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Good bloody mary?

g_force222 Jul 9, 2010 01:56 PM

Just read NYTimes article about good bloody marys in NYC and realized I don't know of a go-to spot for bloddy marys in San Francisco. Suggestions?

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    OldTimer Jul 24, 2010 04:53 PM

    I cannot understand why no one has adopted the New Orleans custom of a tray of condiments with your food and drink. Bloody Marys need to be customized, and the tray is the way to do it.

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    1. re: OldTimer
      Tripeler Jul 24, 2010 06:35 PM

      Great idea, OT.
      For a Bloody Mary, I would like to see a few anchovy-stuffed green olives. And some celery salt.

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      fulkdj Jul 24, 2010 09:39 AM

      I go to Zuni's Cafe every time I'm in SF specificaly for their Bloody Marys. They add a touch of Balsamic vinegar and a spoonfull of onion relish. I always get them with a salted rim. Wonderful!

      Zuni Cafe
      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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        DandySF Jul 23, 2010 08:46 PM

        The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus serves up good Bloodies. Zuni also knows how to mix a fine Bloody.

        Zuni Cafe
        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

        The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus
        150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

        1. tvham Jul 21, 2010 07:20 PM

          Slow Club makes a great Bloody with house infused jalapeno vodka

          Slow Club
          2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            anaxgorous Jul 22, 2010 06:39 PM

            I second Slow Club. The best I've had in the city. But I do prefer spicier versions. If you go for brunch, do try to make a reservation; last time I was there it was easily a forty minute wait during prime time.

            Slow Club
            2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            senestro Jul 21, 2010 11:32 AM

            The best I've had are served at Ti Couz, complete with two olives and a large prawn. Highly recommended.

            Ti Couz Creperie
            3108 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              lucymom Jul 21, 2010 12:37 PM

              I love the bloody mary at Ti Couz. It's like a freakin meal. I just saw that Orson has a bloody mary menu for their brunch. Looks amazing. Has anybody been?

              the Mary's
              House Bloody Mary -- vodka, house made mary blend
              Tomatillo Maria -- tequila, tomatillo, lime, jalapeno
              Boxer Mary -- vodka, beet, horseradish, lemon
              Curry Carrot Mary -- gin, carrot, ginger, orange
              Bacon Mary -- vodka, tomato, bacon, smoke, maple
              Spa Mary -- vodka, cucumber, lime, mint, basil
              Low Country Mary -- vodka, cayenne, hominy, okra

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              sheilanyazdi Jul 9, 2010 10:38 PM

              My vote is Elixir....they have everything under the sun!

              1. bbulkow Jul 9, 2010 06:34 PM

                Reading other posts, NOPA, foreign cinema, lucky 13 are worth a try. Back in the day, it was the Orbit Room, but their star has been eclipsed.

                And Elixir has a DIY bloody mary bar on weekends - including bacon?

                Anyone able to give specifics on any of these?

                Orbit Room Cafe
                1900 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  mielemaiale Jul 9, 2010 10:09 PM

                  The BMs at Zeitgeist are good, solid, vegetal and old-skool. Better on a hot day when the burlesque ladies and the FTMs who love them are out promenading. Elixir's is good for the novelty of choice, but the bartender always rescues mine and makes them best. Zuni has good ones, except for the mignonette-like shallot pieces.

                  Zuni Cafe
                  1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  wanderlust21 Jul 9, 2010 04:24 PM

                  Agree on Zeitgeist -very concentrated. Zuni's are also good, lots of shallot. Great with oysters.

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                    saffrongold Jul 9, 2010 03:38 PM

                    I like 'em at Lefty O'Douls and The Ramp

                    1. cosmogrrl Jul 9, 2010 02:51 PM

                      I like the Bloodt's at Rex Cafe on Polk. Also enjoy them at Zeitgeist.

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                        Meredith Jul 9, 2010 02:45 PM

                        My favorite bloody mary is at Finnegan's Wake in Cole Valley. No food there, but you can actually put your name down for brunch next door at Zazie and have the hostess come get you when your table is ready at Finnegan's. The bloody marys are fabulous and Zazie has what I think are the best BLTs (if a slightly fancy version) in San Francisco. Their gingerbread pancakes are good too, but I have only strayed from the BLT the one time.

                        941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                        1. wolfe Jul 9, 2010 02:37 PM

                          Fairly recent report on this board for Tadich.

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