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Pittsburgh City Paper Booze Battles: Harris Grill vs. Carmella’s Plates & Pints 

Bloody Mary

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Each week, we order the same cocktail at two different bars for a friendly head-to-head battle. Go to the bars, taste them both and tell us what you like about each by tagging @pghcitypaper on Twitter or Instagram and using #CPBoozeBattles. If you want to be a part of Booze Battles, send an email to food-and-beverage writer Celine Roberts, at celine@pghcitypaper.com. 

Harris Grill

5747 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside

Drink: Bloody Mary

Ingredients: Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, green olive, pepper, celery, lime and lemon garnishes

Our take: Featuring a hefty dose of citrus and salt, this cocktail is an excellent way to drink part of a meal and get in some vegetables. The heat isn’t for the faint of heart or for someone who prefers a more mild rendition of this classic. Deliciously tart and spicy, this cocktail is a pick-me-up on a slow Sunday morning.

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Carmella’s Plates & Pints

1908 E. Carson St., South Side

Drink: Bloody Mary 

Ingredients: Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, green olives, lemon and lime garnishes

Our take: Smoky barbeque flavors imbue this cocktail with tang and subtle heat. By keeping the spiciness subtle, the complexities of the other flavors have a little more room to shine, and this drink might be easier on sensitive stomachs pre-brunch. During Sunday brunch, garnishes abound, including shrimp, celery and a mozzarella ball.


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