Do you love bacon? You’ve come to the right place. Bacon is the epitome of meaty goodness and one of the most important food groups. Some wouldn’t consider bacon a main ingredient or a main course, but I think bacon deserves to be the star of the show. So, I’m here today to tell you about some stand-out, bacon-centric dishes in Atlanta that you will definitely want and need. Because bacon. You’re welcome in advance.
Candied Cayenne Bacon: Bon Glaze (Brookhaven)
Sure, you’ve had regular bacon, you may’ve had candied bacon, heck you’ve probably had chocolate-covered bacon. But have you tried candied cayenne bacon? It’s salty, it’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s porky… it’s practically perfect. At Bon Glaze, you can order an entire bouquet of this stuff if you’d like, for breakfast no less. Also, if what you eat for breakfast is indicative of the type of day you’re going to have, then eating this stuff in the morning could set you up for some serious success. Just sayin’.
Bacon Cheeseburger: Fred’s Meat and Bread (Krog Street Market)
Two all-beef patties seared on the flat-top till they’ve reached caramelized perfection, two slices of melted, gooey American cheese, tangy dill pickles, buttered and toasted sesame seed bun, and a generous portion of perfectly crisp bacon—are you drooling yet? Fred’s is no amateur when it comes to mastering simple creations like this. Fred’s is a must-eat in the A, whether you’re looking for bacon or just something plain delicious. Also not to miss are their cheesesteaks (arguably better than in Philly) and their garlic fries loaded with fresh garlic and served with house-made ranch.
The Randy: Folk Art (Inman Park)
Have you ever ordered pancakes with a side of bacon and ended up dipping your bacon in the maple syrup? I know I’m guilty of it. At Folk Art in Inman Park, they’re taking that tasty trick up a notch by coating their bacon in pancake batter and (wait for it) DEEP FRYING it before drizzling it with maple syrup. Now if only there was a way to add an over-easy egg and a pop tart into the mix…
Braised Pork Belly Tacos: Holy Taco (East Atlanta)
I could stare at this thick cut belly all day long. And if you’re wondering, yes, that’s the portion for each taco. Corn relish and roasted garlic aioli are perfect flavors and textural accompaniments here, and the double corn tortilla holds up nicely to the mountain of toppings. Patio dining is recommended so you can enjoy the sugar skull murals by day and the semi-swanky lighting by night.
Bacon in a Jar: Hop Alley Brew Pub (Alpharetta)
Props to this presentation for giving bacon what it deserves. We’ve talked about candied bacon, but have we discussed candied bacon with honey and vanilla whipped peanut butter? HOLY YUM. If you haven’t tried bacon and peanut butter together before, you’re missing out. The nutty, creaminess from the peanut butter complements the salty, meaty flavor of the pork, and the honey and vanilla just send this dish into salty sweet heaven.
Thick Cut Bacon Appetizer: Kevin Rathbun Steak (Inman Park)
If you’re looking for a more upscale bacon experience, Kevin Rathbun Steak is where you should start. Sensual lighting sweeps over the converted warehouse and sets the perfect scene for his impressive meats. Chef serves his thick-cut, in-house cured bacon grilled and glazes it with molasses and sriracha, all decisions we’re very happy he made. As Ina Garten would say, “How bad can that be?”.
Bacon Wrapped Dates and Iberian Old Fashioned: Iberian Pig (Decatur)
At Iberian Pig, you can both eat and drink your bacon. The Decatur staple offers a few great items with bacon, but most notable is their bacon-wrapped Medjool dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and served with Ramesco. You can wash those delicious babes down with their signature Old Fashioned, made with bacon-infused rye, a touch of maple, and an orange twist.