Head to historic Soulard Market on Saturdays, and it won't take long to figure out the early-morning shoppers' drink of choice: the bloody mary, whether as breakfast or a cure-all for a wicked hangover. Choosing the ripest produce with a bloody mary in hand is a tradition as powerful as the market itself. Some customers don't even shop, choosing instead to sip their vegetables in the form of the southwest wing's Julia's Market Café's $4 drink. The price is hard to beat for a sixteen-ounce vodka-and-tomato-juice concoction. Ice, vodka and standard mix is the base, but the special blend of spices and wide variety of garnishes, as well as the smiling face that serves it to you, bring it to another level.
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