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Shelley Buchanan, author of the Bloody Mary brunch blog called “The Drunken Tomato” and the book:  The Drunken Tomato: A Definitive Guide to the Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles and Orange County, has recently published her second book, The Drunken Tomato Seattle.

Drunken Tomato Seattle

While I’ve never met Shelley in person, she’s become a resource of sorts for me as I’ve traveled to various cities, sometimes following in her footsteps, testing out her recommendations and sometimes giving her tips in return. I traveled to Los Angeles a few times since reviewing her first book and I’ve used it as a resource, checking out Hungry Cat and Franklin & Company, to name a couple.

So,  needless to say, I was thrilled when she asked me to preview and review her latest book.

I’ve never been to Seattle, but as fate would have it, 2016 just may take me there and hopefully I’ll finally get to meet Shelley over a bloody or two.  And, after perusing this guide, I’m definitely looking forward to my visit!

This unique and comprehensive city guide is organized by the different neighborhoods of Seattle: North, Ballard, Central, Capitol Hill, Downtown and West Seattle & South. She provides contact information for each bar and restaurant, along with reviews and pictures. The establishments range from well-known restaurants to the lesser-known “dive bars.”

“After drinking over 100 of the best and worst bloody marys that Seattle has to offer, I’ve learned three things,” Shelley writes in the intro. “First, Seattle snubs celery, second, infused vodka reignes supreme, and third, with the exception of a very few places, Seattle bloody marys are damn expensive.”

The book includes her “Top 10 List” of her favorite bloodies and she uses a cute category key throughout to denote things such as “Build Your Own,” “All You Can Drink,” “Beer Back,” etc.

Even if you’re not planning on visiting the area anytime soon, you’ll find that this book, like the Los Angeles edition, is put together so beautifully and the photos are so gorgeous (yes, I’m biased, I know, but I think Bloody Marys are amazing and photograph fantastically) that it could just as easily serve as a coffee table book and/or conversation piece.

Be sure to give Shelley’s blog a follow, follow her on Twitter @TheDrunkenTomato (and us, if you’re not already following– @OutForBloodies), and pick up this book if you get the chance.

She’s also got swag! Be sure to check out her site for cute tees and tanks in addition to her fabulous reviews and books. Thanks for sending me this sweet tank, Shelley! (White was a bold choice when you know I’m gonna be drinking tomato-based drinks in it!)

Drunken Tomato Tank

In this “business,” we don’t consider ourselves competitors, but rather co-conspirators, searching for that ever-elusive perfect Bloody Mary and having a blast trying.

Cheers!

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Also in Hollywood, we checked out a place called Hungry Cat on another recommendation by the Drunken Tomato.

Hungry Cat has three California locations and specializes in seafood and raw bar.

 

 

Hungry Cat (1)

 

That’s why it’s only natural that you can choose to add an oyster to your bloody mary:

Hungry Cat (5)

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Carrot, Celery, Oyster and ??

Price: $15 for “Matchbox,” plus $3 for the oyster

Usually, we agree with Drunken Tomato on what constitutes a good bloody, so I’m going to say that maybe I just had a bad shake… As you can see by the photo, this Bloody Mary was almost translucent, so it was quite strong. Maybe not a good vodka-mix ratio.

We also still aren’t sure what the pink item in our drink was. It looked like ginger, but was rock hard… and we couldn’t place the taste.

The oyster was good, but it wasn’t served in a shell.

Finally, at $18, this was the steepest price we paid for a bloody.

We’d give Hungry Cat another shot for dinner, but think we’ll skip the bloody mary next time.

 

 

 

On our trip to Los Angeles, we visited The Belmont Cafe in Hollywood for brunch on a Saturday morning.

We found it to be uncrowded and scored a primo spot on the patio.

On weekends, Belmont has a build your own bloody mary bar, which we naturally had to check out.

The Belmont (3)

Mix: Choose from the Belmont’s own mix, Clamato, or tomato juice

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: So many hot sauces to choose from! In addition, lots of olive varieties, celery, pickles, homemade bacon bits, beans and more. (This is California though, so no cheese chunks or beefsticks or fried somethings to be found!)

The Belmont (4)

Price: $12

Here’s the masterpiece we created:

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We adored the Belmont Cafe. In addition to the obvious perks of the Bloody Mary bar, their brunch was top-notch. We had the Avocado Breakfast Toast, which was very California and simply amazing:

The Belmont (1)Definitely a great spot to check out when you’re in town!

