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Aug 4, 2008 09:47 AM

Desperately seeking Irish Bacon... in Philly and 'burbs

Several weeks back, we had a visit with family in the Adirondacks in NY and we were introduced to something called Irish bacon, which came from a local butcher. It seems similar to bacon but with relatively little fat. From a bit of Googling, I've discovered that it's sometimes called Irish back bacon and sometimes referred to as bacon rashers, and that it's a bit similar to Canadian bacon -- I'm not entirely certain how it differs. But the hubby swears it does taste different (I'm a vegetarian -- but I've come to you, my Chowhound friends, because I like keeping my guy happy).

Trouble is, now that we're home in the 'burbs of Philly (Lansdowne to be exact), my husband is going nuts trying to find the stuff. We found a blog that said the Wegman's in Cherry Hill NJ had it, but we were just there yesterday passing through, and they didn't seem to have ever heard of it.

Does anyone know where I might be able to buy the stuff? My husband checked online vendors, but said the shipping costs were prohibitive. All leads welcome!

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  1. there are tons of irish pubs that do breakfasts/brunch with Irish bacon - I'd call them for guidance

    1. You might try the Irish Coffee Shop in Upper Darby. I've never been but I've heard it described as an Irish diner and that they also sell some things.

      Irish Coffee Shop
      8443 W Chester Pike
      Upper Darby, PA 19082
      (610) 449-7449

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      1. re: jimc

        Just an update ... my hub called the Irish Coffee Shop and they do indeed stock Irish Bacon, they say. And practically in our back yard! I think my hubby's doing an Irish jig even as I type. Thanks jimc! Thanks everyone!

        As always, Chowhounds Rule.

      2. Ballyhugh Irish Shop in Audobon, NJ carries Irish bangers, the sausage commonly served at Irish restaurants. I have purchased them there before (frozen). Not sure if they carry the bacon, but you can give them a call.

        1. I sell British and Irish products. Irish bacon is quite expensive and none of the area grocery stores carry it. We've switched many of our Irish bacon customers to Kroner Danish Bacon - it's very popular in the UK. However, once again, no one in the Philly area carries.

          1. All good thoughts. Thanks for your input, fellow Chowhounds!

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            1. re: mckerr

              I believe I saw Irish bacon once a few years back at one of the meat vendors in the Wayne Farmers Market. Was going to try it...but it was $$$. It may be worth a call.