Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Everything’s Better with Bacon


In America, unless your friends are all vegan you’ll probably have a hard time finding someone who disagrees.   That’s because whether it’s served as a side with pancakes and eggs, or atop your favorite gooey cheeseburger, well, let’s face it– everything really is better with bacon.Lucky for us, despite its reputation for being such a diet and exercise conscious city, it turns out Los Angeles agrees.

Follow your carnivorous instincts to Animal, Jon Shook & Vinnny Dotolo’s new restaurant, opened in June of 2008.   Known from their Food Network reality show, “Two Dudes Catering,” these two laid back chefs feature mostly meat on their menu to the delight of LA hipster crowds— pork chops, ribs, steaks, and mmm… bacon.   The “Food Dudes” are not known for green leafy vegetables, so bring a hearty appetite.  And if you’ve heard the rumor but didn’t believe it, you’ll just have to taste it for yourself: they even serve bacon for dessert– their signature “bacon chocolate crunch bar!”

There’s no sign on the door, so follow your “animal” instincts to sniff it out.  It shouldn’t be hard to catch a waft of the savory & smoky flavors within a mile of the vicinity.   435 North Fairfax Avenue, between Oakwood and Rosewood Avenues, (323) 782-9225 open for dinner Sun-Thurs 6 pm-11 pm, Fri-Sat, 6 pm-2 am.

If you fancy yourself more of a bacon fanatic than just a bacon fan, you might try this crowd-pleaser at your next party: the Candied Bacon Martini.

Line a baking sheet with foil, sprinkle ¼ cup of brown sugar over 8 bacon slices, and bake at 400 degrees until crisp and caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.  In a large cocktail shaker, combine 6 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Applejack brandy, 2 ounces amaretto, and 2 ounces maple syrup with ice.  Shake until chilled, and then pour into 4 chilled martini glasses.  Garnish with an apple slice and half a slice of candied bacon.   Really?  What could be more delicious?!

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