11 amazing dishes that’ll be bacon you crazy hungry for National Bacon Day in Birmingham

Bacon makes everything better. Photo via Soho Social’s Facebook

December, 30 is National Bacon Day—a holiday to celebrate the crispy, sizzling staple that will make an entire room smell like heaven and tastes good on pretty much anything. Looking for the best bacon dishes in Birmingham? We rounded up 11 dishes you have to try.

1. Fancy Bacon—John’s City Diner

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A must-try dish for National Bacon Day. Photo via John’s City Diner’s Facebook

For National Bacon Day, we have to start out with good old-fashioned bacon, plain and simple. Except even though this dish is mostly just bacon, it’s not your standard side of breakfast plate meat.

Fancy Bacon is the main event with slow-braised Beeler’s pure pork belly coated in a Bourbon-maple glaze. Thick slices of the Fancy Bacon are served on top of roasted corn grits—yum!

2. Great Balls of Fire—Paramount Bar

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Time to head to Paramount for bites of cheesy, bacon goodness. Photo via Paramount Bar’s Facebook

Paramount Bar really outdid itself in the creative department when they added this appetizer. The Great Balls of Fire are fried risotto balls stuffed full of bacon, jalapeños, cheddar cheese and scallions. Top these cheesy, crunchy fried balls off with ranch, and you are good to go.

3. Three Bacon BLT—Soho Social

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Soho Social is bringing the bacon in this BLT. Photo via Soho Social’s Facebook

Have you ever seen such a beautiful BLT? This monster sandwich is piled high with three different types of bacon: jalapeño bacon, hickory bacon and shoulder bacon. This is a bacon lover’s dream and it’s topped off with Soho Social’s house-made pimento cheese.

4. Chicken Bacon Ranch—MELT

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Talk about the ultimate sandwich. Photo via MELT’s Facebook

The Chicken Bacon Ranch Grilled Cheese at MELT is crammed full of crispy bacon and juicy grilled chicken. Monterey Jack & cheddar cheese is melted on top with lettuce, tomato and ranch. It’s all sandwiched between two buttery pieces of Texas Toast.

5. Maple Bacon Donut—The Heavenly Donut Co.

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Salty and sweet is the best combo. Photo via The Heavenly Donut Co.’s Facebook

If you’re one to dip your bacon in maple syrup while eating a plate of pancakes, the Maple Bacon Donut fromThe Heavenly Donut Co. is for you. The sweet maple frosting and salty bacon topping come together to create a donut so delicious you’ll want to take home a dozen.

Check out our local food and drink guide for even more incredible restaurants in Birminhgam with delicious dishes like these! 😋🍽️

6. Bluebird Salad—Brick & Tin

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The perfect topping for your salad is loads of bacon. Photo via Brick & Tin’s Facebook

Did you know bacon is actually healthy? Well maybe not always, but when it’s in a salad that counts right? Get in your daily dose of greens with the Bluebird Salad from Brick & Tin. Topped with fried chicken, avocado, blue cheese dressing and tons of bacon, this is easily one of my favorite salads in Birmingham.

7. Buffalo Roll—Umami Birmingham

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Welcome to sushi paradise. Photo via Umami Birmingham’s Facebook

What could be even better than sushi? The answer is sushi with bacon, and at Umami Birmingham, the Buffalo Roll fulfills that dream. This tasty tempura roll consists of bacon jalapeño, spicy tuna tartare, sweet soy-reduction, sriracha, green onion and avocado.

8. The Hash—The Essential

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Still dreamin’ of this hash. Photo via Cecilia Wood for Bham Now

Nothing says breakfast like bacon and at The Essential, they are taking it up a notch from your classic breakfast with The Hash. Only available on their brunch menu, The Hash is a delicious combination of hash potatoes, crispy bacon, grilled onions, house-pickled peppers and two eggs any style. It’s topped off with a fresh salsa verde.

Their brunch menu is usually only served from 9AM-2PM on Saturday and Sunday, but head to The Essential from December 29-January 2 for their annual Brunchathon. They will be serving brunch every day from 11AM-3PM

9. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit—Alabama Biscuit Co.

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A bacon biscuit sounds like the perfect breakfast to me. Photo via Alabama Biscuit Co.’s website

This is no ordinary biscuit. At Alabama Biscuit Co, the biscuits are better than grandma’s and the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit is to die for. It comes with Conecuh bacon, fried egg, melted Cheddar and a side of house jelly.

10. Swine Pie—Post Office Pies

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Try the Swine Pie for tasty bites of bacon. Photo via Post Office Pies’ Facebook

The Swine pizza from Post Office Pies is full of amazing meats including pork sausage, pepperoni and of course, thick-cut bacon. Topped off with mozzarella and fresh basil, this pizza is a must-try.

11. The Bacon , Egg & Cheese on Everything—Crestline Bagel Co.

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This is the bagel of your bacon dreams. Photo via Crestline Bagel Co.’s Instagram

If you haven’t had a bagel from Crestline Bagel Co. you’re missing out. But when you do go, you should get their most popular menu item—The Bacon, Egg & Cheese on Everything. An everything bagel, crisp bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese, make this bagel heaven.

What’s your favorite bacon dish in town? Let us know by tagging us @bhamnow.

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Miranda Shaffer
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