Seattle-Style Bloody Mary, Linda’s Tavern

We’re breaking with several precendents in this post. First, we’re reviewing a bloody mary that’s not in Chicago. (Gasp!) Second, it was enjoyed by just one of the Bloody Best gals. (Separation anxiety already, E)

Someone had to make sure the bloodies in Seattle are good enough for you. You’re welcome.

Ready for an adventure? Here goes.

A trip to Seattle is necessary every few years. It’s a city with ridiculously good coffee, beautiful landscape, dogs galore and a laid-back vibe. Not to mention one of my BFFs.

One of the city’s best and most popular neighborhoods is Capitol Hill. For our Chicago friends, Capitol Hill is akin to Wicker Park or Logan Square with its young, hip inhabitants, sought-after restaurants and tragically cool dive bars. Except it’s closer to downtown, and as you might guess, situated atop a large hill.

During my most recent trip (read: a few months ago), I ended up enjoying brunch at Linda’s Tavern.


To be more specific, I ended up drinking a bloody mary on Linda’s gorgeous patio amongst a group of mostly straight-edge kids. But hey, it’s Seattle! No one cares if you imbibe during brunch, even if it’s not their thing. I actually HAD to try the bloody. It is rumored to be one of the city’s best. And this is a bloody mary blog. Alas.


I can’t vouch that this is Seattle’s best, but it was tasty. Well seasoned and moderately spicy with a garnish of lemon, lime, pepperoncini, olives, pickled carrot and green bean and celery. The horseradish and pepper danced politely together. The Buffalo Mary, which I didn’t try, comes equipped with a piece of buffalo jerky. Next time? The food was particularly of note. I enjoyed the Cowgirl Taco (which is way larger than it sounds), which includes eggs, crispy hashbrowns, veggie chorizo, cheese and avocado in a tortilla.

The back patio was my favorite part, however. While this wasn’t my first rodeo at Linda’s, it was my first time on the sunny back patio with its delightful graffiti, paint-by-number landscape and soundtrack of The Smiths and Siouxie and the Banshees.


And look, some cute French bulldogs thrown in for good measure! Not because they have anything whatsoever to do with this post, but because Seattle loves dogs. And you need a distraction from that guy.

Fun fact: Linda’s is rumored to be the last place Kurt Cobain was seen alive. (If anyone in Seattle is reading, did you just roll your eyes?)

Linda’s Tavern Bloody Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:        3.5

Spicy:       3

Treats:       3.5

Creativity: 3

Overall:      3.25

Till next time, friends! See you in Chicago soon.
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2 thoughts on “Seattle-Style Bloody Mary, Linda’s Tavern

  1. Katie says:

    So funny that you followed me–my boyfriend loves Bloody Marys.

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