Dallas' Five Best Bloody Marys

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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I once had a delicate morning beverage made with the water strained from the pulp of summer tomatoes, vodka infused with rosemary and a hint of citrus. The drink was crystal clear with a faint rosy hue, and it tasted like a fresh garden tinged with the warm burn of alcohol. It was understated and refined and light on the palate.

It was, in other words, everything a Bloody Mary isn't.

But when you're good and hung you need something more than a light summery beverage to beat your misery away. Savory, spice, the umami of a tomato and a heavy pour of alcohol is what makes the bloody a hangover ass-kicker. Here are five of our favorites, including our recent Best of Dallas winner for Best Bloody Mary. Get more of Dallas' best with our Best Of app, available for the Droid and the iPhone.

Monica's Aca y Alla
The best pay-for-it-with-the-change-you-find-in-your-couch Bloody Mary (pictured above)
If it's the end of the month and your bills are due, or you're otherwise strapped for cash, Monica's hooks it up on the cheap. This big, spicy and thick Bloody Mary is an absolute savior in the event you blew through your checking account the night prior.

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Andrea Grimes
Bolsa
Best doctor-up-the-mix Bloody Mary
Zing Zang may be one of the best prepared Bloody Mary mixes available, and Bolsa uses it brilliantly as a flavor base. Angostura bitters, olive juice and cracked black pepper embellish the mix, which, used with jalapeno- and habenero-infused vodka, makes for a delightfully spicy morning drink.

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Andrea Grimes
Smoke
The it's-so-awesome-we-romanticized-it-with-Instagram Bloody Mary
Spice, grit and a thick viscous texture, garnished with house pickled green beans, carrots and a jalapeno. Chef Tim Byers is one of the few in this list man enough to make his own mix. It was good enough to earn a Best Of Dallas in 2010 and it's good enough to make our favorites this year as well. Don't forget to check your teeth for pepper when you're done.

Location Info

Maracas Mexican Restaurant

2914 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Bolsa

614 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Smoke

901 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Meridian Room

3611 Parry Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Vickery Park

2810 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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13 comments
HappyTexan
HappyTexan

Tried the one at Smoke on Wednesday.  It definitely deserves its place on this list!

Mary
Mary

Any bar that uses a prepared mix is not going to make a decent BM; any food critic who endorse such is not a decent critic.

Tripleleigh
Tripleleigh

Dough Pizzeria makes a pretty mean Bloody Mary too with san marzanos and calabrian chilis.

chefjordy
chefjordy

key ingredients in the chefjordy household: Pickapeppa sauce and extra horseradish added to zingzang.

Andrea Grimes
Andrea Grimes

My, these photos look strangely familiar. I wonder who took them?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

wow reitz, braggert, dont know how to handle this "But when you're good and hung you need something more than a light summery beverage to beat your misery away"

Anyhow, leave the olive juice out of mine, like the olive though, add a little celery salt, some tobasco a little worcesterhire, regular ole grey goose vodka

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Ahhhh, the great Port of Calabria!  Port of departure for Kergo kin in 1916.

Mary !
Mary !

So collecting angry cats and sullen lint balls is bad?  I made made a a knitted shirt out of hair and dust yesterday.............can I be blog happy today trust why?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

ahhh its the GoT, you free this weekend?  dotell, who took them?

Bev-UrbanEpicuirous
Bev-UrbanEpicuirous

BAHAAH!!!! Good one, I have to admit I read that sentence, thought "WHAT?!?!" read it again and had to laugh.

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