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Bacon All Day Long

Strips of crispy bacon on the side of a pancake platter is sooo 2011. Go hog wild, and get the “candy of meat” in a scone, as a jam, or blended with artisanal ice cream. Your doc may not approve, but this food trend is still smoking hot.


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Key: Oink-o-meter

From yummy (but maybe a little safe) to totally baco-crazy, we rate the inventiveness of these eats.
 

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Breakfast

Scone

Sideboard, Danville
Inside this savory scone are thick-cut chunks of applewood-smoked bacon and aged white cheddar.

 

Cocktail

District, Oakland
At brunch, order the Breakfast of Champions: bacon-infused bourbon, maple syrup, and egg whites.
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Notorious H.O.G. / photo by Anthony J. Masters

Sweet Treat

 

Truffle

Sôcôla, Oakland
The Notorious H.O.G. is a smoked bacon and Guittard chocolate truffle garnished with chipotle sea salt.
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Soda

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe, Lafayette
Bacon soda is only for the brave (it reminded us of liquid smoke), but there are bacon lollipops, jelly beans, gum, and mints here, too.
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Popcorn

Pavé, Berkeley
Sweet and savory kettle corn tossed with maple syrup and candied Prather Ranch bacon. Order online at paveconsultingsf.com.
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Lunch

Hot Dog

Havana, Walnut Creek
New on the menu: a bacon-wrapped Kobe beef hot dog with mango salsa and guava chipotle BBQ sauce.

 

Mochi

FuseBox, Oakland
Bacon-wrapped rice cake brushed with miso butter and served with Korean mustard and crunchy pickled mustard seeds.
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Chunky Pig popcornHappy Hour

Cocktail

Sauced, Livermore
Try a bacon old fashioned: bacon-infused Jack Daniels, with muddled orange peel, maple syrup, and bitters—and bacon garnish.
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Beer

Ale Industries, Concord
On tap a few times a year, the Dry Hogged English brown is aged in a “bacon-ized” bourbon barrel (leftover bourbon is infused with bacon before the beer is added).
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Dinner

Mac and Cheese

Jack’s, Pleasant Hill
Bits of bacon are mixed into a bowl of noodles smothered in Asiago, mild  and sharp cheddar, and mozzarella.
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Jam

Disco Volante, Oakland
Why settle for a regular burger when you can get one topped with aged white cheddar, pickled pepper mayo, and bacon jam.
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Dessert

Ice Cream

Ici, Berkeley
Among its rotating flavors is an ice cream with maple syrup and pieces of bacon brittle. Look for less frequent rosemary or peach bacon flavors, too.
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Cupcake

Let ’Em Eat Cake, Livermore
Cupcake special Breakfast for Dessert is a sweet maple-and-bacon cake topped with maple buttercream and salty bacon crumbles.
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