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Coming to Seattle with baconophilic family members from all over. Is there a restaurant serving the equal or better of Benton, Neuske or Corralitos bacons. Prefer downtown but I could probably "force" them to travel for the really good stuff.

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  1. OMG! I'd also really like to know if someone had Corralitos products locally - restaurant or store. I never considered I could get it here. It's been 20 years but I can still remember getting lunch from there and eating on the sidewalk or the porch across the street. Yum!!!

    1. Skillet is famous for their Bacon Jam--that might get a bacon lover's attention! The other day I had breakfast at the diner (they started as a food truck, which is still out there, but there's a bricks-and-mortar location now), and ordered a side of guanciale, which I'd never had before. It was heaven--I've been craving it ever since!

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      Skillet Street Food and Diner
      1400 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122

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        1. re: wolfe

          Hi, again, wolfe:

          Is guanciale a different cut from a pork cutlet? IME from the Midwest packing plants, true cutlet *is* the jowl--sort of a porcine halibut cheek.

          Aloha,
          Kaleo

      1. Maybe tempura fried kurobuta bacon at John Howie steaks... but it's in Bellevue.

        Tom Douglas uses Bavarian Meats Bacon which is a great local bacon. Breakfast at Lola or Brunch at Etta's would be a good way to try it. If you are down at the Pike Place Market stop by Bavarian Meats for a landjaeger sausage. They have samples and once try you might be addicted.

        Metropolitan Market has Hempler's Bacon on it's AM buffet and Whole Foods has really good bacon on there's too. Since it's by the pound and bacon is light you can pick up a box of cooked bacon on the cheap for snack. If you like crispy then Whole Foods does it more crispy. The MM at Hempler's [smoked in WA] is really good but not usually cooked as crispy.

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        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Metropolitan Market
        1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

        1. Dot's Deli in Fremont has house smoked bacon for their BLT's. There are a few places making bacon - should you care to try something new and local.

          1. Hi, wolfe:

            Armandino (Mario Batalia's dad) at Salumi will fix you right up if you want to cook a little, I'm sure. We're kinda behind the times here in Seattle. The bumpkins at Hempler's and Bavarian Meats do OK, too. Ask who they sell to.

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

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            Salumi
            309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

            1. The Swinery is my go-to bacon these days (I don't know if they make their own or if it's sourced from someone else but it's my favorite bacon in town.)

              They sometimes have other "bacons" like duck or lamb bacon, too. It's a butcher shop (a real whole-animal butcher at that) but they serve lunch in a little courtyard behind the storefront, including one of the better burgers in town. If the weather's nice and traffic's moving it's a pleasant and quick trip from downtown on the 55 bus to West Seattle.

              Skillet is also a good bet, though I prefer regular bacon to their famous bacon jam.

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              The Swinery
              3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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              1. re: terrier

                Terrier, I am almost positive that The Swinery cures/smokes their own. When I inquired about getting some belly from them to make my own, I was told to call ahead because they use nearly all they get in for theirs. I think they sell a lot of it. I was told that all or most of their pork was Carlton Farms.

                The first few times I purchased Hempler's it was over-cured. Way too salty. Recently, however, it has been quite good.

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                The Swinery
                3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

                1. re: Cbas79

                  I completely believe they do their own bacon, I've just seen products in there from other suppliers from time to time (Zoe's Meats, Skillet's Bacon Jam, etc.)

                  Yes, most of the pork they get in there is from Carlton Farms. I think they're trying to get hogs in from some smaller producers but they do enough business that they need a steady supply and consistent product.

              2. I found some mention of the BLT at Three Sister Bakery in the PP Market. Is it because of the quality of the bacon or the bread or neither and only tourist hype?

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                1. re: wolfe

                  Three Girls Bakery or Sisters European Snacks? Both are in the market and both serve sandwiches. Three Girls is kind of an old fashion counter (in back - don't be fooled by the bakery and to go windows out front) that serve hearty sandwiches. Some like the meatloaf, some the tattoos and piercings. I've never figured out if they bake anything or just resell from others - I've always thought the later, but they have a pretty good selection. The sandwiches are, satisfying.

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                  Three Girls Bakery
                  1514 Pike Pl Ste 1, Seattle, WA 98101

                  Sisters European Snacks
                  1530 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                  1. re: tsquare

                    Thanks, TGB where I want to take my 2 sisters, pardon the confusion.

                    1. re: tsquare

                      Three Girls Bakery hasn't baked on-site in many years. IIRC, the pastry (rugulah, etc) is all they bake themselves (off-site) while the breads come from Grand Central, Brenner Bros (rye), and Essential. (That's not a bad thing, these are good bread bakeries.)

                      I like their meatloaf sandwich ok. Never had a BLT there. TBH, I have always preferred the sandwiches upstairs at Matt's In The Market on those rare occasions where I've had time for lunch there.

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                      Three Girls Bakery
                      1514 Pike Pl Ste 1, Seattle, WA 98101

                  2. Thank you all for suggestions. I emailed Hempler's and they could not tell me a restaurant that used their bacon. The frenzy of the wedding prep cut down on exploration time but the fates were smiling not only on the wedding couple but the baconophiles that had breakfast at the Olympic Fairmont Georgian Restaurant. They serve a great sticky honey pepper bacon which the waitress said came from Oregon. I thought she said Hill Farms but I guess my hearing was still impaired from the previous evening's cacophony, excuse me I mean dance music, and I can't really google that source. This lovely treat could maybe have used a little more smoke but think candied bacon for breakfast.

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                      1. re: Jeri L

                        Not quite. Thank you for the clarification.