Sometimes you need an eye-opener on top of your morning java. For those occasions we've whittled down a roster of Portland's best Bloody Marys. Cheers!
Barbecue Bloody Mary
1625 NE Killingsworth St; podnahspit.com
This fired-up cup takes full advantage of the Podnah’s arsenal: savory stewed tomatoes, smoked jalapeños, roasted garlic confit (cooked in the restaurant’s wood-fired smoker), and a splash of house barbecue sauce. Finish with a squeeze of lime and a side of ribs for a true central Texas punch.
Irving Street Bloody
Irving Street Kitchen
701 NW 13th Ave; irvingstreetkitchen.com
Freshness is the key ingredient in glasses packed with lemon juice, just-grated horseradish (never from a jar), and plenty of surplus citrus slices. If this isn’t enough to wake you up, the house throws in an extra kick of cayenne pepper and sweet-and-sour sherry vinegar.
Aquavit Ludd’s Blood
3925 NE MLK Jr. Blvd; nedluddpdx.com
It brims with caraway and dill and is topped with some of the best house-made pickles to be found. But the real star here is Krogstad aquavit, an inspired sub for the standard vodka. The spirit’s notes of caraway and star anise add an herbal layer to match fresh-charred treats from the wood-fired oven.
Tasty n Sons
3808 N Williams Ave; tastynsons.com
A fitting complement to the globe-trotting flavors of a brunch at Tasty n Sons, this tall, Asian-inspired beauty breaks from the classic formula with hoisin sauce, ginger, lime, garlic, and Sriracha. The Dim Summore is a very welcome vacation in a glass—and it lasts all morning long.
Spicy Creole Bloody
2337 E Burnside St; screendoorrestaurant.com
With extra-thick tomato juice, pickled okra, Creole spices, and plenty of Tabasco-fueled heat, this spicy potion could be the saving grace of Screen Door’s epic weekend wait. And the extra-large pint glass means you’ll even have some left to wash down your brunch when you finally get a table.