South Florida's Best Bloody Mary
|kthread via Flickr Creative Commons|
The go-to recovery beverage of choice, the bloody mary can be made in any number of ways, lending itself to furious debate about where you can find the best one and what it takes to get that title. Here is a look at seven of the best bloody marys you'll find in South Florida. Know of a great bloody mary we left off the list? If so, let us know in the comments section.
Part of what elevates a bloody mary from the realm of "decent" to "nectar of the Gods" is one little word: unlimited. The Sunday-brunch menu at Sundy House includes many appetizing choices, like a seafood station and made-to-order omelets. Alas, none of these has the restorative properties inherent in a glass of vodka and tomato juice (plus all the fixings). The marys, or rather, brunch, is served 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $45 per person plus tax and tip.
|Click here for a full list of Best Of winners and finalists and to download our Best Of app.|
The winner of the 2011 Best Bloody Mary, this spicy, tangy, and filling morning/afternoon cocktail gets points for combating "the nastiest of hangovers." Check out the supercheap mary during "Sunday Funday Brunch" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here you'll find an entire buffet table filled with fixins where you can concoct your own version of the ultimate brunch beverage from the assortment of tomato juices, seasonings, and pickled and fresh veggies and other goodies.
Mug's Bar & Grill
If your ideal bloody mary is served with a sidecar of Sunday football and some healthy sports shit talk, this is your neighborhood strip-mall watering hole. Mug's deals in above-average sports-bar fare that works in tandem with the bloody mary to take the edge off any night of overindulgence. The marys made here are on the spicy side with a peppery bite, a nice prelude to -- or substitute for -- a plate full of wings or a juicy burger.
The Whale's Rib
Locals have long loved the kitschy Deerfield Beach raw bar made famous by Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri. Ever since the peroxided host visited the seaside restaurant, the crowds have been steady, and this can mean a serious wait. The solution? Grab a bloody mary while you cool your heels. The drink is good and strong, as it should be, and ranks as one of the more popular non-ocean-dwelling items on the menu.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Breakfast -- or in the case of the weekend, brunch -- is the most important meal of the day. A good bloody mary is the cornerstone of any brunch, and the tomato-based midmorning pick-me-up at Pelican certainly does its part to support your recovery. Angle for the Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m., when you can fuel for the day with endless zesty bloody marys and a bountiful spread for $39.95.
Benny's on the Beach
A spicy bloody mary and a killer view of the ocean are basically guaranteed to distract from any lingering regrets about a night spent carousing like a college coed on spring break circa '86. With a burn that feels so good, this tongue-searing cocktail is part of a breakfast or brunch menu stacked with classic Greek diner goodies and a supercasual environment that practically demands you to start drinking before lunch.
Follow Clean Plate Charlie on Facebook and on Twitter: @CleanPlateBPB.