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    Post #1 - October 29th, 2007, 10:06 am
    Post #1 - October 29th, 2007, 10:06 am Post #1 - October 29th, 2007, 10:06 am
    Hi all. I'm desperate for bacon. I've been to about half a dozen places that are serving wacky new dishes with bacon, and all have come up short. The best so far was the bacon flatbread at Sepia, but it was not as it claimed: I tasted no peaches; it was covered in flavorless apples and the bacon was nearly raw, making the appetizer incredibly greasy. The flavor was great though and the bread was crisp.

    Please help me find a tasty dish that stars bacon in the Chicagoland area. The more affordable the better, I don't bring home enough bacon to support my bacon habit.

    Thank you!!
    Last edited by Pie Lady on November 10th, 2011, 2:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

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  • Post #2 - October 29th, 2007, 10:11 am
    Post #2 - October 29th, 2007, 10:11 am Post #2 - October 29th, 2007, 10:11 am
    First thing that comes to my mind is the liver 'n' bacon at Erie Cafe. Thick, thick slices of bacon. Almost like rectangular pieces of bacon steak.
  • Post #3 - October 29th, 2007, 10:28 am
    Post #3 - October 29th, 2007, 10:28 am Post #3 - October 29th, 2007, 10:28 am
    You might want to call ahead to see if you can get this (forgive the bad photo):

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... 788#156788

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  • Post #4 - October 29th, 2007, 10:52 am
    Post #4 - October 29th, 2007, 10:52 am Post #4 - October 29th, 2007, 10:52 am
    Not new, not cutting-edge creative, but the best BLT I've had in a long time can be found at GNR winner The Depot American Diner.

    5840 W. Roosevelt
    Chicago, IL
    773-261-8422
  • Post #5 - October 29th, 2007, 11:03 am
    Post #5 - October 29th, 2007, 11:03 am Post #5 - October 29th, 2007, 11:03 am
    The bacon ice cream at Blackbird is a great way to finish off a lunch of porcine delights - appetizer of confit of suckling pig followed by the pork belly sandwich. The bacon ice cream is served with a mission fig beignet, black rasperries and butterscotch sauce.

    Weeks after having the bacon ice cream all 3 of us that had it that day were still talking about it - in a good way.

    I'm sure you can pop in just for the dessert, though.
    Objects in mirror appear to be losing.
  • Post #6 - October 29th, 2007, 11:06 am
    Post #6 - October 29th, 2007, 11:06 am Post #6 - October 29th, 2007, 11:06 am
    Shouldn't this thread title be changed to Give Me Bacon And Give Me Death? :wink:

    For another BLT rec, Milk & Honey's triple decker BLT is fantastic.

    Milk & Honey
    1920 W. Division
    Chicago, IL 60622
  • Post #7 - October 29th, 2007, 11:12 am
    Post #7 - October 29th, 2007, 11:12 am Post #7 - October 29th, 2007, 11:12 am
    The Riverside Deli does some mean bacon as part of their broad brunch buffet on the weekends. It's probably the best stand-alone bacon I've had.

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... d55915b1ed

    I am also a big fan of the bacon at Alonti's, an overpriced chain of breakfast and lunch sandwiches downtown. I would either recommend a breakfast sandwich with bacon or the Big John's Club, which has a ton of bacon on it.
  • Post #8 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 am
    Post #8 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 am Post #8 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 am
    Your best bet is to head over to Treasure Island and pick up some heaven in plastic packaging, Nueskes bacon. Just fry it up crispy in a pan and voila...crisp yummy bacon that might be more addictive than crack . It gets no better than this.
  • Post #9 - October 29th, 2007, 11:40 am
    Post #9 - October 29th, 2007, 11:40 am Post #9 - October 29th, 2007, 11:40 am
    Vosges now has a bacon-flavored chocolate bar. Yeah, talk about indulgence. Death by bacon and chocolate! :D
    "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." - George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
  • Post #10 - October 29th, 2007, 12:00 pm
    Post #10 - October 29th, 2007, 12:00 pm Post #10 - October 29th, 2007, 12:00 pm
    Kman wrote:The bacon ice cream at Blackbird is a great way to finish off a lunch of porcine delights - appetizer of confit of suckling pig followed by the pork belly sandwich. The bacon ice cream is served with a mission fig beignet, black rasperries and butterscotch sauce.

    Weeks after having the bacon ice cream all 3 of us that had it that day were still talking about it - in a good way.

    I'm sure you can pop in just for the dessert, though.


