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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."