Ken Leighton 9:29 a.m., May 22
Bloody Marys are a staple item on brunch menus, and many of our local restaurants boast a signature Bloody Mary. Over the years, they’ve gotten fancier, spicier, and garnish-ier. That’s not a real word, but you know what I mean – a tall skewer of pickled, smoked, stuffed or seared morsels, the more, the merrier. Not that I’m complaining.
Two Del Mar spots have recently introduced new Bloody Mary menus to their brunch offerings:
Flavor Del Mar has seven new versions, including an Asian Mary (sake, Clamato, ginger, garlic, scallions, soy, sweet chili sauce, sesame, and sriracha, tamarind salt rim, pickled sweet pepper garnish), a Dirty Mary Martini (Belvedere ‘Bloody Mary’ vodka, olive juice, house-made Mary mix, tomolive garnish) and the Scottish Mary (Lagavulin single malt Scotch, house Mary mix, a splash of Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock, blue cheese olive garnish). All are $9.
Chef Brian Redzikowski has revamped the brunch menu with several new items, including Brioche French Toast with homemade blueberry jam, Huevos Rancheros, miso glazed pork belly sandwiches, and on the lighter side, steel-cut oatmeal with caramelized bananas or granola with yogurt and seasonal berries.
Burlap, in the Del Mar Highlands Towne Cener, also has a new Bloody Mary menu, created by the craft mixologists at Snake Oil Cocktail Company. It’s an invent-your-own checklist, with regular or infused spirits (popcorn tequila is an eye-catcher), salted rim choices, juices, spices, pickled vegetables and “luxury items” such as truffled miso and wasabi-stuffed olives (a few have a $.50-$1.00 extra charge). If you are undecided, there are three signature Bloodys, named after the restaurant and its two sisters, Gingham and Searsucker. They run $9 - $12.
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Del Mar, CA 92014
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Del Mar, CA 92130
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