Posts Tagged ‘Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar’

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!

Last year, I reviewed Miller Park’s Bloody Mary for the blog I co-author as part of my day job: John and Cait…Plus 9 and this year, I was really excited to note that Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws have been added to the roster of fixin’s for the standard bloodies! Click here for the updated review.

There is also a “U-Skew” station (aka build-your-own Bloody Mary bar) on the Club Level at Miller Park. On Sundays, you can find this station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. They are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more! Here’s a peek at the bloody I made last week:

Whether you go U-Skew or standard, you can’t go wrong with a Miller Park Bloody Mary. And I’m not just saying that because I work there.

Cheers!

Today, I tried out a new establishment in a familiar location—Ella’s Barstaurant in the former home of Sluggo’s. No, that’s not a typo, it really is called a Barstaurant.

The inside of the place looks the same—and some of the clientele has carried over from Sluggo’s as well; however, there is one major upgrade as far as I could tell—the $3 Build Your Own Bloody Marys on Sundays! Yes, that’s right,$3 ($4 if you want Smirnoff; $5 if you want Absolut.).

And, as you can see from the photos, the fixin’ bar is stocked—there’s nowhere else where you can get AYC stuff in your drink beef sticks, cheese, bacon and shrimp, plus the staples like pickles, celery, olives, beans, asparagus and onions.

Spice:  I requested it to be spicy and it had the perfect amount of kick!

Mix:Sacramento Bloody Mary Mix—who knew this tomato juice purveyor also made Bloody Mix? So simple, yet so good!

Chaser: None, but here’s a tip: go with friends who order pitchers and you’re good to go!

Fixin’s: See above—the highlights are the shrimp and bacon!

Price: $3 with rail vodka

As my friend Gordie so eloquently put it, “Where else can you cram that much crap in a glass for $3?”

Ella’s has definitely immediately climbed into the Top 10 and is the running for a new place to gather and watch Packers games this fall.

Cheers!

PS- While this is a Bloody blog, I could not help but  notice the $10 bottomless mimosas on Sundays as well…not as trendy as the Third Ward, but could be a good choice for your next girls’ brunch!

While we’re on the topic of Chicago, I wanted to post this review of Rockit’s Bloody Mary Bar from my trip there in June.

This is one of the top Bloodies that I have ever had and I was bummed that I wasn’t there on a Saturday or Sunday during this trip to partake.

My trip there was on a Saturday for the Acoustic Brunch. The food was excellent, the music was amazing and the Bloodies were Bloody Awesome!

This is by far the largest BYOBMB (Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar) that I’ve ever seen and, at $5 all day, this is a terrific value.

I highly encourage you to check out Rockit next time you’re in Chicago! Or, make the drive down just for the Bloody. You won’t be disappointed!