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Like most people, i love bacon.

Right now i like the house-cured bacon served on weekends at Canelé Restaurant. Here's a good photo of its thick porkiness:

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/4JUSfv...

I am interested either in restaurants that serve a good version, or butcher shops, et al, that sell it for home preparation. Tusquellas Meats in the Third & Fair\fax located where Huntington Meats is now used to have a good rendition. But it is long gone.

Ideas?

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  1. Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Bacon at Trader Joe's is great. Not quite as thick, but has great smoked flavor. Follow the oven cooking directions on the back for great crispness. Bacon of the month sent from Zingermans in Ann Arbor, MI is the ultimate. (www.zingermans.com)

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    1. re: jeffandnat

      Yikes- just got home form Trader Joe;s and unfortunately the Niman Ranch Bacon they carried is now a discontinued item. That's a minor disaster in my book.

      1. re: giseleinla

        As someone mentions below Trader Joe's carries their own brand of uncured applewood smoked bacon instead of Niman Ranch. I suspect its Niman Ranch only branded as TJ's. Whatever its quite good. The European Sausage Factory in a dismal industrial park on Saticoy just west of Coldwater has three or four kinds of house made bacon that is excellent. They will either slice it to order or sell it in a slab. Their sausages are also good.

        1. re: ebethsdad

          Will look for it. All I saw when I was in this weekend was something in a box( couldn't actually see the bacon) and I believe it was cooked - yuck!

          1. re: giseleinla

            The Niman Ranch facebook page says they could not keep up with TJ's demand, so it looks like the TJ brand is not a repackaging of the Niman Ranch bacon. Bummer.

            1. re: jeffandnat

              bummer!

              1. re: jeffandnat

                Says this on their Website- why would they encourage people to ask their local stores to get it, if they can't keep up with demand ???

                "What can I do to get Niman Ranch products in my local stores and restaurants?
                Ask your local grocery store, restaurant or butcher to stock Niman Ranch products, and then ask again. Let them know that you care about having the option of purchasing meat that is top-tier in quality, has full traceability, and is raised humanely, sustainably and traditionally without antibiotics or added hormones.

                1. re: giseleinla

                  I would assume that they can keep up with the demand of a local market or small chain selling smaller quantities of it for $8 a pack as opposed to TJ's selling a truck load at $4 a pack. What a drag! I bet we will be seeing it at other stores for a higher price.

                  1. re: jeffandnat

                    Got an e-mail from Niman Ranch today saying it;s available at Sprouts- good thing I have one near me in Culver City...

      2. If you're looking at mail-order, there's a plethora of choices. Benton's Bacon and Herrington's Bacon both come to mind.

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        1. re: Steve2 in LA

          My favorite is Broadbent's, also mail-order. For locally available, while I like Niman Ranch okay, my ex-Tennessee tastebuds find it light on flavor. Schreiner's up in Montrose sells their slab bacon for a bit less than $4/lb, cheaper than Niman by a bit, and I like to be able to cut slices or cubes or whatever as I need them. It's good bacon, too - don't think it's dry-cured, but it's not the wet mess most commercial bacon is either.

          For the record, Broadbent's 4-5 lb. slab is right at $30, bacon plus shipping to L.A.

          1. re: Will Owen

            And when you reach the end of the slab, the rind can go into a pot of beans. But then, you already knew that.

            1. re: Will Owen

              Just ordered a selection of Broadbent and look forward to giving it a taste. Thanks for the tip!

          2. The butcher at Jim's Fallbrook Market has excellent applewood bacon and will slice to your order (I get 10 slices to thee pound).

            1. BLT Steakhouse - West Hollywood (Sunset Strip) has an an Appetizer:

              Grilled Double Cut Bacon $9

              I've never had it, but you might give them a call and see if it's worth your sampling:

              http://www.bltsteak.com/

              .

              P.S. ~ I only mentioned this as it is rare to find bacon as a stand alone app on a Dinner menu at any upscale Restaurant.

              1. Otto's has Abalt Szalona Paprikaval, which I love.
                2320 West Clark Avenue, Burbank

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                1. re: Ideefixed

                  Another great mail order bacon:
                  http://vanderosefarms.foodoro.com/pro...

                  1. re: maudies5

                    www.smokedmeats.com

                2. Hungry Cat has a smoker out front and smokes their own bacon. you can just order a taste if you wish. worth it.

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                  1. re: NYCnowLA

                    http://www.gratefulpalate.com/

                    1. re: cdmedici

                      I found the flavor of the bacon at Schreiner's to be very good and I like that you can have them slice it as thick as you want. I still prefer the bacon I can get home in the south, but they will do in a pinch. . .

                      1. re: SouthernFoodie08

                        My take on it exactly. I'd run out of my Broadbent's and the holidaze were upon us, and Montrose is just over that way a piece. I've never had'em slice it; I'd rather do that myself.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Schreiner's is excellent. I've also found the black forest ham bacon at Whole Foods to be really tasty as well (sold in strips by the pound at the butcher counter or packaged in larger quantities in the adjacent refrigerator).

