Ruth's Bloody Mary

Where:  Ruth's Dinner, 4160 Emigration Road,  Salt Lake City, Utah

I had a work trip up to Salt Lake City this week.  I was flying in around 11am Sunday, so I searched the internet for a pretty good brunch place.   The consensus is Ruth's Dinner which is about 20 minutes east of the airport at the foot of the mountains.  Well, I guess the internet was right because upon arrival there was a 1 hour wait.  The Diner used to be an old train car, and there really is not a waiting area inside, but there is a large outside snow covered Patio.

Ruth's Outside Patio

Ruth's Outside Patio

As my friend Dan and I were standing around a couple walked out with 2 huge Bloody Mary's.  I was in shock, I didn't even know this place served alcohol.  The couple told me it was a great Bloody Mary and pretty spicy, but I was still skeptical.  I went inside and saw that they used V8 Vegetable Juice to make the drink, which didn't help.  Some of the best Bloody's are made without ZingZang, but when I get outside of the South, I get nervous around V8 because usually the drinks are bland.  I bit the bullet and ordered one.  

My Sinking Bloody Mary
My Sinking Bloody Mary

It was a great drink.  The next time I will request it be a little spicier, but it has a small nice kick to it.  Here is a partial recipe that I found online:

  • V-8 vegetable juice
  • Smirnoff, Absolut Peppar or Kettle One vodka
  • Celery salt
  • Onion salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Cholula hot sauce
  • Tabasco pepper sauce
  • Tabasco Green pepper sauce
  • Lemon wedge for garnish
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Celery stalk for garnish
  • Stuffed olives for garnish

I thought there was too much garnish, but otherwise it is a solid and got spicier the lower I went.    The food became an afterthought, but when it arrived it was pretty solid.  The Mile High Biscuits come with this honey flavored hot sause.  The King of Hearts Omelet is made with artichoke and garlic and was filling and unique.  If I was staying through the weekend, I would definitely go back.

How to Avoid the Mobile 1-10 Tunnel Traffic

I am lucky enough to be spending the 4th at the beach in Ft. Morgan, AL.  Heading east on 1-10 can be problematic,  especially around Mobile where people cannot seem to go faster than 25 miles through 1-10 tunnel.  Since I do a fair amount of consulting work in Mobile, I have learned to avoid this bottle neck.image

When traffic starts to bunch up before the tunnel,  move to the  third lane.  The two left lanes are going to combine into one,  which causes further congestion.  Get off at Canal / Water Street (Downtown Mobile)  and take a right onto the US 90 which is the older tunnel. 


Once you are through the tunnel, make sure 1-10 is clear before getting back on it.  If there is still a lot a traffic after the tunnel,  stay on Battleship Parkway over the entire bay.