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Not Your Average Bloody Mary – Seattle’s Top 5

June 10th, 2016

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The Drunken Tomato: A Day Drinking Community for Bloody Mary Enthusiasts

Shelley Buchanan runs a blog with a very unique niche: Bloody Marys. She will tell you where to find the best ones around Seattle, and has even taste tested over 100 to help with her research. She also just released the book The Drunken Tomato: Seattle in case you’re looking for even more places to try out the brunch drink. Her website highlights her favorite bloody mary recipes and has an entire online shop with bloody mary-inspired products.

Her tastings are very detailed, so we recapped her 5 favorites in Seattle.

1. Hattie’s Hat 

5231 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 784-0175 |

“Super savory with a deep rich flavor, Hattie’s Hat gives you exactly what your aching hangover needs. And with a whopping seven different kinds, you’ll have no problem finding a cocktail to suit all your bloody mary needs.” -Shelley Buchanan, The Drunken Tomato


2. Bitterroot BBQ 

5239 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 588-1577  |

“Tasting more like a sordid affair of ketchup and cheap steak sauce, a bad BBQ bloody mary is just plain bad. But Bitterroot BBQ manages to pull off the incredible act of balancing sweet, smoky, savory, and spicy in their perfectly assembled Bitterroot Bloody Mary.” -Shelley Buchanan, The Drunken Tomato


3. Kickin’ Boot 

5309 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 783-2668 |

“Whiskey may be in the name, but this kitchen does a bloody mary right. The benefit of hitting up a true, high quality smokehouse is that you can use things like, oh say, a huge slice of house-smoked brisket to top your bloody marys.” -Shelley Buchanan, The Drunken Tomato


4. Wayward Vegan Cafe 

801 NE 65th St., Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 524-0204 |

“Vegan bloody marys are hard to find and even harder to get right. Featuring an organic, vegan, and gluten-free blend, this mix combines fresh heirloom tomatoes, New Mexico’s Hatch chili peppers, habanero, and more. It’s basically a spicy, chunky, farmer’s market basket of delectable summer veg. And here’s the kicker. The special, secret ingredient is, wait for it, orange juice. Just let that one sink in.” -Shelley Buchanan, The Drunken Tomato


5. Stumbling Goat Bistro 

6722 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 784-3535 |

“Loads of fresh cracked black pepper plus big horseradish chunks give the “Stumbling Goat Mary” a gritty burst of bloody mary flavor. But it doesn’t stop there. A hint of dill and just a bit of spice bring it all together, and a delicately displayed pickled veg garnish finishes off this potent bloody mary.” -Shelley Buchanan, The Drunken Tomato

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