Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

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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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 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.

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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.

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:

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

When researching the best Bloody Mary in the Phoenix area, Dick’s Hideaway kept coming up on a variety of lists, so we made it a point to stop in.

With a name like Dick’s Hideaway, what you get when you go there is not what you’d expect. Yes, it is a hideaway, a tiny hidden gem of a restaurant. But it serves authentic, traditional New Mexican cuisine, treasures from the Santa Fe Trail–not pub or island cuisine as I was guessing.

Looking over their menu then, you also wouldn’t expect them to have a decent Bloody Mary… but boy do they ever. Like many of their dishes, the bloody at Dick’s is made with a homemade mix containing a hefty dose of spice, Pinnacle vodka and garnished with lime, pickled asparagus, celery…. AND A CHASER!

Dick's Hideaway Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade–and spicy!

Chaser: YES!

Fixin’s: Celery, asparagus and lime

Price: $?

We agree with many of the write-ups…Surprisingly, Dick’s has a great Bloody Mary and one of the best we’ve tasted in AZ. Along with the tasty drink, we enjoyed the Carne Adovada and left happy. This is all not so surprising, however, when you find out that Dick’s sister restaurant is Rokerij, a fabulous establishment we visited last year. Be sure to stop here and at Rokerij next time you’re in the area!

We recently visited Kelly’s at Southbridge in Scottsdale, AZ. We stopped in here for a quick drink to kill time before a dinner reservation elsewhere, so we really kind of stumbled into this place.

It turned out to be really cool– a huge place with outdoor seating, eclectic furniture and decorations and a great menu… and, as it turns out, a tasty Bloody Mary:

Kelly's at Southbridge Bloody Mary

Mix: Lefty O’Doul’s!

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: One olive, one lime

Price: $6

We loved the flavor of this Bloody Mary and we inquired about the mix; we were pleasantly surprised to find they use Lefty O’Doul’s mix, one we had run into and enjoyed at Lefty O’Doul’s pub in San Francisco. The rest of the fixin’s were pretty plain, but the flavor more than made up for it and the price was fair.

We’ll definitely come back to Kelly’s and see what else they have to offer in the future–we hear they are known for a great burger.