Bloody marys have trended toward jaw-dropping, dizzyingly high garnishes, fueled by social media’s obsession with the visually impressive. But when it comes to the classic cocktail, the “mega mary” is not always superior. Restaurants with a focus on elaborate trimmings can end up short-changing the signature cocktail’s salty, spicy and earthy flavors.

I headed to Justy’s Bar, Grill and Sandbox to try the “smokey bloody” ($11), one of two special bloody marys on the menu. There were no trimmings on top — it was simply decorated with a salt and chipotle rim.

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Janay Wright is a Features Reporter at The Bend Bulletin. She worked in the non-profit field for five years before her love of words drew her to journalism in 2021. She spends most of her time trying to keep up with her puppy, an Alaskan Husky mix.

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Transitory Inflation

A bloody mary article without a River Pig mention?? Stop it.

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