It’s a drink, it’s a meal...it’s $15
The bloody Mary at Bar 145, a gastropub franchise in Toledo, Ohio, turns patrons’ heads and makes women swear, according to Chef Robby Lucas. “We get a lot of swear words—usually from women—such as “holy bleep,” he says, when the heavily garnished drink arrives at the table.
It’s not just for selfies, however.
The 20-ounce drink is house-made, substituting two vinegars and vegetable puree for the traditional mix. Garnishes include a cheeseburger slider, house-pickled asparagus spear, a carrot stick, pretzel rounds, chorizo and mozzarella on a spear, pickled cherry tomatoes, gherkin and dill pickles, and a hard-boiled egg.
Some people miss the reasoning behind the meal topping the glass and leave them on the plate or drink around it, Lucas says. “We encourage people to enjoy (the garnishes), because they complement what’s in the glass,” he says.
Brunch isn’t the only “b” in their arsenal. The chain specializes in “burgers, bands and bourbon.”
Bloody Mary’s, however, are only served during Sunday brunch, and on its second Sunday at the Toledo location, 22 were ordered.
“The picture doesn’t do it justice,” Lucas adds.