We all cope with stress in different ways. Friday afternoon, overwhelmed by the media circus surrounding the inauguration, I wandered up to Old Town and sought solace in smoked meats.

Meat Southern BBQ, one of the earliest entrants in Greater Lansing’s recent barbeque revolution, serves up some of the tastiest smoked wings in town. To accompany my basket of wings, I ordered up the meatiest of cocktails, the bloody mary.

Meat’s house bloody mary, the Meaty Mary, uses the restaurant’s own VIN#666 barbecue sauce as a base, giving it a great mix of sweetness and salt. It also has a good peppery kick, and it’s hearty without being too thick — a tough balance to strike. The drink is garnished an olive, a pickle spear, celery, half of a jalapeño and — of course — bacon. What else would you expect from a place that describes its soft drinks selection as “vegetarian options”?

Meat Southern BBQ
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday
1224 Turner St., Lansing
(517) 580-4400, meatbbq.com

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