Dear bloody Mary at the Burger Stand,

Call me whatever you want, it won’t change the undeniable fact that I. Love. Brunch. Mostly, I love brunch because I love bloody Marys.

But I’ll be honest, when I first saw this bloody Mary, I was a little apprehensive. I mean, when you’ve had a bloody with a slider on it, it’s kind of hard to go back to regular ol’ olives, lemon and lime. But Burger Stand did not disappoint. In fact, I’d say that it reminded me that what really matters is on the inside (of the glass).

You can order a basic bloody for $4 at the Burger Stand (sidebar: The restaurant occasionally has a full bloody Mary bar, but temporarily suspended it because, well, most people don’t know how to mix a good Mary). And if you’re daring enough, you can replace regular vodka or tequila with their special pepper-infused vodka or tequila.

Talk about caliente. It was as amazing as it sounded. It was firey but not painful, and flavorful without trying too hard. And of course, it didn’t need much garnish (but the last-minute addition of beef jerky log definitely helped).

I love you bloody Mary. Never let go.


Beef jerky. On a bloody Mary. You win, Burger Stand.

Beef jerky. On a bloody Mary. You win, Burger Stand.

Alma is a journalist by trade, living and working in Chicago while staying true to her tree-hugging spirit, L.A. spirit. Favorite pastimes include watching great television, listening to fantastic podcasts and daydreaming about writing a novel. Favorite foods run the gamut from sweet to salty to savory to eggs Benedict. And chocolate. Especially chocolate.