Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Bacon Lovers, Unite!

With my well-publicized fascination for the smoky goodness of pork pleasure, I just had to pass this latest bacon-related e-mail from the great folks at Yelp.com. Mmm...bacon...

Sometimes there's just nothing better than a thick, smoky, dee-licious piece o' bacon to quell your carnivorous cravings. But in a city with so many options, pan fried and smoky, served up gourmet-style or fresh from the Bacon Dog Cart, opinions vary as to which strips reign supreme.

If you’re a bacon traditionalist looking for the perfect accompaniment to your weekend brunch, join Matthew F in rhapsodizing about Abigail's, where the bacon is maple-glazed, "perfect, chewy and thick cut." Rachel A has come to realize that it really doesn't get much better than meat wrapped in meat, and for it all comes together with the bacon-wrapped fillet at Espetus Churrascaria. With "crispy bacon on the outside and a creamy, gooey burst of the sea inside," it's Anchor & Hope's bacon-wrapped oysters that are the decadent indulgence of choice for Brian J and other seafarers. Prefer cheap booze with that bacon? Then do like Kate K and hit up Pop's for happy hour on "Free Bacon Mondays."

Bacon lovers with a sweet tooth and a sense of adventure will appreciate the ice cream with honey bread and bacon brittle currently at NOPA, divinely crunchy and perfectly irresistible to Leahnora R. Bacon bars are today's haut chocolates, and Paul A hunts down these "bizarre but ridiculously delicious" treats at Chocolate Covered. Another victim of the craze, Erin M finds bliss in the applewood smoked bacon candy bar at the Bittersweet Cafe. The bacon cracker jacks at The Alembic are the perfect compliment to designer cocktails; Janney B finished off their "caramel-y, bacon-y, cashew-y goodness" like they were going out of style.

While chef Anthony Bourdain calls bacon the “gateway protein” for its mystical ability to tempt even the staunchest vegetarian back to the dark side, it is possible to love bacon and still remain meat-free. Millie M gives the faux BLT at Herbivore two greasy thumbs up, and Gabrielle C touts the veggie bacon-wrapped veggie dogs at Underdog. And no pigs were harmed in the process over at Therapy, known to have stocked bacon-scented air freshener, bacon mints and Kevin H's favorite, bacon-flavored gum, on occasion.

Taaasty. Now bring on the bacon!


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