Posts Tagged ‘bloody Mary’

On a quintessential summer day, we headed to Montrose Beach in Chicago for some watersports, sun and much needed R&R.

Upon taking a break from the lake, we headed over to The Dock for lunch and a Bloody Mary.

Spice: N/A

Mix: Tabasco

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime

Price: $9

Photo Aug 13, 1 44 36 PM

This bloody mary truly was nothing special and we definitely wouldn’t recommend that you seek out the Dock just to get one…however, while at the beach, this really hit the spot! A little pricey for what you get, but that’s to be expected at a place like this. The atmosphere and weather couldn’t be beat.

Advertisements

On a recent trip to Atlanta, we brunched at South City Kitchen, a mecca for modern Southern cuisine.  Fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles and she-crab soup will keep you comforted all day long.

We tried their bloody mary. Here are the stats:

Spice: Salted rim, Charleston heat

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime and an olive

Price: $9

Photo Aug 11, 11 27 29 AM

This bloody was very simple yet tasty and went down easily. We had two.  While there are other more flashy bloodies in the city, if you’re in the area and hankering for some southern fare, stop here and you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been visiting San Francisco and checking out its bloody mary scene for awhile now, so I feel like I’ve hit many of the major hot spots, especially after my most recent trip.

I finally made it to Foreign Cinema, a place that has popped up on many “best” lists in my research.

Per Thrillist, “In line with the restaurant’s wide-ranging use of spices from all over the world, this mary combines tomato juice, lime, sherry vinegar, South Indian curry, and sumac for a flavorful morning beverage.”

Photo Jul 28, 11 52 16 AM.jpg

The stats:

Spice: Sumac rimmed/Persian style

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Celery, olives and assorted pickled veggies/strips

Price: $12.60

This bloody mary was indeed delicious, but it was so built up in my mind that it was a little bit of a let down by the time I finally got to try it.

The fixin’s were odd in my opinion–they looked like they were there more for decoration than to be consumed and I really couldn’t tell quite what I was eating. The venue/restaurant itself is really cool, however, and it looks like they have a lot of great menu items as well.

Photo Jul 28, 11 52 33 AM.jpg

Thanks to OMG Products, LLC  for sending me their OMG Bloody Mary Mix to review!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it usually takes a special occasion for me to make them at home; this time, I broke out the jug (yes, jug, not bottle!) to make Bloodies with some friends on Independence Day.

To keep the test pure, we sampled the beverage as is. We did not add any spices, but we topped the drink with lots of fixnin’s–just the way we love ’em.

Photo Jul 04, 8 30 44 AM

OMG is based out of Wisconsin. Their mix includes  over 20 different locally-sourced spices, fresh tomato paste and juice from California AND 5-times distilled vodka, hence their slogan “The vodka’s inside– shake, pour and enjoy!”

And this is where we come in. A company rep wanted to spread the word, so they reached out to me and sent me the sample.

The verdict? All of us agreed–the mix was very good! Not too thick, not too thin, very flavorful. We were able to make about four pint-sized bloodies from one bottle.

Thanks again to the good folks at OMG for the sample!

Cheers!

We recently visited Cleveland, Ohio where we made a pilgrimage to A Christmas Story House.

The home from the cult classic movie A Christmas Story has been now restored to its movie splendor and is open year round to the public for tours and even overnight stays. In addition to the home that has been staged exactly as the set in the film, there is a museum that features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film.

If you’re a fan of this movie (and really, who isn’t), you’ll LOVE this tour. You’ll learn a lot about the making of the film and get your hands on some pretty cool stuff, making for awesome photo opportunities.

Photo Jun 05, 9 54 44 AM

Across the street is the Rowley Inn, which also played a part in the movie.

During the filming the upstairs of the building served as a location for make-up and wardrobe, and the bar served as a location for post-filming “meetings”.  Many extras in the movie were patrons who regularly frequented the bar and were there at a minutes notice when someone was needed, and several even still live in the neighborhood.

When we saw the leg lamp in the window, we knew that was where we would be dining, post-tour of the house.

IMG_2830IMG_2831IMG_2837

Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Olive

Price: $?

The Bloody Mary here was tasty, but not something we would seek out had it not been for the proximity to the house. The food was terrific and it seems like they have a wide variety on their menu. Again, we probably would not come here specifically to drink or dine, but it’s a great spot for a post-tour bite/drink and I’m sure, a terrific neighborhood watering hole.

When you’re in this area, don’t overlook the Rowley Inn because you won’t be disappointed!

We recently found ourselves in Minnesota, dining with friends who had ever-so-thoughtfully researched establishments with great bloodies before picking a lunch spot.

“This place showed up on several ‘Best’ lists when we searched for bloodies in Minneapolis,” they said.

When we arrived, we found they had two bloodies on their regular menu: a Basil Bloody and a Bloody Molly.

For posterity, we tried both. Photo May 18, 1 28 59 PM

Spice: Both of these drinks had just the right amound of spice. The Basil Bloody definitely had a “punch” as they described. You could taste both the Sriracha and the basil in that one.

Mix: Housemade. The Basil Bloody had organic Basil vodka and the Molly had Irish Whiskey.

Chaser: Yes.

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Lemon and salted rim.

