We recently visited Curly’s Waterfront Pub after a day on the links.

Located on Pewaukee Lake, Curly’s offers a nice view while dining on your typical pub fare.

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Spice: Decent flavor; the bartender asked if I wanted it spicy–I did!

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s: Olive and Pickle

Price: $Unsure

This Bloody Mary was pretty average by all standards. Definitely not bad, but also not something special either. If you find yourself near Pewaukee Lake and need a pub, this is a good one to visit, but not worth the trip for the Bloody alone.

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Wauwatosa, WI: ABV Social

Posted: October 23, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dear loyal readers…. first of all, let us apologize for the hiatus! We are still active and drinking bloody marys! We just haven’t had a lot of new ones to review lately, nor a lot of time to give them a proper a write-up.

But we’re ba-aack!

Earlier this month we sampled the Bloody Maria at ABV Social in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

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While we’re sure they would have made us a Bloody Mary if we had asked, we ordered the Bloody Maria as it was featured on the menu.

As you can see from the photo above, we were pretty disappointed with the result.

Spice: Decent flavor; a little spicier with the tequila.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Nothing!

Price: $10!

We want to like this place, really, we do, but it’s not going so well. On this particular visit, a dining companion had to order three beers before they actually had one in stock that was on their menu. (“Sorry, we’re all out of that one.” “Oh, and that one, too…”)

This expensive Bloody Maria with no fixin’s and sans chaser may have been the final strike for us on ABV Social. Too many other places to go with better offerings and better service.

We recently dined at Ruscello, the Mediterranean-style restaurant located inside Nordstrom’s Department Store in Mayfair Mall. There, we enjoyed lunch and a Bloody Mary.

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Spice: Good flavor; lots of spice, but not too spicy in terms of heat.

Mix:Homemade.

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Two Olives, Lemon & Lime

Price: $?

This was a day when the “hair of the dog” was needed–and much appreciated. You can tell that Ruscello at least doctored up a mix (if they didn’t make their own), by how many spices were visible within the drink. Despite the many spices, it didn’t have any odd or overpowering tastes and was not too spicy in terms of heat. I would’ve liked to see a chaser included and/or more fixin’s, but other than that, this was a solid beverage. Thanks, Ruscello!

Recently we paid a visit to Pike Lake House over the lunch hour. While we enjoyed a soup and sandwich, we also decided to try their Bloody Mary.

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Spice: Not too spicy…

Mix: They use Jimmy Luv’s

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Mushroom and Mozzarella Cheese Stick

Price: $5.68

We had never been to this bar/pub before, so we had no expectations regarding their food or drink; thus, we were surprised when the bartender went to the kitchen to grab a mozzarella cheese stick to add to the top of our drink.

That was a nice touch.

At just $5 plus tax, this is what I consider to be a decent-priced drink. Adding the mozzarella stick made it definitely worth it, even without offer of a chaser. I didn’t ask for one (because I like to see what is offered originally at establishments), but I have a hunch that the bartender just forgot to offer one to me as I did see “chaser-type” glasses behind the bar.

We aren’t the biggest fans of Jimmy Luv’s, but that was okay with us, too. Again, the cheese stick was a giant distraction, especially since we were hungry upon ordering and that helped tide me over until lunch arrived.

While the Bloody Mary was good and the food was also tasty, we were a little disappointed in the pricing of the food. My dining companion and I split an entree and we were charged $5 for a split plate charge. I don’t recall seeing that notice on the menu and we certainly weren’t told about that at the time of order. We had also ordered soup on the side, so at that price, we should’ve just ordered two entrees.

Because it is so far off the beaten path, this isn’t a place we’d be likely to return to often, even if everything was the best we’ve ever had, so we’ll overlook that, too, for now. Just beware if you’re in the same boat!

We recently spent a day shopping in the cute downtown area of Delafield, Wisconsin.

In preparation for the day, we researched lunch spots and bloody marys. Several recommendations on both accounts led us to Revere’s Wells Street Tavern.

Thus, we stopped here for drinks and a bite to eat.

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Spice: Not too spicy

Mix: Their own recipe

Chaser: Choice of Taps (we picked Blue Moon)

Fixin’s: Beef stick, pickle, two olives, lemon, lime and cheese whips

Price: $7

We loved the atmosphere in here, an old house with a cozy vibe. We enjoyed our lunch after choosing from a menu with a wide variety of offerings: a turkey wrap and sour cream and chive fries. And most of all, we did love their bloody mary. which was extremely flavorful and had a great number of fixin’s.

If you’re ever in downtown Delafield, we definitely recommend stopping by at least for a drink!

Oak Creek, WI: Jim Dandy’s

Posted: November 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

After years of visiting Mulligan’s Pub, we finally decided to give Jim Dandy’s across the street a try.

From the outside of the bar, it looks a little intimidating, like an old biker bar.

Inside, it is a place in various states of renovation. Some parts of the bar look old and original; others look like they are newer additions. It gives the place a slightly eclectic vibe to begin.

We came here on a Sunday afternoon during a Packers game and the place had a decent crowd but was not packed.

Of course, we tried their bloody mary.

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Spice: Not too spicy

Mix: They whip it up themselves using Sacramento as a base.

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Beef stick and pickle (and olives?)

Price: $5

You know by now that we LOVE Sacramento, so these bloodies went down easily (almost TOO easily–we had three!). The taste was great, but the fixin’s left a little to be desired; there was just a pickle and beefstick on two of the drinks we had, and a pair of olives was added to the third. However, for this price, we were pretty happy. Plus, the bartender was friendly.

