We kicked off 2013 with a Bloody Mary and a side of slow-cooked brown sugar bacon at Foreign Cinema. Man, that bacon is good, thick-cut and sweet and salty at the same time, with these delicious sugary crispy bits at the ends. It was delicious warm when we ordered it at noon, and just as tasty hours later when we ate the remainder for a cold nighttime snack. It also got us thinking about some of the other great bacon orders around town.
Sweet-salty combinations seem to be all the rage lately. We recently had the Millionaire's Bacon at Blackwood in the Marina — thick, nearly steak-like strips oozing with a syrupy honey sauce cut slightly with chilies, a preparation that can also be found at Sweet Maple in Pac Heights. It's undeniably delicious, but one slice is almost too much, and two (the standard order) are overload for one person who needs to go on to any sort of productivity later that afternoon.
Of course, there are plenty of undoctored versions worth a mention. One can't overlook the bacon bouquet (and numerous other bacon-y charms) of Bacon Bacon Kitchen in the Haight, now the only location to get its porky goods since its food truck is out of commission. And in terms of just straight-up good stuff, we have to give a nod to Nopa's house-cured bacon, which is thick, chewy, salty, meaty, and everything we want in the morning. Or anytime.