By Gabriele Walkow
If you are craving a flavor-packed Bloody Mary concoction, several St. Pete/Clearwater restaurants deliver offerings that have a fiery kick complete with pickled peppers, hand-stuffed olives and spicy rimmed glasses. Adorned with sliders, shrimp, oysters, crab legs, bacon and skewers, and spiked with spirits this classic cocktail packs a punch to kick start your day of sun, sand, surf and sea.
This award-winning downtown St. Petersburg dining destination, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, offers guests eclectic culinary masterpieces, including a Bloody Mary extraordinaire. The Hangover Bloody Mary ($13), an amazing tower-like concoction, is made with Deep Eddy Vodka and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix topped with a Black Angus slider, Tillamook cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, house-made pickled pepper and celery. Available during Tryst’s popular weekend brunch this twist on the classic cocktail is a real winner. dinetryst.com
CHILL RESTAURANT AND BAR
The Sunday Funday Bloody Mary Bar at this acclaimed family-owned restaurant on St. Pete Beach comes complete with house vodka, bacon, Andouille sausage, blue cheese stuffed olives, celery and more. Chill’s authentic Bloody Mary mixes include Cajun, Mexican, House and Hot, so the choice is yours! Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for $15.95 and includes the Bloody Mary bar. Welcome to paradise! chillstpetebeach.com
CLEAR SKY CAFÉ
This Clearwater Beach favorite is known for gourmet food without gourmet prices and a fantastic outdoor Bloody Mary bar, available Saturday, Sunday and holidays until 1 p.m. or later. Top off your cocktail with everything from bacon, blue cheese stuffed olives, pickled green beans and a meat and cheese skewer. From the daily Breakfast Bar, order a Luxury Bloody Mary with Skyy Vodka and skewer. Cheers! clearskycafe.com
This fun and casual Safety Harbor locale is known for its build your own Bloody Mary bar ($9 per trip) offered on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dress up your spicy rimmer Bloody Mary with shrimp, oysters, crab legs, blue cheese stuffed olives and more. Or, try the Zing Zang Oyster Shooter ($4) with a spicy rimmer, a shot of house vodka, Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix and a freshly shucked oyster. The Zing Zang Oyster Shooter is a daily offering under the Rawbar menu selections. All house vodkas are premium well and the spicy rimmer is created in-house. Bottoms up! barflysafetyharbor.com
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