Hail Marys

The Source offers an off-the-Mall alternative

After battling the tourists along the National Mall, you deserve a drink.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck has come to the rescue with a new Saturday brunch–and excellent Bloody Mary menu.

The food menu combines the restaurant's classics–a towering Maine lobster club sandwich ($24) and mustardy Chinese chicken salad ($14)–and new items, like a three-egg omelet with local Cheddar and bacon confit ($15), and thick slices of French toast ($15) served with seasonal berries.

But the brunch Bloody Marys (all $8)–served in large hurricane glasses–are the biggest lure.

With Chinese five-spice powder, Szechuan chile paste and a garnish of pickled chiles, the Shanghai Mary has enough spices to complement each dumpling and shu mai from the expansive dim sum platter.

The Chesapeake Mary–seasoned with plenty of Old Bay–pays tribute to the Mid-Atlantic with a piece of bay crab.

And the classic District Mary (pictured) takes the cocktail to a whole new local level. The recipe is a classic mix of vodka with tomato and lime juices, but chef Scott Drewno completes the flavor by making miniature half-smoke sausages to garnish each glass. It makes a weenie out of lesser garnishes.

The Source by Wolfgang Puck, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (entrance on 6th St.); 202-637-6100 or wolfgangpuck.com