Check out this slideshow for 15 of the country's most outrageous bacon dishes!
Bacon-wrapped Matzoh Balls – The Gorbals, Los Angeles
Chef Ilan Hall, winner of Top Chef season two offers a unique bacon dish at his restaurant – matzoh balls wrapped in strips of Nueske’s bacon.
Credit: Yelp/Cesar R.
Bacon and Blue Cheese Encrusted Burger – Dad’s Kitchen, Sacramento, Calif.
Bacon and blue cheese burgers are pretty standard, but the Dads Burger at Dads Kitchen takes the concept to a whole new level.
Credit: Facebook/Dad's Kitchen
Bacon-Wrapped Deep-Fried Hot Dogs – Crif Dogs, New York City
This New York hot dog joint is known for serving up hot dogs in a very low-key setting, one of their most famous techniques includes wrapping a dog in bacon and deep-frying it.
Bacon and Eggs Ice Cream – The Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire, UK
This collection of bacon dishes would not be complete without chef Heston Blumenthal’s bacon and eggs ice cream, a signature dish at his restaurant The Fat Duck.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Charles Haynes
The Breakfast Cone – The Cozy Cone Motel at Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim, Calif.
The Cars portion of Disney’s California Adventure features a restaurant called The Cozy Cone Motel that serves up innovative cone-shaped treats.
Credit: Yelp/Mary C.
Bacon Waffles – Good Enough to Eat, New York City
These cakes are filled with a healthy serving of their double-smoked bacon, prepared in-house.
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Bacon Bomb – Patty Long’s, Chicago
This self-described beer and bacon bar serves up a bevy of menu items featuring the porky treat, and none more impressive than the Bacon Bomb.
Credit: Yelp/Laura B.
Pizza with Bacon Marmalade – Cane Rosso, Dallas
This pizza place is known for serving pies topped with unique ingredient combinations, such as fresh mozzarella, roasted grape tomatoes, spicy bacon marmalade, and arugula.
Credit: Flickr/The Travelista
Bacon Confections – The Sticky Pig, Costa Mesa, Calif.
This sweets company is dedicated to one thing only – bacon confections. There are a variety of flavors of chocolate-covered bacon candies available.
Credit: Facebook/The Sticky Pig
The Frenchie Burger – DBGB Kitchen & Bar, New York City
This classic burger from Daniel Boulud features a beef patty topped with confit pork belly, arugula, tomato-onion compote, and melted Morbier cheese on a peppered brioche bun.
Credit: Facebook/DBGB Kitchen & Bar
‘Merica Burger – Slater’s 50/50, Anaheim, Calif.
At Slater’s 50/50 in Anaheim this specialty burger includes a patty made from 100% ground bacon topped with thick-cut bacon, a sunny side egg, Bacon Island dressing and melted bacon Cheddar cheese.
Credit: Facebook/Slater's 50/50
The Triple B Taco – The Bacon Bacon Food Truck, San Francisco
With a name like The Bacon Bacon Food Truck there’s no disguising what they’re serving up. This Triple B Taco combines pork butt, pork belly, bacon, Momma Lil’s peppers, and goat cheese.
Credit: Yelp/Rodney H.
Chicken Fried Bacon – Sodolak’s Original Country Inn, Snook, Texas
Sodolak’s Original Country Inn claims to be the first restaurant to ever serve chicken fried bacon. Regardless of its origins, this outrageous dish is not for the faint hearted.
Credit: Yelp/Gary K.
The Bacon Bacon Biscuit – Carl’s Jr.
This bacon-lover’s dream is a buttery biscuit topped with Canadian bacon, a folded egg omelet, melted American cheese, and crispy bacon strips.
Credit: Facebook/Carl's Jr.
Melba Pancakes – Shopsin, New York City
These Melba pancakes are topped with a combination of lime, raspberry, and peach preserves as well as crispy crumbled bacon and cream cheese.
Credit: Yelp/Kevin C.
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There are few foods that elicit the same passionate response as bacon. Crumbled over a wedge salad, fried up in thick strips and piled on a BLT, or whipped up into a frothy milkshake, fans of this porky product will eat it in almost anything. And when it comes to an ingredient this inspiring, it's no wonder chefs across the country are dreaming up dishes that showcase bacon in unique and outrageous ways.
These days bacon has moved light years beyond its classic post alongside scrambled eggs - its intoxicating scent is being featured in a fragrance, its essence is being used in lip balm (perfect for those trying to attract fellow bacon lovers), and some particularly devoted fans are even tattooing strips of the stuff on their bodies. For those who are not fully satisfied simply ordering a bacon cheeseburger or spritzing themselves with bacon-scented perfume, the folks behind Bacolicious.us have created an online toolbar that allows users to adorn any web page with a slab of bacon.
The dishes on this list range from the excessive (like the Bacon Bomb from Paddy Long's in Chicago, a pork sausage meatloaf wrapped in a woven blanket of brown sugar bacon and slow cooked in a pig roaster) to the downright surprising (like the Melba pancakes from Shopsin's in New York City, featuring lime, raspberry, and peach preserves, with bacon and cream cheese.)