Lately I’ve noticed that Bloody Mary’s are becoming a mini-meal in themselves. In addition to the usual spiced tomato juice and vodka blend, there’s more than just a celery stalk to accompany them. In fact, some Bloody Mary’s are topped with a veritable smorgasbord of pickled vegetables and even the occasional protein, like a chilled shrimp or even a chicken wing. So I thought I’d check around town to see if any local restaurants are getting creative with their brunch beverages.
At Café Verde, the Latin leaning menu also has a selection of brunch cocktails including a Bloody Mary with not only celery, but also rimmed with seasoned salt, topped with olives and a lime wedge. And that’s considered pretty tame for these days.
Dog Haus Biergarten tends to have a super unique spin on everything, even Bloody Mary’s. On Sundays, the sweet sausage spot has a $6 build-your-own Bloody Mary bar that is practically a salad on a stick. Options include bacon and Slim Jim’s as well as olives, cornichons and other pickled veggies—not to mention getting to choose your own mix.
The Kings Row Gastropub tends to be big on trends, which is probably why the Bloody Mary is served in a jar and contains a lot of heat, courtesy of horseradish. Clearly, this one isn’t for the faint of heart, or those who like their Bloody Mary’s bloody.
Over at Marston’s, always crowded for Sunday brunch, the Bloody Mary’s only look traditional. Some intrepid Yelper’s have noted that the usual vodka can be swapped for soju for a different taste on the classic brunch beverage’s foundation, rather than accoutrements.
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