Where to Find the Best Bacon on Chicago’s North Shore
Mmmmm. Bacon. Few tastes illicit the same mouth-watering response and deep devotion as bacon and the many tasty combos it inspires. With carry-out and curbside pickup options available from some of our finest restaurants, you can literally bring home the bacon. Midwesterners devour this meaty delight in every way imaginable — and a few that aren’t. The country’s main meat packing center since the 1860s, the Chicago area has been a hub for the cured meat stable for decades. Whether you want your fix on a specialty cheeseburger, a gourmet appetizer featuring onion confit, or a donut (no, really), Chicago’s North Shore bacon options will make you swine, rather swoon with delight.
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1704 Central St., Evanston
You know you’ve got to check this one out. It’s a donut. With bacon on it! “The Dude” Goo is a sweet and savory fan favorite at the award-winning DB3 Donuts. The maple cinnamon cake donut is topped with maple glaze and crisp strips of bacon. Flavors of these gourmet yeasty wonders can rotate every two weeks with options that often include the fanciful Fruity Pebbles, rich Nutella- or Lemon Curd-Filled, and the deep, dark Chocolate Ganache.
DB3 Donuts, Evanston
241 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
If you’re going to eat something a bit more traditional, you’re going to want one of the best burgers around. The D'Agostino's Joe's Burger is topped with Applewood smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions and cheddar creating a stack of deliciousness. Served with your choice of french fries, tator tots or a baked potato.
Morton's The Steakhouse
699 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook
Seafood can also be delightfully accessorized with a bit of bacon. Legendary Morton’s applies their skill with meats of all kinds to craft a mouth-watering Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops appetizer. Order them up with the Grilled Oysters to set the stage for a truly memorable dinner experience. A Chicago classic for more than 30 years, the steakhouse is known for tender, juicy, aged USDA prime beef, but scores high marks with a full line of fine seafood.
Morton's The Steakhouse, Northbrook
9310 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
fBonefish Grill may be known for their fish, but the Bacon Jam Pork Chop is one not to miss. A 12oz bone-in pork chop with a bourbon bacon jam and pineapple chili honey on top that comes with your choice of two signature sides. If that's not enough bacon for you, order a premium side of Applewood Bacon Mac & Cheese. Follow it all with something sweet from their dessert menu like the Macadamia Nut Brownie served with raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with macadamia nuts.
Bonefish Grill, Skokie
64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Their name means “to bark” but local brasserie Aboyer (ab-wah-yay) could add an oink or two. Their stellar Coq au Vin simmers a Burgundy Braised Leg, Thigh, and Roasted Breast with Bacon Lardons (plus pearl onions and button mushrooms). The “lardon,” also called lardoon or larding, is a small strip or cube of fatty bacon, or pork fat used to flavor a wide variety of cuisines. Chef Michael Lachowicz’s lively combo of American and French fare is just across from Winnetka’s Indian Hill Metra Stop making it handy for a pick-up now or visit later.
Aboyer, Winnetka; Photo Credit: Aboyer
4520 W. Lake St., Glenview
Order up one of each of these bacon beauties for a taste test: the Three Little Pigs Pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and pecan smoked bacon or the Fifty/50 Burger with its flattop-grilled patty, Jones Farm pecan-smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and burger sauce (“the original recipe…not the stolen one!”). All burgers served with hand-cut fries or pick a sub for additional $2 (side salad, waffle sweet fries, parmesan chips, nb steak frites, onion rings, cheese fries, or mac n cheese). You can even replace any burger patty with a beyond-meat patty, wood-grilled chicken breast, homemade quinoa patty, or homemade turkey patty.
North Branch, Glenview
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
Have you ever tasted bacon that’s been slow smoked over glowing Applewood embers? The amazing appetizer Tarte Flambe at Guildhall partners Nueske’s Premium Apple-Smoked Bacon (that’s award winning, btw) with gruyere, crème fraîche, fromage blanc, onion confit, and chives. The rest of your meal will also tell the tale of an American Bistro with European influences. Here, very traditional European preparations and ingredients coexist with those celebrating what is very local and inspired by new flavor combinations their chefs love.
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