Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Quality Burritos - So So Bloody Marys

Stepping in from the bright sunlight, it took the dudes a few moments to adjust to the welcoming darkness of the bar. With hangovers ranging from from mild to moderate, alcohol was in high demand and the Quality Burrito had exactly that. Each of the original three dude team had enjoyed the services of the QB before, great happy hour, tasty cheap drinks, a waitstaff with more Olympia street-cred than a pan-gendered vegan, and of course, quality burritos.

No one cramped the dudes style (the bar was empty) as they bellied up and ordered (demanded) their first round of Bloody Marys - two extra spicy. Food was also needed so that the Marys didn't hit empty stomachs. The selected food was what the average gentleman starts their day with, two orders of JalapeƱos and Calamari.

The bartender was attentive, chatty, and awesome in most ways. She suggested a couple bars around town with Bloody Marys worth seeking and quickly whipped up the QB's own take on the world's best breakfast booze.

Situated in tall glasses, the drinks were dark red and very thick. Garnished with a lime, stuffed green olives, and the condiment that set them apart from the rest - a jalapeƱo spear - the cold beverages were warmly received.

Thick and hearty, the first drink of the day was a meal in itself. Especially if your ideal meal contains somewhere between an asston and a shitload of horseradish. Aside from this fact, there was a frightening lack of spice in the QB's drinks, even those which were requested "extra spicy" (extra spicy got the drinks a few dashes of Tabasco). The drinks were a good size for what they contained, not a small rocks glass, but not a pint glass at the same time. The amount of vodka in the marys was adequate, but not enough that you could actually taste it over the horseradish attack mix. Coming in a $6, the QB served up a pretty average bloody mary.

Please note this the QB's poor showing in the making of a bloody mary should not in any way discourage attending the bar for other reasons. Almost everything on the menu is amazing and most of their drinks blow minds.

Final Scoring - 2.5/5

Size - 1/2
Spice - 0
Strength/Skrilla - 1/2
Salad - 1
Scrumptiousness - 1/2

In the end, on a scale of Howard Langston to Conan, QB receives a Dr. Alex Hesse.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Adventure Undertaken

This first post on the Thirsty Dudes Beverage Sampling blog is to announce that a group of Thirsty Dudes convened on August 2nd for their first foray into the land of drink reviewing. The team, initially dismayed by the Pints and Quarts lack of a "Bloody Mary Bar" after the groups average waking time of 1 PM, took to the streets of the greater Olympia area in search of the most perfectly spicy, well garnished, and just plain delicious Bloody Mary that Thurston County had to offer.

The Bloody Marys were judged on a five star scale with five corresponding categories. Spice. Salad (garnish). Size. Strength per Skrilla (value). Scrumptiousness. Extra unranked points included how a request for "extra spicy" was treated, how cool the bartender was, and whether the bar was full of assholes.

After the sampling was finished, the dudes' thirsts were quenched and six establishments had been visited. All the sampled Bloody Marys (never to be referred to as BMs) were on the more expensive end of the spectrum, all averaging about $6. The group has vowed to sample cheaper ones around town as soon as they can stomach the idea of more tomato juice.

So, curious thirsty residents of the Olympia, prepare to be enlightened about the finest Bloody Mary in the land as the Thirsty Dudes tell you what's up.