 

In Pasadena, California, we stopped at Congregation Ale House on a recommendation by the Drunken Tomato.

There are three locations around Los Angeles for this church-themed restaurant and with all of their beers on tap, I can see why it’s so successful.

However, we weren’t here for the beer, we wer here for the bloody mary.

 

Congregation Ale House (1)

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, lime

Price: $6

 

 

This mix was by far the best we tasted in Los Angeles. Very fresh, with the right amount of spice and a pleasant consistency. And at $6, you just can’t beat the price in LA! Their chalkboard touted a “Bloody Mary for 2” for just $10 on Sundays, which is also a great deal.

We also dined here on this occasion. There is no table service. You have to order at the counter. They have a limited menu of burgers/sandwiches and a wide array of dipping sauces to accompany their fries, wings, etc. In addition to loving our bloody mary, we also enjoyed our Grilled RibEye Burger with fries (and curry ketchup!) very much.

If you’re in the LA area, check out the “chapter” near you!

Travels recently took us to Los Angeles, California.

On our first night, we visited the Griffith Observatory where we enjoyed a gorgeous view of the city. Just down the hill, we stumbled upon Little Dom’s, in what is known as Los Feliz.

Little Dom's (2)

We loved everything about Little Dom’s…. except the bloody mary. Now we like spice, but unfortunately, this bloody mary was too spicy even for us.

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, okra, lemon

Price: $10

If you’re ever in the area, you should absolutely visit Little Dom’s. The vibe here is awesome… very neighborhood/home-y, but also hipster/trendy, if that’s even possible.  Rumor has it that celebrities dine here often. There’s a plaque on a booth for Jon Hamm and his girlfriend, Jennifer Westfeldt and the night we were in there, we ran into a member of 90s band Spacehog.IMG_4804

 

They have a limited menu, but very delicious items–we can vouch for the pizza! Their bartenders are very friendly (shoutout to John and Vince!) and on a slower night, they might even buy you a drink. For the record, their Moscow Mule was amazing. Get that instead of a bloody and your night will be complete.

 

 

I was recently in Los Angeles for a very quick trip; however, I was able to sneak in an amazing bloody mary at Franklin & Company.

This tavern has appeared on numerous lists for their multiple Bloody Mary options.  It also came recommended by the Drunken Tomato. So I knew it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations.

Franklin & Company Bloody Mary

There are seven Bloody Marys on their brunch menu, but of course, I had to order the Bloody Royale!

Bloody Royale Bloody Mary Franklin and Company

 

Mix: Homemade; and the glass was rimmed with…get this… bacon salt

Chaser: Add one for $2

Fixin’s: Celery, onion ring, bacon-wrapped jalapeno, olive, brussels sprout, pickle, English slider, pepperjack cheese

Price: $15

This was definitely worth carving out time for; I highly suggest you stop in to Franklin & Co. if you’re in the area. It’s a short walk from the Hollywood Walk of Fame (where I was coming from when I paid them a visit).

I also enjoyed their tuna burger with homemade chips–and their black cherry ketchup. Simply amazing. I’m in love.

I’ve never met her in person, but something tells me Shelley Buchanan and I are kindred spirits.

Shelley writes a Bloody Mary brunch blog called “The Drunken Tomato”. Shelley and her guest reviewers travel around, giving their Bloody Mary reviews, much like we do here at Out For Bloodies. 

And now, she’s published a book: The Drunken Tomato: A Definitive Guide to the Best Bloody Marys in Los Angeles and Orange County

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Each chapter of this comprehensive, unique city guide focuses on one area of the city, providing contact information for each bar and restaurant, along with reviews and pictures. The establishments range from well-known restaurants to the lesser-known “dive bars.”

I haven’t spent a lot of time in Los Angeles overall and in fact, I’ve only ever reviewed one Bloody Mary there on my most recent trip last March (Kitchen 24) which is not listed in the book; however, after perusing this guide, I’m definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Even if you’re not planning on visiting the area anytime soon, you’ll find that this book is put together so beautifully and the photos are so gorgeous (yes, I’m biased, I know, but I think Bloody Marys are amazing and photograph fantastically) that it could just as easily serve as a coffee table book and/or conversation piece.

Be sure to give Shelley’s blog a follow, follow her on Twitter @TheDrunkenTomato (and us, if you’re not already following– @OutForBloodies), and pick up this book if you get the chance.

in this “business,” we don’t consider ourselves competitors, but rather co-conspirators, searching for that ever-elusive perfect Bloody Mary and having a blast trying.

Cheers!