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Bloody Mary, Frasca

We would be lying if we said Frasca in Roscoe Village was our first choice.

What actually happened was, we cabbed and bused it up to endgrain a while back (we’re a bit behind in more ways than one), only to find out it had been shuttered. We’ll never know the magic that is a bloody mary with a cheesy biscuit garnish. Maybe one day Red Lobster will create its own?

But Frasca’s brunch and bloody aren’t second best by any means. This wine and pizza bar brings its Italian genius to brunch.

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Do you love the bloody at Dunlay’s on Clark or Dunlay’s on the Square? How about Smoke Daddy? Chances are, you’ll love this one, too. The 4 Star Restaurant Group owns these joints and uses Smoke Daddy’s tasty Smokin Mary Mix for all their bloodies. The result? A well-balanced spicy bloody mary that never lets you down (just don’t order it with cucumber vodka. Trust us). Each restaurant’s bloody varies by garnish. At Frasca, you get a deconstructed caprese salad with cherry tomato, basil, mozzarella ball, plus prosciutto and olive. Add a piece of bacon for one buck extra, if you dare.

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Pizza for breakfast? OK! The Breakfast Pizza comes topped with bacon, sausage, cheese and three eggs over easy. Savory and rich, and the crust is perfectly chewy yet crisp. We also had the Italian Farmhouse Breakfast, which is two eggs baked in a crock with speck and tomato sauce which is lapped up and eaten on crusty bread. Why is it that tomato sauce makes everything better?

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While we weren’t planning to dine at Frasca, we certainly we’re disappointed. Solid bloody mary. Humble Italian food at its best.

Frasca Bloody Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:        3.25

Spicy:      3

Treats:       3.25

Creativity: 3

Overall:      3.125

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Famous Bloody Mary, Smoke Daddy

Got ribs? We did.

Smoke Daddy isn’t one of the first places that come to mind when you think brunch. In fact, they don’t serve brunch at all (yet). We actually came because of a bet and BBQ sauces.

See, one of the Marys has a husband. And said husband is into everything sports, real and fantasy. On the line was a Smoke Daddy meal to the winner of the fantasy football league. And well, he won.

Prior to our visit, our bet would have been that Smoke Daddy‘s Famous Bloody Mary is amazing. After all, Smoke Daddy does BBQ oh so right. And countless people have told us that their bloody is among their faves.

To be honest, we were slightly underwhelmed. BEFORE you become outraged, we acknowledge it could have been an off day. The housemade mix (which is also available for purchase) is slightly smoky and it’s accompanied by a splash of Guinness and a tiny High Life bottle. Half the group paid an extra $1 to add Effen Cucumber Vodka, thinking it would add smoothness to the spice (To the credit of the server, she told us that she wasn’t a fan of it). Either way, the bloody mary tasted slightly watery and lacked the spice and flavor that we adore in their homemade BBQ sauces.

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The garnish in this Famous Bloody Mary, on the other hand, is a showstopper. Warm smoked brisket and pulled pork. Enough said. Maybe the best garnish we’ve experienced yet.

Now, the food. We’re not conoisseurs in smoked meats, but Smoke Daddy serves some damn delicious ones. Among those eaten in our group were smoked pulled chicken and ribs. It’s the sides that really get us excited though. Mac ‘n cheese, slaw, smoked pit beans, sweet potato fries, jalapeno corn bread etc. Amazing.

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All in all, we have a lot of heart for Smoke Daddy. We look forward to their upcoming brunch menu, which we learned will probably start in March when the expansion is finished. We’ll be baackk.

Famous Bloody Mary:  Our rating (scale of 1–5)

Taste:        2.5

Spicy:       3

Treats:       4

Creativity: 3

Overall:      3

Has anyone enjoyed Smoke Daddy’s Famous Bloody Mary or bought the homemade mix? If so, what was your opinion?

Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
The Smoke Daddy
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
West Town
* Street Address
1804 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622
* Phone
(773) 772-6656
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