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Eight dishes to help you celebrate International Bacon Day

Happy International Bacon Day, Western New York!

What, you didn't know that was a thing? Some people say it is, and even if it weren't, it should be.

In that spirit, here are a few bacon-tinged dishes -- from the straightforward (a strip of bacon) to the more complex (steak served with maple bourbon-bacon compound butter) -- to whet your appetite.

A slab of bacon at Hutch's

The most obvious choice: the braised and glazed bacon at Hutch's on Delaware Avenue. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The perfect way to celebrate, perhaps? The braised and glazed bacon at Hutch's on Delaware Avenue. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Said Andrew Galarneau in June: "A thick slab of housemade bacon ($8.50) was ideal, with crisp edges and a center of smoky melting tenderness."

The WTF Burger at Roaming Dee's

The WTF Burger at Roaming Dee's pairs bacon with a half-pound of beef, peanut and house-made bacon jam. Traditional? Certainly not. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The WTF Burger pairs bacon with a half-pound of beef, peanut and house-made bacon jam. Traditional? Certainly not. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Ben Tsujimoto didn't review the WTF Burger in his trip to Roaming Dee's, but you can see what else the Elma restaurant has to offer.

The bacon cheese dog at Red's Hot Dogs

The bacon cheese dog at Red's Hot Dogs in East Aurora. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The bacon cheese dog at Red's Hot Dogs in East Aurora. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

In his roundup of unusual hot dogs in Western New York, Andrew Galarneau included this cheesy number. "A guy named Redlinski is selling custom links in standard and unusual styles in East Aurora, including this one, wrapped in bacon before grilling and smothered in cheddar cheese sauce," Galarneau wrote.

The Bacon Jack hot dog at Dog e Style Bar & Grill

The Bacon Jack hot dog, served with cheddar, bacon, avocado and dijon mustard. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The Bacon Jack hot dog, served with cheddar, bacon, avocado and dijon mustard. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

When Emeri Krawczyk reviewed Dog e Style in March, she didn't get this particular hot dog, but maybe that's no surprise: There are a LOT of hot dogs on the menu.

Tortola shrimp at the Byrd House in Orchard Park

The Tortola Shrimp is skewered bacon-wrapped, boursin-stuffed gulf shrimp with mango BBQ sauce. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The tortola shrimp is skewered, bacon-wrapped, boursin-stuffed gulf shrimp with mango barbecue sauce. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Said Galarneau in July: "Tortola shrimp ($9.95) were delicious bites, four jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and grilled. The bacon was nearly crispy without overcooking the shrimp, and a mango barbecue sauce added zest."

Baked stuffed clams at Danny Sheehan's Steak House in Lockport

The baked stuffed clams at Danny Sheehan's are little neck clams with bacon, bread crumbs and seasonings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The baked stuffed clams at Danny Sheehan's are little neck clams with bacon, bread crumbs and seasonings. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Said Galarneau in July: "Six baked stuffed clams ($8.50) were well-done, too, the bacon-backed filling crusty and studded with bell pepper and clam meat."

Grilled romaine salad at the Colden Mill Restaurant in Colden

The Grilled Romaine is baby romaine, roasted tomatoes, parmesan crisp, white truffle dressing and candied bacon. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The grilled romaine salad is baby romaine, roasted tomatoes, Parmesan crisp, white truffle dressing and candied bacon. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Said Galarneau in May: "Small touches made the grilled romaine salad ($9) stand out. A split head of lettuce, scuffed up on the grill, was accompanied by roasted grape tomatoes, a subtle truffle dressing, and two crunchy companions, a Parmesan cheese wafer and a stout candied bacon slice."

Grilled filet mignon at the Griffon Gastropub in Clarence

The 8-ounce grilled filet mignon is topped with maple bourbon-bacon compound butter and a crispy sweet potato nest, presented over yukon gold whipped potatoes, and served with a side of garlic, white wine and butter-sautéed baby mushrooms. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

The 8-ounce grilled filet mignon is topped with maple bourbon-bacon compound butter and a crispy sweet potato nest, presented over yukon gold whipped potatoes, and served with a side of garlic, white wine and butter-sautéed baby mushrooms. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Said Galarneau in July: "Filet mignon ($34) was terrific, resting on whipped potatoes and topped with smoky bourbon-bacon butter and a crackly tangle of fried sweet potato threads."

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