What’s the point of bringing home the bacon if you can’t trade it for actual meat that somebody else fries up? In really weird, creative ways. Like at these 10 spots around the Hub.
Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar (address and info)
Somerville Ward Two
Remember that time your paleo friend made bacon-wrapped dates and you were like “that’s weird” but you tried one, and everything was perfect for 10 seconds before you had to eat another, and another, and another? Gorditas (no, not the kind from Taco Bell) are kinda like that, except instead of dates, they’re bite-sized, bacon-wrapped dried plums, and they’re filled with soft goat cheese and sliced almonds.
backbar (address and info)
If you want to take your new special friend on a comprehensive pork-drinking experience through Somerville (and, really, why wouldn’t you?), start at backbar; it offers a rotating menu of bacon bourbon, a whiskey described as “like drinking liquid bacon,” and a house-made ham tincture for custom pork-tastic cocktails, like one that blends Westland single-malt, Four Roses bourbon, coconut water, orgeat syrup, lemon, and muddled bacon. And for snacking, add bacon to the house-made caramel corn or slurp up the bacon ramen.
Clam & Bacon Pizza
Area Four (address and info)
A4 slings some of the tastiest pizza in town, and you can do everybody at your table a favor by ordering the one topped with juicy fried clams, bacon, pecorino, hot pepper, and fresh parsley. The best part is that Area Four uses just enough clam sauce to keep the pie moist without letting it get limp. And yes, we just used the words “moist” and “limp” in the same sentence -- feel free to fill in your own joke.
The Bacon, Cheddar & Sage savory donut and the Maple Bacon donut
Union Square Donuts (address and info)
It’s pretty hard to pick between the TWO all-star bacon options at Union Square Donuts. The savory one is covered in crispy baked cheddar and filled with bacon awesomeness, while the Maple Bacon donut offers the right balance of dense, fluffy, and sweet, and is topped with a wreath of crunchy pork chunks. Whichever one you choose, just make sure to go early -- the shop closes at 1pm.
Trina's Starlite Lounge (address and info)
Trina’s might look like a local dive bar from the outside, but it serves some of the most amazing Southern food in greater Camberville, with the cocktails to match. The Adirondack, an extravagant mix of butter-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and chocolate-covered bacon, should be enough to convince you to brave the brunch line.
Bacon Bloody Mary
Park Restaurant & Bar (address and info)
Park’s Bloody Mary is unlike any you’ve ever had, and that’s not just hyperbole. Okay, maybe it’s a little hyperbole. Either way, what sets this brunch ‘tail apart is its mix of ingredients: a whole slice of bacon, house-infused bacon-cilantro-jalapeño mezcal (which gives it a deep, smoky quality with a bit of spice), and amaro (to bring out the sweetness of the tomato juice and offset the spiciness of the horseradish and peppers). Pair it with Park’s Bacon 3-Way or Jenga tower of bacon-encrusted potato skins and you’ll be in hog heaven.
The Monte Cristo
jm Curley (address and info)
Much has been made of Curley’s Cracka Jack, a smoky bag of bacon caramel corn, and for good reason -- it’s pretty insane. Its Monte Cristo, however, is legendary. Nicknamed the “anti-cristo” on account of its leviathan-like proportions (two people often struggle to take down the whole thing), the Cristo is soaked with maple-brined ham, bacon, and Gruyere, and its fried brioche French toast exterior is reminiscent of the best funnel cake of your childhood. It’s one of those sandwiches that will make the couple at the table next to you swoon with an unholy mixture of jealousy and fear.
The Friendly Toast (address and info)
Sklarmageddon is one of the weirdest (and best) omelets in the city. It’s a totally unexpected combination of old brunch standbys (sausage, bacon, eggs, and jalapeño jack) and Southern red-chile pecans, with a drizzle of maple sour cream on top. The experience is sweet, spicy, soft, and crunchy all at once, and one heck of a hangover cure.
The Bacon Truck (info)
Why settle for a regular old BLT when you can get one with avocado and chipotle aioli? Why eat a regular bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich when you can have one with Havarti and onion-bacon hash? The answer to both questions is, obviously, that you shouldn’t. The Bacon Truck even offers sweets like bacon truffles and Nutella-covered bacon.
Bacon & Bourbon Brunch
Anthem Kitchen + Bar (address and info)
On the second Sunday of each month, Anthem Kitchen offers a bourbon- and bacon-inspired brunch featuring everything from bacon-drenched breakfast sandwiches to candied pork belly and bacon breakfast pizza with house-made mozzarella. There are also three bacon-infused cocktails on the bourbon-heavy menu.
1. Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar415 Washington St, Somerville
2. Backbar9 Sanborn Ct, Somerville
3. Area Four Somerville445 Somerville Ave, Somerville
4. Union Square Donuts16 Bow St, Somerville
5. Trina's Starlite Lounge3 Beacon St, Somerville
6. Park Restaurant & Bar59 Jfk St, Boston
7. JM Curley21 Temple Pl, Boston
8. The Friendly Toast1 Kendall Square, Cambridge
9. Anthem Kitchen + Bar101 South Market St, Boston
Pouring pitchers of sangria and Iberian cerveza like Estrella Daura & Alhambra, Dali also plates up beef short ribs in a Rioja wine sauce, salt cod croquettes w/ coriander aioli, and squid stuffed in its own ink.
The seasoned 'tailsmiths at Backbar concoct a myriad of alco-creations while the kitchen serves up sumptuous comfort food, in a space that feels like your garage if it was trendy and full of strangers.
This cafe/bar serves up sick wood-fired pizzas made from simple, quality ingredients -- alongside great coffee and baked goods.
Union Square Donuts is a charming, unassuming counter-serve in Somerville that is well on its way to knocking Dunkin' off its throne with a variety of specialty doughnuts. Each doughnut is thick and fluffy while remaining airy and light. The fan favorite is Maple Bacon, a maple glazed donut topped with pieces of crispy, salty bacon. Rotating specials include the peanut butter cream-filled donut topped with Fluff glaze and peanuts, in honor of Somerville's annual Fluff Fest.
This 1940s/50s-style diner is acclaimed for their brunch, burgers, and dogs, but don't be shy about picking through their craft cocktail and beer list or ordering one of their pressed sammiches.
Unfussy American fare & creative cocktails star at this eatery & bar in a living room-like setting.
"Just don't be a douchebag," reads one of the etiquette guidelines on the wall at this hip Downtown Crossing eatery, setting the scene for its no-nonsense approach to enjoying yourself over brews and burgers. An all-brick outfit reminiscent of a Prohibition speakeasy, JM Curley dishes out chef-driven takes on charcuterie boards, duck poutine, and -- most notably -- the house burger featuring homemade "pop's Russian" dressing. Prices run cheap for the tourist-heavy part of town it resides in -- and that goes for the specialty cocktails and domestic craft beers on tap, too.
The Kendall Square spinoff of the cult Portsmouth favorite, FT's Fri/Sat 24-hr, 150-seat full-service diner featuring a 22-seat bar, front lounge, and two dining areas adorned w/ lime green walls and hunter green vinyl seats and booths.
From the restaurant group behind City Table, Gather, and Ned Devine's, Anthem is a tried and true Boston favorite inside Faneuil Hall. The menu has a classic American lineup featuring veggie-laden wood-fired flatbreads, lobster mac & cheese, and a couple of artisan-style burgers. Aside from à la carte comfort food, Anthem serves prix-fixe menus with impressive seafood courses, and the interior features elegant dining rooms equipped with dark leather booths and stone walls.