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On a recent trip to New Orleans, we stopped into the Olde NOLA Cookery on the world-famous Bourbon Street for some gator bites, oysters, po’ boys and gumbo.

When we saw the Rajun Cajun Bloody Mary on the menu, we knew we had to give that a shot as well.

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Spice: Not too spicy.

Mix: House-infused Absolut Peppar Vodka, with their own Bloody Mary Mix

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: The menu claims they drink includes  sun-dried tomatoes, cocktail onions, spicy green beans, and olives; however, on our visit we only got green beans, peppers, olives and a lemon and a lime.

Price: $10

This Bloody Mary was tasty, but were not sure it was worth the price. The food here, however, will satisfy your hankerin’ for some Southern Cookin’, so if you’re looking for a place to get your fried food fix, stop in here. Maybe just try a Hurricane instead.

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We told you we’re back! This week we also visited Who’s On Third in Milwaukee and sampled their Bloody Mary.

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Spice & Mix: Although the mix was from a bottle (we aren’t sure which mix exactly), we were impressed by the bartender’s skills in crafting the drink to make it unque–and delicious. She added worcestershire, sriracha sauce and probably a few other things that we had to look up spellings for, as she doctored up the mix. We even watched her taste-test the drink (safely! No sips from the glass or straw, don’t worry) to make sure it was up to her standards.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cheese and Beefstick

Price: $Unknown. We were here for a work event and were given a free drink ticket, so I’m not sure what they charge regularly.

This bloody mary was excellent and we would surely order another if we were to stop back in here again; however, this particular bartender seemed to take pride in her work and clearly had her own recipe, so I’m not sure the beverage would be replicated precisely if someone else were to craft it for us.

While it was delicious, we probably wouldn’t drive all the way down to Old World Third Street and fight the crowds and parking to get it, but kudos to the bartender at this establishment nonetheless! We are impressed. You go girl.

Recently, I had the chance to go to 9 Below, a min-golf tavern located 9-feet below ground on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Not only do you get to play mini-golf while enjoying drinks in a fun, bar-type setting, but you also get to design your own mini-golf course, using various obstacles and items to make each hole unique. You also get to name each hole and set a “par.”

While my colleagues and I enjoyed this fun, teambuilding exercise away from the office, I also enjoyed a Bloody Mary from the bar at 9 Below:

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Spice & Mix: The mix was Major Peter’s and it was very tasty.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: My drink had four olives and a lemon and lime. I saw a couple other coworkers that scored a beef stick though!

Price: $Unknown. As this was a work event, we were given a free drink ticket, so I’m not sure what they charge regularly.

The verdict? While I would not come here especially for the Bloody Mary or to just drink at their bar (I don’t even know if you can), I would definitely recommend 9 Below as a fun place to host a very unique group outing. And while you’re there, if you order a bloody like I did, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy!

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.