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Bloody Mary's in Austin?

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BayouBoy Jun 10, 2007 12:45 PM

Feeling the need for a few more beverages after last night's dinner party I found myself sitting at the bar at the Longbranch Inn. While the Stella's were quenching my thirst I suddenly found myself really craving one of the bloody mary's the bartender was making. Although not completely made from scratch they did use one of my favorite mixes and added some fresh squeezed lime juice along with a few other ingredients. A little spice on the rim of the glass was nice as well. While pickled green beans are my favorite addition to a bloody mary, the stuffed olives did just fine. I must say it was pretty darn good. Any recommendations on where else to go for a good bloody mary in Austin?

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    jwynne2000 RE: BayouBoy Jun 10, 2007 01:24 PM

    It's pretty far out of the way, but one afternoon after a round of golf, a friend and I ended up at Nutty Brown Cafe. The bartender told us that they make their own mix from scratch there, and while I'm not privvy to all the different bloody marys around town, this one was great. Nice and spicy, with hints of horseradish and pepper.

    1. Homero RE: BayouBoy Jun 10, 2007 02:29 PM

      I really like the bloody mary's a Dick's Lounge at the Little Thailand restaurant. Must be something in that Garfield water I guess. Nothing terribly special about it except that its made well, and a well made bloody mary is always good.

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        tom in austin RE: Homero Jun 10, 2007 03:52 PM

        While the stalk of asparagus isn't canonical, Dick's Thai Bloody Mary is spicy and zingy. Definitely recommended.

        Also, the Bloody Mary at South Congress Cafe is pretty darn good -- one of the few in town that has made me sit up and take notice. They let their vodka stew in a tank filled with peppers, and their bartenders get the ratios right and respond well to an "extra spicy" request. (As far as I can tell, drinks are the only thing they do right at South Congress Cafe.)

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          catarata RE: tom in austin Jun 10, 2007 08:47 PM

          The BM's at El Gringo are pretty tasty. The BEST were at Paggi House when they had "create your own" bottomless bloody Mary's for $12. Those were some drunk Sundays.. :)

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            cornbiterD RE: tom in austin Jun 29, 2007 01:31 PM

            I'll enthusiastically 2nd the S. Congress Cafe bloody mary. It is fantastic.

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            Helvella RE: Homero Jul 14, 2007 07:58 AM

            I'll add my support to Dick's Thai Bloody Mary, zingy and delicious.

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            Willisinaustin RE: BayouBoy Jun 11, 2007 05:54 AM

            While not a huge fan of BM's, I've heard time and time again that Casino El Camino makes some of the best ones in town.

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              tokyomonamour RE: Willisinaustin Jun 11, 2007 09:20 AM

              I concur on the Casino bloody mary. The best in town is the wasabi bloody mary at Starlite though!

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              tipsytexan RE: BayouBoy Jun 14, 2007 11:51 PM

              Bayou, do you use Zing Zang? When I use a mix that is the one. It tastes the least mix-y to me but if you know of another please share.
              As for Bloodys around town, my favorites are: Z'Tejas--they're great, with a nice rim of celery salt and a cheap enough price that you don't have to feel bad for indulging (you may feel bad for other reasons, like last night's indulgence); the Holy Mary at Katz's, rimmed with seasoned salt, spiked with Absolut Peppar, a salad of garnishes, and pint-sized, this is a great dish to accompany a plate of convalescent corned beef hash & eggs; Wasabi Bloody Mary at Starlite.

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                BayouBoy RE: tipsytexan Jun 29, 2007 04:46 PM

                tipsytexan....you guessed right on the mix. Zing Zang!

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                  RoundSparrow RE: BayouBoy Sep 14, 2008 12:23 PM

                  Zing Zang is Tristan and I's favorite premix too. They have it at Billy's Brewpub on Barton Springs - Tiniest Bar in Texas also has it.
                  I think Saba Blue also told us they use Zing Zang but spicy it up further!
                  Zing Zang is pretty salty streight up, but we love it in drinks.

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                ChrisZ RE: BayouBoy Jun 21, 2007 01:29 PM

                When I lived in Austin Opal Divines always had an outstanding bloody mary mix

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                  LisaMAO RE: ChrisZ Jun 27, 2007 01:40 PM

                  Lala's has a fantastic bloody mary!

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                    El General RE: LisaMAO Jun 28, 2007 04:43 PM

                    Zax Pints and Plates has a make your own bloody mary bar during their sunday brunch.

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                  cibodivino RE: BayouBoy Jul 17, 2007 01:58 PM

                  I would second Opal Divine's. They use a sun dried tomato infused vodka that is increduble.

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                    RoundSparrow RE: cibodivino Sep 14, 2008 12:22 PM

                    Does Zax still have a bloody Mary bar?

                    Any other 2008 recommendations?

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                      Rene RE: RoundSparrow Oct 18, 2008 10:41 AM

                      Zax still has a great bloody mary bar... and a great brunch, ta boot...

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