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8 Restaurant Chains That Serve the Fanciest Bacon

The irresistible meat, best known for its starring role at breakfast, emerges as a dish for center stage.
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Bacon is a standard, if welcome, side to any breakfast or brunch, but lately, it's taken on a new role as a starring, stand-alone appetizer for any meal or time of day.

These dishes are all about the bacon—and top-quality bacon, at that. Think thick-cut bacon from a venerable smokehouse operator like Nueske's, served before your main course at a beautiful steakhouse dinner, or bacon that's been baked and candied in decadent ingredients.

Follow our quest to uncover unique bacon experiences around the country, from the high-end to the mid-priced. These eight restaurants serve bacon that's best described as fancy. They also taste good and will make your mouth happy. Read on for the best bacon in the land.

The Capital Grille

capital grille korean bbq bacon
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Per item: 380 calories, 24 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,430 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 24 g protein

Nueske's is a specialty meat supplier based in Wisconsin, and it produces some of the best smoked bacon (among other meaty treats) in the country. You'll find its bacon on the menu at the Capital Grille, served as an appetizer. The bacon is double-cut, smoked with cherry wood, and served with a Korean barbecue glaze and pickled shallots. The gingery zing of the sauces complements the smoky meat incredibly well.

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Bob Evans

bob evans blue ribbon bacon
Bob Evans
Per item: 390 calories, 23 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,110 mg sodium,  29 g carbs (25 g fiber, 22 g sugar)

When it comes to fancy things, Bob Evans probably isn't the first name that springs to mind, but the chain's Blue Ribbon bacon is surprisingly indulgent. You'll find this dish on the shareable and sides portion of the menu. These five strips of center-cut hardwood-smoked bacon glazed with black pepper maple honey hit both sweet and smoky notes.

First Watch

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Per item: 250 calories, 15 g fat (n/a g saturated fat, n/a g trans fat), 380 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (n/a g fiber, n/a g sugar), 7 g protein

If you haven't been to this growing breakfast and lunch spot for its Million Dollar bacon, consider this a nudge. You'll get four slices of sticky, sweet hardwood smoked bacon that's been baked with brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne, and a maple syrup drizzle. Enjoy this indulgent dish as a side to breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

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Morton's The Steakhouse

Morton's The Steakhouse/Facebook
Per item: 900 calories

The steakhouse, with more than 70 U.S. locations perfect for any celebration, offers a classic preparation of Nueske's bacon. Described on the menu as bacon steak, the 12-ounce thick-cut slab bacon comes with a honey-bourbon glaze. Leave room for a proper steak afterward.

David Burke Prime

Maple glazed bacon at David Burke Prime
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You've probably seen David Burke judging contestants on Bravo TV's "Top Chef," and he's earned it. He's widely recognized as the creator of "clothesline bacon," meaning crispy bacon that's hanging from a tiny clothesline and often torched tableside. His name is on steakhouses and taverns across the country, including David Burke Prime, and the majority of them serve a version of his maple bacon, which consists of extra thick-cut candied bacon and a black pepper maple glaze.

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Thick Cut Bacon Au Poivre served in bourbon molasses glaze at Del Frisco's
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

Del Frisco's is one of the fanciest restaurants on this list, and it shows in its bacon preparation. The restaurant chain serves thick-cut bacon from Nueske's (yes, this bacon is next level) at its 17 locations around the country. Expect bacon that's been smoked and is served au poivre, with a bourbon molasses glaze.

Smith & Wollensky

smith and wollensky bacon
Smith & Wollensky / Facebook

This storied steakhouse, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, has locations in many major cities around the U.S. Its grilled bacon, which is always on the menu, comes in different preparations, all of them worth trying. Right now, most restaurants are serving grilled bacon banh mi style, with pickled vegetables, Fresno pepper, and a crispy baguette; however, some locations are serving it slab style. Either way, it's worth eating.

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Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Sizzling Canadian bacon at Wolfgang's Steakhouse
Wolfgang's Steakhouse

With seven locations in East Coast cities and even more internationally, Wolfgang's has established itself as one of the world's premier steakhouse chains. On the dinner menu, head to the appetizers section for the restaurant's take on a bacon starter. Sizzling Canadian bacon is served extra thick, by the slice. It's great as a standalone or paired with one of the restaurant's hearty salads.

Tanya Edwards
Tanya Edwards is a seasoned food and health journalist, who has held roles at Yahoo Health as Managing Editor and at Food Network as Programming Director. Read more about Tanya