Chicagoans love their bacon; we even have a festival devoted to it. We just can’t resist that smoky, salty goodness which has made it a brunch classic. We have gathered the best bacon dishes and drinks to live out every bacon filled fantasy to celebrate National Bacon Day to the fullest.
Bacon & Eggs
Bacon and eggs are like peanut butter and jelly, rosé and summer, and all other the combinations that just belong together. For a twist on the traditional English breakfast head to Au Cheval, for super fluffy scrambled eggs, massive slices of Texas toast, and peppered bacon. Au Cheval aims to please, so you can also get your bacon and eggs on top a burger if you desire. Brunch is served Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Au Cheval, 800 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL. (312) 929-4580
There is none of that store-bought bacon at Big Jones, the bacon here is cured and smoked in house. You can taste the difference in Big Jones’ bacon and spring onion omelette. Make sure to try get it with a side of creamy grits. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Big Jones, 5347 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL. (773) 275-5725.
While slightly biased, the rustic peasant quiche at m.henry’s provides the quintessential bacon and egg combination. Super creamy eggs, apple smoked bacon, and two kinds of cheese, gruyere and lorraine swiss, make it difficult to beat the m.henry quiche experience. Check out our review here. Brunch is served Tuesday through Friday starting at 7 a.m. and weekends starting at 8 a.m. m.henry, 5707 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL. (773) 561-1600.
Bacon Two Ways
Bacon is so versatile that it can be paired with just about anything including itself. We can’t enough of bacon, so we’re ordering up bacon two ways—on our plates and in our glasses. Hash House a Go Go understands our bacon obsession and is celebrating National Bacon Day with all things bacon with us. Start with the Johnny’s famous BLT Mary. Pair it with the bacon waffle, a gigantic Belgian waffles with two strips of bacon in middle. Brunch is served daily starting at 7:30 a.m. Hash House a Go Go, 1212 N. State Parkway, Chicago, IL. (312) 202-0994.
The breakfast sandwich is key for busy bitches who still like to brunch. Easy, quick, and delicious. The Southern Chicago is serving up a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a Southern twist. The eggs are scrambled with a Pimento cheese to give it a slight kick and crunch is added with fried okra. Pair it with a maple bacon Manhattan. Swimsuit season is ending anyways, it’s time to indulge. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Southern Chicago, 1840 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL. (773) 342-1840.
‘Lil Pigs Benny
South Water Kitchen’s menu is covered with bacon filled delights. We suggest the three “lil” pigs eggs benedict for true meat lovers. Bacon, ham, and sausage are doused in luscious Hollandaise sauce. Finish off brunch with the sweet and savory Buffalo Soldier, a combination of bourbon, bacon bits, maple syrup, and cinnamon bitters shaken to perfection. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. South Water Kitchen, Hotel Monaco Chicago, 225 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL. (312) 236-9300
Sweet and Savory
Can’t decide between sweet or savory for brunch? Have both. Start your Sunday brunch with Avec’s Spanish inspired medjool dates wrapped in bacon. Don’t underestimate this small plate, it will satisfy your sweet and salty cravings in one bite. Brunch is served Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Avec, 615 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL. (312) 377 – 2002
Bacon and Cheese
As summer winds down, be sure to fill your schedule with as many rooftop brunches. We’re still thinking about our rooftop brunch at Chop Shop and the surprisingly delicious bacon cheddar biscuits. Moist, flakey, salty, and covered in honey butter. Need we say more? Check out our review here. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL. (773) 537-4440.
Owen & Engine is following suit with the in-house bacon trend. Here the house bacon is served over Scottish pancakes coated in house barrel aged Burton’s maple syrup. Yum! Brunch is served Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owen & Engine, 2700 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL. (773) 235-2930.