Drinking at breakfast is the best. You know what’s ever better? Having a drink with BREAKFAST INSIDE OF IT, à la the Bloody Mary. With that in mind, we power-ranked Houston’s 10 most excellently stacked, porky, spicy, and pickly hangover-fixers:
Power-Ranking Houston’s Most Ridiculously Good Bloody Marys
10. BAC Pickled Bloody
Brooklyn Athletic Club (address and info)
Allllll-pickled-everything and a strip of Nueske’s bacon help BAC’s truly smoky and spicy Bloody earn its keep. The fact that you’re using it to wash down short rib hash and croissant French toast doesn’t hurt either.
9. P&P Bloody Mary
Pass & Provisions (address and info)
P&P’s ultra-fiery Bloody oozes sophistication thanks to black garlic, Japanese chili and yuzu paste, and pickles by the truckload.
8. Backstreet Bloody Mary
Backstreet Cafe (address and info)
One of the classiest hangover helpers on the list, this Bloody is loaded with excellently spiced house mix, pickled veg, and a combo of Effen cucumber vodka and Hendrick’s gin. The drink is so cool, it recently traveled to the St. Regis New York for the hotel’s 80th anniversary celebration of the cocktail. We’re jealous.
7. The Cook’s Bloody Mary
Cook & Collins (address and info)
Sure, there’s thick-cut bacon, poached shrimp, and a lone, blue cheese-stuffed olive... but it’s the spiced and pickled green tomato wedge that makes this Zing Zang and Deep Eddy Bloody extra-special. We’ll take ten, thanks.
6. Bloody Maria
The Grove (address and info)
With Herradura Reposado tequila; house-grown, oregano-infused tomato juice; pickled okra; and smoked bacon, Maria is way hotter than her cousin Mary.
5. Bloody Mojeaux
Mojeauxs Louisiana Drinkery (address and info)
Though you can likely find most of its accoutrements at your nearest gas station, this Slim Jim-, cheddar chunk-, olive-, celery-, shrimp-, and Jimmy Dean-looking breakfast sausage slider-loaded Bloody remains awesome.
4. The Bloody Danton
Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen (address and info)
You know what’s better than Bloody Marys made with house-made Bloody mix? Bloody Marys made with house-made GUMBO. The kitchen’s famous gumbo gets strained to make the base for the delicious drink you are about to take down with the inappropriate amount of oysters you just ordered.
3. Big Spoon Bloody Mary
Brick & Spoon (address and info)
You pack this seriously large bloody the way you want it -- so if it sucks, you have no one to blame but yourself. Choose from 13+ vodkas, then stack up on sweet peppers, beef straws, seafood deviled eggs, and like, everything else.
2. The Squealin’ Mary
Beaver’s (address and info)
With an infusion of celery, garlic, wasabi, lime, and Big Daddy’s hot sauce, Beaver’s Mary mix is good enough to down on its own. But then they go full-fatty and add 3x the pork: in-house, bacon-infused vodka, a bacon & sugar salt rim, and a candied bacon adornment. Man, we love when they go full-fatty.
1. Big Ol’ Bloody Mary
Down House (address and info)
Any "bigger, badder, boozier" Bloody Mary made with seriously spicy house mix and served with a beer back earns top score in our book. The manly Mary also comes packed with a fried chicken wing -- an amuse-bouche that makes you wonder why you just don’t order a six-pack of Bloodys for brunch and call it a day.
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1. Brooklyn Athletic Club601 Richmond Ave, Houston
2. The Pass & Provisions807 Taft St, Houston
3. Backstreet Café1103 S Shepherd Dr, Houston
4. Cook & Collins2416 Brazos St Ste C, Houston
5. The Grove1611 Lamar St, Houston
6. Mojeauxs Lousiana Drinkery2024 Rusk St, Houston
7. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen4611 Montrose , Houston
8. Brick & Spoon1312 W Alabama St, Houston
9. Beaver's2310 Decatur St, Houston
10. Down House Houston1801 Yale St, Houston
It doesn't get better than outdoor games, Bloody Marys with bacon, and American comfort classics, which is why Brooklyn Athletic Club remains a neighborhood favorite.
These two sibling restaurants, one more casual and one on the classier end, actually share one kitchen. Boasting some killer cocktails, basketball flooring and accessible dishes, Provisions is an intimate neighborhood spot, while The Pass is best for those with their fancy pants on.
Backstreet serves up American eats in a '30s style converted house with garden seating. The menus are constantly being updated to reflect the freshest seasonal flavors, and they feature Southern, Hispanic and Asian cuisine. During brunch hours, an advance reservation is an advisable (if not required) move for this happening spot.
With a clean, rustic interior (plus an upstairs portion that opens up as a patio), Cook & Collins has a very inviting atmosphere, in which you'll find a small but well-thought-out list of draft beers, a solid wine list, and a delicious brunch menu with hearty offerings like the BBQ Breakfast (pork belly, root beer BBQ, mac and cheese, blackberry muffin, cinnamon crumble). Don't forget to try one of their specialty Bloody Marys either, with Tito's, bacon, poached shrimp, pickled green tomato, bleu cheese-stuffed olive, celery, and a special blend of spices.
If the innovative New American cuisine and cocktails at The Grove don't amaze you, then perhaps the restaurant's gorgeous view of Downtown Houston's urban park, Discovery Green, will.
Mojeaux’s Louisiana Drinkery offers up a great beer selection, awesome cocktails (including the Bloody Mojeaux, with shrimp an burgers on it!), and delicious wings & waffles.
Occupying the bottom floor of Montrose's Chelsea Market, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is a timeless 200-seat seafood restaurant with both a dining room and a separate oyster bar. You won't find any fast-fleeing trends in the atmosphere or the food here, just a constant after-work dinner rush and a menu full of Southern favorites. Big groups can usually be found around a platter of fresh-shucked oysters, and temptation for grilled fish or steak rarely bows out.
This neighborhood spot combines Southern favorites with live music for an authentic Southern experience.
Although this Sixth Ward BBQ spot offers top notch ribs and brisket, it has two main attractions: the first is a smoky queso (made with smoked asadero cheese, green chillis, and pico de gallo), while the second is a bacon omelette biscuit: an expertly crafted cheese omelette stacked with copious amounts of bacon and sausage with a chipotle honey and cream gravy blanket. Other menu items include Southern-style fare like fried pickles, barbacoa empanadas, and creative mac 'n' cheese.
Down House serves up beautifully presented, seasonal eats alongside craft beer and specialty coffee drinks. This spot is an especially good choice for brunch: Big Ol’ Bloody Marys are on hand, ready to help you wash down a giant kimchi burger.