The one must-try bacon in every state

The very notion that some group of Americans who I don’t even know could pick better bacon than me is preposterous.

What’s nice here (apart from how pretty this bacon is) is that you can buy it unsliced, which means that when you cook it, you can make it as thick as you want.

Alabama: Bill-E’s Small Batch Unsliced Bacon in Fairhope

Though thinner than I’d normally like, this shoulder bacon really looks special.

Alaska: Alaska Birch Syrup Shoulder Bacon, Butcher Block No. 9, Anchorage

Named the best bacon in town by the Phoenix New Times, the Meat Shop has a bacon history.

Arizona: Fresh Jowl & Center Cut Bacon, The Meat Shop in Phoenix

There’s just something special about being able to walk into a restaurant and order a bunch of bacon, wrapped in brown paper, and then be able to leave, and wander around aimlessly, eating bacon.

California: The Bouquet of Bacon, Bacon Bacon, San Francisco

This bacon is at a golf club (which may or may not appeal to you) and yes, it’s called “Millionaire’s Bacon”.

Delaware: Millionaire’s Bacon, Deerfield Golf Club, Newark

Lots of people go to Siesta Key for the beach (it’s one of the best in the country), but I have family there and they rave about the bacon at Sun Garden..

Florida: Mississippi Queen, The Sun Garden Cafe, Siesta Key

Mac ‘n cheese with bacon is nothing new, but the version known as The Mac at John Berryhill’s restaurant, Bacon, in Boise, is a cut above.

Idaho: The Mac, Bacon, Boise

Their Indianapolis-based “meat locker” is only open to the public once a month and you’ll have to sign up for their newsletter to find out just when it happens.

Indiana: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Smoking Goose, Indianapolis

Elizabeth’s praline bacon is the exception. This restaurant in the French Quarter knows what they are doing. They’ve been making this bacon for more than 20 years and the texture is perfect.

Louisiana: Praline Bacon, Elizabeth’s, New Orleans

A bacon-themed restaurant that doubles as a comedy club is a concept I can really get behind. But these guys take their bacon really seriously. Take a look at the menu.

Maine: Bacon Burger, House of Bacon, Auburn

There’s a ton of great bacon all over this country and we’ve only just scratched the surface.

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