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Looking for best Bloody Mary

Chipotle Aug 20, 2008 09:42 PM

Just seeing if people have opinions on this. It's a potentially complex enough recipe that I'd imagine there's some variations on the theme.

For the record, I don't have an opinion on this yet -- I'm a cocktail aficionado, but many years ago I tried spicy V8, hated it, and associated it strongly with Bloody Marys as that's the way my grandmother made them! Since then I've grown to like both spicy food and tomatoes, so I'm looking to give one a try... but I'd like to try a *good* one, so I can be reasonably sure that if I still don't like it, it's not because it was prepared badly. :)

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    Ruby Louise Sep 8, 2008 12:52 PM

    Bistro Don Giovanni in north Napa does a seasonal Blondie Mary with heirloom yellow tomatoes. If you ask, they'll make it with their house-infused chili vodka.

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    1. re: Ruby Louise
      BP71 Sep 8, 2008 02:57 PM

      Zeitgeist does a great Bloody Mary with a beer garden biker bar ambiance.

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      adamshoe Sep 4, 2008 02:26 PM

      The First & Last Chance Saloon in Jack London Sq. makes a damned fine bloody and garnish it w/ olives and pickled green bean....mmmm!

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        plainjane Sep 4, 2008 02:22 PM

        Momo's has a GREAT Bloody Mary made with pepper vodka and topped with two huge olives. It can be made very spicy upon request. Mmmmmm........ There's nothing better on a sunny, non-game day, weekend morning.

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          Debra Stuart Aug 25, 2008 10:18 AM

          The Elixir has a build-your-own Mary bar on the weekends, complete with strips of grilled Hobbs bacon for stirrers, which is the ultimate BM accessory, IMHO

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            sailorbuoys Aug 25, 2008 12:21 AM

            Kitty's on Hollis appears to make a delicious spicy one complete with veggies.

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              misspiggy Aug 21, 2008 03:16 PM

              Great Topic!!! I love Bloody Mary's. From my memory - Fifth Floor has a pretty good one with great pickled veg they do in house. The one at Beetlenut is great but has an asian twist on it. Its on the spicier side but still wonderful.

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                dcrockett Aug 21, 2008 10:20 AM

                Hurleys in Yountville made a pretty darn good one when I was there last week. Being from Vancouver BC we're all Ceaser lovers. No tomato juice but clamato juice in our drinks. Bit of worceshire, tabasco, vodka, celery salt on the rim and long bean for garnish over ice. yum..

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                  Civil Bear Aug 21, 2008 11:52 AM

                  Bloody Ceasers all the way baby. Just wish more Bay Area restaurants served 'em!

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                    plainjane Sep 4, 2008 02:20 PM

                    I LOVE Cloody Ceasars too. The only place I have found them in the Bay Area has been The Ramp and at various hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants. Where are your favorite places to get a good spicy Bloody Ceasar?

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                      Civil Bear Sep 7, 2008 07:40 PM

                      Gosh, it has been so long, I can't even rember! IIRC, the Cliff House and Hungry Hunter of all places did nice jobs. I pretty much go the way of dcrockett these days and make my own, A good citrus flavored vodka, dash of tobasco, a splash of worceshire, celery salt, cracked pepper, maybe a lime wedge, and a garnish of choice.

                2. Windy Aug 21, 2008 07:39 AM

                  The first great Bloody Mary I had was at K-Paul's in New Orleans. It had tiny pickled onions in it and a giant flourish of celery.

                  In San Francisco, Slow Club makes an excellent Bloody Mary with jalapeño (or are those scotch bonnets?) vodka. Zeitgeist's isn't too shabby either.

                  The quality of tomato juice is a significant variable, and cheap canned tomato juice is horriible, as is "spicy tomato mix." Many places use too much water and vodka, so you end up with a diluted mess.

                  1. susancinsf Aug 21, 2008 06:53 AM

                    Zuni Cafe.

                    Just don't order the nectarine for dessert.

                    (sorry, couldn't resist :-)). Seriously, if you don't like the Zuni Bloody Mary you just don't like the drink.

                    Zuni Cafe
                    1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                      christineb Aug 21, 2008 10:48 AM

                      I second Zuni Cafe...their amazing tomato juice and balsamic vinegar are their secret weapons! I also think that Eastside West makes a great bloody mary.

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                        daveena Aug 21, 2008 04:11 PM

                        Don't forget the shallots (or red onion, I'm not sure) - they add a depth and complexity that other spicy Bloodys lack. Zuni has my #1 favorite Bloody Mary by far.

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                          celeste Sep 10, 2008 10:44 AM

                          I third the Zuni bloody mary. We will often stop by there just for these. The teeny minced shallots/red onion and the balsamic are great touches.

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                          Maya Sep 9, 2008 01:54 PM

                          I have to disagree. It's way too thin, boring, and totally inconsistent. I've never gotten any shallots or red onions in my Bloody there.

                          I highly recommend the Bloody Mary at Kilowatt on 16th Street, but the very best in the city is the Harissa Bloody Mary at Aziza, hands down.

                        3. lexdevil Aug 21, 2008 06:20 AM

                          I am partial to "the Woody" at Wood Tavern. It's a large, spicy Bloody Mary w/ lots of horseradish served w/ a Spaten chaser. In fact, your post has inspired me to go there for lunch today.

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                            The Dive Aug 21, 2008 04:23 PM

                            Wood Tavern's definitely a favorite of mine as well. Also like Sea Salt's version (with clam juice and chipotle hangar one) and Luka's (balsamic bloody mary).

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