So, it seems as though we have taken a bit of a hiatus from the restaurant thing due to constant blizzard-like conditions in the Northeast. And, I'm pretty sure it's about -25 degrees out right now, so we stayed in and made tacos (highly recommended for a cheap, quick, easy, yet delicious meal). But, this morning, upon waking up, I had my typical Sunday morning craving: a deliciously spicy Bloody Mary. That got me thinking about posting some of the best places around to partake in a Bloody good experience. In no particular order, as each dining establishment has something unique to offer, here are my thoughts on where to go to enjoy one of my favorite winter time, liquid lunch treats.
Eastern Standard, Boston, MA: Brace yourself for this Bloody. It is SPI-CY. For us, it is one of the most perfectly concocted drinks, but for some, it may be best accompanied by a vat of water (or for the very weak, milk). Their trick to achieving such high levels of heat: Eastern Standard uses its own infused habanero vodka. Throw in a couple of olives, and Bloodies don't get much better than this...
Dogwood Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA: The best Bloody Mary is the unanticipated one. Tim and I happened to stop in this cute little pub one afternoon for lunch, and I couldn't resist after viewing the menu. The key ingredients: Absolut Peppar, a sea-salted/peppered rim, and blue cheese stuffed olives. Bloody Heaven.
Robert's Maine Grill, Kittery, ME: Three words - Robert's Bloody Mary. One more word - Spectacular. Either before, during, or after - or all three - a day at the outlets, pop across the street and have a drink and some appetizers (or a meal...equally delicious) at Robert's. We recommend the peel-and-eat cocktail shrimp. We also recommend the Bloody. What makes it so special: Robert's Bloody Mary is a meal in itself. Again, they use Absolut Peppar and their own mix, but what sets it apart from the average Bloody is the garnishes. Celery, pepperoncini, and a peel & eat shrimp make it difficult to get back to shopping.
Stephi's on Tremont, Boston, MA: There's the regular Bloody Mary, then there's the "Badger." Go Badger at Stephi's. This is why: Absolut Peppar and Old Bay Seasoning on the rim give it a special kick. However, what makes all of your troubles go away is the Miller High Life chaser served by the signature brunch cocktail's side.