Baconopalypse. Parmageddon. Call it what you want, but the recent announcement about a world shortage of pork has had folks freaking out all over the place. (And piggies and vegans rejoicing.) But before all you porkophiles get your bacon bits in a bunch, relax. The world isn’t about to turn into some ham-free hamlet. The shortage simply means that the price of pork will be going up next year. So until that time comes, here are seven places where you can sip, spoon and fork your pork without worrying that it’s your last time to dine on swine.
Storefront – 4624 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027
This brand-new neighborhood deli from the guys behind Covell wine bar and Salt’s Cure is one place where you can mos def get your bacon fix. Sure, you can get the sizzling pork stuffed in a sandwich, but if you’re afraid this pork shortage thing is legit you may as well bring home the bacon. Literally. You can order up a whole slab of it just like at Salt’s Cure.
SK Donuts – 5850 W 3rd St, LA 90036
This small donut shop is a real local favorite for their chewy, soft and warm glazed donuts including the bacon-topped version. The last time I ducked into this place the bacon looked like it could be crisped a bit more, but if your sweet tooth doesn’t mind mixing in a little savory action this is probably a good bet.
Haven Gastropub – 42 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, 91105
On select Sundays of the month, this new spot in Old Pasadena hosts a series of pork and brew bashes. A ticket to the event grants you access to food stations set up with suckling pig, charcuterie and other porktastic edibles along with 10 tasters of the chosen brewery’s beer selection including special releases and cask ales. Tickets are $50 per person and available at Brown Paper Tickets.
LA Creamery – Various locations
Bacon and ice cream? What the phuck?! The guy who heated things up with Umami burgers is cooling off with his wacky homemade ice cream flavors including Porc Phat, a sweet and savory blend of Spanish iberico lardo, sweet Asian pears, hazelnuts and mint gel. Just keep in mind there are no longer any LA Creamery locations, so you’ll have to find the stuff online or at a restaurant/market that carries it.
The Churchill – 8384 W 3rd St, West Hollywood 90048
This all day, late-night gastropub is where you can drown your fears of an impending porkopalypse in the Cedar Room, a smoky blend of bacon infused George Dickel #8 bourbon, Ramazzotti Amaro, Mathilde framboise with a Lagavulin rinse and sour cherry bitters. Served on the rocks with house made bacon.
Mas Malo – 515 W 7th St, LA 90014
This DTLA hangout is where to go for Chicano-style comfort food like Coke-marinated carnitas or fried (faux) beef and pickle tacos. But if you really want to get swiney, try the Ensenada-style bacon-wrapped shrimp. Even better if you wrap it in a burrito. #Trust.
Charlie Palmer @ Bloomingdales – 3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa 92626
For $35 at this swank spot inside South Coast Plaza, you can treat yourself to the Sunday Bloody Mary brunch that includes a starter, entree, and unlimited trips to the Bloody Mary Bar where you’ll find tons of ingredients like housemade gazpacho juice, fresh herbs, veggies, and oh yes, bacon.
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