5 Unforgettable Bacon-Eating Experiences in the U.S.

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According to Meat Trade News Daily, Americans consume 1.7 billion pounds of bacon each year. With bacon being as heavenly as it is, this statistic hardly comes as a surprise.

Restaurants around the country have been angling to keep pace with bacon’s rapid growth in popularity: J&D’s Foods in Seattle sells everything from bacon shaving cream to Baconnaise. Bacon festivals have been popping up nationwide, and more and more restaurants are becoming veritable shrines to the food’s greatness, seemingly every day. We aren’t complaining.

Check out any of the below dining experiences to get your bacon fix. Sweet and savory lovers alike — we’ve got you covered!

1. BarBacon (New York, New York)

The Big Apple really does have something for everyone. Gothamist credits acclaimed chef Peter Sherman as the mastermind behind BarBacon. Sherman doesn’t just slap bacon on dishes without thought (though that does usually work in a pinch) — according to Thrillist, “They’ll always rotate a bacon tasting menu that aims to highlight a handful of surprisingly distinctive meaty strips that they literally scoured the country for — including Nueske’s from Wisco, Nodine’s pepper bacon, and Father’s maple bacon from an actual cabin in the middle of nowhere, KY.”

Highlights from the menu include a lobster roll with freshly chopped bacon and chives ($20), Shani’s BLT (with avocado and a sunny side up egg, $12), and BarBacon Banh Mi (Vietnamese spiced Soy & Anise glazed Bacon, Cucumber, Carrot and Cilantro, Nuoc Nam Sauce, $12). BarBacon also specializes in Bacon Tastings ($12 for generous samples of four artisanal bacons) and Bacon and Beer Flights ($20). Check out their website for a full menu and contact information, and see Thrillist’s article for some high-quality pictures of menu items.

While you’re in the city, stop by the Baconery (temporarily undergoing renovations) for some sweet and salty bacon-centric confections.