Ah, bacon, a food that's so sinfully delicious, so versatile, and so incredibly trendy. Served across America with chocolate, piled high on burgers, and wrapped around everything from peaches to quail legs, the endlessly creative presentations are both eye-popping and mouthwatering. A little bacon never hurt anyone, and these restaurants really bring it home.
Dr. Field Goods
Santa Fe, NM
The name pretty much says it all. But there are few key details you'll want to know about this Santa Fe favorite. The sandwich features a 9-ounce ground bacon patty that's roasted in a wood-fired oven. The patty is served on house-made bread with mayonnaise, locally grown tomatoes, and lettuce. Dr. Field Goods also encourages adding a fried egg to this masterpiece, to complete the experience.
Zazu Kitchen + Farm
A restaurant that specializes in all things pork related, you can have a variety of bacon delicacies at Zazu Kitchen + Farm. But one of the most highly recommended bacon options at this Sonoma County establishment is the Black Pig Bacon Caramel Popcorn. The crunchy, yet fluffy snack is coated with caramel toffee glaze and sprinkled with bits of the restaurant's signature applewood-smoked uncured bacon. The resulting combination is both salty and sweet.
Prime & Provisions
Ordinary bacon dishes have a hard time measuring up to this dish served at the steakhouse Prime & Provisions in the Windy City. This meaty monstrosity involves a 7-ounce piece of bacon topped with Michigan maple syrup and dark chocolate. It's one of those dishes you have to personally sample to truly understand the sweet and savory juxtaposition.
The Patio Restaurant & Bar at the Hills
Medjool dates are a regional specialty item. So it only stands to reason that locals would combine them with bacon. And that's exactly what Chef Alex Trujillo has done at his restaurant The Patio. He serves the dates stuffed with crispy bacon and blue cheese and finishes the masterpiece with a chipotle sauce. As the restaurant likes to say about this dish -- sharing is caring.
Las Vegas, NV
The names for these bacon dishes are as creative as the presentations. In Las Vegas, a place known for over-the-top everything, Therapy's Devils on Horseback appetizer goes all in with soft truffled goat cheese and almond-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and served on Romesco sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
Inn on the Square
If you happen to be passing through this small town in Western South Carolina, be sure to visit the Inn on the Square to sample its Fox in the Hen House, a local favorite. This magical creation involves a generous serving of applewood-smoked bacon, tomato, fried egg, avocado, and finally citrus Sriracha aioli, served on sliced sourdough bread.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
New York, Dallas, and 11 other cities
While Del Frisco's is best known for hand-cut steaks, the restaurant also has a special touch when it comes to bacon. Their not-to-miss bacon offering involves coating applewood-smoked bacon in a bourbon molasses glaze and topping it with thinly sliced pickled Fresno chilies. Lucky for you, the restaurant has 13 locations across America.
Nose Dive Gastropub
Yes, bacon with a brownie. Now you've heard just about everything. Your bacon journey at Nose Dive involves warm, rich chocolate topped with the salty and sweet taste of candied bacon, and as an added taste bonus, some toasted-sugar vanilla ice cream.
Dallas, TX; Pasadena and Culver City, CA
While on the topic of bacon related deserts -- here's another intriguing use of the meat. Coolhaus begins with a base of brown butter ice cream and mixes in brown-sugar candied applewood bacon. If all of that isn't quite enough, the folks at Coolhaus suggest eating their ice cream creation with a chocolate chip cookie. Oh and FYI -- they also do on-demand delivery -- in case you need some like ... now.
New York, NY
First, yes, this is a restaurant named after bacon. Let's just get that out of the way. The New York restaurant was designed to give bacon its long overdue heyday. With that said, one of the most highly recommended bacon options among on the BarBacon menu is the Bacon Loves Lobster Roll. This take on all things bacon mania involves mixing Maine lobster with bacon lardons and chive mayo on a brioche bun.
Bridge House Tavern
If you haven't yet jumped on the bacon-and-popcorn bandwagon, maybe now is the time to start experimenting. The Bridge House Tavern is located right on the Chicago River, and bacon fans shouldn't miss sampling its twist on popcorn, which includes honey, jalapeno, and, of course, bacon.
Green Goddess Restaurant
New Orleans, LA
Who would have realized there are so many ways to use a simple ingredient like bacon? The Green Goddess Restaurant has opted to use anything but ordinary ingredients in their sundaes. Instead, this dessert features Creole Creamery coffee pecan-brittle ice cream topped with a creamy bacon caramel sauce, Nueske's applewood bacon, and smoked whipped cream, with a cherry on top, of course. All the bacon you'll ever need, in one dessert.
