You say tomato, I say Bloody Mary.
I’ve been to County Clare a few times but didn’t realize they had such a fine Bloody until a recent late night visit. Sitting at the bar, enjoying a beer and the bartender created what appeared to be a master piece of all Bloody Marys for a gentleman across the restaurant. I made a mental note to come back and give it a whirl.
The suggestion of Saturday brunch lead myself and a group of friends to 1234 N. Astor Street, Milwaukee. County Clare is the ultimate Irish Bar. It’s been recognized by the New York Times, San Fransisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post on it’s traditional Irish culture, food and lodging. It’s a warm and cozy place to enjoy a meal or drink any time of the day or season of the year.
Everyone ordered something different from the menu and a Bloody Mary (except one with a bun in the oven). The service was excellent, and the food was fantastic.
“County Clare Bloody Mary: First off, our mix and seasonings are homemade. Then we add one of Milwaukee’s own, Klement’s hickory smoked beef sticks, a slice of tomato & cucumber, three plump olives, a celery stick, one juicy pickle spear, a wedge of lemon & lime and finally Padír’s very own homemade pickled potato!….$8.00”
After enjoying, here’s my review:
Spice: I’m realizing, most Bloody’s are not made for spicy people. Even asking for the “spicy” option, I didn’t find this spicy at all. The taste of the homemade mix was excellent but a little watery for my taste. The seasoning in the mix (pepper, horseradish) had recognizably sunk to the bottom of the huge glass. Despite the lack of spice, it was still one of the best mixes I’ve had yet.
Chaser: This came with a lovely little chaser. It was a light beer; assuming it was Miller Lite. The lightness went well with this huge bloody.
Garnish: The description on the menu was dead on. It was served with a beef stick, a stick of mozzarella string cheese, a huge pickle spear, a cherry tomato, slice of cucumber, a few olives, celery, lemon & lime and … adding the Irish twist, a homemade pickled potato. All of it was fresh, quality and served as an excellent breakfast!
Size: This was the first Bloody served to me NOT in a standard bar cup. It was rather exciting! I’m really not sure on the ounces, but if I had to guess, I’d say it was 16oz, but just served in a fancy mug 🙂
Buzz: I didn’t catch a buzz from this bloody.
Cost: County Clare charged $8.00 for each Bloody
Final thoughts? I highly recommend. Go to County Clare, not just to try the awesome Bloody Mary, but for the atmosphere, food and good service with good company. Girl scouts honor, you won’t be let down!