Bacon has always been delicious, but for some inexplicable reason, it languished next to scrambled eggs and nestled between lettuce, tomatoes, and two pieces of white bread for decades. Now, thanks mostly to the Internet, it has been set free, and deliciously unleashed upon drinks, apps, desserts, and sides. Here are the best places to get it...
What you're getting: House-made bacon
Kayne Prime is mostly known for its Wagyu beef, but its house-made bacon may be the top treat on the menu. Instead of thin strips, this bacon is practically a mini steak by itself, but it’s the maple cotton candy topping that elevates this appetizer to an entirely new level.
What you're getting: The BLT
Bacon Nation is a Nashville-based food truck that, as you might be able to glean from the name, celebrates all things swine-strip. Its take on the classic BLT emphasizes why people order the sandwich in the first place (the porky goodness) by adding six beautiful and crispy strips to every order.
What you're getting: Sausage, bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit
Nashville’s Porter Road Butcher is primarily a neighborhood meat market, but it also offers a full menu for breakfast and lunch. So if you’re in the mood for a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit in East Nashville or Charlotte, there’s no better place to go in the city.
What you're getting: Bacon cheeseburger
Adding bacon to cheeseburgers is undoubtedly one of mankind’s greatest inventions, and M.L. Rose took that delicious formula and ran with it. Its bacon cheeseburger is pure Americana cuisine at its finest -- especially when you add extras like blue cheese, avocado, or a Willow Farms egg on top.
What you're getting: Pot de crème with salted caramel-bacon popcorn
Popcorn may seem like an odd choice for a dessert, but Silo nails it. Pot de crème is a delicious dessert on its own, but it’s really the salted caramel-bacon popcorn that makes this after-dinner treat stand out in Nashville’s increasingly crowded culinary scene.
What you're getting: Bacon plate
The Loveless Cafe is a Nashville staple for breakfast and Southern cooking in general. While this Music City treasure is most famous for its biscuits and country ham, it also offers up some of the best bacon in the city. Whether you’re a low-carb devotee or just a really big fan of enjoying bacon without any distractions, the Loveless Cafe has got you covered.
What you're: Bacon Old Fashioned
Nashville’s Patterson House is one of the most famous cocktails bars in the country, and the Bacon Old Fashioned is considered one of its signature drinks. What makes it different? For starters, you don’t get ice cubes -- you get an ice sphere with maple syrup bacon-infused Four Roses bourbon poured over it topped off by an orange-rind garnish. And yes, the drink really tastes like bacon with a hint of bourbon -- or is it the other way around?
What you're getting: Ninja Bacon
Virago’s Ninja Bacon consists of crispy pork belly, red curry, and coconut, and is one of the restaurant’s best apps. But if thick cuts of pork aren’t your thing, Virago also offers bacon-wrapped scallops in unagi sauce. Spoiler alert: no matter which bacon path you take, you win at the end.
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1. Kayne Prime1103 McGavock St, Nashville
2. Porter Road Butcher4816 Charlotte Pike, Nashville
3. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville
4. Silo1121 5th Ave N, Nashville
5. Loveless Cafe8400 Highway 100, Nashville
6. The Patterson House1711 Division St, Nashville
7. Virago1126 McGavock St, Nashville
Kayne Prime is a boutique-chic farm-to-table American steakhouse located in The Gulch. The interior is colored with dark wood and leather furnishings, creating a romantic and sexy ambiance. While it's mostly known for having amazing wagyu beef, be sure to try some of the other meaty items on the menu, like the house-made bacon. Instead of thin strips, the bacon looks more like a mini steak by itself, with a maple cotton candy topping.
This local butcher and market is a solid bet for some of the best cuts of meat around, and be sure to snag one of its sammies, which are available in a number of different ways, but all are delicious. Can't decide? Go with the French dip.
Between M.L. Rose's 34-tap craft beer program, eight of which rotate through local, seasonal, and small batch brews, and the simple, greasy American pub fare, the relaxed and decidedly cool atmosphere will make you want to hang around and have a few (especially when the fire pits get going on the patio). If you have any trouble picking what you want from the short menu, it's because you can't choose between loaded waffle fries and a fat, craft burger like the signature Nash Vegas stacked with a thick beef patty, savory pimento cheese, crispy tabasco onions, and tangy barbecue on a fluffy potato bun. The best part is that the full menu is served nightly until 1am.
This trendy eatery is a Germantown destination, beloved by locals for its chef-driven menu of Southern comfort food. Robust entrées like the seared pork chop are only more delectable when topped with blueberry, charred apples, and a beet-potato salad, and small plates like the three-way deviled eggs continue to be a fan favorite. Silo also boasts one of the most extensive whiskey lists in the city, particularly with respect to bourbon -- devout enthusiasts will swoon over the Buffalo Trace Experimental Series and imported selections like the Balvenie Sherry Cask 15 year, amongst others.
This legendary Highway 100 diner sets the standard for Southern homestyle fare, with loads of tantalizing standards like country ham, chicken biscuits, catfish, and pork chops. The restaurant has seen several different owners since it first opened in the 1950s, however, the top-secret biscuit recipe has stayed the same. Breakfast is the meal Loveless is most known for, but if you go for lunch or dinner, you can justify a pie tasting as the final course (we won't judge, though, should you order pie before noon). Visiting on a Saturday or Sunday? Prepare for a long wait; the best time to go is late morning during the week to avoid the weekend warriors, though you can always kill time in the general store.
Thanks to its sophisticated decor (cozy, 30-seat bar, vintage chandeliers), and even more sophisticated drinks (get the hickory-smoked cola and whiskey Jennings first and then move on), The Patterson House remains one of the leaders in a town where new, interesting things seem to be happening every minute.
Virago is Asian fusion at its best (yes, they have sushi too). It may be a little on the chic side, but the food here is certainly worth the fuss. For something different (and Asian-fusion-y) try the Ninja Bacon: crispy pork belly, red curry, and coconut.