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Good bloody mary?

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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  1. Fairly recent report on this board for Tadich.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7052...

    1. 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.

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      Zazie
      941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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

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

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

            1. 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?

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

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              1. re: bbulkow

                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.

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                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

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

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

                   
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                  1. re: senestro

                    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?

                    http://www.orsonsf.com/orson-food-dri...
                    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

                  2. Slow Club makes a great Bloody with house infused jalapeno vodka

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                    Slow Club
                    2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                    1. re: tvham

                      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.

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                      Slow Club
                      2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

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                      Zuni Cafe
                      1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

                      1. 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!

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                        Zuni Cafe
                        1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                        1. 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

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