Monday, January 25, 2010

Rush Street

My love affair with the Bloody Mary only started a couple years ago. I never disliked this "anything goes" cocktail; I just hadn't made the time to get well acquainted. I weep on the inside when I think about how much time I squandered. Now in the short time since I saw the spicy-tomato-vodka light, I've had some that were pitch perfect and others that were really terrible and should not have been allowed to see the light of day. (Note: the definition of a good Bloody Mary is a highly subjective matter, much like what is love or what is the best recipe for chili?)

I took matters into my own hands over the weekend at Rush Street, where they offer a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar ($10 for one, $20 for bottomless) at brunch. I opted for the single glass of the vodka they hand to you before letting you loose on the spread; Campbell's and Clamato tomato juice, an assortment of hot sauces, a few different olives, pickled veggies (they had okra, yesss!), carrot and celery sticks, Worcestershire and A1 (not trying to judge with this ingredient, I guess someone out there must like it). My illustrious partners in crime were Yutjangsah and HungryHungryHanh and we brunched for 3 hours!

Rush Street Bloody Mary
My Bloody Mary in all its splendor. The glass the vodka came in was much smaller, but the nice bartender offered us these bigger vessels to carry our bounty. It tasted awesome, but I wish I had put more veggies in. Considering I had to sip some down while preparing it, I think I didn't want to risk an overflow situation. I do like how the carrot and celery look like they're cuddling.

Rush Street Jumbo Herb Shrimp Salad
Yutjangsah was super virtuous and ordered the jumbo herb shrimp salad. Very pretty and a bigger-than-expected portion.

Rush Street Fried Egg Sandwich
My fried egg sandwich with prosciutto, tomato and three cheeses (I am guessing one was cheddar, I don't know, it was all melted together when it came out).

Rush Street Fried Egg Sandwich inside
Inside shot. A bit too cheesy, but overall it was a satisfying hearty breakfast and I took half of it and the tots home.

Rush Street Blackened Red-Eye Burger
Hanh opted for the blackened red-eye burger. Intense! Fried egg, bacon and a burger patty are not for the weak. I can't tell from the picture, but according to the menu, there were also caramelized onions, arugula and HOLLANDAISE.

Rush Street Truffle Asiago Fries
And we shared a basket of the truffle asiago fries. Approach with caution: they are harrowingly addictive.

Rush Street can be very crowded and loud at night, but it was very serene (read: empty) when we came in for brunch on a Saturday. Thanks to Yutjangsah and Hanh for their company and the non-stop laughs!

Rush Street
9546 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 837-9546


weezermonkey said...

Oh, man. Looks yum. HungryHungryHanh FTW!

yutjangsah said...

I so loved that pickled okra. Fantastic! Great idea Starchy!

threeringerfing said...

pickled okra is my jam!!!!

Gastronomer said...

Good times at Rush Street! I want to love bloody Marys, I really do, but I'm not quite there yet. Something about savory drinks...

Marie said...

Weezermonkey: We have never drank together. Not acceptable! :P And yeah, Hanh reigned supreme with her badass burger.

Yutjangsah: Pickles 4 Ever! Koreans 4 Lyfe! Uhh we have never eaten Korean food together. NOT OKAY.

Threeringerfing: I am eternally grateful you introduced me to pickled okra. It is the best food thing that has happened to me in recent memory!

Gastronomer: I admit, savory drinks are a tall order (har har). I guess the only other (sort of) savory drink I can think of is the margarita. I used to get them without salt for the longest time, then suddenly changed allegiance on a whim and now love the salt crystals. I am open minded about alcohol, go me!

Kung Food Panda said...

Sounded like you ladies had a blast! 3 hours? :)

Marie said...

Kung Food Panda: We sure did. :) I love long brunches!