America’s First Bacon Restaurant: Burke’s Bacon Bar

September 24, 2013 by

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It’s finally here—America’s first bacon-centric restaurant opened in Chicago late last month.

The restaurant, Burke’s Bacon Bar, is the brain child of David Burke, the innovative chef behind culinary mashups like cheesecake lollipops and salmon pastrami. His newest endeavor is cashing in on America’s obsession with the cured pork product.

Housed in a cozy 100 square-foot space, the restaurant is carry-out only. The menu was designed to offer food that’s easy to eat on the go, serving up “handwiches,” which the restaurant describes as “like a sandwich or small delicious bites that can be held with one hand.”

Nine variations of the portable pork creation are sold, including the Five-Spice Duck, which comes with Chinese bacon, hoisin sauce, cucumbers and cilantro on a steamed bun, and the Angry Reuben, with beef pastrami, spicy bacon kraut and swiss cheese on marbled rye.

Those looking for a taste of Chicago can order the River North Bacon Dog, served with traditional Chicago dog ingredients (sport peppers, relish, celery salt, onions and tomato) as well as a not-so-traditional topping (jalapeño bacon jam).

And while the emphasis here is on bacon, there is an option for vegetarians—the Smoked Eggplant Meatball Parmesan comes with tomato, pine nuts, raisins and a eggplant aioli on a soft bun, with (of course) the option to add bacon.

For desert, continue the theme with bacon chocolate chip cookies or bacon peanut brittle.

Handwiches sell for $4 each, or grab 3 for $11. Burke’s Bacon Bar is located at 610 North Rush Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.  Check out for more info.

photo credit: Burkes Bacon Bar

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