The most complicated thing on the menu at Brick & Mortar may be the Bloody Mary, made from general manager Len Wood's own personal recipe. The 22 secret ingredients include 15 spices, including ginger and turmeric, three hot sauces, soy sauce, horseradish, and fresh juice from celery, roasted red peppers, lemons and limes. It's available by the bottle at the restaurant, and will keep for three weeks or longer, according to Wood, who advises mixing it with Irish whiskey.
BAM Bloody Mary Mix, $7 for 6.5-ounces or $20 for a liter
Brick & Mortar, 315 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-923-1596.
À la carte dinner service
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