Candied bacon & BBQ sauce: Portland's 8 best Bloody Marys
In honor of football, drinking, America, and YOU, we proclaim the Monday after the Super Bowl shall henceforth be known as National Hangover Day. It’s a day for hangovers to be celebrated, embraced, and combated in the most enjoyable of ways -- namely, eating delicious food, and possibly drinking more. The ultimate goal? Getting the entire country a day off work, a beautiful dream you can help make happen by signing this petition to our sports-loving President right here and tweeting it.
The immediate goal though? Fixing that hangover, which is why we've got Portland's best Bloody Marys, right here...
Once they figured out that adding cured meat to a Bloody Mary is the best idea since, like, our crawl of sweet sausage dishes
, OP embraced it so completely that they... um, probably should have been included in our crawl of sweet sausage dishes.
This untraditional Mary is packed with all sorts of made-in-house goodness in the form of meat & veggies cooked over their pit with a healthy dollop of BBQ sauce.
Irving Street Kitchen
, The Pearl
This refreshingly citrusy/tangy Bloody is made with entirely housemade and/or organic ingredients, most notably lemon juice and fresh grated horseradish.
Could also be called the most Portland: it's a solid, salty 'tail with some serious added depth, thanks to its time spent in the barrel.
Classic / Blue Collar
It’s exactly what you'd think it'd be from a seriously overlooked breakfast spot that's too often passed over in favor of flashier, and presumably more-easy-to-pronounce, spots.
Its only got 12 tables, and handful of bar seats, but this Swedish spot could easily fill 'em all on the strength of a Bloody Mary that gets its spicy sophistication from a splash of Aquavit.
1. Urban Farmer
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
An actual sustainably sound restaurant (not just another trend-follower...), Urban Farmer boasts "barrel to bar" drinks, beef-cut options that will make you pound your chest, and sides like Asparagus and Lefse (asparagus and what?), which consists of crème fraîche, confit lemon, and dill.
2. Olympic Provisions
1632 NW Thurman, Portland, OR 97209
OP Northwest is setting you up with some fine fowl and more, either dine-in or take-out, with eats that'll rock your face, like a whole, slow-cooked rotisserie chicken, buttery mashers, biscuits, veggies, and an iceberg wedge. They're also known for their next-level charcuterie plates, with high quality meats like proscuitto and more.
3. Screen Door
2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
Screen Door knows Southern cookin', modeling their menu off of such spots as South Carolina Lowcountry and Cajun flavors from New Orleans. What's more, their meals are made with local organic produce and meats to ensure you appreciate the food as much as they do.
6. The Woodsman Tavern
4537 SE Division, Portland, OR 97201
The Woodsman Tavern is a gastropub delivering scrumptious food while still proving their a bar is just not for how with a great cocktails, a wine list that traipses across the globe and top-notch draught beer. Add its welcoming, communal decor, feels like a hang-out spot of the highest quality.
4100 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
This family owned Italian resto has become a staple of the PDX brunch scene. Try the house-made entrees ranging from bennies to Florentine or their chicken-fried steaks. You can also enjoy the spicy bloodies and other b-fast 'tails, as well as the cute servers.
2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
Established in 2007, Broder may only have 12 tables and limited bar seating, but they make the most out of it by serving up delicious Swedish fare and an array of adult beverages that're worth waiting in line for.