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Best Bacon?

I apologize in advance if there is already a thread on this, "best bacon" didn't turn up anything, and just searching "bacon" has so many hits, but most seem to be about burgers, or bacon-items-but-not-actual-bacon...

So, where do I get the best bacon around? I don't want bacon cheeseburgers, I don't want bacon mac-n-cheese, I want the pure, real bacon.

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  1. Are you looking for a restaurant that serves bacon, or a place to buy bacon? Also, what area are you looking in?

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    1. re: JonParker

      Good question, my bad. I am looking for a restaurant that serves bacon. I am in the North Bethesda area but I am willing to travel for the best bacon.

      1. re: kallisti

        Well, this isn't the answer you are looking for, however, The Burger Joint, in Bethesda has a great bacon cheese burger- I think very good bacon, fairly thickly sliced, and made with rosemary, always freshly made when I have had it. Totally off the subject- but their Greek burger is great, too!

        1. re: chicken kabob

          You know, actually, having Burger Joint at the taste of bethesda for the first time really made me NOT want to go -- cold burgers, overcooked, cheese wasn't melted at all.... yuck. No bacon on mine, though.

        2. re: kallisti

          BLT Steak downtown has a grilled, double-cut bacon appetizer that is outstanding. They are at 1625 Eye St, NW.

            1. re: MarcDC

              Interesting, I'll have to look into that. Thanks :)

          1. re: kallisti

            Since you're in Bethesda, I'll give you a heads up on Stonyman Farm's bacon at the Bethesda Woman's Coop. It is excellent, locally raised organic bacon and makes a fab BLT if you're ever inclined to make it yourself.

        3. The Dutch(Amish) Market in Burtonsville used to have great bacon..not sure if they are still there however been awhile

          1. Ray's the Classics and (I think) Ray's the Steaks.

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            1. re: MartyL

              bacon at ray's the steaks? i don't recall any. if you want bacon, i'll do some search, cause i did a thread requesting a good butcher who did bacon. lots of people mentioned the springfield butcher, and the butcher in del ray, in alexandria/arlington area.

              1. re: alkapal

                Fried green tomato BLT at cafe St. Ex (least expensive) and best thing on the menu.

                  1. re: alkapal

                    Yes -- in the salad. Outstanding applewood smoked bacon.

                    1. re: mnadel

                      ok, bacon in the salad. i've never had it. applewood smoked is usually good. there used to be a place on 29 toward charlottesville that had local applewood smoked trout. it was delicious, but i don't know what happened to it. you could buy it at arrowine, i think they also did bacon. " 'something' farm"" was the name. yeah....i know...real helpful!! ;-) (also had a mean glace de veau!)


                1. Tallula used to have incredible thick, nice peppery tasting bacon, but I went last week and it was not the same... I think either the new chef or changing economic times did the awesome bacon in. It is a sad moment when we lose good bacon :(

                  1. Napa 1015 at 1015 H st.NE, has very,very good bacon during their brunch on Sundays.

                    1. I know you are looking for a restaurant but your entire world will change if you simply make a trip to Springfield farms and buy their bacon. It is the BEST in the entire world. The difference in flavor and texture will so noticeable, that you will likely never order ordinary bacon from a restaurant again.

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                      1. re: nyawira

                        I'm a huge Springfield Farms fan, but I've been buying my bacon from Truck Patch Farms. It's very, very good. I'll have to try the SF version.

                          1. re: JonParker

                            springfield farms is....where? same for truck patch farms.

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Springfield Farm is north of Baltimore. I usually buy their stuff at the Harbor East farmer's market, but tomorrow is the last day for this year, so I'll have to go to the farm.

                              Truck Patch Farm is in New Windsor, MD. I buy at the Baltimore farmer's market, but they sell at several in DC.


                        1. Vidalia is very bacon-oriented and very good.

                          One entrée, for example:

                          "bacon wrapped loin, braised leg, fried shank and belly bacon with
                          ginger-carrot purée, rye berries, and blenheim ginger ale reduction"

                          1. My favorite easy to get my hands on bacon (Whole Foods) is Applegate Farms Uncured Sunday Bacon, it is also recommended by Cooks Illustrated (though they highly recommend the artisinal Vande Rose Farms Artisan Dry Cured Bacon, Applewood Smoked which you probably have to buy online. I haven't tried it yet).

                            If you want to try some interesting bacons, I just noticed yesterday that Arrowine in Arlington carries both duck bacon and wild boar bacon.

                            Rays Hell Burgers does use a good applewood bacon, but the problem I have is that they precook it and reheat it and it is never cooked properly as a result.

                              1. Go to Hong Kog Palace in the Seven Corners area and order the preserved pork from the specials listed on the wall. (written only in Chinese, just ask for it in english). A great bacon dish.

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                                1. re: Steve

                                  How funny I was looking at that thread and asking about the preserved pork in my bacon quest :) I have not yet managed to get to any of these places recommended, but I will sure do it soon!

                                  1. re: Steve

                                    we had it today, and it was darned good. we talked to the owner, i think, and asked how it should be requested in english. she said we will call it "home-style bacon pork." i think it is the lower left corner on the special's board.

                                    i suggested they do a translation of the specials on paper printouts for english speakers.

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      Yes, it was in the lower left corner when I was there, too. My waitress called it preserved pork, but the important thing is to verify. You don't want to point at what you think is bacon and then they bring you eel.