Twisted Spoke always seems to make Chicago’s “Best Bloodys” lists.
And now we get why. An epic bloody selection with stick-to-your-bones brunch.
Now, grab a seat and let’s cure that holiday-weekend hangover of yours.
As expected, there was a slight wait when we arrived. What’s a girl to do? Grab a bloody at the bar, of course.
This bikerish bar serves up six different bloodies with a creative variety of infused liquors and garnishes. Our friend Eric arrived early and tested the waters, so to speak, with the Road Rash Mary Classic. It’s the house bloody with Twisted Spoke’s homemade mix, beer and a hearty garnish of salami, pepperoncini, cocktail onions and fresh parmesan.
It wasn’t spicy enough for his taste, so we went for the Smokin’ Salma instead.
This bloody has spicy roots, starting with smoked chipotle-infused vodka and the homemade mix. And man, that chipotle unpacks a sting mightier than any Tabasco and horseradish duo we’ve encountered.
But what puts Smokin’ Salma in her own league is the garnish. Spicy chorizo, pickled garlic, cherry pepper, pearl onion and fresh parmesan cheese. What.
For the next round (there were two), half of us ordered another Salma. Addicted. And the other half of the Marys went out on a limb and ordered the Bloody Queen, made with lime-infused gin. Gin! It tasted like no other bloody we’ve tried before. It was smooth and refreshing, and literally a shrimp cocktail with a shrimp, celery, lime and onion garnish. She looked rather stunning and distinguished, too.
Let’s give a shout out to the other bloodies here that feature tequila, scotch or sherry. Holla. We should mention that each Twisted Spoke bloody comes with a beer back. “The way God intended,” says the menu. We recently learned that the beer back we know in Chicago is called a snit in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Fun fact.
Now, let’s talk about the food. The menu calls its brunch items “Hangover Cures.” Funny, but oh so true. It’s exactly what an abused stomach needs after a night of too many drinks: greasy cheesy eggs with tasty fixins, savory rosemary potatoes and Texas Toast. Not that we’re speaking from experience…
The stand-out award definitely goes to the Chila-killas. The spicy red sauce, melted cheese, tortillas, cilantro, chorizo and eggs. Amazeballs.
Smokin’ Salma: Our rating (scale of 1–5)
Bloody Queen: Our rating (scale of 1–5)
Our next brunch spot sure has big shoes to fill. May be the best bloodies thus far! Thanks, Twisted Spoke. We’ll be back.