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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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  1. wolfe RE: g_force222 Jul 9, 2010 02:37 PM

    Fairly recent report on this board for Tadich.

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      Meredith RE: g_force222 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. cosmogrrl RE: g_force222 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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          saffrongold RE: g_force222 Jul 9, 2010 03:38 PM

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

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            wanderlust21 RE: g_force222 Jul 9, 2010 04:24 PM

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

            1. bbulkow RE: g_force222 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 RE: bbulkow 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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                sheilanyazdi RE: g_force222 Jul 9, 2010 10:38 PM

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

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                  senestro RE: g_force222 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 RE: senestro 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

                  2. tvham RE: g_force222 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 RE: tvham 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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                      DandySF RE: g_force222 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

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                        fulkdj RE: g_force222 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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                          OldTimer RE: g_force222 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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                            Tripeler RE: OldTimer 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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