    I did try this in fact, and the bacon ice cream was fantastic, the sauce divine, and I liked the raspberries and figs thrown in. I was incredibly disappointed by the donuts, though, as they were just average sugar donuts, not beignets, and they were so small that all I tasted was a shot of sugar. The filled one was also too sweet and it tasted a lot like raspberry jelly, not fig.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #11 - October 29th, 2007, 12:02 pm
    Post #11 - October 29th, 2007, 12:02 pm Post #11 - October 29th, 2007, 12:02 pm
    marias23 wrote:Vosges now has a bacon-flavored chocolate bar. Yeah, talk about indulgence. Death by bacon and chocolate! :D


    No kidding? I tried the maple-caramelized one at Coco Rouge and was not impressed; however, I love Vosges so I'll have to look for that. It sounds like it wold be great - chocolate + bacon should equal heaven.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #12 - October 29th, 2007, 12:03 pm
    Post #12 - October 29th, 2007, 12:03 pm Post #12 - October 29th, 2007, 12:03 pm
    nr706 wrote:You might want to call ahead to see if you can get this (forgive the bad photo):

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... 788#156788

    Wiener and Still Champion
    802 Dempster
    Evanston, IL
    847-869-0100


    Oh Lord. I might have to go there today! :D
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #13 - October 29th, 2007, 12:04 pm
    Post #13 - October 29th, 2007, 12:04 pm Post #13 - October 29th, 2007, 12:04 pm
    aschie30 wrote:Shouldn't this thread title be changed to Give Me Bacon And Give Me Death? :wink:

    For another BLT rec, Milk & Honey's triple decker BLT is fantastic.

    Milk & Honey
    1920 W. Division
    Chicago, IL 60622


    Considering the answers I'm getting (see the above post by nr706, especially), yes. But hopefully not before the pig goes extinct or the world explodes, whichever comes first.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #14 - October 29th, 2007, 12:26 pm
    Post #14 - October 29th, 2007, 12:26 pm Post #14 - October 29th, 2007, 12:26 pm
    I have also had the 3-course bacon lunch at Blackbird...dee-lish!

    The GF and I went to the "Swine & Wine" dinner at Osteria via Stato earlier this month and it was also bacon heaven, most notably Adam Seger's "baconcello" cocktail, garnished with a crispy pancetta wheel.

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    I went to a wine tasting this week at Crofton on Wells (Syrah & Swine hosted by Maverick Wine Co) and Suzy made all pork finger food to go with. Highlights were confit of pork tongue on quinoa-corn johnnycake with shallot jam, and pork kidneys with vol au vent, truffle hollandaise and crispy prosciutto in a puff pastry.

    I wait tables at Gioco, and the brunch offers eggs benedict with pancetta under the eggs, finished with truffle hollandaise...of course you can order a side of bacon to compliment. Just don't go when there's a Bears game since it's crazy-busy and the food takes awhile to get to your table...

    As for Vosges, Katrina's "Mo's Bacon Bar" is the best bacon sweet I've ever tasted. And Da Beef is right, Nueskes bacon is the best bacon that I've cooked at home...to date.
    - Mark

    Homer: Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon? Ham? Pork chops?
    Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
    Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.
  • Post #15 - October 29th, 2007, 12:31 pm
    Post #15 - October 29th, 2007, 12:31 pm Post #15 - October 29th, 2007, 12:31 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:
    nr706 wrote:You might want to call ahead to see if you can get this (forgive the bad photo):

    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.ph ... 788#156788

    Wiener and Still Champion
    802 Dempster
    Evanston, IL
    847-869-0100


    Oh Lord. I might have to go there today! :D


    Please call a day or two ahead! It's an off-menu item, but Gus might or might not have the stuff on hand to make it.
  • Post #16 - October 29th, 2007, 1:33 pm
    Post #16 - October 29th, 2007, 1:33 pm Post #16 - October 29th, 2007, 1:33 pm
    The GF and I went to the "Swine & Wine" dinner at Osteria via Stato earlier this month and it was also bacon heaven, most notably Adam Seger's "baconcello" cocktail, garnished with a crispy pancetta wheel.


    I hate to say it, but I just tried that drink, and it was hideous, and the bartender forgot my wheel. But the Blackbird lunch sounds fantastic. And that Eggs Benedict at Gioco's sounds like what heaven must taste like.
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #17 - October 29th, 2007, 4:48 pm
    Post #17 - October 29th, 2007, 4:48 pm Post #17 - October 29th, 2007, 4:48 pm
    Mmm, I just finished off another Vosges bacon bar a few minutes ago. It is really truly one of the best (if not the very best) candy bars I've ever had.

