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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!

Oyamel showed up on two sources that I generally trust when it comes to food and beverage: Anthony Bourdain’s D.C. list and Thrillist’s List of Best Bloody Marys in D.C.

When I happened to walk right by this restaurant, I thought it was a sign.

I sat at the bar and asked the bartender if they had their famous bloody marys. “Yeah, we make a good one,” she replied.

So shame on me for assuming the one she would make would be the same one that was written up…

According to Thrillist, “The Bloody at Oyamel proves something can be gross AND good. That’s because it’s rimmed with “sal de gusano”. For gringos, that means worm salt. The worms that inhabit the agave plant are dried and then ground down with chilies and sea salt. The wormy rim is your gateway to sips of a Bloody made with your pick of mezcal, tequila, or vodka, plus house-made tomato juice, lime juice, and guajillo chili. It’s garnished with cilantro and marigold.”

This place made Bourdain’s list simply on mezcal selection…

Anyway, here’s what I got:

Oyamel

 

Mix: Housemade, somewhat spicy

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Cucumber

Price: $10

 

I have no idea if this bloody was rimmed with the “sal de gusano,” or not and the bartender just used vodka without asking if I had a preference, so I didn’t get to try that famous mezcal. It also was not garnished with cilantro and marigold.

Overall, this bloody mary was decent and I guess it was my fault for not inquiring further or specifying, but had I known, I would have probably tried the sangria or margarita to go with my food, which for the record, was fantastic.

The made-to-order guacamole was heavenly and melted right into the still-warm fresh-baked tortilla chips. I must admit I devoured way too much and could barely eat my meal, which was also top-notch.

Definitely a cool place to check out, but maybe skip the bloody to make more room for guac.

 

When researching Bloody Marys in Washington, D.C., we came across several sites that recommended Logan Tavern.

The reason Logan Tavern’s Bloody Mary was voted “Best Bloody Mary in DC” by Washingtonian Magazine readers is because of their Ultimate Bloody Mary Menu, which is served on Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Brunch.

We had a fun time plotting out our beverage using their menu:

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Here’s what we settled on for our creation…

Mix: Housemade. We chose infused cucumber vodka with horseradish, on the spicy side.

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, Cucumber, Green Beans

Price: $13 (which includes additional charges for bacon & shrimp)

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With a menu like this, if you don’t like your drink, quite frankly, the only person you have to blame is yourself. However, we were quite pleased with the Bloody we had made, considering ourselves somewhat experts in the field.

The difference between Logan Tavern and a Build-Your-Own-Bar, is that you choose options from the various categories and then they construct it for you. It’s the lazy-man’s build your own bloody and it’s better because there is a little bit of restraint built in (no I don’t really need 5 pieces of bacon in my glass…).

Definitely the best Bloody Mary we had in DC and we highly recommend you check it out! Tell us about your own creations in the comments below.

 

On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., we stopped at the historic Old Ebbitt Grill

Founded in 1856, this is known as Washington’s oldest saloon, frequented by many a president, such as McKinley, Grant, Johnson, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Harding.

The restaurant is also famous for its raw bar, so you have to order the Bloody Maryland.

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Mix: Housemade with Absolut Peppar

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Celery, Olives, Lemon, a Jumbo Shrimp and rimmed with Old Bay Seasoning

Price: $13

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We started talking to our bartender at Old Ebbitt Grill and, once he realized we were from the Midwest, he told us that the Bloody Marys there were good; however, we might be disappointed if we were expecting your typical Midwest feast in a glass. We told him we were experienced travelers and knew that all Bloodies were not created equal. Still, “You’re not getting one of those beer backs here,” he reiterated.

And that was just fine with us because our Bloody Maryland stood on its own. It was very flavorful, with hints of horseradish, lemon and Old Bay… and it made the perfect beverage with which to wash down the oysters we ordered at happy hour.

This is definitely a DC tradition, so you’ll want to add this to your list when visiting the nation’s capital.

 

On our trip to Los Angeles, we visited The Belmont Cafe in Hollywood for brunch on a Saturday morning.

We found it to be uncrowded and scored a primo spot on the patio.

On weekends, Belmont has a build your own bloody mary bar, which we naturally had to check out.

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Mix: Choose from the Belmont’s own mix, Clamato, or tomato juice

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: So many hot sauces to choose from! In addition, lots of olive varieties, celery, pickles, homemade bacon bits, beans and more. (This is California though, so no cheese chunks or beefsticks or fried somethings to be found!)

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Price: $12

Here’s the masterpiece we created:

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We adored the Belmont Cafe. In addition to the obvious perks of the Bloody Mary bar, their brunch was top-notch. We had the Avocado Breakfast Toast, which was very California and simply amazing:

The Belmont (1)Definitely a great spot to check out when you’re in town!

 

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