Whiskey Places – Cadillac Ranch National Harbor

Our first stop of our trip was the Cadillac Ranch. We were walking along Fleet Street and their menu looked the best compared to the nearby options of Public House and the Brass Tap.

We had a full meal, and multiple drinks at Cadillac Ranch. Our favorite item was on the appetizer list as they had some amazing taco choices. We also had fried pickles and the tater tots with everything.

We originally thought we’d just get some appetizers and then order some entrees but once the apps got there we realized there was more than enough food for all four of us.

As we ate and caught up, we tried a bunch of different drinks.

My first drink at Cadillac Ranch was the Blue Suede Shoes made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and black cherry purée:

I took a sip through the straw and my blood sugar spiked so high I almost didn’t take a separate sip. My son (he’s an adult) sipped from the edge of the glass and said it wasn’t too sweet, which made me realize it wasn’t mixed yet. I’m honestly not sure if that was on purpose or not, but after I stirred it I was able to drink it – but it was still too sweet for me. Just remember that I don’t really like Old Fashioned for the same reason though, they are just too sweet and I can’t appreciate the whiskey when there is too much sugar.

My second drink was a Blood Orange Bourbon sour made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon and Finest Call Blood Orange Sour. I wanted to try it, but I’m not a hug van of sweet and sour, and this was very sweet, and moderately sour. Yes, I drank it, but I wouldn’t order it again.

My son’s girlfriend (all adults) got a Black Cherry Rye Cola but she’s not a fan of whiskey and let the rest of us finish it off for her. For me, it was very much lick a Jack and Coke, and I honestly wouldn’t waste good whiskey in Pepsi.

I tried to order the Sazerac Soda with Redemption Rye Whiskey, simple syrup, Absinthe, and soda water, but they were out of Absinthe so I went with a classic Craig Small Batch Bourbon Manhattan for my final drink of the night:

This Craig Small Batch Bourbon Manhattan was the perfect way to end the night. It is a classic bourbon in a drink that lets the bourbon really shine.

Overall we had a lot of fun at Cadillac Ranch. The staff were friendly, incredibly attentive even though it was crazy busy, and the food was really tasty.

Cadillac Ranch is coming in the Moderate Cost Per Person range, but its the National Harbor and everything is pretty expensive, so keep that in mind. I’m giving them an overall 70/00, mostly driven by the fact that most of the bourbon drinks I tried were just a bit too sweet for me.

PlaceLocationScorePrice ScaleDrink
The Telford InnMantua, NJ95HighManhattan
Saltgrass SteakhouseOrlando, FL91LowManhattan
The Irish Whisper National Harbor, MD90Moderate to HighManhattan
Tortoise Supper ClubChicago, IL85HighManhattan
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks National Harbor, MD80ModerateManhattan
The Dead RabbitNew York, NY75HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
Iron Hill BreweryWilmington, DE71Moderate to HighManhattan
Cadillac Ranch National Harbor, MD70ModerateManhattan
Harry's Savoy GrillWilmington, DE67HighManhattan
Ted's Montana GrillNewark, DE66ModerateOld Fashioned
Creekside InnWoodstown, NJ65Low to ModerateManhattan
roanokeChicago, IL55HighManhattan
Blue Line Lounge & BarChicago, IL53ModerateManhattan
Montserrat ManorPunta Cana, Dominican Republic35HighManhattan
Dave & BustersDeptford, NJ30Moderate to HighManhattan
Cock'n BullLahaska, PA26HighManhattan & Old Fashioned
The Brass Tap National Harbor, MD25ModerateManhattan
Big Fish GrillWilmington, DE10HighManhattan
The LegendNew Castle, DE5LowManhattan
TGI FridaysNew Castle, DE1Low to ModerateManhattan

Cost Scale

Up to $30 per person – Low Cost

$31 to $50 per person – Moderate Cost

$51 and above per person – High Cost

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