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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.


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



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



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

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



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


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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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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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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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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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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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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