It's well known that no drink combats a hangover quite like the Bloody Mary, which has the bonus of occasionally being able to function as a meal. Or several meals. When you find yourself in need of one, these are the best places to go in Dallas, from the best of the best DIY setups to the most over-the-top garnished masterpieces.
Downtown This creation brings enough to the table to merit the profane title: “F**k Brunch”. The behemoth comes loaded with a bacon cheeseburger slider, a pretzel hot dog, shrimp, and plenty more meats, cheeses, and vegetation. The drink will set you back $20, but don’t worry, in addition to your meal-in-a-Mason jar, there’s a glass of PBR to wash it all down. Bottoms up! Both of them!
Highland Park If you tend to take a sip of your Bloody and say "not spicy enough!", try the Bangkok Bloody Mary, an Asian-accented creation packing soy sauce, Sriracha, wasabi paste, togarashi, and black pepper mix, garnished with a large shrimp tempura and shishito pepper. This will clear your sinuses AND please your taste buds.
Lower Greenville The Grape doesn’t really ever disappoint, and their Bloody Marys are no exception. There's certainly a place for $20 creations packed with extreme garnishes, but you’ll find yourself repeatedly drawn to this well-executed $6 cocktail that is spicy, refreshing, and packs a punch (and has just enough garnish to give you something to snack on). If you need a little extra, tack on a shot of vodka.
Oak Cliff Chef Tim Byres said to hell with pre-made Bloody mixes and made his own. The result is a spicy, gritty, thin-textured, beautiful concoction, garnished with house-pickled green beans, carrots, and a jalapeño. If you’re into garnishes why not throw on thick-cut pork belly bacon or smoked sausage? Couldn't think of anything, could you? So yeah, do that.
Watauga This may just be the wildest Bloody in town... or rather, a short drive from town, but totally worth it. Crafted by Chef Franson and Paula Nwaeze’s daughter Hope, it includes a double order of spicy Bloody Mary, your choice of a 16oz domestic beer, their famous "better than sex" chicken, a Nolan Ryan slider, waffle fries, and massive amounts of other garnishes for only $25. Yes, only. We're talking about like three meals here.
University With all the talk about signature Bloodys, what if you don’t know what the hell you want in your drink? In comes Ozona’s amazing Bloody Mary bar with seven varieties of mix, more than 20 different hot sauce choices, and just about any topping you could conceivably require. So be creative -- just be aware that it can get busy, so keep the line moving Picasso... you’re drinking it, not entering it in a contest.
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