Food trends come and go, but fatty pork belly, meaty chops, and most especially, sizzling slices of bacon are riding an unheard of wave of popularity. What the culinary world has exposed, and why we probably won’t see a wane in adoration any time soon, is bacon’s versatility. Chowders are richer with lardon, vegetables sing with bacon fat, and meat retains moisture wrapped in a slice of sow. It’s a veritable salt and pepper shaker that improves most any edible.
Recently, I went around Boston searching for the most mouth-watering bacon dishes. Here are 14 creative examples of chefs and restaurants who seamlessly incorporated the salt and fat of America’s favorite breakfast meat into one outstanding dish.