I could go on and on about the deliciousness, delicate crunch and overall state of euphoria that bacon induces, but really it needs no introduction.
It’s the ultimate food, standing the test of time and pleasing the palates (vegos and no-pork eaters excluded, we forgive you) of all those who eat it.
And despite desires for the tasty pig product being strongest at sunrise, it hasn’t been relegated only to breakfast dishes (of both the sweet and savoury kind); you’ll discover it on sangas, in a mousse - heck – even in beverage concoctions.
If you weren’t already entangled in a lurid love affair with swine’s finest, you’re about to be. Here's our tried and tested guide to Brisbane’s best bacon erry’thing. Pig dig in!
Breakfast burger on brioche bun | Chow House
Brioche is currently our bread of choice, so you know a day that starts with the bready deity is going to be a good one. Served with bacon, haloumi, fried egg, avocado + tomato relish, the breakfast burger at Chow House is worth many repeat visits.
39 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Jam Pantry - their many bacon offerings
These guys have an all-day menu of pantry classics, but like any star performer, it’s the daily specials where the bacon’s creative juices really shine. One of their more recent concoctions was a pumpkin pie porridge with bacon shards, maple baked pumpkin, cream and caramel popcorn. For an always on the menu pleaser, try their BLT, featuring their own house-made bacon jam.
Shop 2/575 Logan Rd, Greenslopes
French toast with poached pear and mascarpone with brown sugar coated on bacon | Suburban West End.
Available all day (hooray!), the bacon in this dish is slow-cooked with Maple syrup and brown sugar in the oven, before placing it in the fridge overnight to become a crunchy pieced of candied bacon magnificence. It’s then served with Brioche French toast, poached pears, vanilla mascarpone - which are all made in house. It's worth every calorie.
Suburban West End
220 Melbourne St, West End
The BRAT bagel, NYC Bagel Deli | Markets
Sourcing their bagels from Kelvin Grove’s The Bagel Boys, these are a must-visit at many market stalls around Brisbane. The BRAT – bacon, rocket, avocado and tomato with aioli between a perfectly chewy, dense bagel is the perfect anti-dote to a hangover (if you manage to make it to the markets, that is – which, lets face it, is 70 percent of the battle). You’ll find them at Red Hill Farmers Markets, Davies Park Markets in West End, and Eagle Farm Markets (to name a few).
The Latke stack | Shouk
Anything with the word ‘stack’ in it is always good, and Shouk’s latke stack delivers. This stack consists of a Polish potato stack, with cream cheese, dill, pickled red onions, two poached eggs and your choice of smoked salmon, bacon, avocado or haloumi. We, of course, recommend you take the bacon route – but you can always order your avo or haloumi as a side…
14 Collingwood St, Paddington
Bloody Mariachi | Remy's
They’re bacon-mad in Paddo, with another bacon dish making an appearance in the quaint ‘burb. Although they no longer do the Old Fashioned with maple bacon (dammit) their Bloody Mariachi features the streaky stalwart. Think of it as Bloody Mary's Mexican cousin, featuring lime juice, coriander, jalapenos, and the piece de resistance, the garnish. A big piece of bacon with waffle, pickles and cherry tomato. They use Kaisherflesch bacon, which they buy in a big slab and cut it thick – much to the delight of hungry porkers like us.
106 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
Bacon burger | Ben’s Burgers
Ben’s only do a few burgers – and they know how to do ‘em well. Their bacon burger consists of a beef patty, bacon, egg, cheese and special sauce number, or sausage, egg, cheese and bourbon barbecue sauce. You’ll be thinking about this burger long after you’ve left it behind.
5 Winn Street, Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
Maple Bacon Bourbon Smash | Delfina's
Just when you thought cocktails couldn’t get any better, they went and added bacon. Delfina’s opened up at The Emporium in May 2015, and their Maple Bacon Bourbon smash with Pure Canadian Maple (dark Amber), fresh orange, lemon juice, smashed orange wheel, Angostura bitters, rye bourbon and topped with a crispy bacon strip is out of this world.
Getta Filthy Fries | Getta Burger
This is not for the faint-hearted. Getta Burger at Carina is home to much tasty fare, including the overly indulgent Getta Filthy Fries. Picture this: fries, covered in cheese, then topped with smoked brisket, pulled pork, grilled onion and maple bacon – finished with “That BBQ Sauce”, ranch and dressing.
4152, 1396 Creek rd, Carina
63 degree bacon and eggs | Gerard’s Bistro
What’s not to love about Gerard’s Bistro? They added breakfast to the menu sometime last year, meaning you don’t have to wait until lunchtime to get your Gerry-style feeds. Their Bacon and eggs with 63 degree duck eggs, smoked bacon mousse and maple toasted buckwheat is like the fanciest version of bacon and eggs you'll find in Brissy - but don't let that put you off. Despite the bacon being in mousse form, this dish is an incredible breakfast experience.
Shop 14/15 James Street, Fortitude Valley
Bacon with anything | Statler & Waldorf
This is not a dish per say, but if you’ve wandered past the café in recent times, you’ll have noticed a blackboard out the front sporting the words “Add bacon anywhere for $3”. For three measly dollars, the world’s your bacon and they'll really add it to anything. Eggplant parmy? Tick! Caramelised pumpkin and blue cheese salad? Tick! They'll probably add it to your foul mood brought on by a bad day if you ask them, too - and then it won't be a bad day, 'cos bacon fixes everything.
Statler & Waldorf
25 Caxton St, Petrie Tce
Wookie Waffles | The Burrow
These Star Wars inspired waffles come served with your choice of toppings with names like Darth Mulberry and , but we’re only focusing on the Ham Solo, ‘cos it’s all about bacon, mmmm’kay? This out-of-this world waffle dish comes served with crispy black forest bacon and maple syrup. Basically a one-way ticket to bacon heaven.
37 Mollison Street, West End
Ricotta buttermilk pikelets | Harveys
The bacon on these is listed optional, but as a bacon devotees no, there ain’t no option – you’re either in, or you’re out. This heavenly breakfast comes topped with caramelised banana, honeycomb butter, and smoked bacon – served 7 days a week from around 7am until 11.30.
Harveys Bar + Bistro
Shop 4, 31 James St, Fortitude Valley