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We recently found ourselves in Minnesota, dining with friends who had ever-so-thoughtfully researched establishments with great bloodies before picking a lunch spot.

“This place showed up on several ‘Best’ lists when we searched for bloodies in Minneapolis,” they said.

When we arrived, we found they had two bloodies on their regular menu: a Basil Bloody and a Bloody Molly.

For posterity, we tried both. Photo May 18, 1 28 59 PM

Spice: Both of these drinks had just the right amound of spice. The Basil Bloody definitely had a “punch” as they described. You could taste both the Sriracha and the basil in that one.

Mix: Housemade. The Basil Bloody had organic Basil vodka and the Molly had Irish Whiskey.

Chaser: Yes.

Fixin’s: Pickle, Olive, Lemon and salted rim.

Price: $11 each

Photo May 18, 1 04 00 PM

These Bloodies were both quite tasty and hit the spot on a warm late-Spring day.

In addition to the drinks, this bar/restaurant had an extensive beer list and a breakfast poutine that was out of this world.

While we are aware of many “fancier” bloodies in the area with crazy build-your-own bars, this one was delicious while keeping it simple. We recommend!

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During a long layover in Minneapolis, we stopped for breakfast at Ike’s.

What lured us in to the restaurant was this:

Weekender Bloody Mary Ike's

Weekender Bloody Mary

MIX:  Sacramento Tomato Juice and Smirnoff Vodka

CHASER:Yes

FIXIN’S: Celery, jalabeano, lime, pepperoncini, olives, onion, pickle, cheese, shrimp and beef stick.

 

Yes, it was clear we were still in the Midwest by the looks of the beverage:

Ike's Weekender Bloody Mary

Unfortunately, this Bloody Mary was better in photos and in theory. It seemed like they took a few shortcuts in ingredients and the quality suffered. For example, there was a huge piece of cheese, but it kind of melted in the drink and didn’t taste very good (cheddar may have been a better option) and the shrimp was wimpy and tasted like it had probably been frozen. Not sure we received the “jalabeano” either.

We left feeling unsatisfied by the Bloody Mary, which is pretty unheard of considering the volume of fixin’s this one offered compared to others. We might give the actual Ike’s a shot if we’re ever near their full establishment in the city, but we’ve had plenty of great bloodies in airports, so that really shouldn’t be a factor. Maybe it was just an off morning!