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The 15 very best uses of bacon in and around DC

Published On 06/18/2014 Published On 06/18/2014
Best Bacon Uses DC
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Founding Farmers
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Bayou Bakery
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1. The Diner 2453 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Their motto is "Serving early birds, night owls, and everyone in between!" and with mouth-watering options like their Reuben Benedict, jalapeño bacon burger, and even a bacon bourbon ice cream float (!), it seems like the folks at The Diner are doing their job just fine.

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2. Ted's Bulletin 1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Why choose between vices like ice cream and alcohol when you can indulge in both at once? At Ted's Bulletin, "adult milkshakes" are a crowd favorite -- towering glasses of blended home-made ice cream spiked with things like peppermint schnapps, Irish cream and coconut rum. And for those who can stomach more than a boozy shake, the D.C. mainstay offers a full menu of morning and afternoon eats. Best known for its brunch, the place boasts home-made pop tarts, hefty egg plates, and a "Walk Of Shame Burrito," stuffed with sausage, cheese and hash-browns. The trendy, leather-booth-lined space is equally as appealing as the entrées (and equally instragrammable), and the bar offers plenty of coffee, and a traditional cocktail menu, for when the dairy-liquor combo doesn't necessarily appeal.

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3. Red Apron Butcher 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

Start with a quality butcher that's got all the meats and provisions you could ask for, add a delicious menu of specialty breakfast and lunch sandwiches, mix in some coffee from Ceremony, and you've got yourself Red Apron Butcher. Speaking of their breakfast sandwiches, all of them are served on tigelle -- a tasty Italian flatbread reminiscent of an English muffin -- and come in varieties that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in DC, like the Southern Comfort with tasso ham, egg, and spicy pimento cheese.

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4. Cafe Deluxe 2200 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037 (West End)

Hit up Cafe Deluxe for hearty and well-executed American classics, like a braised spare rib or chicken pot pie, and be sure to try out their weekend brunch where you can back up your crab Benedict with a Yuengling Bacon Bloody Mary.

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5. Mintwood Place 1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

The Mintwood Place is an American Restaurant that has an "Oregon Trail" vibe thanks to the wagon wheels on the wall, wood on the tables and bars, and cast iron gears. Pull a chair up to the bar for some draft beer or try any of the delectable tastes on the menu, including the cast iron chicken w/ cippolini shepherd's pie.

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6. Sona Creamery & Wine Bar 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

This bistro that prides itself on its cheese selection and the decadent mac and cheese that you can either enjoy as a side or stuffed into the Bruno's Big Kid sandwich. If you go the side route, opt for the Sona burger as your main and thank us after you've bitten into a creation with caramelized onions, Scharfe Maxx, aioli, and bibb lettuce. We'll wait.

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7. Founding Farmers 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Foggy Bottom)

This spot was doing farm-to-table before it was even cool; enjoy your tasty, sustainable, family-farmed eats in a LEED-certified setting that's as green as the food.

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8. The Pig 1320 14th St NW , Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

From the folks behind Logan Tavern and The Heights, The Pig's got a pork-focused sharing menu and a rustic, general store feel: Frederick-sourced barn wood walls, and an entire bar made from a huge butcher's block, so -- chop chop! -- get to drinking on it.

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9. Bayou Bakery 1515 North Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201 (Courthouse)

Stop by this inventive bakery for the likes of Southern-inflected vittles (biscuits, candied pecans, muffalettas) and inventive treats like boozy popsicles.

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10. Epic Smokehouse 1330 S Fair St, Arlington, VA 22202 (Crystal City)

Short ribs get New Age-y with Asian radish and a wasabi cream sauce, and pork loin gets flipped with a Patron XO-based sauce, while traditionalists can still cop apple wine-glazed baby back ribs or a beer- & herb-roasted bird called the "Beer Belly Chicken", who would totally go out and burn that thing off if he wasn't so cooped up all day.

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11. GCDC 1730 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20006 (Foggy Bottom)

What's better than perfectly cooked grilled cheeses (like the Kim-Cheese-Steak or The Grilled Carbonara) popping out of the ovens at GCDC? The fact that you can also get tater tot poutine AND a drink from their full-service bar at the same time.

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12. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack 1612 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Who says you can't play bocce while shooting oysters and sipping seasonal craft cocktails? Enjoy the Southern hospitality and the rustic, ancient mariner-inspired interior, while the chef shucks the best mollusks the East and West Coasts have to offer. They also have a solid happy hour with vodka martinis and a wine list with plenty of bottles that'll pair just right with your shelled snacks.

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13. Brasserie Beck 1101 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

From noted chef Robert Wiedmaier comes the European-style Brasserie Beck in McPherson Square. Brews include classic Belgian styles like dubbels, tripels, and saisons, while eats count options like a ratatouille crepe, classic steak frites with bearnaise and bordelaise, and Maine lobster pappardelle. Maine is notably not in Belgium, but doesn't that sound damn good?

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14. Vidalia 1990 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Downtown)

Led by James Beard Award-winner Jeff Buben, this upscale restaurant in Downtown DC dresses up comforting Southern cuisine with Buben's famous shrimp & grits and reimagined dishes like chicken-fried veal sweetbreads, which sit atop a waffle with bacon fondue and lemon caper veal jus.

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