Whether you partied too hardy down the St. Mary's Strip the night before or just love the salty, often briny cure-alls found in bloody marys and beer-filled micheladas, don't skip this list. Even better are the crowned jewels or accoutrements atop said beverages that make for a fun appetizer or snack before you dig into your go-to breakfast taco cure. Below are the some of the five craziest bloodies and micheladas in SA, with varying degrees of oomph.
1. Bite Restaurant
1012 S. Presa St., (210) 532-2551, biterestaurantsa.com
Oh, Southtown. You never let us down. And certainly choices abound — there's a solid michelada around every bend, from The Monterey to Liberty Bar and then some. But at the corner of Presa and Eager Street you'll find Lisa Astorga-Watel's Bite Restaurant, an impish little eatery that has packed in big, whimsical flavors since its opening in late 2012. With no more than maybe 35 seats total, Bite's made a name for itself with it's laid-back brunch and over-the-top breakfast cocktails.
The mimosa, complete with a cookie-, marshmallow- and gummy-stacked skewer is a favorite for brunchers with a sweet molar, but if you're looking for that salty cure, opt for the house bloody mary. Sure, the option to stack your own bloody is available on Saturdays and Sundays, but have some trust in your bartender's skills. The tomato juice base is light and spicy, and this ornate bloody is finished off with Reyka Icelandic vodka. On weekends, the barkeep spends an hour and a half prepping the fixins for this drink-turned-appetizer that are then displayed from a pineapple top. Our most recent visit included a cucumber slice, cube of Swiss cheese, cured Lil' Smoky, wee gerkin, chubby olive, thin pepperoni slice, fresh snap pea and a single Day-Glo orange cheese ball.
But wait — there's more. A fresh celery stick, pretzel rod and a few strands of cucumber shavings are the finishing touches to this Mason jar drink that'll stave off that hangover for just a little longer. Brunch runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.