B loves Bloody Mary’s. So what better birthday present than two tickets to explore the city’s best drinks? Milwaukee Food Tours is known for exploring the best local restaurants have to offer, and the Bloody Mary Tour is one of their newest. But don’t let the name fool you, there is still plenty of food on this extravaganza.
Our First Stop: The Wicked Hop
Dubbed with the best Bloody Mary’s in Milwaukee, The Wicked Hop started our tour out with a bang. We headed out at 10:30 am and if anyone in our group didn’t get a chance to wake up, one sip of this spicy drink would perk them right up. Not only was the mix refreshing, the toppings were amazing (cheese twists, a beef stick, a marinated mushroom, an olive and a piece of shrimp adorned every glass).
They also served us yogurt parfaits family-style (with AMAZING granola, by the way).
Second Stop: Palms Bistro Bar
After a quick history lesson, we headed toward Broadway to Palms Bistro Bar. I’ve never been here before, but I’ve heard a lot about this place as a must-stop destination for lunch. Their Bloody Mary’s were smooth and simple, perfect for those who don’t like a lot of fluff.
The food, on the other hand, would have knocked my socks off (except I wasn’t wearing any because it was about 90 degrees today :) ) They served us huevos rancheros family-style. The Palms describes their dish like this: two eggs any style (in this case, scrambled), pepperjack quesadilla, chorizo and black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole garnished with lime crema. I describe this dish as delicious, delicious, delicious. (And I will be back.)
Third Stop: The Irish Pub
At the Irish Pub, you can turn anything into a Bloody. If you want Jameson instead of vodka, you have yourself a Bloody Molly (which is what I had). This was almost sweet in flavor, something like cinnamon. I’m not a big fan of whiskey, but I couldn’t really tell that was in there. Although this was fun to try, it was probably my least favorite drink of the day, but it was our tour guide’s favorite so you can decide.
For a snack, they served us homemade pub fries with garlic aioli. (I could have eaten that dip with a spoon.)
Fourth Stop: Rustico Pizzeria
The last bloody place on the tour was Rustico on Water St. For a restaurant who specializes in pizza, sandwiches and salads, their Bloody’s were actually very good. They were spicy and strong with a kalamata olive, artichoke, pepperoni and mozzarella garnish. This complemented the food perfectly (vegetarian and ham breakfast pizzas). The ham one was my favorite (minus the runny egg…not my thing).
Someone else in our group was celebrating a birthday and shared tiramisu with the whole table (not shown). Perfect for coffee lovers because this was strong.
These guys have been around since 1930, and boy, do they know what they are doing. We each tasted their dark chocolate mint meltaways (not shown). Heavenly.
As we waddled to the car (practically), B and I talked about what a great time we both had. We had a great group with just enough pizazz to keep things interesting (like two grandmas almost getting lost and a joke about the Australians eating koala, which is by the way not true!) Although I’ve lived in Milwaukee for five years, I learned a bunch about the history of our great city and got some good exercise along the way.
Milwaukee Food Tours also has Brady Street, River Walk/Old World Third Street, Wauwatosa and Cedarburg Tours. I heard they visit Mader’s on the River Walk tour, so I would love to go back. For tourists and locals, these tours offer an insiders look at the food and history of the area and you’re bound to have a great time along the way.
Question: I LOVED The Wicked Hop’s Bloody Mary. What’s your favorite Bloody Mary in Milwaukee?