Six best bacon-centric dishes in Denver

Categories: Bacon, The List

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Eat me!

Ah, bacon. Savory, delicious bacon. Not only is it one of our favorite foodstuffs in the free world, but you can do just about anything with it, not the least of which is designing a makeshift bra. But above all else, it's the one thing that steadfastly makes us too stubborn to make the inconceivable leap to vegetarianism. Straight from the pig's snout, five bacon dishes in Denver (and one a few miles up the road) that make us squeal like a hog in heat.

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Bacon flight at the Berkshire
7352 East 29th Avenue

Rarely, if ever, does one scrap of bacon fulfill our pigheaded obsession, which is why we love the flight of four at the Berkshire. The porkorific plate of garlic, cinnamon-chipotle, curried and balsamic bacon strips, served with bacon-bolstering accompaniments, can be yours for $12. We even professed our fondness for the Berk's fatty pig parts last year, when it made Westword's 100 favorite dishes list.

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Fresh bacon at Rioja
1431 Larimer Street

Jennifer Jasinski's menu changes with the seasons, but her fresh bacon starter -- cardamon-spiced Kurobuta pork belly straddling a Madras curry-scented fresh garbanzo bean puree -- has managed to retain its rightful place on the menu, presumably because if Jasinski removed it, the whole of Larimer Square would be overrun with protesters snorting in revolt. The recipe, should you want to spend the two days it takes to make it at home, is included in The Perfect Bite, Jasinski's beautiful new cookbook.

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Liz Kellermeyer
Chocolate-covered bacon at Lewis Sweet Shop
208 East Park Avenue, Empire

While Lewis Sweet Shop is actually about 42 miles west of Denver in Empire, it's worth the gas mileage for dozens of reasons -- the candy deviled-eggs, for one -- but the showy bacon strips, crisp, crinkled and dipped in dark chocolate -- and a steal at $1.27 each -- are specimens of hyper-rich frivolity that make us whimper in lust.

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12 comments
ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

Uptown is generally the area from Broadway and 16th Ave north to Park Avenue West and east to Vine street.

Taramadar
Taramadar

How did none of the dishes from The Porker make this list??

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

Jon S -- What is P17?

Lori Midson
Lori Midson

Parallel Seventeen, an Asian restaurant in Uptown.

Donna
Donna

Denver has an "uptown?" Who woulda thunk!

Jon S
Jon S

With all respect to Rioja, the fresh bacon P17 serves at brunch is the best pork belly in town.

ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve

One of the best is fried macaroni and cheese. Pack a batch of macaroni and cheese into a greased 8 x 8 pan and refrigerate overnight. Cut the batch into squares, then wrap each piece with a strip of bacon and fasten with a toothpick. Dredge each square in flour, then beaten egg, then panko bread crumbs. Fry in a couple of inches of oil and you're ready to go.

Bacon Daddy
Bacon Daddy

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts??? Wow that's original!

Dawn
Dawn

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts at Jonesy's! Yum!

Bacon Daddy
Bacon Daddy

what about the bacon dust scallops at 1515???

bgreen
bgreen

Bacon Steak at Oceanaire!

A.P.
A.P.

Yummy! I am also a fan of the bacon jam at Rack & Rye!

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