Food & Drink

The 8 Best Bacon Dishes in the Twin Cities

Published On 05/20/2015 Published On 05/20/2015

Allegedly the world is completely over bacon. HAHAHAHA! Sure, we might be over people forcing bacon into places where it arguably doesn’t belong, but it definitely belongs in every one of the things on our list of the best bacon dishes in the Twin Cities. Oh, does it belong...

The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin

Obviously bacon with breakfast is a no brainer, but instead of throwing a few soggy (or overcooked) strips of bacon on the side of the plate, it's nice when someone, like our friends at St. Paul’s The Buttered Tin, goes to the extra effort of making a salted-maple-bacon butter you can put on their already sweet pancakes.

Sonora Grill

Longfellow/Midtown Global Market
While hot dogs might be somewhere in the same realm as bacon, when you put the two together, a symphony is made. Fortunately for us, the folks at Sonora Grill get that, so they’ve gone ahead and wrapped their dog in a blanket of salty bacon, just to be sure that you’re getting your daily pork requirement.

The Rabbit Hole/Kat Melgaard

The Rabbit Hole

If you’re still living in a world where you think you hate Brussels sprouts, let us just take the time to tell you that you’re probably wrong. If you require proof, head over to The Rabbit Hole. We’re pretty sure that the combination of the nutty greens, along with bacon, onion, mint, orange, walnuts, and Parmesan, will change your mind.

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Glam Doll Donuts

There’s just no arguing that the sweet and salty combination is a flavor profile made in heaven, and the Pinup Girl, or apple-bacon fritter, is quite possibly the perfect example of it in MSP.

Manny’s Steakhouse

Bacon is undeniably an beautiful foodstuff. It’s nearly perfect on its own, so why muck it up by combining it with other foods? Sometimes all you need to do is put a couple of fat slices on a plate and call it a day. That’s what they’re doing at Manny’s and they’re charging nearly $20 for it. But it's soooo worth it.

Pizzeria Lola

Pizzeria Lola

Everybody loves a good Hawaiian-style pizza, so it stands to reason that everybody would also love the absolute best Hawaiian pizza, which is why the folks at Lola, which is consistently named best pizza in the Twin Cities and has had several national nods too, have put bacon on theirs too.

Bodega LTD

Victory 44

What are Devils on Horseback? Oh, they're just blue-cheese-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and then set adrift in blue cheese foam. The whole thing then gets a dusting of candied cashews and chives creating an indefensible and balanced flavor profile like no other. If you’d never heard of these until now, you’re welcome.

Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery

This Uptown institution comes on strong with its excellent beer list, late-night food options... and its treatment of bacon. Its incredibly delicious Muddy’s Burger comes topped with bacon yes, but that bacon has been chicken fried to ensure that it retains all of its natural healthy qualities.

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1. The Buttered Tin 237 7th St E, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Downtown St Paul)

A buzzy corner cafe in St. Paul, the Buttered Tin is as warm as its name evokes, serving up popular brunch plates like huevos rancheros Benedict and biscuits & gravy, plus savory sandwiches like a beef short rib Reuben. The true stars at this sunny spot are the desserts though, which are available to-go at the bakery counter. We're talking cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, and the Buttered Tin's take on a classic Twinkie.

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2. Sonora Grill 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (Powderhorn)

With new digs and a full bar at Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill is a great place to grab a taco before venturing onto other foods at the Global Market.

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3. The Rabbit Hole Midtown Global Market, , Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Whittier)

From couple behind the culinary genius of The Left Handed Cook comes this graffiti-laden Midtown Global Market eatery. This is one of the best spots to stop in and grab some spicy Korean-inspired bar food and a cold cocktail. You’ll never go wrong with the Harold & Kumar poutine, a slew of house-cut fries, kimchee, onion, parmesan & cheddar cheese, poached egg, pork curry gravy, and, of course, chipotle aioli.

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4. Glam Doll Donuts 2605 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Whittier)

The first time you walk through the door of Glam Doll Donuts may be the last time in awhile you do so, considering you'll have to try more than one (7-8?) of their delicious confections, available in a number of sizes, shapes and flavors.

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5. Pizzeria Lola 5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

Offering wood-fired pizza from a Korean immigrant trying to emulate her mother's home cooking, Lola's has delicious pies with a twist. Popular orders include "The Lady ZaZa" (red sauce, homemade kimchi, Korean sausage, peppers, scallions, sesame, and soy chili glaze) and "The Xerxes" (sautéed spinach, sheep’s milk feta, mozzarella, kalamata olives & almonds). Be sure to cleanse your palate with some of the house-made soft-serve ice cream.

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6. Victory 44 2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Victory 44's is well known around the Twin Cities for its signature burger, which earns its "Perfect Burger" name with a ground beef patty with a just enough pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect. You can order one year-round despite the rest of the menu's seasonal rotation of chicken and pasta dishes like squash farotto.

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7. Manny's Steakhouse 825 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402 (Downtown)

Manny's is a glam, high end steakhouse in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, serving up choice cuts of beef alongside a solid wine list in a swanky, white table clothed setting. Go VIP and try the 24oz Bone In Ribeye that's aged on the premises for 85 days, resulting in a perfectly tender cut. A visit to Manny's will make you see why it's been repeatedly named one of the best steakhouses in the city.

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8. Muddy Waters Bar & Eatery 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (Uptown)

Moving on up after a recent rent-jacking, the storied Uptown coffeehouse has transformed a storage building down the street into an indoor/outdoor, loft-like wonderland with mismatched vintage décor and exposed concrete fronting a full kitchen and bar, all in an effort to create the feel that "an amazing party happened there 80yrs ago", meaning it's probably now safe to show up without looking like you had nothing to do beforehand.