Another dish to add to your bacon bucket list -- a peach wrapped in bacon. At The Pig, an unabashedly pork-centric restaurant in the nation's capital, bacon aficionados will savor the layers of flavor and mixed textures in this dish that features peaches wrapped in bacon and coated in rosemary maple syrup, topped with feta cheese and pistachio.
Deerfield Golf Club
The tiny state of Delaware has a big thing for bacon, according to locals. And one of the tastiest ways it is served can be found at Deerfield Golf Club, where the brunch menu includes Millionaire's Bacon. With a name like that, it has to be special. The dish involves crisp bacon infused with chili powder, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar.
Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
If you find yourself at the Mall of America Minnesota and would like to expand your bacon-tasting adventures, don't miss the Bacon-Wrapped Quail Legs at Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. The appetizer also features duck sausage and sweet cherry chutney.
Irons Restaurant & Bar
Mixing bacon with chowder is always a good idea. And at The Irons Restaurant & Bar at the Hilton Mystic hotel, they seem to have perfected the mix. Their Bacon Bourbon Corn Chowder won a 2017 People's Choice Award during Olde Mistick Village's 14th Annual Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Cook-Off. The chowder features house-cured bacon and deep smoky bourbon, offering a new twist on the typically staid New England corn chowder.
Flour Shoppe Café
Rockville Centre, NY
There are BLTs, and then there's the Le Grande BLT served at Flour Shoppe Café. What makes this sandwich so special is its thick-cut bacon, which is slathered with real maple syrup, before being baked in the oven. And just in case that's not enough bacon goodness, the sandwich also includes bacon jam.
Bacon kabobs, anyone? The Severin Bar at the Omni Severin hotel in downtown Indy, is known for its signature, mouthwatering Bacon Picks dish. The simple but mouthwatering offering involves seasoning Indiana-produced bacon with one of three house-made signature sauces -- Bourbon-Maple, Apple Butta BBQ, or Red Hot -- and serving the juicy meat on skewers.
The Gastro Pig
A menu item formerly known as the Bacon Slut cannot possibly be overlooked. Now more tamely named as the Bacon Lover, this sandwich's ingredients include a brioche roll, applewood-smoked bacon, an over-easy egg, cheddar cheese and smoky Aleppo oil. Breakfast (or is it lunch?) has never sounded quite so sinfully delicious thanks to the Gastro Pig.
Saint Marc Pub-Café, Bakery and Cheese Affinage
Huntington Beach, CA
Garlic Parmesan bacon, apple pie bacon, habanero bacon ... the options are endless at the bacon bar at Saint Marc's. The best part about this place (besides the sheer variety of bacon flavors) -- is its to-go bacon bar. That's right, customers walk up and order one of 11 different types of bacon by the slice.
Fig Tree Café
San Diego, CA
Sushi is probably not first thing that comes to mind when pondering creative ways uses for bacon, but the name of this offering is deceiving. At San Diego's Fig Tree Café, the Breakfast Sushi involves three thick bacon rolls (baked with brown sugar and paprika), which are filled with rice, scrambled eggs, and scallions. Think of it as breakfast in a sushi roll.
Now for an entirely new take on the all American hot dog. At Burntzilla, the Dogzilla combines an all-beef mini frank topped with avocado, grilled onions, teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, furikake, and most importantly... crispy bacon. Think of it as a little slice of heaven for meat lovers everywhere.
This list doesn't have nearly enough seafood bacon combinations. So here's one more mouth watering option -- sea scallops wrapped in bacon and served with a peach barbecue glaze to complement the smoky, savory flavor of the bacon. You can find this tasty little creation at Sullivan's Steakhouse in Chicago.
The Patterson House
It seems only fitting to have at least one bacon cocktail on this list. The Patterson House is one of the most legendary cocktail bars in the country. And as it happens, the Bacon Old Fashioned is considered one of their signature drinks. Can't imagine bacon in a beverage? Read on. This drink includes maple syrup bacon-infused Four Roses bourbon topped with an orange rind garnish. For those who love both bacon and great cocktails, it's a bucket list drink.
Orange County, CA
One final bacon creation to ponder, this one perhaps aimed at bacon beginners -- children. The Butchery, with three locations in Orange County, serves gourmet sandwiches made to order, and one of the most popular selections is the PB&J, which features peanut butter, honey, pepper jam, and stacks of crispy smoked bacon. How that's for livening up the old, standard PB&J?