Foodie Friday: Best. Bacon. Period.

AlthoughI don’t really believe anyone who claims they have grown tired of bacon the way they’ve tired other food trends like quinoa or cauliflower, I am a little weary of chef’s substituting for a more inventive way of adding pizzazz to a dish. It’s an easy solution, I know—bacon does make everything taste better. But after awhile you can become bacon blase—it’s delicious but it doesn’t knock your palate back the way it did a few years ago when the health nazis decided it was okay to eat and people started getting all hot about apple-smoked and so on.

So I was surprised when the high point of a recent lunch at Spencer’s Steak & Chops.


One strip of bacon was presented as an appetizer. BUT the bacon was from Daily’s.

It was cut a third of an inch thick. Chef Sebastian Lowery braised it until a significant amount of the fat had been rendered, then broiled with blue cheese and figs. You had to eat it with a steakknife and fork.

It was—is—the best bacon strip I’ve ever had and I’ve had a few. Stop in the bar at Spencer’s, order some bourbon or a big red wine and a piece of bacon and prove to yourself—once again, I hope—simple delights are the best.


Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf
Mary Brown Malouf is the late Executive Editor of Salt Lake magazine and Utah's expert on local food and dining. She still does not, however, know how to make a decent cup of coffee.

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