Posts Tagged ‘Arizona’

While it is a chain, we enjoy visiting the Saddle Ranch Chop House in Glendale, AZ. We may or may not have even ridden the bull inside this country/western themed bar and restaurant…

They have an great selection of food and beverage options and we were especially excited to note that they have a special Bloody Mary menu featuring a variety of Bloodies for just $2.99 until 3pm daily:

SRCHDuring our stay, there was just one day that would work for us to take advantage of this, so we planned to hit it up one Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, we arrived at exactly 3pm and were told the special had ended. That’s okay, we said, can we still order a Bloody Mary at full price?

Yes, they said… but here was our only option:

Saddle Ranch Chop House Bloody Mary

Mix: They make their own, we think.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s:  NONE

Price: $7.50

We were highly disappointed that not only did we miss the five specialty bloodies, but that we also had to pay over twice the price for what was, in our opinion, a below-average drink.

Next time we’re in the area, we’ll give them another shot and make sure to get there as early as possible.

We stopped by Seasons 52 in Phoenix on a recent trip. Seasons 52 is a restaurant that is known for serving dishes made with seasonally inspired ingredients at their peak of freshness. We’d previously visited an Atlanta location and enjoyed their food, but we had never tried their Bloody Mary, so we popped in here for Happy Hour.

Seasons 52 Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: NONE

Price: $7.75

This Bloody Mary had good flavor, but it was WAY too plain for our taste, especially given the asking price (we thought we might get some sort of break during Happy Hour). Next time, we’ll stick to ordering their delicious seasonal fare.

If you are a sports fan, you’ll want to make sure you pay a visit to Don & Charlie’s, a Scottsdale, AZ institution.

Almost every inch of wall and ceiling space is covered with some sort of sports memorabilia and this restaurant is also a go-to spot for Spring Training. From the menu: “In 1959 our family moved to Arizona and I discovered Spring Training. I was in baseball heaven watching Ted Williams, Willie Mays and the rest of the players get ready for opening day. Spring Training is still the best. Every day I hit a different park, watch drills, batting practice, and just realize that I am the luckiest guy on the planet. Since 1959, I have met childhood heroes, met great folks from all over the country, and have been lucky enough to become part of the community and able to make a living. It doesn’t get better than this.”

The atmosphere is fantastic and you never know who you might see dining at this hot spot.

The menu boasts an array of burgers and BBQ and an extensive wine list, but I, of course, ordered the Bloody Mary.

Don and Charlie's Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: One lime, celery

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary had good flavor, but was pretty plain by our standards. We suggest you stick to one of their specialty martinis, cosmos and cocktails with your meal when you make it to Don & Charlie’s.

While it is a chain, we enjoy the sushi at Kabuki when we visit Arizona.

While we typically stick with sake to accompany our Omakase special, this time we sampled their Bloody Mary–called a Bloody Yoko— for the sake of the blog:

Kabuki Bloody Mary


Mix: They make their own with premium shochu

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s:  Olive and lime

Price: $8.50

Surprisingly, this Bloody Yoko was one of our favorite bloodies in Arizona this time around!

The addition of the shochu, which is a Japanese distilled beverage, gave it a distinct Asian flare, that was very different but in a good way. If you like bloodies (and I’m guessing you do since you’re reading this blog), I recommend trying one of these the next time you have the chance!

 

We recently visited Boondocks Patio & Grill in Scottsdale, AZ to check out their Bloody Mary.

Boondocks is a cool bar in the heart of  Old Town Scottsdale with an awesome patio and cool atmosphere, but when it came to their Bloody Mary, it was a little plain Jane:

Boondocks Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: One olive, one lemon

Price: $8.50

This Bloody Mary had good flavor, but it was too plain for our taste, especially given the asking price. Next time, we’ll stick to beer or try one of their specialty drinks!

While it is a chain, Yard House is one of our favorite spots to hit in Arizona.

They have an amazing selection of food and beverage options and we’ve yet to try something we don’t like.

A favorite? The BBQ Chicken Salad–so good you’re almost afraid to try anything else because it might not live up to how good that salad is and you’ll regret not ordering it in the first place.

But we’ve also tried tacos, dips, flatbreads, etc., so don’t worry, we’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong here.

They are well known for their beer selection of course, but we had to try a Bloody Mary for the sake of the blog:

 

Yard House Bloody Mary

 

Mix: They make their own

Chaser: Miller Lite

Fixin’s:  Bacon, olive and lime

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary was pretty good, but here, we’d rather explore their beer offerings, or have another Old 43, a specialty drink that we highly recommend.

 

We just told you about our experience at Four Peaks Brewing Company, but another local brewery in Arizona earned a visit from us as well on our most recent trip. That’s O.H.S.O. Brewery and we visited their Arcadia location for dinner and drinks.

The atmosphere here was very cool. We especially loved their back patio, where bringing your canine companion is encouraged.

The food was delicious, as was the beer (extra points for having pumpkin!) and we had to try the Bloody Mary for good measure:

O.H.S.O. Bloody Mary

 

 

Mix: Homemade spicy mix

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Asparagus, lemon, lime, olive

Price: $8

We were a little disappointed that the Bloody Mary was missing the beef jerky that was promised via the menu, but other than that, it had decent flavor. However, again because this is a brewery, if you have to choose, we say stick with beer.

Spend any amount of time in Arizona and you’ll quickly learn about Four Peaks Brewing Company.

We checked out their Tempe location on a recent visit and, while they’re known for their beer and good food, we had to give their Bloody Mary a shot, too:

Four Peaks

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None…but we ordered a Short Hop on the side.

Fixin’s: Two olives, lemon, lime

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary was good, but I suggest sticking with beer if you have to make a choice; that’s what they’re known for, after all. The food is also delicious at this hot spot, so come hungry!

This doesn’t quite count, but I felt like it deserved a shoutout.

I stayed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton for part of my trip. For the uninitiated, they offer complimentary breakfast an an evening cocktail reception.

Yep, 7 days a week, you can get hot made-to-order morning meals and enjoy snacks and cocktails gratis from 5:30-7:30pm.

Embassy SuitesI ordered a Bloody Mary (shocker, I know) and while it had no frills, it was made with one of my favorite mixes-Zing Zang- and it was free.

This is a great perk for the traveler and since I was on my own most of the time, this reception afforded me the opportunity to meet some new people/make friends during my extended stay.

I highly recommend the Embassy Suites, not just for this perk, but for their exceptional service and accommodations at an affordable price.

 

 

 

 

Fox Restaurant Concept’s Mexican restaurant is Blanco Tacos & Tequila.

Typically, I wouldn’t bother ordering  Bloody Mary at a place like this (hello, margaritas!), since they called it out on the menu, I figured it couldn’t be horrible.

Blanco (1)

Blanco (2)I was right-as with the other Fox restaurants, this Bloody Mary was very fresh with the very distinct taste of fresh lime juice. Surprisingly, it complemented the chips, salsa and guac quite well.

Mix: Homemade with  fresh lime juice; could  get a Bloody Mary with vodka or Bloody Maria with tequila

Chaser: No

Fixin’s:  Lemon, lime, cucumber, two olives

Price: $8

Another great restaurant to try in the area. While this Bloody was good, I hear the margaritas are amazing, so give them a try!