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LA's Most Inventive Bloody Marys

By Lesley Balla  |  September 11, 2014
Credit: Franklin & Company

No brunch is brunch without a great Bloody Mary. Or Bloody Larry. Or one topped with a cheeseburger slider. The perfect hangover cure has a long and storied history, but we're just in it for the sweet, spicy, tangy, salty cocktails — and garnishes. Here's where to get some of the most inventive, unique and delicious Bloody Marys around LA. 

Franklin & Company: You can get any number of Bloody Marys at the Franklin Village pub — one with fresh horseradish, barbecue sauce and a fried-onion-ring garnish, or maybe one with Guinness and a pickle spear — but the crème de la crème is definitely the Bloody Royale, a spicy concoction topped with an entire meal. When you have a Bloody Mary with a slider, bacon-wrapped jalapeño, pickled tomatillos, pepper jack cheese cubes, roasted Brussels sprouts and more, who needs brunch?

The Hungry Cat: The housemade tomato juice gets a kick of Maryland-style spice (aka Old Bay) before getting mixed with citrus, hot sauce, Worcestershire and more. At the height of summer, when tomatoes are in season, it’s absolutely sublime: the juice tastes like it was squeezed from the vine that morning. Even in the winter, this is a pretty perfect remedy for all that ails you, especially topped with a garden of pickled vegetables. The Bloody Marys are served daily at lunch and weekend brunch at both the Hollywood and Santa Monica locations.

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Venice Whaler: With the revamp of the beach stalwart came new cocktails from barman Anthony Settecase for both the upstairs Whaler Bar and the downstairs Crab Shell Bar. The Bloody Mary is always available, made with a house mix and garnished with a crab claw in a nod to the Whaler's original name, The Crab Shell.

Crossroads: Vegan brunch never tasted so nonvegan. Along with eggless frittatas, French toast and pancakes, you can get hangover-curing kirs, mimosas and more to drink. But the tableside Bloody Mary cart is great for those who like a little bit of everything with their drinks. Choose from garnishes like caper berries, pickled carrots, dehydrated tomatoes, stuffed olives and almond milk truffle dill cheese for the deliciously fresh-tasting Bloody Marys.

FIG: The Fairmont Miramar restaurant is the perfect spot for breakfast, whether you’re a hotel guest or not. Sit in the sun-filled dining room or on the patio by the pool, and nurse the decisions you made the night before with a Fig Mary in hand. The house mix is so fresh and spicy, the vodka doesn’t even matter (though it helps). Or go the "green" route with a Holy Guac-a-Mary route, made with Casa Noble Silver tequila, avocado, tomatillo, jalapeño, cilantro and a mezcal float. To go with it: chilaquiles, the second greatest hangover cure known to man.

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Littlefork: The Hollywood restaurant is the best place to say "keep 'em coming." Bottomless Bloody Marys and Larrys, her bourbon-based cousin, are only $12 with the purchase of a brunch entree. We dig the housemade pickle garnishes and spicy, salted rimmed glasses.

Brick & Mortar: On the other side of town, wash down fried chicken and waffles, pretzel croissant sandwiches or even kale salads with $15 never-ending Bloody Marys from the DIY bar at this Santa Monica spot. Mix the fresh tomato juice with vodka, tequila or beer for a michelada, and then add anything from tempura-fried green beans and fried Brussels sprouts to cheese sticks, pickled jalapeños and your favorite hot sauce (there are almost 20 to choose from).

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Cecconi’s: No, no...don't move...don't go anywhere. Let the Bloody Mary cart come to you. The West Hollywood stalwart is known for its bustling brunches and tableside Bloody Mary cart that features its signature tomato mix and your choice of pickled anything to put inside (cauliflower, green beans, carrots, okra), chile peppers, ghost-pepper salt and even gin if that's your preference. The cocktails are mixed, measured and garnished for you right there.