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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!

 

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.

Saved By the Max

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.

Saved By the Max

 

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.

Sriracha Bloody Mary Bitter End

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

On the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area, I recently checked out Piece Pizzeria & Brewery in Chicago. This cute & hip spot is located in the Wicker Park neighborhood and was hoppin’ even on a Wednesday night.

We grabbed a spot at the bar and ordered an app and a pizza. My friend had promised me a “Bloody Mary made with pizza sauce,” but alas, we found out they are no more. They have changed their recipe since he was there last; however, we still ordered a couple to test ’em out.

Piece Bloody Mary

Spice: It had a little kick to it, especially the salt around the rim.

Mix: Homemade!

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Celery, Pepper, Cheese, Olive and a piece of Hot Doug’s sausage.

Price: $Unsure

This Bloody Mary was very tasty. I especially enjoyed the garnish. The food here was delicious, too. A little sad I missed out on the pizza sauce version, however! Definitely recommend this place as a dining option when you’re in the area. Cheers!

Our State Fair is a great State Fair… From cream puffs and fried stuff on a stick to micro brews and beersicles, there is a ton of great food and drink to be enjoyed.

Each year, the vendors seems to try to one-up each other and themselves by creating the most outrageous concoctions.

This year, the Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger from the Exotic Meats stand caught our attention.

Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

The Mountain Man Burger, for the uninitiated, contains “5 Animals in 1 Patty!” Yes, that’s right, the patty was comprised of Antelope, Bison, Boar, Elk and Venison blended in a 1/3 lb. patty, seasoned like a bloody mary. The patty is topped with a special bloody mary sauce and celery salt, and served on a gourmet bun. It was then garnished with a skewer of celery, pickle, olive, bloody mary cheese curd, bloody mary meat stick and marinated mushroom.
Mountain Man Bloody Mary Burger

So, we shelled out the $13 for this delicacy and gave it a try.

We have to admit, we were a little disappointed. While not too gamey-tasting (like I was expecting), the patty seemed small and quite dry. There was definitely more bun than meat. The best part about this was the garnish, but we would have rather had that on top of a real bloody mary, rather than this burger–especially for the price tag.

Sorry, guys. We really wanted to like it! Next time, you’ll find us sampling a drink instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We recently visited Point Burger Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Happy Hour.

Point Burger Bar combines top-notch burgers along with beer from Steven’s Point Brewery (hence the name).

The restaurant is headed up by local restaurateur Brian Ward, owner of Ward’s House of Prime and was inspired by burger bars in Las Vegas.

A licensing agreement with Stevens Point Brewery, a Wisconsin brewery with a history that dates back to 1857, lends both their name and their beer to the fast casual dining spot.

The bar features 30 taps, 25 of which are Point products, along with over 60 bottled brews and a full selection of spirits; it also has a great Happy Hour.

On a separate occasion we dined here for lunch and built our own burgers, but the next time we knew we had to try out the drinks, so we came for the Happy Hour.

Although the bloodies weren’t on the special, you know we just had to test drive ’em anyway. For you, of course.

Point Burger Bar Bloody Mary

Mix: Sacramento

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Bacon, Olive, Cheese, Pickle

Price: $11

While Point Burger Bar gets “points” for using our favorite mix, the chaser, cheese and bacon, it gets docked for the hefty price tag, in our opinion. We knew the bloodies weren’t on the Happy Hour special, but we didn’t expect to pay $11 a pop. That’s a problem when they’re so good you order two and get saddled with a $22 bill when you didn’t even eat real food!

We’d suggest knocking the price back to a more reasonable $7 or $8, which seems more on par with similar bloodies in the marketplace. Or, hey, you’re a Burger Bar. We’d gladly pay the $11 if you slapped on a slider or two, like Milwaukee Burger Co., AJ Bombers or Sobleman’s before you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently we found ourselves in San Diego, home of many great bloodies that we’ve previously reviewed. On this particular trip, we revisited two of our favorites: Cafe 21 (where we weren’t able to imbibe, but enjoyed our breakfast) as well as the Bier Garden of Encinitas (where we tried a different one of their Bloody options, review updated).

Other than that, we really didn’t have much time to seek out anywhere new, but we did have some time to kill at the airport on our way home. That’s when we stopped at Banker’s Hill Restaurant and Bar in our terminal.

While the actual restaurant itself looks cool, the watered-down airport version was crowded and left much to be desired, particularly when it came to the average-at-best bloody mary:

Banker's Hill

 

Mix: Unsure

Chaser:No

Fixin’s: Olive, celery

Price: $?

We barely sipped half of the drink and boarded our flight home with a somewhat spicy but non-memorable taste in our mouths.

Next time, we’ll stick with our known entities, purposely seek out some more great Bloody places, and/ or give the actual Banker’s Hill restaurant itself a do-over.

Cheers!

On a recent trip to Atlanta, we dined at the Brake Pad in College Park.

Although we were there for dinner, we were pleased to see the “BP” Bloody Mary on the menu for ordering at any time of day.

MIX: Absolut Peppar and Guiness added to their mix!

CHASER: None offered

FIXIN’S: Bacon, Celery, Pickle, Olives & Lemon

PRICE: $?

This Bloody Mary was quite good. It had a nice kick to it and even though you couldn’t exactly taste the Guinness itself, it did add to the overall flavor.