7 Ways For Bacon Lovers To Pig Out on National Bacon Lovers’ Day

As if we needed a national holiday on Aug. 20 to eat bacon.
The bloody mary from Pint + Jigger (Left) and The Bacon Bowl from Biscuit and Bacon are two ways to celebrate National Bacon Lovers’ Day on Aug. 20.
Photos: Steve Czerniak, Lorin Eleni Gill

 

Aug. 20 is National Bacon Lovers’ Day. And we’re going hog wild.

 

Bacon is splendid on its own, but it’s also a versatile ingredient. There are numerous ways to consume it at various Honolulu restaurants. Whether candied, transformed into syrup or topped on a doughnut, here’s where to eat to make the most of this national food holiday.

 

1. Bloody Mary, Pint + Jigger

Pint + Jigger has ditched the traditional celery stick for its bloody mary, but we don’t mind. In fact, it’s an upgrade. The Pint + Jigger drink comes with a slice of bacon and a crab claw. We can’t think of a better way to wake up the taste buds. But why stop there? You can have bacon for breakfast, lunch and dinner at P+J, since it’s featured in dishes such as the English Brekkie ($14), Double-Cut Frittata ($12), The Hulk BLT ($13) and on its own, in a popular pūpū dish featuring applewood-smoked double-cut bacon with a spicy corn salsa ($13). If you have room for dessert, try the Brandy and Bacon Strawberries ($9) served with bacon lardons and strawberry mascarpone.

1936 S. King St., (808) 744-9593, pintandjigger.com.

 

2. Cornflake French Toast, Koko Head Café

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Chang

 

If the menu says “Billionaire’s Bacon,” you order it. That’s what comes with the Koko Head Café’s Cornflake French Toast ($14). This dish features Frosted Flakes gelato and sugared bacon.

 

1145c 12th Ave., (808) 732-8920, kokoheadcafe.com

 

3. Mochiko Chicken and Waffles, The Nook Neighborhood Bistro

Photo: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

You won’t see the bacon, but you’ll taste it in The Nook’s savory maple syrup, which comes with its popular Mochiko Chicken and Waffles ($14). The crispy-yet-chewy waffles coupled with crunchy mochiko chicken are a perfect match, wedded in sweet-smoky bacon syrup. The Nook uses grease from Higa Meat & Pork Market bacon and infuses it in 100 percent pure maple syrup. It’s impossible to share this dish because you’ll hog it all to yourself.

 

1035 University Ave. #105, (808) 942-2222, thenookhonolulu.com

 

4. Bourbon-Honey-Pepper-Glazed Bacon, Real a Gastropub

Photo: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

Real a Gastropub recently switched up its menu, but don’t fret: Bacon still plays a starring role. Consider the Bourbon-Honey-Pepper-Glazed Bacon ($6). It’s as good as candy. You can also indulge in the bacon-fat dirty fries ($8), topped with Parmesan, herbs and banana peppers. For dessert, Real offers a maple-bacon-donut bread pudding that comes with Tahitian vanilla gelato, a maple-bacon “drizzle” and whipped cream. 

 

SEE ALSO: Best of Honolulu 2016: Food

 

1020 Auahi St., Bldg. 1, Suite 1000, (808) 596-2526, realgastropub.com

 

5. Candied Roasted-Garlic Bacon, Brew’d Craft Pub

Photo: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

The sister restaurant to Real a Gastropub in Kaimukī also has a love affair with bacon. Its candied roasted-garlic bacon ($7) is sweet yet savory, with a discreet hint of garlic. And of course, there are bacon-fat fries, too ($10).

 

3441 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 732-2337, brewdcraftpub.com

 

6. The Bacon Bowl, Biscuit and Bacon

Photo: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

Selling its property last year was not the end for Shinsato Farm, but rather a new beginning. Today, the longtime Kāneʻohe farmers work to promote the local pork of 2 Lady Farmers in Wai‘anae. They teamed up with Biscuit and Bacon to provide delectable pork-themed bowls at the Blaisdell Center and Mililani farmers markets. The Bacon Bowl ($9) comes with fresh and exquisitely prepared bok choy, a boiled egg, kim chee, dried star fruit and fresh bacon bits. Depending on availability, you can also purchase raw bacon or smoked pork, pork chops, ground pork, thin-sliced pork, pig feet, pig head, pork belly and pork-bone broth.

 

Various farmers markets

 

7. Donut King Hawai‘i

Photo: Lorin Eleni Gill

 

Doughnut fear the maple-bacon doughnut ($3.25)—it’s monstrous but worth every bite. The light and chewy yeast donut is topped with a house-made maple icing and fresh, crispy bacon. Not too sweet, not too savory, but just right.

 

2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 258-4119

 

Join us for an evening of fantastic food, creative cocktails and exhilarating entertainment as we celebrate Hawai‘i’s very best restaurants at the 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards: Destination Delicious on Sept. 17 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Take a culinary trip around the world in one evening while you dine on artfully crafted dishes from Hawai‘i’s best chefs. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.