Bacon Dishes We'll Miss from Five Metro Phoenix Restaurants That Do Bacon Right (Assuming the Bacon-Apocalypse Really is Coming, God Forbid)

Pork belly appetizer at Davanti Enoteca
Pork belly appetizer at Davanti Enoteca
Nikki Buchanan

Got a freezer? Like, a big one? If so, you might want to stock up on bacon and other pig products pronto before the world-wide shortage on all things porcine hits your wallet.

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Bad enough that it'll cost an arm and a leg just to set a couple of strips of cured and salted pork belly next to your morning eggs. But what happens when our favorite restaurant dishes, accented with crispy bacon-y goodness, start costing a small fortune?

Here are a few of the bacon-centric specialties I don't ever want to live without:

Tempura bacon with foie gras, brioche toast, poached egg and bernaise at Crush Lounge
Tempura bacon with foie gras, brioche toast, poached egg and bernaise at Crush Lounge

Christopher's Restaurant/Crush Lounge 2502 E. Camelback Road, Biltmore Fashion Park, Phoenix, 602-522-2344,

At the moment, there's no shortage of bacon at Christopher's. But that's not surprising, given that this is a modern French restaurant and the French unabashedly love bacon (or lardons, the term used when it's diced, blanched and fried). At Christopher's you'll find lardons in a classic frisee salad with poached egg, as well as in an Alsatian tart. But the expression of bacon you won't want to miss -- the dish that should be served with a defibrillator -- is offered at Crush Lounge (the moody adjacent bar) and it is as deliciously bad for you as anything Elvis ever dreamed up in his drug-demented little head. Get this: silky foie gras au torchon (think meat-butter) with poached egg, brioche toast, a few sunny dollops of Bearnaise and deep-fried tempura bacon ($14). You might live longer on the Paleo diet but then what's the point of living without bacon? And foie? And bearnaise?

Zinc Bistro 15034 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-603-0922,

Chef Matt Carter clearly loves bacon and its first cousin pork belly (which is simply unsalted and uncured bacon cut a bit thicker). Both are found all over the menus at both Zinc and The House, which recently opened in Old Town. But the dish that makes a breathtaking poem of pork is currently on the menu at Zinc, and it goes something like this: bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with sauce hydro-miel (think caramelized mirepoix, foamed honey, demi, butter and macerated prunes), sided with popcorn cabbage, which contains lardons and rich elephant garlic crema, made with condensed milk). The dish costs $32, and I don't care if it costs $100. I want it. Often.  

Pissaladiere Lorraine at Petite Maison
Pissaladiere Lorraine at Petite Maison

Petite Maison 7216 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale, 480-991-6887,

Okay, it's basically just pizza, but in French, it sounds really elegant (or a little vulgar, depending on your pronunciation). James Porter's Pissaladiere Lorraine, found on the lunch menu, is an ultra-rich and altogether yummy variant on the classic Quiche Lorraine, the tender dough lightly sweetened with sugar, the pie topped with caramelized onion, lardons, Gruyere, arugula and a sunny-side up egg ($13). The combination of sweet dough and onion, salty pork and bitter greens with runny egg yolk is très French and très fabulous. When I told Porter the bad news about pork, he said, "If there's a world-wide bacon shortage, I'm moving to foie gras." You have to love the way he thinks.

Davanti Enoteca 6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-659-1800, www.davantiscottsdale

Chef Pete DeRuvo is another resolute pork-lover, and it shows on his mouth-watering, thoroughly Italian menu at Davanti. His house-made salumi (Italian for charcuterie) is out of this world, but the bacon-based dish I crave is an antipasto plate of crisp-edged and fatty pork belly with smoked cannellini bean puree, fresh pears, walnuts, frisee and pickled onion -- a beautiful autumn dish that elevates the humble to the sublime ($12).  

Loaded chips at Windsor
Loaded chips at Windsor

Windsor 5223 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602-279-1111,

There's nothing elegant about them, but I love Windsor's Loaded Chips beyond all reason because, really, how can you beat this combo? Imagine crunchy, house-made potato chips topped with tangles of sweet caramelized onion, crispy salty bacon, blue cheese and chipotle crema, which adds just a trace of heat ($9). Now imagine NOT licking the plate clean. Impossible.

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Related Locations

Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge

2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016


Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


The House

6936 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


Petite Maison - Closed

7216 E. Shoeman Lanene
Scottsdale, AZ 85251



5223 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012


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