                          1. re: Will Owen

                            I also like that you can get lean bacon (which quite a few foodies prefer) or more fatty bacon (my preference!) since they cut it off the slab for you. The woman at the counter smiled when I asked her for the fattier end if the slab, in fact. :-)

                            And, I am much to lazy (and clumsy) to cut my own bacon so I will leave that to them. . ..

                      2. re: NYCnowLA

                        Wow, really? I've been there like eight times, at varying times of the day and week and never seen a smoker. They have a smoker in that courtyard area next to Borders?

                        Regardless, that burger with the bacon is pretty damn good.

                      3. Although when purchasing for home use I get the no nitrate/nitrate, hormone or preservative versions at TJ and WF, I LOVE the bacon at Russell's in Pasadena. Anyone have any idea who the purveyor is?

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                        1. re: Fru

                          MY GOD! Finally someone mentions Russell's in Pasadena! I love their Famous Bacon Cheeseburger! mmmm that juicy beef with that delicious thousand island dressing and the sharpness of the cheddar, and those crispy red onions! oooooh! I gotta have one like once a week! The bacon however, is usually hit or miss, im not sure what that depends upon, but sometimes the bacon will be crispy juicy perfection :), while other times it will be dry and crunchy :(

                          1. re: Fru

                            I LOVE the bacon at Russell's in Pasadena. Anyone have any idea who the purveyor is?
                            ~~~~~~~~~~~
                            why not call them and ask?

                          2. Nueske's bacon, an applewood-smoked product from Wisconsin, is excellent and is the choice of many restaurants. I first sampled it at brunch at Saddle Peak Lodge many, many years ago. Gelson's carries it or it can be ordered online from nueske.com. It is an assertively smoky bacon that comes in thin-sliced, thick-sliced, or thick-sliced with black pepper which is really good.

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                            1. re: barham turner

                              BTW, Nueske's has free shipping through end of February [IIRC] with no minimum order.

                              Their prices are quite reasonable.

                              1. re: barham turner

                                I'll second Nueske's. It's available at Gelson's, How's, and (I think) Bristol Farms.

                                1. re: Jordan

                                  nope not at my Bristol Farms. I didn't know that How's carried it though. Darn, I just ordered some thanks to the tip about free shipping.

                                  1. re: sparkareno

                                    Check out their Canadian bacon, too.

                              2. Wolfgang's steak house in Beverly Hills has a bacon appetizer that is excellent. Interesting starter for a steak dinner, but very good.

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                                1. re: BHAppeal

                                  Wolfgang's bacon was great. Extra thick and tasty.

                                  1. re: BHAppeal

                                    Another endorsement for the bacon at Wolfgang's Steak House in Beverly Hills.

                                    I also love the bacon at Coogie's in Malibu.

                                  2. Don't kill me. My favorite bacon is Farmer Johns Old Fashioned Maple Bacon. Don't get me wrong, i've never met a piece of bacon I didn't lke, but I'm embarrassed to say, the first time I bought it, I ate the whole package in one day.

                                    1. Tito’s Market in El Monte has some of the best slab bacon I’ve tasted. You can buy it whole, by the pound or the butcher will slice it to your specifications. It helps if you speak enough Spanish to articulate your request. I prefer thick-cut. This stuff is awesome; rustic, great flavor and crisps up nicely without losing too much matter in the process. Fresh-cured, never frozen at about $3.50/lb. Last week, I ate two pounds in three days, mostly a la carte!

                                      Make sure to pick-up some of Tito’s incredible beef or chicken empanadas ($1.19/ea.) while you’re there. Amazingly addicting.

                                      Tito’s Market
                                      9814 Garvey Ave
                                      El Monte, CA 91735
                                      (626) 579-1893

                                      Maximize the utility of your visit and stop in at Pho Hien-Mai right across the street for a deliciously hot bowl of Pho Dac Biet. Pho Hien, Pho Minh (great Bun Bo Hue) and Pho Hyunh are all within several blocks as well, if you prefer.

                                      Pho Hien-Mai
                                      9805 Garvey Ave
                                      El Monte, CA 91733
                                      (626) 575-2722

                                      Bon Appetit!

                                      1. Nueske Applewood Smoked bacon is the best. Period.

                                        They used to sell it at Surfas. I order it online directly from Nueske's.

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                                        1. re: Funwithfood

                                          They sold it at Gelson's, last time I looked. I like the flavor, but for that kind of money I require dry-cured.

                                        2. Marconda's Meats, Farmer's Market:

                                          6333 W. 3rd St., L.A. 323-938-5131

                                          1. The Danish bacon from Marconda Meats at the L.A. Farmer's Market is the best I've ever had. Much better than even the applewood smoked varieties I've had. It's expensive at $7.98 a pound, but if you buy a whole slab (2-5 pounds, several sizes available), they'll custom slice it for you and it's $5.98 a pound instead.

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                                            1. re: heckonwheels

                                              Thank you for the tip! Marconda has been my go-to place mostly for their giant thick pork steaks, but this gives me another excuse.

                                            2. Kokomo on beverly has delish bacon.

                                              1. Pasadena's Pie 'n' Burger. I don't care for their burgers and the pie is OK but not special. But the bacon ------ fabulous! Mornings only, 'til 10:30 I think. I would so like to know who the vendor is.....