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SD - best retail bacon?

For a bacon-lover's bday: What's the best bacon you've bought locally? I am centrally located, but I'll take any suggestions.

I usually like the thick cut store brand bacon from Henry's. The TJ's bacon has been okay (nieman ranch and store brand applewood smoked), but not better than the Henry's.

Anything special at Iowa Meat? Tip Top Meats?

I really like the bacon at the Original Pancake House, and I've watched "The Right Way to Cook" bacon video on Chow!

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  1. I'm a fan of the dry cured slab bacon at Tip Top. It's the stuff with the rind left on, that I slice myself.

    I got a photo and blah blah blah here: http://professorsalt.com/2005/03/31/m...

    I will say that the flavor is inconsistent, though. Sometimes it's oversweet. Sometimes it tastes like it was left out in a barn fire rather than carefully dried in a cool smokehouse. Other times, it's dead on and delicious

    I give them slack because 1) that's the nature of a hand made product and 2) it's relatively cheap, for a dry cured, house made bacon. Despite the inconsistency, I continue to buy it when I'm in the Carlsbad area.

    Tip Top Meats & European Deli
    6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA

      1. I would NEVER argue with the Prof. But I seldom get up north so I usually buy bacon at the Olive Tree deli on Sunset Cliffs and Narragansett. They serve Boar's Head deli meats in their sandwiches but I don't know whose bacon they carry. Thick slab, of course. You might call and ask them. I also like Henry's bacon.
        Ocean Beach
        4805 Narragansett Ave
        (between Cable St & Sunset Cliffs Blvd)
        San Diego, CA 92107
        (619) 224-0443

        1. The uncured bacon sold at Trader Joes.

          The uncured "British brand bacon" (label uses those upper and lower case letters) at Fresh and Easy.

          Applewood smoked, sold per pound in meat case at Bristol Farms (UTC).

          Thick sliced sold per pound in deli counter at Albertsons.

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          1. re: Cathy

            Niman Ranch Uncured Bacon sold at Trader Joe's. Humanely raised, no chemicals in the curing, consistent flavor. The only drawback is it isn't thick-sliced. The Dry Cured is a bit too salty for my taste.

          2. whole foods slices it as thick or thin as you'd like. i especially like their pancetta

            1. Seiesl's in Bay Park makes their own bacon. It's awesome. Thick or thin, and quite lean. Probably my favorite around town. I imagine Iowa Meat Farms sells the same stuff. It's quite reasonable in price, too.

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              1. re: Josh

                Seiesel's used to be the place. They were bought out last year by one of the big chains and have gone way down hill IMO. After a few mediocre purchases I just won't buy from there anymore. For me T&H fine meats and sausage is the place for thick cut bacon and any other meat. They will also custom order and cut anything you want. Jacob is also an internationaly recognized sausage meister!

                1. re: Bakcheia

                  Which big chain bought Seisel's?

                  I thought they were owned by Iowa Meat Farms.

                  1. re: Josh

                    Iowa Meat Farms does own Siesel's. Either Bakcheia is thinking about somewhere else or considers the Cohn Restaurant Group to be the big chain.

                    Do you know if Jay sells his bacon at The Linkery? That's damned good stuff he makes.

                    1. re: DougOLis

                      Good question. I wonder if the new location will allow for that kind of thing.

                      1. re: DougOLis

                        Cohn bought them some time ago though. I have noticed the flat iron steaks haven't been as good as they used to be, don't know why.

                        Anyway, the bacon is tasty. Applewood smoked bacon is my favorite, I usually get it from trader joes, but some Vons meat departments sell it in their cold case and it is fairly decent for the price.

                        1. re: MrKrispy

                          Cohn has owned Iowa Meat Farms forever and Siesel's for awhile as well. Flat Iron Steaks haven't been around real long (they're a pretty new cut) so I'm guessing it's always been Cohn since you've had them. Maybe they have a different provider now but I kind of doubt anything has changed.

                        2. re: DougOLis

                          The Linkery does sell their bacon in their side room, North Park Meat Co. If you happen to be eating there and want to have some bacon to go, they will prepare it so it is ready to go when you leave. It appears at the bottom of the menu as "Smoked Berkshire bacon (EF) .75 (per ounce)". Also, when The Linkery isn't open, but you would like to pick up some bacon, if you call, they will gladly open their doors for you. My husband and I make regular trips down from North County for that bacon and it well worth it.


                  2. Tip Top Meats is a German butcher shop in Escondido which makes their own right there. It's all dry cured thick cut bacon with a number of different options for seasoning. Once in a while they even have smoked bacon which is a rare and wondrous treat.

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                    1. Parkside Market in North Park has fantastic, thick cut bacon. It's on Thorn and Herman. Check it out.

                      1. Nueske's has the best bacon in the US. They sell it on line. They are in Wittenberg, WI

                        1. I vote for Trader Joes uncured applewood smoked--its the best! Super reasonably priced, sliced nice and thick, always lean--just perfect.

                          1. T & H Prime Meats, San Marcos. Good bacon and a whole lot more.