Posts Tagged ‘bloody Mary’

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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.

Cluck and Moo Bloody Mary Twins Target Field Minnesota

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.

Rooster Cafe St. Louis Bloody Mary

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!

We checked out the new Drink Wisconsinbly Pub in Walker’s Point. As the name suggests, everything here has a Wisconsin flair. And, since we’ve proven that the best Bloody Marys come from the Midwest, Wisconsin in particular, one would imagine a place like this would have a great one.

You would not be wrong.

Drink Wisconsinbly Bloody

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: yes

Fixin’s: Cheese, olive, sausage, lemon, lime

Price: $10

Sometimes on the weekend, they will have “Bloody Marys keep the glass” for $12, which would be worth it as this mason jar style glass is super cute. Wish we would’ve been there for that!

The food here is also very Wisconsin and very good. Think hearty, meaty, cheesy fare. We had a burger and fries, plus we got to pick our dipping sauce. There are currently five different sauces on the menu and you can get a sauce flight if you’re so inclined. (We went with beer cheese!)

I recommend you check this place out and give their Bloody–and food–a try!

 

 

 

Back in Milwaukee, we checked out Camino and tried their Bloody Mary.

Camino

Mix: Homemade

Chaser:Yes

Fixin’s: Cheese, pickle, olive

Price: $8

We really enjoyed the taste of this Bloody Mary, as well as the fixin’s and the chaser. The food here was great, too.

I recommend you check this place out and give their Bloody a try!