Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Again, forgive our batch posts of bloodies here, but summer has been flying by and we’re behind on our reviews! We’ve been so busy having fun it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and bang these out, but finally, here we are.

Earlier this summer, we went to see Jack Johnson perform at Northerly Island in Chicago. It was a fun getaway and, before we hopped the train back to Wisconsin the next morning, we popped over to Honey Berry Cafe for brunch.

Spice & Mix: Perfect amount of spice, their own signature mix and Skyy Vodka

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cheese Cubes, Pickles, Olives, Spicy Rim

Chaser: None Offered

Price: $11

This breakfast was phenomenal. The meal portions were large and prices (especially for Chicago) were more than reasonable. We ordered the amazing “Back to Bed” Sandwich, which included two eggs over easy, ham, sausage, bacon, and cheddar cheese, drizzled with maple syrup and served on French Toast as the bun… then they said we could pick our sides… so choice of hash browns or Fruit and Toast… AND pancakes. You could upgrade to specialty pancakes for a small upcharge as well.

This turned out to be the perfect solution for someone like me who can’t make a decision and has food fomo when ordering… here was an option that included pretty much every breakfast food you could think of in some form… and we were NOT disappointed.

Seeing as we had just seen Jack Johnson, I had to order the Banana Pancakes as my side (IYKYK). They actually had three varieties of banana pancakes alone, so I went with the Chocolate Chip ones. Again delicious, like everything else.

In my research for the post, I was stunned to find out there is a Honey Berry in Wisconsin. I had no idea; I can’t wait to go back here next time I am craving a breakfast spot.

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.


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



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!

En route to Cincinnati for a conference, I found myself at O’Hare with a healthy layover.

Time for a Bloody Mary!

After some scouting, it was determined that the best option in my terminal was Stanley’s Blackhawk Bar.

Stanley's Blackhawk Bar

Mix: Average at best

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Two olives, a lemon and a lime

Price: $?

This Bloody Mary was pretty standard, especially when considering this was drink was in the Midwest and an airport, generally two indicators of the chances of getting an above-average beverage.

Definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to seek this out next time I was in the airport; I would have been better off with a can of Mr. and Mrs. T’s and a mini bottle of vodka on the plane.

I recently received a treat from Vintage Vine Mix, a company out of Chicago, IL. 

The mix comes in a 32oz jar for $8 and is gluten-free. The story on the website states that “Two college friends set out to create the perfect Bloody Mary and Vintage Vine was born.”

I used this mix for Bloody Marys on Christmas morning:

It tasted very fresh with just a hint of spice. I didn’t feel the need to add anything to the mix—it was perfect.

Vintage Vine has been involved in many Chicagoland events, from Lollapalooza to other Bloody Mary festivals and it’s easy to see why. If you have the chance, check them out!

One of the best Bloodies I’ve ever had was at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. Seriously, I’ve considered getting up early some morning and driving there just to have a couple of Bloodies, but then I realized I probably couldn’t drive back right away.

So anyway, when I found myself in Chicago for Brewers-Cubs game and some time to spare, I had a Bloody Mary at the Rockit nearby.

Granted, this was a Tuesday and far from the $5 Bloody Mary Brunch, but I was very disappointed.

Spice: It had a little kick to it.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime

Price: $10

For half-price, you can get access to the most amazing BYO Bloody Bar I’ve ever seen on a Saturday or Sunday. I would definitely hold off until then; not worth it at all for this subpar drink on a regular day. For what it’s worth, I had originally visited the location on Hubbard. The one I visited most recently was in Wrigleyville. Shouldn’t make a difference, but that may have contributed to the experience.

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Wilde Bar & Restaurant in Chicago.

I started this blog because it became known in my circle of friends that I was a Bloody Mary connoisseur. People would come to me for recommendations, ask me to rank my favorites, etc.  Thus, it became necessary to formalize my review process in some way. Now, since starting this blog, I’ve often received submissions from friends and family. It seems that when they’re drinking bloodies, they think of me and that makes me feel happy.

Today was once such instance. My friend and colleague, Molly, was in Chicago for the weekend, checking out Wilde Bar & Restaurant, when I got a Vox from her.  (Vox is a voice/text/picture message sent through Voxer, a really cool app that Molly introduced me to).  This Vox was a photo of a bloody. The accompanying text said “Bloodys at Wilde in Chicag. Thought you’d like to know for future reference they’re pretty good ones.”

I asked her to write a  guest review. Here you go!

Spice/Mix: Molly rated the mix and 8/10… “Just the right spice for me!” she said.

Chaser: “A baby Miller Lite! I give it a 7/10 but only because of the adorable little glass bottle.”

Fixin’s:  “I give the topping a 1/10. Pitiful. Celery stick, some strange pepper (we think it may have been a pickled cherry pepper (?) courtesy of Google images) and a lemon wedge.”

Price: $8

Thanks, Molly, for thinking of me while you were enjoying your brunch, and for adding to the Out for Bloodies blog! Hope you had a nice trip!

For everyone else, don’t hesitate to pass your recommendations and reviews on to me! So many bloodies, so little time, I will never get to them all myself!

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!

Posted: November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Howl At The Moon, Chicago, IL

This week, I took a short trip to Chicago for work, so of course I wanted to scope out a bloody while I was here.

The only problem was that I wasn’t able to order one until after I got done with some work and met my colleagues out…at a piano bar….at 10pm.

For those of you who haven’t been, Howl at the Moon is a piano bar that is popular in quite a few states. It is know for its yard and fish bowl drinks… not its Bloodies and now I know why.

I was not very impressed with this Bloody, but to be fair, I also didn’t expect much. Go for the atmosphere instead.

Spice: It had a little kick to it.

Mix: Unsure, but not homemade. It was a bottled mix that I didn’t recognize.

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: Lemon, two Olives

Price: $8