Price: $11 each

Photo May 18, 1 04 00 PM

These Bloodies were both quite tasty and hit the spot on a warm late-Spring day.

In addition to the drinks, this bar/restaurant had an extensive beer list and a breakfast poutine that was out of this world.

While we are aware of many “fancier” bloodies in the area with crazy build-your-own bars, this one was delicious while keeping it simple. We recommend!

We recently visited Harvest by the Patio in downtown San Diego for Saturday morning brunch and bloodies.

This was our first time at Harvest and we were overwhelmed with the dining options! We deliberated greatly before settling on the Olympia Bowl.

Harvest Patio (2)

We were highly satisfied with our decision, which also turned out to be food porn.

The beverages decision was simple. Once we saw the “Cedar Mary” on the menu, we jumped. Even at $20, we knew it was something special we had to try.

Harvest Patio (1)

After reconciling the $20 cost against providing our loyal readers with an amazing review, imagine our surprise when this is what showed up at our table:

Harvest Patio (3).JPG

Now, we will admit this drink was very good, but as we’re imbibing we’re wondering about the cedar planks and how this can possibly be worth $20.

Lo and behold… it wasn’t. They didn’t actually serve us the right drink! We didn’t find out until the bill came, when we were charged just $8, for what must be their standard, everyday Bloody.

Those disappointing stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cherry Tomato, Shishito Pepper

Price: $8

While the food here was delicious and the standard Bloody Mary was enjoyable, I will say that the service was severely lacking. The place was not busy considering it was a Saturday around 1pm, but we still found ourselves having to get up to ask our bartender to find our waitress, put our order in, bring us more water, the check, etc.

Had the service been better, we might’ve taken the time to inquire early on as to whether we had received the right drink, or brought it up at least when we received the bill; however, we ended up being pressed for time and decided that it was their loss on upselling us to their specialty beverage and having that reviewed.

Again, delicious food; bad day for service and a disappointment on the Bloody Mary end. Maybe next time we’re in San Diego, we’ll give them another shot to get it right!

On a recent trip to San Diego, California, we made our way to the beach on Coronado. Following a romp in the sun, we checked out Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge  on Good Friday for a bite to eat and, of course, a Bloody Mary.

First, a word about the poke tacos… San Diego, or Southern California in general, is kind of known for its fish tacos… Many places serve them and it’s really hard to find bad ones there. However, here at Leroy’s, they are poke tacos instead… made with Ahi Tuna, Napa slaw, spicy creme and served in a crispy wonton shell, these tacos still give you that beachy vibe with an Asian flare.

Delicious. 10/10, would recommend. Also, a perfect meal on Good Friday when Catholics should be abstaining from meat.

But then… the Bloody Mary. It’s not just a regular Bloody Mary served at Leroy’s, but a BACON Bloody Mary.

The stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice, salted rim.

Mix: Housemade with Bacon-Infused Tito’s Vodka

Chaser: None Offered

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Cucumber, Celery, Candied Bacon

Price: $12.50

So, again, Poke Tacos…a good Good Friday choice… a Bacon Bloody Mary presented a great conundrum. After much internal deliberation, we decided that, even in the name of Bloody Mary research, we could not eat the candied bacon; however, we did make an exception for the beverage itself even though the vodka was “bacon-infused.”

The drink was pretty good, although admittedly, probably not worth the price, and you couldn’t beat the resort-town, beachy vibe. We also bet the bacon was delicious, but you’ll have to visit and let us know for yourself!

From the genius of local Chef Michael Feker comes a new Mexican place on Milwaukee’s west side, in the building that once held Birdie’s Café.

Feker is perhaps best known in the area for his restaurant IL Mito, in Wauwatosa, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a casual fine dining setting.

His new venture is 2Mesa, which represents the Spanish words “tu mesa,” meaning “your table.” Chef Feker and his wife want to be your table away from home.

Tucked in the neighborhood, 2Mesa is just what this location needed. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am to 2pm, with lunch service from 11am to close and dinner beginning at 5pm.

We had our first visit to 2Mesa on a Saturday morning, around 11am, so we had our choice between breakfast and brunch.

2 Mesa (2)

After much deliberation, we chose the Divorced Omelet-organic eggs complimented with herbs, cheese, ham, and spinach and topped with both green and red sauces. Served with Mexican potatoes and beans.

Of course, we also had to try their Bloody Mary.

2 Mesa (1)

The stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: Housemade with your choice of tequila or vodka

Chaser: Full-Size bottle of Miller Lite or Corona

Fixin’s: 2 Olives, Lemon, Lime and salted rim

Price: $8?

This Bloody Mary was the perfect consistency and tasted very light and refreshing. However, it is quite petite! It was almost like having a beer with a Bloody Mary chaser. Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with that… we’ll just have to order two next time!

And there will definitely be a next time because this place is something special. We love the cozy atmosphere and the food was delicious and priced just right.

Thank you for bringing a great place like this to the neighborhood, Chef Feker!

 

 

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.

Hash Kitchen (16)

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.

Hash Kitchen (1)

 Spice: It’s up to you! Choose from regular vodka or several infused options.

Hash Kitchen (3)

Mix: House-mix, up to you to doctor up.

Chaser: None offered

Hash Kitchen (4)

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.

Hash Kitchen (14)

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.