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Speaking of places we can’t believe we haven’t reviewed, the Wicked Hop takes the cake!

Located in Milwaukee’s popular Third Ward, the Wicked Hop is one of the best brunch spots in the city.

In fact, it’s located at the corner of Sunday Brunch and Bloody Mary! (We love this, right outside their restaurant.)

The ultimate intersection. #BloodyMary #Brunch

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We’ve had their Bloody Mary several times, but somehow, we’ve failed to review it. For that, we apologize as we’re depriving you of one of the best bloodies in the city!

Wicked Hop Bloody Mary

MIX: Housemade

CHASER: From their site: “Buddied up with everyone’s favorite — Lakefront Riverwest Stein beer chaser!”

FIXIN’S: Again: “Our house recipe served with peeled coldwater shrimp, Old Wisconsin beefstick, MKE midget kosher dill pickle, mozzarella whips, Walnut Street portabella mushroom and a Spanish green olive.” They also let you purchase Extra Fixin’s for $3 more (We inquired: it’s an extra portion of what already comes on it, not additional items).

PRICE: $10 regularly (You can get a Virgin Mary, or a Topless Mary (no fixin’s) for $8)

Wicked Hop is known for their Bloodies and they also have a popular brunch. Get there early on a Saturday and sit in the bar to take advantage of this offer:

Half hoppy

Or, if you can get there during the week, we highly recommend going on a Tuesday where the Bloody Marys are $5 (sans chaser):

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On our most recent visit, we had just posted our above photo on Instagram and Facebook when we noticed a very similar photo appear in our feeds…comedian Amy Schumer, in town for a show at the Bradley Center, had visited the Wicked Hop and indulged that same day. We’re sorry we missed her, but we’re glad that someone pointed her in the right direction!

Milwaukee I love you!!

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One more thing… The Wicked Hop also boasts “The ‘Glass’ Slipper,” which is, by their description: “Our house recipe bloody mary fitted in a 96.628 oz. plastic German boot laced with all the accessories. Buddied up with 6 chasers of everyone’s favorite — Lakefront Riverwest Stein. Finish it all and we’ll give you the commemorative boot.” The price listed is: Market, whatever that means. We haven’t been brave enough to tackle this one yet, but you’ll be the first to know when we do.

Be sure you check out Wicked Hop when you’re in Milwaukee, you’ll be bloody glad you did.

I stopped at the Smoke Shack in Milwaukee’s Third Ward for the first time last week. It’s a cozy BBQ joint that’s oh-so-cute.

The food was delicious, as was the Bloody Mary:

Smoke Shack Bloody Mary

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: No

Fixin’s: Cheese, olive, beef stick

Price: $8

Smoke Shack is owned by the same folks who own AJ Bombers (and other locations in the Milwaukee area) and since I love the Bombers Bloody so much, I figured that Smoke Shack would be delicious as well and I was right.

I recommend you check this place out and give their Bloody a try!




After tasting their Bloody Mary at the East Town Heat It Up event for the past couple of years, I finally had the opportunity to dine at Club Charlie’s in Milwaukee’s Third Ward and order a full-size drink. 

Boy was this refreshing after reviewing all of the Vegas and Orlando Bloodies I’d been enjoying as of late. No place does a good Bloody quite like the Midwest.

Spice: The perfect amount.

Mix: Unsure

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s:  Olive, Pickle, Cheese, Beefstick, Jalapeno, Celery, Lemon, Lime

Price: $8 (I think)

Overall, a very tasty Bloody Mary and I enjoyed my dining experience as well!

On Friday, I hit another Third Ward location for Bloodies. This time, Cafe Benelux.

Benelux is part of the Lowlands Group of restaurants which includes some of my favorite places to get a Bloody Mary:Cafe Hollander, Trocadero, and Cafe Centraal. (In writing this I just realized I haven’t reviewed ANY of those here yet—FOR SHAME! Don’t worry, I will get on that!)

Anyway, each of these hot spots boasts an impressive and tasty variety of Bloodies. Here’s the Benelux Lineup:

I had the Athenian and one of my dining partners had the Red Barbie (and kindly let me have a taste), so I’m able to review both of those here.

The Athenian

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good.

Mix: Their own mix with Effen Cucumber Vodka

Chaser: Small light beer.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Feta Cheese, Kalamta Olive, Olive, Grape Tomato, Pickle and Asparagus

Price: $9

I LOVED this drink. It quickly shot up in the ranks to become one of my favorites.

The Rad Barbie

Spice: Not spicy hot, but good; BBQ sauce was overpowering

Mix: Their own mix, made with horseradish-infused Van Gogh vodka

Chaser: Small light beer.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Pickle, Olive, Asparagus, Bacon

Price: $9

This one was also a winner, but with a couple of caveats—one, I am all for horseradish, but I couldn’t taste the vodka in this drink because the bbq sauce was overpowering. However, the sauce was also tasty, so it’s not a terrible thing. Just don’t know if I could drink more than one of these.

On Thursday, I attended an afterwork event at Ryan Braun’s Graffito in the Third Ward.

It was Happy Hour and they have some really great specials; unfortunately, Bloodies aren’t one of them, but I hadn’t had theirs before and wanted to add it to the list. Thus, in the name of the blog here you go!

Spice: Very peppery, but good!

Mix: Not sure.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, 1/2 a Beefstick & Two Olives

Price: $9

I’ve heard Graffito has a good brunch, so I’d definitely recommend getting a Bloody while you’re at it!


Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’m a little late on reviewing this one, but about 10 days ago I went to Rustico, a pizza place on Water Street in the Third Ward, for dinner.

Bonus—they had not one but THREE bloodies on their menu, so I tried  the Piccante, which is made with five pepper house-infused vodka. Yum!

Spice: The house-infused pepper vodka put this on the spicy side, just the way I like it!

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes—Peroni!

Fixin’s: Lemon, Lime, Olive, Pepper, artichoke, cheese and pepperoni

Price: $9

Loved the Italian twist on the Bloody; will definitely try another one when I go back. This would also be a great place for brunch!