Bloody Mary Beatdown: Dick's Hideaway vs. Gallo Blanco
Picture this: It's 9:30 on a Sunday morning. The sun pierces your curtains. Your head throbs. Your stomach turns. Saturday night was fun, but no longer kind to you now. You, our friend, have a hangover. Lucky for you, nothing known to man battles the effects of a hangover quite like the world's best breakfast cocktail -- the Bloody Mary. Variations abound on this classic drink; it's not uncommon these days to find a bacon infusion, tequila in place of vodka and a grip of pickled veggies as a garnish. We take ours spicy and strong, and our two favorite Bloody Mary hangouts will duel to see which cocktail crushes the competition.
Heather Hoch A spicy brunch at Dick's Hideaway -- and the Bloody Mary steals the show.
In This Corner: Dick's Hideaway
Nothing quells a hangover quite like the cave-like environment of the small, cool Dick's Hideaway bar in NoPho. While seating is limited and it gets pretty full during peak Bloody Mary hours, you're in for a treat if you can snag a seat. The Southwestern vibes and décor are modern, not cheesy, which is refreshing in a land of turquoise and kokopelli-filled kitsch.
Take one sip and you've got a hot kick in the pants to wake you up and snap you back to reality. The spiced-up tomato juice base completely covers much of the vodka flavor, but the vodka flavor is definitely there. The garnish is a celery stick, tasty pickled asparagus, and lime. The lime's acidity really accents the drink's heat nicely. Plus, you get a shot of beer on the side to sip on if you're feeling the burn.
This isn't a drink for spice sissies. We've warned you. It's spicy, and, while it can combat any hangover, the combination of the drink with the also spicy appetizers at Dick's can cause some major heartburn. Make sure to bring a bottle of Gaviscon if you plan on drinking and dining.