Verdict? We’d give Jim Dandy’s another shot if we’re in the area, a nice change of pace from the other area pubs.

Austin, TX: Casino El Camino

Posted: November 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

We took a recent trip down to Austin, Texas and researched the Bloody Mary scene in anticipation.

We settled on Casino El Camino, both for its appearance on the Food Network and Bloody Mary seemingly teeming with fixin’s.

Casino El Camino is dive bar with a punk-rock vibe located in the popular 6th Street part of the city. We ordered one of their famous burgers and a Bloody and were asked to specify the spiciness of the drink on a scale of 1-10.

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Spice: Order on a sliding scale of 1-10!

Mix: They whip it up themselves.

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Bacon was the highlight, but we were disappointed to find that they no longer offered as many fixin’s as had been billed per the Thrillist article we had read. It also had celery, okra, an olive, pickle and an onion.

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The drink was decent, but we were were disappointed with the amount of fixin’s that we had seen online prior to our visit (maybe they no longer offer that, or maybe only on certain days?); if we hadn’t seen those photos in advance, we probably would’ve been happier (or pleasantly surprised) with this drink. I guess we had built it up too much in our heads.

The food here was good, but the atmosphere was odd (still had to order and pick up at a window across the bar even for lunch on a random weekday), plus teir fryer was down, so we couldn’t get any fries with that!

So verdict: Decent Bloody Mary all things aside, but next time we’re in Austin, we’ll give another place a shot.

 

Fans of the beloved ’90s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell have reason to rejoice. Now you too can visit the cool kids’ hangout frequented by Zack Morris, AC Slater, Kelly Kapowski, Jesse Spano, Lisa Turtle and Screech Powers with a Chicago pop-up diner designed to look exactly like The Max.

Clearly, there was a lot of attention to detail placed into the design and there are photo-ops galore.

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While we couldn’t get a dinner reservation (they are still packed!), we did visit them for late night dining and got to sample their limited menu and specialty drinks.

Here’s a peek:

Saved by the Max Menu

Saved By the Max Bloody Mary

Of course, we could not pass up the opportunity to try the B Ba B Ba Baloody Mary.

Our waitress was a bit sassy and informed us that their Bloodies were so good they only needed five ingredients and zero fixin’s to make them the best in Bayside…. We said we’ll be the judge of that.

Spice: It had a little kick to it.

Mix: They whip it up themselves.

Chaser: The menu promises a sidecar…. was not offered one!

Fixin’s: Self-proclaimed so good they don’t need them. We beg to differ.

Price: $8

So, you definitely visit this place for the experience, not the food or drinks. It’s kitschy and super-fun.

The Bloody Mary was average and lacking. The late night menu was limited and they only had a few sandwiches…and NO fries. How can you have a late night menu sans fries? Really, no other snacking/apps to speak of either.

The other drinks, aside from the clever names, were nothing that you couldn’t get at another bar (probably for cheaper, although that’s debatable in the Windy City).

However, all that aside, it’s still worth a visit to the Max.

The best thing you can get here is a side of nostalgia and you won’t be disappointed in that.

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I recently spent a lovely fall weekend in Door County, Wisconsin. Door County is one of my favorite places to visit and there are a lot of familiar places that I like to visit each time I travel there.

On this particular trip, I was more concerned about touring the Distillery, Brewery and various wineries than sampling bloodies (strange, I know), so I only had one new one and that Bloody Mary was the Srichacha Bloody Mary at Nelsen’s Hall Bitter’s Pub on Washington Island.

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We took the ferry over to the island, where we rented bikes for the afternoon. We passed Bitters and decided to stop for a beverage.

When I saw the chalkboard for the Sriracha Bloody Mary, I knew that was what I had to order.

Mix: Unsure, but it definitely contained Sriracha and was quite spicy!

Chaser: Bud Light

Fixin’s: Celery, Lemon, Lime, Olive and Mushroom

Price: Unknown

To be honest, I didn’t love this Bloody Mary. It was a little too spicy, even for my tastes. It also didn’t sit great while biking and ferry-riding, so maybe I should’ve ordered something a little lighter!

We recently visited the Emerald City for the first time ever, so we called up our friend the Drunken Tomato and asked her for her expert recommendations. We knew we were only here for a short stay and wanted to know where we HAD to go. If we could only have one Bloody Mary in Seattle, we asked, where should we go?

Sam’s Tavern is was.

We came here solely for the Bloody Mary, but could only make it around 11pm on a Saturday night. Yep, they were still serving it despite the large crowd and booming music. We were served fast and the bartender didn’t even blink an eye when we ordered it. (Most bartenders give you the “We’re out of mix” line at that time of night, even though you know they’re stocked up for Sunday Brunch.)

Sam's Tavern Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Cheese, olive, cocktail weenie, cherry tomato, lime, pearl onion, celery, and a cheeseburger slider complete with lettuce, onion, tomato and sauce.

Price: $15

Sam’s Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary Masterpiece is not all for show. The mix itself has a nice smoky, spiciness and was very smooth. The salted rim is an added bonus.

We absolutely LOVED the garnish. The slider was reminiscent of a Big Mac or a Whopper and the cheese hunk was generous. Lots of snacking while sipping–a great combination!

Thanks so much for the recommendation, Shelley! We wish we could have connected and went out for bloodies together!