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The 12 best Bloody Marys in LA

Published On 05/23/2014 Published On 05/23/2014
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1. Saddle Peak Lodge 419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 (Malibu)

The extensive wine list at this two-story stone lodge is completely California-made, all the time. So grab a bottle, or one of their famous Bloody Marys at brunch time. For eats, opt for the hand-chopped Angus beef tartare for a Summer dinner outside, or have a dish like Chilean sea bass done with a miso-sake glaze in spiced duck broth inside by the fireplace.

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2. Starling Diner 4114 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90814 (Long Beach)

This award-winning Long Beach resto specializes in incredible brunch options (Stuffed French Toast!) and tantalizing Bloody Marys.

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3. The Attic 3441 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803 (Long Beach)

The Attic was founded on a menu full of Southern creature comforts like shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steaks, and jambalaya. But the standout here isn't the Monte Christo French Toast or Chicken and Waffles, no, your eye is immediately drawn to the section of the menu labeled “Mac ’n’ Cheetos.” All four options (OG Mac, Hey Shorty, Reggae, Jalo Bac) are served as follows: pasta, Cheddar, mozzarella, and Jack cheeses topped with Flaming Hot Cheetos crumbles and green onions. Let’s review. The OG Mac will come with smoked bacon and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Hey Shorty will come with slow-braised short rib, and Flaming Hot Cheetos. The Jalo Bac will come with jalapeños, candied cayenne bacon… and Flaming Hot Cheetos. Welcome to The Attic, where your favorite bag of chips makes its way into your favorite childhood, cheesy pasta. What more could you possibly want?

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4. Sunny Spot 822 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

On the border of Venice and Marina del Rey, Sunny Spot is a stylish Caribbean-influenced restaurant whose casual menu is heavy on comfort food. The offerings include waffle fry poutine, a double cheeseburger, and chimichurri skirt steak. Though dinner is a given, Sunny Spot has a stellar brunch scene with a savory-leaning plates and bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, and rum punch.

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5. Comme Ca 8479 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Hollywood)

Though its menu's traditional (Sole Meuniere, Escargot, Coq a Vin, etc), this modern'd up brasserie from the Sona chef also features various bars: cheese, raw, and booze.

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6. Brick + Mortar 2435 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This gastropub boasts a menu dotted with Spanish-inspired additions (tortillas, guajillo chili sauce, chile relleno with black beans) for breakfast and inventive toppings like green curry chicken on pizza. Outdoor seating with umbrellas amps up the relaxed vibe of the space.

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7. Congregation Ale House 201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (Long Beach)

The Congregational Ale House is a monastic-themed bars turned brewery with outposts in Long Beach, Azusa and Pasadena. CAH sought to bring a community and the spirit of Old World beers to LA. The chapters serve weekly drink and meal specials, including Serves food and weekly specials, including a la carte and combo options. With a diverse tap list, Congregation’s pourin’ for the masses.

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8. La Cita Bar 336 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This hipster haven boasts mariachi tunes, plus musical theme nights like "Punky Reggae" and "Mustache Monday". Check out this Downtown boozer on the weekends, too, because they're serving up a crazy Bloody Mary bar at what they've dubbed "Sunday Bloody Sunday". In addition to an indoor dance floor there is also a spacious outdoor patio to really spread out and sip on cheap but strong drinks.

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9. Morel's Steakhouse 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This French steakhouse in the Grove may be known for serving up a mean plate of meat, but it's also slinging a killer Bloody Mary that's made tableside with fresh horseradish.

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10. Hungry Cat 1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.

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11. Franklin & Company 5923 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

This casual neighborhood resto dishes out elevated American cuisine, including tasty bar bites/apps like bleu cheese tater tots, Scotch eggs, ahi tuna tacos, and fried oysters Rockefeller. And if you want a terrifically spicy Bloody Mary, look no further.

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12. Fig 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Resembling a lofty fashion barn w/ massive windows, striped banquettes and a circular wood bar, Fig's helmed by a chef who cut his teeth at far more uppity places like San Fran's Cyrus and Napa's French Laundry.