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Best Bloody Mary?

I am on a mission to find the best bloody mary around the area (DC/NoVA). Any suggestions and what you like about the bloddy mary?

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  1. i love bloody marys. my favorites so far have been at olives on k street, oval room by the white house, and (don't laugh) mccormick & schmicks. i have to add pepper to M&S's usually. these all made my list because they're nice and spicy and well-balanced and made with good vodka.

    whitlow's on wilson and front page in arlington both have bloody mary bars during their weekend brunches...this is usually where i go for it because i like to make my own.

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    1. re: littlew1ng

      I find a lot of places around here make them with old bay, which I don't really mind but I was pleased to get one the other day (at the Willard maybe?) without it.

      1. re: Doh

        old bay should only be used to rim the glass

    2. Acadiana makes a reallly good bloody mary. (They also have a great brunch to go with the bloody mary :) )

      1. the one at Tabbard Inn is very good.

        1. I am a Bloody Mary purist - less is more. If you are interested in the history of the Bloody Mary and the best local places to find them try this article:
          http://www.washingtonian.com/articles...

          Their consensus is that The Dubliner has the best Bloody in town.

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          1. re: CDouglas

            Not a fan of the Dubliner's bloody mary or Washingtonian. Sign of the Whale has a huge bloody mary bar with a ridiculous amount of sauces and add-ons.

            Bar Pilar used to have an excellent bacon mary, but I haven't been in years.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              I personally have not had the one at the Dubliner but I have had them at Morton's and the Hay Adams and thought those were good examples of what I look for in a Bloody.

              Peter at Sign of the Whale has personalized many Bloodies for me in the past and they were always good. At one point he even had a can of beef consomme behind the bar to move in the Bloody Bull Shot direction.

          2. i forgot to mention morton's. not a *huge* fan of their steaks but had a great bloody there.