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As I noted in my previous post, I’ve been traveling to Arizona recently and sampling Bloodies in the Southwest.

Last time I was here, I sought out the Verde Mary at The Windsor in Phoenix. The Verde Mary was very different, but tasted amazing.

 

 

My research indicated that the restaurant hosts a fully loaded Bloody Mary bar available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so I made it a mission to return, which I finally did a couple of weekends ago.

Windsor (1)

Tucked into its namesake historic Phoenix neighborhood, Windsor is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a backyard-style patio,high-quality wine and beer on tap, a robust selection of prohibition cocktails and a menu that features casual bar food with an upscale twist.

Windsor (4)

The Bloody Mary Bar was very pretty-looking, but rather small compared to Midwest standards.

Windsor (5)

Garnishes include cocktail onions, pickles, olives, citrus, hot sauces and more.

Windsor (2)

For $5, this is a great deal, especially if you’re brunching at the Windsor, with its awesome menu. However, we did not see the Verde Mary on the menu this time and forgot to ask about–we’re hoping it still exists. Of the two, we highly recommend ordering that one if you can!
Cheers!

When researching the best Bloody Mary in the Phoenix area, Dick’s Hideaway kept coming up on a variety of lists, so we made it a point to stop in.

With a name like Dick’s Hideaway, what you get when you go there is not what you’d expect. Yes, it is a hideaway, a tiny hidden gem of a restaurant. But it serves authentic, traditional New Mexican cuisine, treasures from the Santa Fe Trail–not pub or island cuisine as I was guessing.

Looking over their menu then, you also wouldn’t expect them to have a decent Bloody Mary… but boy do they ever. Like many of their dishes, the bloody at Dick’s is made with a homemade mix containing a hefty dose of spice, Pinnacle vodka and garnished with lime, pickled asparagus, celery…. AND A CHASER!

Dick's Hideaway Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade–and spicy!

Chaser: YES!

Fixin’s: Celery, asparagus and lime

Price: $?

We agree with many of the write-ups…Surprisingly, Dick’s has a great Bloody Mary and one of the best we’ve tasted in AZ. Along with the tasty drink, we enjoyed the Carne Adovada and left happy. This is all not so surprising, however, when you find out that Dick’s sister restaurant is Rokerij, a fabulous establishment we visited last year. Be sure to stop here and at Rokerij next time you’re in the area!

We stopped by Seasons 52 in Phoenix on a recent trip. Seasons 52 is a restaurant that is known for serving dishes made with seasonally inspired ingredients at their peak of freshness. We’d previously visited an Atlanta location and enjoyed their food, but we had never tried their Bloody Mary, so we popped in here for Happy Hour.

Seasons 52 Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: NONE

Price: $7.75

This Bloody Mary had good flavor, but it was WAY too plain for our taste, especially given the asking price (we thought we might get some sort of break during Happy Hour). Next time, we’ll stick to ordering their delicious seasonal fare.

As I noted in my previous post, I’ve been traveling to Arizona recently and sampling Bloodies in the Southwest.

Of course, I did my homework in advance of my trips and one Bloody Mary that I specifically sought out was the Verde Mary at The Windsor in Phoenix.

Tucked into its namesake historic Phoenix neighborhood, Windsor is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a backyard-style patio,high-quality wine and beer on tap, a robust selection of prohibition cocktails and a menu that features casual bar food with an upscale twist.

Windsor Bloody Mary AZ

 

I was tipped off to the Verde Mary at the Windsor from an article in Arizona Foothills Magazine. The Windsor offers a traditional Bloody Mary, which features red tomatoes, roasted vegetables, Fresno chilies and fresh horseradish, in addition to the Verde.

Of course, I wanted to try the Verde. I’ve never had a GREEN Bloody Mary before.

Mix: The Verde uses green tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted poblanos, cilantro and watercress–all incredibly fresh.

Chaser: None

Fixin’s: Two green olives, a lime and celery (all green!)

Price: $9.50

I visited The Windsor on a Saturday evening. Initially, I was told that they only serve this drink on Sundays, but since it was Saturday evening, I guess they were already prepping for the morning rush (or the bartender saw the look of disappointment in my eyes) and I was served this delectable delight.

This Bloody Mary was very different, but tasted amazing. I highly recommend you check it out, your taste buds will thank you. The food at The Windsor was also very good.

My research indicates that the restaurant hosts a fully loaded Bloody Mary bar available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Garnishes include cocktail onions, caper berries, pickled green tomatoes, jalapeno-stuffed olives, olives, citrus, celery salt, old bay seasoning, pimento peppers and more.

On my way out, I noticed a line stemming out the door of a nearby establishment. Since it was almost 10 p.m., my curiosity got the better of me and I went to check it out. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon Churn, a quaint but AMAZING ice cream shop, so named for its freshly CHURNed ice cream. With a line out the door, I knew it had to be good, so I did the only thing I could–I got in line.

After much deliberation, I settled on the peanut butter ice cream on a pretzel cone. Yep, pretzel cone. Totally worth the $1 upgrade.

CHURN Ice Cream AZ

I know you’re reading this for the Bloody Mary review, but let me tell you…. if I never eat ice cream again, I will die satisfied after my visit to Churn. Hands down best cone I’ve ever consumed (and full disclosure, I returned a week later to get another!).

Highly recommend you check out the Verde at the Windsor, but be sure you leave room for dessert next door.

Cheers!