Dear Ol’ Smokey (take two),

My love for you will never die. It’s almost not fair to other drinks, really.

I mean, you’re half meal, half delightful libation. I went to visit you last time, there wasn’t much to say then and there isn’t much more to say now.

Spicy, smooth, bacony. Let’s do this again some time. Maybe next Sunday?


The best part about Ol' Smokey from The Roost? Bacon.

The best part about Ol’ Smokey from The Roost? Bacon.

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.

Dear The Roost,

Where have you been all my life? As a brunching connoisseur, my main goal in life is to brunch the hell out of a town, but lately I’ve found it difficult – not to say that there isn’t some delicious brunch here. Oh no, there is but it’s not its own category. But this. The Roost is a brand new haven for brunch and the answer to all my breakfast prayers.

First, you have a bloody mary menu with six options. I chose the NoLaw (North Lawrence), which featured local pickles (pickled by the owner himself), the perfect blend of spices and garlic.


Then came the tomato + avocado benny. I can’t come up with the words to describe it’s perfection and flavor. I remember having to consciously keep myself from inhaling it (ladies don’t scarf food, no matter how scarfable it may be).


But the best part? That I get to come back and visit you again. And again. And again.