Posts Tagged ‘Bloodies’

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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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.

In researching the best Bloody Marys in Pittsurgh, we were pointed toward Meat and Potatoes, which features a legendary Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays.

Fortunately, we were in town on a Sunday and we were able to swing by and check it out. For just $7, this is an absolute steal!

 

First, you choose your infused vodka. As you can see below, there are many options.Meat and Potatoes Bloody Mary Bar

Start with your flavored vodka, a blank slate!

Start with your flavored vodka, a blank slate!

Next, you get in line. The good folks at Meat and Potatoes have dedicated one whole side of their bar to fixin’s… everything from hot sauces and spices to cheeses, meats, seafood and olives galore:

We tried to take a panoramic view to do it justice.

We tried to take a panoramic view to do it justice.

Here are some close ups:

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MIX: House, with choice of infused vodka

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: See photos! We were a bit overwhelmed, but in, like, a really good way.

PRICE: $7

This is hands down one of the best build-your-own bloody mary bars we’ve ever experienced. They seem to have thought of everything. We were very impressed. Here’s our finished product:

Our only gripe? Wish we had a bigger glass!

Our only gripe? Wish we had a bigger glass!

The food here was also top notch, although truth be told, we made our bloody into a meal in and of itself! Great brunch menu and we even returned for dinner, which was excellent as well.

Do yourself a favor and check out Meat and Potatoes the next time you’re in the ‘Burgh!

As we’ve said before, no part of the country produces Bloody Marys quite like the Midwest and the ballparks are no exceptions.

The Minnesota Twins previously have had Bloodys garnished with pizza and sliders, but new this year is the “Cluck and Moo” Bloody Mary, which includes a chicken wing, celery, blue and cheddar cheeses, a pepperoni stick, a pepperoni and an olive… plus the moo: a bacon cheeseburger slider.

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MIX: Unspecified, but looked like a bottled mix.

CHASER: A mini can of Bud light

FIXIN’S: See above!

PRICE: $23

The price is steep, but considering all that you get with this bloody mary AND the fact that it is at the ballpark, it’s not completely outrageous. You could have one of these bad boys and be set for the game–you’ve got your snack and your beverages!

Definitely something to try once if you’re a bloody mary fan… just be prepared to be stopped by other baseball fans asking you to take a photo of this unique treat!

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While waiting to board a recent flight, we stopped in for lunch at the Pizzeria Piccola inside General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While we dined a on a personal pan pizza, we also decided to try one of their bloody marys… We’re not sure what it is about airports and airplanes and bloodies, but they somehow seem to go hand in hand.

Pizzeria Piccola Bloody Mary

MIX: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Loaded Bloody Mary Mix, with Hickory Liquid Smoke

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Olive, Pickle, Celery, Lemon, Lime

PRICE: $12.99

This Bloody Mary was quite delicious. We would definitely recommend getting to the airport extra early to allow time to get through security….as well as to check out Pizzeria Piccola!

We recently visited the Rooster Cafe in St. Louis, an excellent little breakfast spot where they have a few different bloodies from which to choose.

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On this visit, we went with the House Bloody.

MIX: House

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Olives, pepperoncini, lemon

PRICE: $7

This Bloody Mary was quite flavorful. It hit the spot and went really well with our breakfast scramble. If you ever find yourself in downtown St. Louis, this is definitely a place to hit up. You can also choose from a Bloody Samurai, Bloody Bull, Bloody ‘ell and Bloody Ceasar, plus a Michelada.

There was just one problem: There are two sizes offered at the Rooster–small and large. We’re not sure why they even offer the smaller version, but maybe that’s just us!