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The 15 very best uses of bacon in and around DC

Laura Hayes Published On 06/18/2014 Published On 06/18/2014
Best Bacon Uses DC
Laura Hayes

Ah, bacon -- the candy of the meat family! We’ve rounded up the best of the best uses (and there are many) of this king of pork products, starting with breakfast and moving all the way through dessert. Bacon makes any dish better, so if we missed any of your faves, share them in the comments as you find yourself wishing this was a scratch-and-sniff story.

Laura Hayes

Peanut Butter Bacon Pop-Tart

Ted’s Bulletin (address and info)
14th Street 
Strawberry Pop-Tarts are cool and all, because they tend to catch fire, but peanut butter bacon is definitely the pinnacle of Pop-Tart flavors. Sorry Kellogg's! If the King of Rock and Roll were still alive, he’d start every day with two of these. Maybe with some banana sandwiched in between. Hmm... ideas!

Laura Hayes

The Patriot

Red Apron Butcher (address and info)
Penn Quarter
Entrusting the meat masterminds behind Red Apron with your breakfast order is a strong move. Nathan Anda and Ed Witt created The Patriot -- a bacon, egg, and cheese housed inside the restaurant’s Italian-style specialty bread called a tigelle. A brush of maple butter makes it even better. Get one Mon-Fri 7:30-10:30am and weekends from 9am-2pm.

Laura Hayes

Yuengling Bacon Bloody Mary

Cafe Deluxe (address and info)
West End
This place is so new you can still smell the paint. And bacon. You can smell bacon. Be one of the first to try their Bloody made with top-secret Bloody Mary mix, a splash of beer from the country’s oldest brewery, vodka, and olives stuffed with blue cheese and applewood-smoked bacon. Stir it up with an actual piece of bacon.

Laura Hayes

Bacon & Onion Flammekueche

Mintwood Place (address and info)
Adams Morgan
While it sounds like some kind of cousin to a post-sneeze gesundheit, a flammekueche is actually an Alsatian word for a thinly rolled tart that’s been kissed by flames. Mintwood Place Chef Cedric Maupillier tops his with sweet and tangy bacon and onion. It’s thin enough to eat two, and you can order it at dinner or brunch. Or TWO of them at dinner and brunch

Laura Hayes

Bruno’s Big Kid

Sona Creamery and Wine Bar (address and info)
Eastern Market
You should already be crushing on Sona’s mac and cheese-stuffed sandwich. But, once homemade bacon jam enters the picture, it goes to a whole different level. Take your knife and carefully spread this meat marmalade on the top of each sandwich half and get ready for a bite of the most nap-inducing sandwich of your life.

Founding Farmers

Bacon Lollis

Founding Farmers (address and info)
Foggy Bottom/Potomac, MD
If a stranger offers you a bacon lolli, screw what your parents taught you and say yes. Definitely say yes. Cinnamon brown sugar-glazed thick-cut bacon on a stick is the world’s most perfect snack. Try them at lunch or dinner at both Founding Farmers locations. Bonus: there’s a hell of a lot more bacon on the menu.

Laura Hayes

Bacon-Wrapped Peaches

The Pig (address and info)
14th Street
Devils on Horseback, the quintessential ‘70s party food, just got a Summer makeover. Instead of dates, The Pig serves bacon-wrapped peaches. They’re drizzled with Rogue's smokey blue cheese, chili-infused maple syrup, and a sprinkle of pistachios. They come three to an order, so place 10+ orders. Trust us.

Bayou Bakery

PorKorn

Bayou Bakery (address and info)
Arlington, VA (Courthouse)
You’re going to want to sneak this bag of happiness into the movies via your girlfriend’s oversized purse. See, that purse DOES come in handy. PorKorn is a creation of David Guas, the Baron of the Bayou. He takes sticky caramel popcorn and stirs in bits of bacon and peanuts, all for your snacking pleasure.

Laura Hayes

Cuban Sandwich

Epic Smokehouse (address and info)
Pentagon City
Sure, Cuban sandwich recipes have always contained a lot of pork -- typically of the ham and roasted varieties. But Epic Smokehouse triples up by adding some smoky bacon into the mix, joining pulled pork, grilled ham, smoked cheese, whole grain mustard, and sliced pickles between two slices of pressed bread. You'll vow never to suffer through a bacon-free Cuban again.

Laura Hayes

Poutine Tots

GCDC (address and info)
Foggy Bottom
This is the kind of dish an inmate would request for his last meal (a food-savvy inmate, anyway). Flying saucer-shaped tots are topped Canadian-style with cheese curds and gravy, plus generous helpings of bacon and mushrooms. It’s a bowl of everything you ever wanted. Which is why it has bacon.

Scott Suchman

CEBLT Po-Boy

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (address and info)
14th Street
This list wouldn’t be complete without a BLT. Pearl Dive’s version of this classic requires a knife and fork though, because they throw in C for fried catfish and E for egg. Even with all that going on, the Benton’s bacon remains the star of the show.

Brasserie Beck

Wild Mushroom Mussels

Brasserie Beck (address and info)
Mt. Vernon Square
The "Wild Mushroom" variety of black bivalves at Brasserie Beck unites applewood-smoked bacon and truffle cream in a quest to teach your tongue what perfection tastes like. You’re going to need an order of frites or two to soak up the chowdery goodness at the bottom of the pot.

Laura Hayes

Sweetbreads and Waffles

Vidalia (address and info)
Golden Triangle
Vidalia’s chicken-fried veal sweetbreads sitting atop a waffle with bacon fondue and a lemon caper veal jus is so good you’ll forget you’re eating thyroid. The bacon fondue is almost like a Campbell’s cream of bacon soup, if there were such a thing. There SHOULD be such a thing.

Laura Hayes

Bacon Bourbon Float

The Diner (address and info)
Adams Morgan
Shake things up at The Diner by ordering a root beer float spiked with Jim Beam and topped with bacon crumbles. Maybe all vanilla ice cream should be flecked with bacon? Maybe whiskey and bacon are a match made in heaven? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking as you suck down this shake.

Laura Hayes

Boozy Breakfast Cupcake

Crunkcakes (address and info)
This 21+ treat contains about a shot of liquor and a whole lot of bacon. The "Boozy Breakfast" Crunkcakes creation is a bacon cupcake infused with Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey and topped with a buttercream frosting chock-full of the same whiskey. Win just about any dinner party by showing up with these. Pick them up at Black Market located on the first floor of Black Whiskey Wed-Thur 2-9pm and Fri-Sun 12-9pm.

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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)

This casual brunch spot has three locations in DC and supplies classic American eats and breakfast throughout the day. Fan favorites are the homemade pop tarts and boozy milkshakes, with all the eats being perfectly worthy of Instagram. Try the Grasshopper milkshake with creme de menthe and Kahlua or The Nutty Professor with Hazlenut Liqueur. The space is open and modern, with ample seating.

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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)

This upscale Southerner's helmed by James Beard Award-winner Jeffrey Buben, who is dressing up Southern cuisine with his famous shrimp and grits and re-imagined dishes like chicken-fried veal sweetbreads, which sit atop a waffle with bacon fondue and a lemon caper veal jus.

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