Archive for March, 2018

One of Arizona’s most-talked about bloody marys is available at Hash Kitchen. Featuring a build-your-own bar with over 40 toppings to choose from, the place that bills itself as “Turntables +Mimosas+ Bloody Marys + Crazy Brunch Menu” certainly lives up to its hype.

We got there early on a Sunday morning and while we weren’t able to make reservations ahead of time and the place was poppin’, we were told it would only be about a 20-30 minute wait for a table for two. Not bad! We were able to fill the time by heading to their special build-your-own station located in the middle of the restaurant. Complete with its own cashier, we got in line, chose our vodka and began to assemble our masterpieces.

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By the time we found a place to hang out for the remainder of our wait, our table was already ready. Genius way to keep customers occupied, plus we didn’t have to waste time once seated by getting up to go make our drinks.

So, we sat down to order our brunch and were blown away (again), this time by the menu.

When I saw the s’mores French toast (graham cracker brioche/Nutella/charred marshmallow fluff), I knew that was what I had to order.

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 Spice: It’s up to you! Choose from regular vodka or several infused options.

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Mix: House-mix, up to you to doctor up.

Chaser: None offered

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Fixin’s: Over 40 craft fixin’s to choose from, including bacon, meatballs, toasted ravioli and even pickled mango.

Price: $12

Now I know that there is a segment of the population who doesn’t like to build their own bloodies. I can understand that. If you’re one of those, Hash offers a standard version that you can order and have delivered to your seat, no sweat. But for those of us who are creative and like to pile on as many toppings as we can, your palate will enjoy the palette at Hash.

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The best part for Hash is that we can’t really blame them if the Bloody Mary is “bad,” because that would be our own fault now, wouldn’t it? J

Doubtful that it ever really could be, however. Definitely a happenin’ spot to check out next time you’re in the Valley of the Sun.

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One of our favorite pizza joints is Grimaldi’s. For years, we have enjoyed Grimaldi’s on visits to Peoria, Arizona and we were ecstatic when we learned a Grimaldi’s was opening up in Brookfield, Wisconsin, which is much closer to home.

Although we have dined at Grimaldi’s often, we have only enjoyed wine as an accompaniment to our favorites (margherita pizza and kale chopped salad FTW!)…until now.

How did we never realize that Grimaldi’s also boasts an amazing Bloody Mary?!

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Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: GRIMALDI”S FAMOUS PIZZA SAUCE + Square One Basil Vodka + Demitri’s Bloody Mary Mix

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Pizza Toppings: Basil, Tomato, Pepperoni, Olive

Price: $10

This pizza-themed Bloody Mary is genius. Love, love, loved it. We didn’t need another reason to go to Grimaldi’s but now we have one…and you do, too.

For the first Friday of March Madness, we visited Paulie’s Pub in West Allis to watch a little of the action on the court.

We came for the basketball and beers, but found ourselves digging the Bloody Marys and the old music videos being played on alternate monitors—nostalgia at its finest.

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Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: Choose from anything on tap—and there are many good options.

Fixin’s: Beefstick, olive, Brussels sprout, cocktail onion, lemon, lime

Price: $8

We enjoyed this one so much that we ordered a second. Well done, Paulie’s. We will be back.

We recently found ourselves in historic downtown Glendale, AZ at a restaurant/bar that gives off a newer vibe than many of the old-timey shops and dining staples. Housed in the Humphrey-Davidson building, Cuff has brought a more modern feel to the place constructed in 1895. According to Cuff, they were recently named Best Cocktail Bar in the West Valley, so we had to check them out.

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We sat at the bar and enjoyed a dinner of a simple but delicious burger and fries. Since it was after 6pm, we didn’t know if the bartender would be up for making us a bloody mary, but since it was listed prominently on their cocktail menu, we thought we’d ask.

They were happy to oblige.

Spice: A little too spicy…maybe the chile liquer?

Mix: Housemade, with Tito’s vodka and ancho reyes chile liquer

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Bacon, olive, celery, carrot, cucumber

Price: $9

Unfortunately, we weren’t fans of this drink. It might be the ancho reyes chili liquer, but it was a little too spicy and/or the ratio of liquor to mix was “off.” As you can see, this drink was a bit too clear of a consistency as compared to normal bloodies, so perhaps this was just a one-time bum experience.

If we are back in downtown Glendale, we would certainly visit Cuff again, but we’d have to give one of their other craft cocktails a go instead.

On a snowy Sunday in early February, we visited Birch + Butcher for brunch & bloodies (say that three times fast!).IMG_5482

 

Spice: Not too spicy, but tasty.

Mix: Housemade, with your choice of vodka, gin, tequila, scotch or aquavit

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Summer Sausage, Cheese and Small Pickle

Price: $8

This Bloody Mary was very tasty and we liked the fact that let you choose your liquor, came with a chaser and included a salted rim; however, as you can see from the photo, it was a little lighter in color and perhaps could’ve had a bit of a thicker taste, in our opinion.

The brunch fare here is very trendy and it truly is a mix of “both primitive + modern cooking styles” that are both “nostalgically comfortable + inspiring,” per their website.

As you know, we are always in the market to try new bloodies and quite often, that means a new place for brunch, so bring it on!