By Maureen Post Special to Published Nov 27, 2009 at 3:05 PM

 While the Thanksgiving holiday is more than anything a time of gratitude and family, it manifests itself in comfort food, lazy afternoons and home cooking. So, to coincide with your hefty, satisfying meal yesterday, why not take family and friends out to one of these bars known for large, local flavors tonight.

Comet Café’s Bloody Mary
1947 N. Farwell Ave.
Yes, Bloody Mary’s are a staple of every breakfast and brunch menu in this town, but Comet throws in just a touch more of Milwaukee flavor. This made-from-scratch combination of tomato juice, spices, vodka and Guinness gets even richer with over the top garnishes. Every Bloody Mary is stocked with pickles, olives and of course, a strip of bacon.

At Random’s Tiki Love Bowl
2501 S. Delaware Ave.
If you brought someone special back home this holiday season, take the chance to introduce them to a sultry evening of Milwaukee indulgence. At Random’s Tiki Love Bowl is a flaming combination of fruit flavors and alcohol, served with two straws and meant for sharing. A drink you can sip all night long, grab a certain someone for this extra-large romantic treat.

Nessun Dorma’s Hot Toddy
2778 N. Weil St.
A hot toddy in an old converted home similar to your grandma’s? Perfect for Thanksgiving weekend, Nessun Dorma boils a hot combination of steaming water, whiskey or bourbon, honey and lemon to warm you up and keep you happy all evening long.

Miller Lite at Leff’s Lucky Town
7208 N. State St.
Plenty of Milwaukeeans regularly turn to our hometown brewery for a cold bottle or tap of Miller Lite. And so, if you’re looking introduce your family and friends to your tried and true standard of classic Milwaukee drinking there’s no better place than Leff’s Lucky Town, where they sell more Miller Lite than any other joint in town.

Lakefront brews at Lakefront Brewery
1872 N. Commerce St.
If you still have room after yesterday’s eating frenzy, tonight’s the night to take out-of-towners for a filling Milwaukee favorite. Combine Lakefront Brews with a crispy fish fry at the polka infused chow down that takes place every Friday through the cold season. Sip the Lakefront Brewery Tour as you wait for your spot to sing, dance and eat front and center.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.