Oh bacon, you're bacon-ing me crazy. No words can adequately describe the glory of this piggy treat. The national cure for hangovers and a compulsory burger addition, these are the 41 bacon dishes you need to eat right now in Melbourne. You're welcome.
#1 East Elevation’s Skara thick charred bacon is technically a side, but we wouldn’t refuse a dish-sized portion.
#2 The bacon crumb on The Gem’s smoked mac and cheese probably makes it a double cheat meal. Do we care?
#3 Take on The B.East’s signature B.East burger with triple beef, triple bacon, chilli cheese sauce, pickled red onion, cos and tomato.
#4 El Atino & Co’s Benedict Dream comes with bacon and poached eggs served on a corn hash, jalapeno chutney, raspberry hollandaise and egg yolk salt. The dream is real.
#5 The breakfast burger from Mr Wednesday is a deathly good combination of bacon, a fried egg, spinach, potato cake, tomato jam, fresh tomato, melted cheddar and aioli on soft brioche.
#6 Fries with bacon are always better, and YOMG’s American fries with cheese, ketchup, American mustard and loads of bacon are some of the best in Melbourne.
#7 There’s nothing better than generous streaky bacon crammed into a giant burger. The Grand Trailer Park Taverna’s Atomic burger comes with a beef patty, American cheddar cheese, caramelised onion, chilli cheese kransky, BBQ sauce, truffle cayenne mayonnaise, and of course, bacon.
#8 Journeyman’s avocado hummus toast is served with poached eggs, honey candied bacon and dukkah for an almost-not-quite-healthy bacon-filled brunch.
#9 Get your class on with Le Bon Ton’s fried crab cakes with streaky bacon, bell peppers, onion, celery and Old Bay aioli.
#10 Doughboys Doughnuts’ bacon and maple doughnut is a ball of hole-y goodness. Do-nut worry about the calories.
#11 Speaking of maple—Auction Rooms' maple and coffee glazed bacon combine two of our favourite things!
#12 If you’re sceptical about AMOK Restaurant's chocolate bacon served in a brioche roll with gherkins, smoked paprika mayo and a crispy king prawn, trust us. It’s on point.
#13 If you want your bacon without the guilt… head to Matcha Mylkbar for some mushroom bacon. Hey, we’re not judging!
#14 Have your sweet AND your savoury with South of Johnston’s French toast with free range bacon and real maple syrup.
#15 You can turn Nieuw Amsterdam’s appetiser-sized waffled mac & cheese with bacon jam and cheese wiz into a main, if you order three.
#16 Fitzrovia’s Toasted Doorstep Sandwich is packed with bacon deliciousness with Istra Daylesford dry cured bacon, smoked mozzarella and pear relish.
#17 A bacon lover’s staple: Mart 130’s Mart BLT with bacon, lettuce, avo, tomato and aioli in a toasted Turkish pide is hard to beat.
#18 Temple Brewing Company’s fries come with the choice of bacon or garlic aioli. We know which one we'd go for.
#19 Is chilli glazed bacon and chicken in a roll with apple and radish slaw, coriander, watercress and mayo the best sandwich in Melbourne? Code Black Coffee is making a strong case for it.
#20 The team at Danger Dogs do three types of bacon wrapped American-style hotdogs in brioche. We’re done.
#21 All the bacon croquettes at Stagger Lee’s.
#22 Archie’s All Day serves fluffy, grilled French toast with a sweet potato custard, smoked maple cream, sweet potato jam, spiced pecans, and optional candied bacon that you should definitely add. Twice.
#23 Bacon candy. Candy and bacon. Bacon that tastes like candy. Get it at Third Wave Café.
#24 Mr Burger’s Trucker Chips are an addictive combination of fries loaded with crispy bacon, stringy cheese and special sauce. The recipe of which I would like, pretty please?
#25 Hammer & Tong 412’s breakfast ramen with bacon dashi is happiness in a bowl.
#26 Dead Man Espresso’s Campfire breakfast with loads of bacon, black pudding, tomato, mushrooms, hash & fried eggs with toast will definitely cure any lingering bacon cravings.
#27 It’s not really a dish, but we couldn’t resist sneaking Meatmother’s Bacon Sour with bacon bourbon, caraway-infused maple syrup, lemon and egg white onto the list!
#28 Give your usual BLT a makeover at 5 & Dime with their bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise bagel combination.
#29 The bacon and egg roll from Fitzroy’s iconic Danny’s Burgers is easily one of the finest in Melbourne.
#30 Parma goes with bacon like Vegemite and toast. Get a Parma burger with plenty of bacon at The Beer and Burger Bar in Richmond!
#31 The double stack of buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and Trunks maple butter from Trunk will make your week.
#32 Rustica Canteen’s chilli scrambled eggs with bacon, spring onion and manchego cheese on sourdough is a rather large improvement on butter ‘n toast.
#33 Neil Perry’s Burger Project serves a fried chicken and bacon Katsu burger with smoked bacon, chicken breast, coleslaw, pickles, lettuce and Japanese Katsu sauce. So much yes.
#34 Café Domain’s eggs benny with perfectly poached eggs and creamy hollandaise is ideal with a side of crispy bacon.
#35 Hampton’s Cornerstone & Co. offers brunch-friendly Okonomiyaki fritters with BACON. ERMEHGAWD.
#36 Wonky Trolley’s Legend burger will make you feel like a legend with free range bacon, beef, cheese, salad, relish, aioli and Dijon mustard or BBQ sauce.
#37 The house cured bacon with brown sauce and Pyengana cheddar sandwich from The Last Jar has killed more than one diet.
#38 A BLT pizza? Yes, it's a thing. Get it at Shawcross Pizza.
#39 BBB, which stands for Bikini Blowout Benedict at Las Chicas, involves bacon with crushed avo, poached eggs and hollandaise on a toasty bagel. Because we want all the carbs.
#40 The Guilty Moose’s appropriately named Macho Man Randy sandwich includes bacon, pork & fennel sausage, spinach, scrambled eggs and bulldog sauce on an English muffin.
#41 Who needs toast in the morning when there’s Mammoth’s egg and bacon popcorn on offer?
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Image credit: YOMG by Jenna Fahey White for The Urban List