Food & Drink

The 10 Best Bacon Dishes in Philly

Published On 04/22/2015 Published On 04/22/2015
Courtesy of Blue Duck Sandwich Company
Good Dog Bar
Jake's Sandwich Board
Adam Robb/Thrillist
Khyber Pass Pub
Courtesy of Abe Fisher
Courtesy of Wedge + FIg
Courtesy of PYT
1732 Meats
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1. Blue Duck Sandwich Company 2859 Holme Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

This New American 40-seater in Northeast Philadelphia serves up a menu of creative burger and sandwich combos, like the B.B.B.L.T has 10 pieces of 1732 bacon, bacon mayonnaise, and your standard lettuce and tomato on brioche. Designed with counter and table seating -- including a large, 8-person farm table -- the space is bright and airy, yet homey enough to consider bringing your entire crew in for a casual BYOB Sunday brunch.

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2. Good Dog Bar & Restaurant 224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

How many places do you know where you can get a duck quesadilla? Probably not many, but the Good Dog has all of your late night desires and even some you didn't know you had.

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3. Jake's Sandwich Board 122 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Jake's slings authentic hoagies and variations on classics (try the cranberry-mustard pork sandwich). They're also known for their involvement with Food Network's Outrageous Food, where diners can attempt to chow down a 2ft Philly cheesesteak. Sounds hard, right? Then maybe we shouldn't tell you that it's also topped with Tastykakes and Peanut Chews.

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4. Cousin's Grubhouse 2340 S Hemberger St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Given that we’ve already declared the Heart Attack Dog at Cousin's as one of the best bacon dishes in America, we have to double down that it’s one of the best dogs you can get in Philly. Cousin’s has always been the place to go when you’re chasing the bacon dragon. If you sub out fries with an order of bacon jalapeño tots (highly recommended), you probably should be checking into bacon rehab.

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5. Khyber Pass Pub 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The KPP is a late-night joint offering some fan-food favorites from down South, like red beans & rice and even beignets. And oh-so-much beer.

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6. Abe Fisher 1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Inspired by the food of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher breathes new life to typical Center City cuisine with small plates incorporating a creative range of goods, from shrimp fried rice to veal schnitzel tacos.

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7. Wedge & Fig's Grilled Cheese Bar 160 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Old City)

Get to Wedge & Fig (surprisingly not run by Luke Skywalker’s pilot buddy and a Middle Eastern fruit) for their grilled cheese bar, which’s letting you smash everything from Fontina, to Brie, to Manchego between slices of white, wheat, or pumpernickel, before throwing in extras like avocado, apple & bacon.

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8. P.Y.T. 1050 N Hancock St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Philadelphia)

Updating a beloved classic can be a tricky affair and is often hit-or-miss in results, but P.Y.T.'s boozy spin on the traditional burger 'n' shake joint is definitely a hit. The food ranges from the expected Philly cheesesteak, albeit on a pretzel burger roll (!), to the more daring Adult Shakes, like the bourbon-infused Jack Rabbit Slim. Kids and dogs are welcome, too, so now the whole family can party together.

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9. 1732 Meats 12 Owen Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19050

Locally made with heritage pork, 1732 Meats is known for its non-conventional bacon flavors like Black Peppercorn, Garlic Insanity, Jalapeno, and Spanish Smoked Paprika. You can sample 1732 Meats at a few local restaurants (like the Tap Room on 19th and Blue Duck Sandwich), or at DiBruno brothers.

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10. Undrgrnd Donuts N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA

Undrgrnd Donuts is worth a mention for pushing the pastry envelope with its crazy flavor combinations. One of our favorites, the Homer, takes the concept of a black-and-white cookie and puts a savory spin: a vanilla-dunked donut topped with chocolate-covered bacon bits. Since Undrgrnd is a food truck (no brick and mortar location yet), you’ll need to catch them at Love Park or one of the area food festivals this spring.