Bacon's not just for your morning routine anymore. Though traditionally served with eggs and sausage as part of a full breakfast, over the past few years, bacon dishes (and drinks!) have been showing up at all times of day, in everything from creative salads to thirst-quenching cocktails.
Salt-cured, crispy and delicious, there are endless ways to enjoy this savory delight. Here are a few of our current favorite bacon dishes:
The Backroom at Moody's serves up a delicious pasta dish called "Bacon & Eggs," a bacon bolognese (meat) sauce, black pepper pasta and a luscious poached egg.
The Kale & Escarole salad at ROOT in Philadelphia comes with crumbled egg, bacon and breadcrumbs, all tossed in Caesar dressing.
The Pig in Washington D.C. shakes up a "Pig Bloody" (Mary), a bacon-infused take on the brunch favorite that is nearly a meal itself. And don't miss the "bacon old fashioned," a savory twist on a classic cocktail, made with bacon-washed bourbon, maple syrup and bitters.
The Chef's Favorite Burger at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is made with bacon two ways, cheese two ways, a sunny fried egg, hot sauce and ketchup leather -- a creative take on the favorite tomato-based condiment.
Using local produce, The Marshal delivers a wood oven mac n' cheese for the table -- a savory mix of corkscrew pasta with thick-cut bacon and Pennsylvania Swiss cheese.
No proper brunch spread is complete without a few slices of crunchy bacon. 25 Lusk in SF crisps up some of the best -- great alongside scrambled eggs, omelettes or even pancakes.
The Smoked Trout BLT at Sink Swim in Chicago is anything but an ordinary bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich, combining smoky fish, crunchy bacon and a light, bright tartar sauce.
The assorted toasts at Vernick Food & Drink in Philadelphia come topped with delectable combos, including Maryland crab, avocado and spicy radish, plus a meat-lover's favorite with peas and bacon.
The Sinclair in Boston features a Berries + Bacon + Fluff waffle -- complete with Marshmallow Fluff, fresh berries and savory bacon -- as part of their fun brunch waffle bar.
In LA, Manhattan Beach Post bakes up fresh bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits and serves them with a side of creamy maple butter.
Add a side of crisp, house-cured bacon to your brunch spread at Locanda in SF, perfect next to a stack of lemon-ricotta pancakes, hashbrowns or a fresh bagel with all the trimmings.
The Chopped Steakhouse Salad from R2L in Philadelphia is a classic -- a hearty mix of romaine lettuce, bacon, olives and blue cheese.