    Also, I had the Hungarian pork sausage at Doug's today, with bacon garlic mayonnaise. It was surprisingly (and pleasantly) bacony.
  • Post #18 - October 29th, 2007, 8:30 pm
    Post #18 - October 29th, 2007, 8:30 pm Post #18 - October 29th, 2007, 8:30 pm
    I was at a Knob Creek tasting held at J-Bar and catered by DB's Primehouse earlier in the month. One of the passed apps was maple syrup glazed bacon with fresh black pepper. I don't know if it is on the actual menu at either place, but it was good and went well with the bourbon.

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  • Post #19 - October 29th, 2007, 9:09 pm
    Post #19 - October 29th, 2007, 9:09 pm Post #19 - October 29th, 2007, 9:09 pm
    Don't forget GNR Patty's Diner for straight-up bacon. Patty is very serious about cooking it properly. (Read crisp, evenly cooked, and flat). She even mentioned to me her astonishment that she found the bacon served in Las Vegas eateries to be poorly prepared. I didn't ask her about the portions (or the shrimp, for that matter). But I have enjoyed the BLT at Patty's. Why mess with a classic?
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  • Post #20 - October 29th, 2007, 9:43 pm
    Post #20 - October 29th, 2007, 9:43 pm Post #20 - October 29th, 2007, 9:43 pm
    Have Gus at The Wiener & Still Champion make you a "chicagostyledog" francheezie aka a "coronary dog"(wrap bacon around a hot dog, deep fry it, and smother it with melted Merkt's cheddar cheese). It's not on the menu and only prepared by Gus.
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  • Post #21 - October 29th, 2007, 9:47 pm
    Post #21 - October 29th, 2007, 9:47 pm Post #21 - October 29th, 2007, 9:47 pm
    Hi,

    Poster Figmolly is a caterer who makes bacon truffles. I have also seen bacon brittle, think peanut brittle with bacon substituting for the nuts!

    Regards,
    Last edited by Cathy2 on October 29th, 2007, 11:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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  • Post #22 - October 29th, 2007, 10:59 pm
    Post #22 - October 29th, 2007, 10:59 pm Post #22 - October 29th, 2007, 10:59 pm
    One of my favorites is the chorizo stuffed dates wrapped in bacon at Avec.
  • Post #23 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 pm
    Post #23 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 pm Post #23 - October 29th, 2007, 11:31 pm
    im surprised no one mentioned Hammond's Bacon Cookies
  • Post #24 - October 30th, 2007, 7:09 am
    Post #24 - October 30th, 2007, 7:09 am Post #24 - October 30th, 2007, 7:09 am
    Bacon dumplings at GNR winner Healthy Food! For a bacon bonus, get some bacon buns to take home.
  • Post #25 - October 30th, 2007, 7:46 am
    Post #25 - October 30th, 2007, 7:46 am Post #25 - October 30th, 2007, 7:46 am
    When pigs fly and bacon grows on trees!

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    I was at a party where they had crisp bacon strips hanging on trees for guests to pull off and eat!

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #26 - October 30th, 2007, 8:29 am
    Post #26 - October 30th, 2007, 8:29 am Post #26 - October 30th, 2007, 8:29 am
    gp60004 wrote:im surprised no one mentioned Hammond's Bacon Cookies


    Where does one get such things?
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love

    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach

    I write fiction. You can find me—and some stories—on Facebook, Twitter and my website.
  • Post #27 - October 30th, 2007, 8:38 am
    Post #27 - October 30th, 2007, 8:38 am Post #27 - October 30th, 2007, 8:38 am
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  • Post #28 - November 4th, 2007, 5:25 pm
    Post #28 - November 4th, 2007, 5:25 pm Post #28 - November 4th, 2007, 5:25 pm
    Okay, just went to Sepia for brunch and had their bacon bloody mary - awesome! Bacon-infused vodka, housemade mix, and a bacon-wrapped cherry tomato garnish. :D

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    And their eggs benedict with berkshire pork belly and honey mustard hollandaise is icing on the cake!

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    - Mark

    Homer: Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon? Ham? Pork chops?
    Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
    Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.
  • Post #29 - November 5th, 2007, 10:07 pm
    Post #29 - November 5th, 2007, 10:07 pm Post #29 - November 5th, 2007, 10:07 pm
    It just cracks me up that the ingredient list of the Hammond's cookies says "Bacon (non Kosher)" As if there was a kosher version of bacon.

    I have a recipe for bacon Baklava that is absolutely amazing. You use maple syrup and pecans along with the bacon. It's perfect for brunch.
  • Post #30 - November 6th, 2007, 6:45 am
    Post #30 - November 6th, 2007, 6:45 am Post #30 - November 6th, 2007, 6:45 am
    it's not quite bacon, but Moto has a chorizo margarita on their menu.
    is making all his reservations under the name Steve Plotnicki from now on.

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