Vodka, Sriracha, Lime, Cilantro, Basil, Fish Sauce and House Mix

CHASER: none

FIXIN’S: Pickle, lemon, cherry tomato

PRICE: $7.25

Next, at the Scottsdale Location: The Boss Hog

Snooze Boss Hog

MIX:  Bacon-infused Cyrus Noble Bourbon & House Mix

CHASER: none

FIXIN’S: Pickle, cherry tomato, lemon

PRICE: $8

As with my first experience in Denver, both of these bloodies were AMAZING. They were so flavorful and unique. (Note: The Snooze in Denver does have an extra Bloody on their menu-the picked green tomato bloody!)

On top of the fantastic beverage service, the food here was out of this world. 

This place is simply a must if you are ever in the vicinity… in this case, if you don’t Snooze, you lose! I will be back!