You say tomato, I say Bloody Mary.
Smoke Shack has been open for a few years, over on 332 N Milwaukee Street. I’ve been hoping to go for a while as I do love a good BBQ. When the chance to go for brunch came up with friends, I couldn’t resist. Looking at their menu, I realized they have a “house bloody” and a Bloody Jack made with Jack Daniels… fitting for a BBQ place, right? This time around, I opted for the ol’ stand-by but will certainly get the Bloody Jack next time.
Here’s what I thought:
Mix: Across the board, this is a fantastic Bloody Mary. Created by the owners of AJ Bombers (and other locations in the Milwaukee area) I wasn’t sure if it would be identical to AJ Bombers. To be totally honest, I’d have to do a side-by-side taste test with AJ’s to make sure they’re not the same. What I do know is that I really like AJ Bombers Bloody. If they are the same mix, that makes sense… why change a good thing? The mix has such a great flavor. It’s a little spicy, a tad watery and a lot tasty. The mix didn’t give away distinctive spices but we all agreed on mustard – which I’m a huge fan of. I definitely recommend the Bloody Mary if you stop in.
Garnish: The garnish was super simple, but super good. They had a pickled cucumber (where do we call it a pickle..?) that was SO good. Honestly, we discussed asking the server for more. I noticed that they pulled them out of mason jars as they were crafting the swizzle sticks so I assume they’re homemade. This also came with a block of cheese and a small slice of beef stick. Oh, and don’t forget that lemon and lime!
Chaser: This did not come with a chaser.
Buzz: I think I’m growing my tolerance, guys. After scarfing down a plate of sweet potato pancakes, I didn’t catch the slightest buzz from this Bloody Mary. Guess I just have to start ordering two! 😉
Cost: Sadly, I forgot to look at the price when our bill came around. The Bloody Jack is listed at $8.50 on the menu (regular isn’t listed). Knowing this, I think it’s safe to assume the regular is $8. Regardless of price, I think it’s well worth it.
I’d really like to get back to Smoke Shack soon to try their BBQ. Close to our home is Milwaukee Smoke BBQ, which I highly recommend. My dad ingrained a never-ending quest for the best ribs. Smoke Shack fare runs out fast, though! For dinner hours, it’s basically first-come first-serve with the meat selections. I hope to try it soon!