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From the genius of local Chef Michael Feker comes a new Mexican place on Milwaukee’s west side, in the building that once held Birdie’s Café.

Feker is perhaps best known in the area for his restaurant IL Mito, in Wauwatosa, serving Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a casual fine dining setting.

His new venture is 2Mesa, which represents the Spanish words “tu mesa,” meaning “your table.” Chef Feker and his wife want to be your table away from home.

Tucked in the neighborhood, 2Mesa is just what this location needed. Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am to 2pm, with lunch service from 11am to close and dinner beginning at 5pm.

We had our first visit to 2Mesa on a Saturday morning, around 11am, so we had our choice between breakfast and brunch.

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After much deliberation, we chose the Divorced Omelet-organic eggs complimented with herbs, cheese, ham, and spinach and topped with both green and red sauces. Served with Mexican potatoes and beans.

Of course, we also had to try their Bloody Mary.

2 Mesa (1)

The stats:

Spice: Just the right amount of spice.

Mix: Housemade with your choice of tequila or vodka

Chaser: Full-Size bottle of Miller Lite or Corona

Fixin’s: 2 Olives, Lemon, Lime and salted rim

Price: $8?

This Bloody Mary was the perfect consistency and tasted very light and refreshing. However, it is quite petite! It was almost like having a beer with a Bloody Mary chaser. Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with that… we’ll just have to order two next time!

And there will definitely be a next time because this place is something special. We love the cozy atmosphere and the food was delicious and priced just right.

Thank you for bringing a great place like this to the neighborhood, Chef Feker!

 

 

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On a snowy Sunday in early February, we visited Birch + Butcher for brunch & bloodies (say that three times fast!).IMG_5482

 

Spice: Not too spicy, but tasty.

Mix: Housemade, with your choice of vodka, gin, tequila, scotch or aquavit

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Summer Sausage, Cheese and Small Pickle

Price: $8

This Bloody Mary was very tasty and we liked the fact that let you choose your liquor, came with a chaser and included a salted rim; however, as you can see from the photo, it was a little lighter in color and perhaps could’ve had a bit of a thicker taste, in our opinion.

The brunch fare here is very trendy and it truly is a mix of “both primitive + modern cooking styles” that are both “nostalgically comfortable + inspiring,” per their website.

As you know, we are always in the market to try new bloodies and quite often, that means a new place for brunch, so bring it on!

Over the holidays, we visited Fuel Cafe in Walker’s Point for appetizers and good company.

Although the original location is considered a Milwaukee institution, this visit was our first to either of the Fuel Cafes.

We decided to give their Bloody Mary a go:

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Spice: Not too spicy, but tasty.

Mix: Housemade, with your choice of vodka or blanco tequila

Chaser: Your choice!

Fixin’s: Cheese curds and two olives (although the menu boasts bacon!)

Price: $8

This Bloody Mary was very tasty and we liked the fact that let you choose both your liquor and your chaser (they have a large variety of beers to choose from). The price was reasonable and our only “complaint” is that the menu lists bacon as a fixin’, but clearly our drink missed that memo.

All of the appetizers we enjoyed were delicious and the entrees looked delectable as well. We’ll be back, Fuel Cafe! Put on the bacon!

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

We recently visited Hom Woodfired Grill in Glendale, Wis. We had never visited this location, although we’ve dined at the Hom in Brookfield before (yet somehow didn’t try the bloody mary!).

Over the holidays, we had some time off of work, so found ourselves there for lunch on a Monday as we took cover during a snowstorm. It was pretty quiet inside the restaurant, but it was warm and cozy.  We found the food delicious and comforting and the Bloody Mary fantastic.

Hom woodfired grill bloody mary

 

MIX: Housemade

CHASER: Rhinelander Shorty

FIXIN’S: Lime, lemon, pickle, bean, olive, meat and cheese

PRICE: $Unsure

HOM is a Wisconsin-owned and focused restaurant and I love that this was also reflected in the bloody mary. The drink had a nice overall flavor and a surprising amount of fixin’s. The Rhinelander Shorty put it over the top.

If you ever find yourself at Bayshore Mall, be sure to stop in at Hom, have a drink and stay for lunch or dinner!

We recently visited Mad Rooster Cafe on Miller Park Way in Milwaukee.

 

We’ve previously enjoyed both breakfast and lunch at this establishment, but had not had the pleasure of trying their “Mad Mary,” described on the menu as “our special blend of homemade bloody mary with Smirnoff vodka, unbelievably garnished! A meal in itself!”

We decided we were overdue, so we ordered up a Mad Mary with our omelette.

Mad Rooster Cafe

MIX: Housemade

CHASER: a Miller High Life pony (we declined on this particular visit because it was before 10am and we were also ordering breakfast… Not that that has stopped us before)

FIXIN’S: Lime, lemon, deviled egg, stuffed olive (bleu cheese?), pickle and celery stalk

PRICE: $9 (or $8 w/0 chaser–also these are specially priced on Fridays)

The taste of the this bloody was light and refreshing and I enjoyed the egg as a garnish, even though the yolk fell out and dissolved in the beverage; however, I would not bill this drink as a meal in itself as we’ve seen much grander bloodies in our day.

They get bonus points for the salt on the rim as well.

The verdict?

There’s no question that we’ll be back here for breakfast again, as this place is one of the few good and true places to get a nice sit-down breakfast in the city and we’ll probably order this bloody mary again in the future too, but Mad Rooster Cafe not a place we’d go specifically to have a bloody mary, if that makes sense.