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

As the country’s number one bacon city, it’s pretty obvious that we know what to do with everyone’s favorite cut of pork. To celebrate our swine supremacy, we’ve rounded up the 10 best bacon dishes you can get in the city. 

B.B.B.L.T

Blue Duck Sandwich Company (address and info)
Northeast Philly
How do you improve upon the classic BLT? Well, Dad would just say to add more bacon (before grunting like Tim Allen). But the folks at Blue Duck Sandwich Company have taken everyone’s favorite "Dad’s cooking tonight" dinner and elevated it to a whole new level. The B.B.B.L.T has 10 pieces of 1732 bacon, bacon mayonnaise, and your standard lettuce and tomato on brioche.

Good Dog Bar

Bacon Hush Puppies

Good Dog Bar (address and info)
Rittenhouse East
From the outside, the Good Dog might resemble any other dive bar. However, if you venture inside you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the impressive rotating-beer list and one of the more inventive bar menus in Center City -- even good enough for the professional glutton Guy Fieri to visit last year. Our favorite bacon dish on the menu is the bacon hush puppies, served with a smoked-Gouda fondue infused with Brooklyn Brown Ale. Not bad for bar food, wouldn’t you agree?

Jake's Sandwich Board

50/50

Jake’s Sandwich Board (address and info)
Multiple locations
If you’re looking for a limited-time bacon affair (which might be for the best), head to Jake’s Sandwich Board for April's sandwich of the month, the Charlie Brown. Jake’s tops its slow-roasted brisket with cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and bacon -- we’re sensing a common theme that bacon and peanut butter go pretty well together.

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Heart Attack Dog

Cousin’s Grubhouse (address and info)
Passyunk
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.

Khyber Pass Pub

Benton's Bacon Grease Popcorn

Khyber Pass Pub (address and info)
Old City
Not one to waste, Khyber Pass Pub has found a unique way to utilize bacon fat. Taking what would normally end up in the garbage -- or more likely, clogging your kitchen sink -- the chefs use the fat for popping corn. Topped with cajun seasoning, the popcorn hits all of the salty, spicy, and greasy notes that make it a great accompaniment to a cold beer.

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Bacon and Egg Cream

Abe Fisher (address and info)
Rittenhouse
While bacon has always been acceptable at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving it for dessert may be overload. Even if you have your doubts, head to Abe Fisher for a bacon revelation in the form of a bacon egg cream -- a modern riff on the classic chocolate egg cream. The dessert starts with a bottom layer of vanilla cream, a middle layer of crumbled, dehydrated Niman Ranch applewood bacon with Oreo crumble, and is topped with a chocolate egg cream, and smoked maple syrup.

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Bacon-Lattice Mac + Cheese Pie

Wedge + Fig (address and info)
Old City
If you want to find out how to elevate mac and cheese into the ultimate indulgence, do the math: Wedge + FIg + woven bacon + mac and cheese pie = a dish that could kill a viking. It features homemade mac and cheese sandwiched between a flaky pie crust and Leidy’s local bacon. For the amateur chef, you can make your own bacon weave at home but we recommend heading to Old City to see how the pros do it first.

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Peanut Butter Bacon Time

PYT (address and info)
Northern Liberties
Known for its over-the-top, Frankenstein’d menu creations (buffalo chicken donuts, pb&j bun burger) it’s not surprising that the current menu at PYT features a delicious bacon-heavy item. Inspired by late-night munchie sessions by the PYT staff, the Peanut Butter Bacon Time is the perfect nightcap (assuming you want to go into a food coma): an adult milkshake made with Jack and Jill vanilla ice cream, vanilla vodka, peanut butter, and applewood-smoked bacon.
 

1732 Meats

1732 Meats

Available at multiple locations (address and info)
Not a singular dish, per se, but you have to throw 1732 Meats into the mix when you're talking about the best bacon in the city. Locally made with heritage pork, the business 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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The Homer

Undrgrnd Donuts (address and info)
Food Truck
While specialty donuts aren’t as cutting edge as they were in recent years -- thanks in part to Philly’s Federal Donuts -- 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.

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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.

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