Where to get your bacon fix in Atlanta

12:34 p.m Thursday, May 19, 2016 Atlanta Food & Drink
Bacon Wrapped Dates at Cinebistro. Photo: Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com

Is everything really better with bacon? Yes. Yes, it is.  This is a town that loves some pork products. We even have a festival dedicated to glorious bacon. Want to know where you can get your fill? These are the dishes around Atlanta that prove that bacon really does make everything better.

4225 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta; www.buttermilkkitchen.com

Bacon and eggs are the classic American breakfast combo. Add in pimento cheese and  red pepper jelly, and you've got what our Wendell Brock called the best omelet in Atlanta. "Neither too pillowy nor too svelte, it’s just right. " And bacon? Oh, it's filled to bursting with crisp Benton's bacon.

Want more tips for navigating the brunch scene of Atlanta? Check out our guide here.

 1401 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta; www.hfbreadco.com

Ever wanted to be the hero of a party? Bring this popcorn. It is mixed with Benton’s bacon and a sorghum and bacon fat caramel. Yes, caramel made with bacon fat. This glorious food is found at area specialty shops and can be ordered online here.

4 Pine St # A, Avondale Estates; www.pinestreetmarket.com

This Avondale Estates butcher shop is making some fine cured pork belly. It comes in two flavors. The signature is an Applewood smoked that is dry-rubbed with maple and molasses and a black pepper. That is also available amped up and rubbed with black pepper and chili for that perfect spicy bite.  

Ever wanted to literally bring home the bacon? Sign up for one of their in-shop classes. They teach students to make their own bacon.

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur; www.leonsfullservice.com

Peanut butter and bacon. At first glance, there is no reason why they should belong together. Belong together they do, though. Thick, smoky slices of Benton’s bacon are served in a short glass jar. On the side is a thin peanut sauce for dipping that elevates it from just bacon in a jar to a mast-have dish. 

112 Krog St NE, Atlanta; www.kevinrathbun.com

Why not start off a carnivorous steakhouse meat with even more meat? The bacon appetizer come thickly cut, like inch-long slabs. Those slabs of bacon are sticky with a molasses and Sriracha glaze. The result is fatty, salty, sweet and spicy.

870 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta; www.dieselatlanta.com

Holy bacon, Batman. This thing is intense. This bacon-bomb starts with a sausage patty that has been wrapped with weaved bacon and drizzled with maple syrup. Then, it’s placed on an English muffin, topped with a poached egg, blackberry jam and melted cheddar cheese.

This crazy-popular treat is known by three simple letters; B.W.D. The bacon wrapped dates are one thing on a menu filled with cured pork that is truly can’t-miss. The dates are stuffed with Manchego cheese and walnuts, then wrapped in bacon and roasted. Nutty, salty and cheesy. Is there anything better?

Wash it all down with the Iberian Old Fashioned, made with bacon-infused rye bourbon, maple syrup, Angostura bitters and garnished with orange and lemon.

1718 Old 41 Hwy NW, Marietta

Bacon, egg and cheese on a biscuit. Is there anything more quintessentially southern? When the craving for a taste of true South hits, head straight to this little shack in Marietta. Fluffy cathead biscuits hold scrambled eggs that are just this side of set, loads of crisp bacon and melted yellow cheese. There’s nothing fancy here, just an amazing breakfast that will stick to your sides for hours. 

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