Southwest Metro Restaurants Cooking with Bacon

Whether it's savory or sweet, a good case can be made for adding bacon to your entrée this month.
Savory and sweet collide in bacon maple long johns from Mackenthun's in Waconia.

Bacon: It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Menus around the southwest metro are plush with bacon dishes, from breakfast frittatas to sweet maple bacon long johns, burgers, soups and salads. The aroma, the flavor and the crispy snap are just a few of the unmistakable and distinct characteristics that make bacon so well loved. Bacon makes us—in a word—happy. If bacon is what you’re yearning for, you won’t have to drive far to find it. 

 

Bacon Maple Long John
Mackenthun’s Fine Foods
The bakery here offers a plethora of mouthwatering sweets including breads, cookies, cakes and pastries. Among the customer favorites is the bacon maple long john.  Just one bite and you’ll know why it’s so popular. The texture of this bar-shaped donut is light and airy. It’s iced with a generous smear of maple glaze and topped with a slice of Mackenthun’s crisp house-made bacon and a lavish drizzle of dark chocolate. The marriage of the sweet and savory ingredients in this pastry is pure perfection. The bacon is made and cooked onsite at the Mackenthun’s store, which has been serving customers since 1917. 851 Marketplace Dr., Waconia; 952.442.2512; mackenthuns.com

 

Brown Sugar Bacon and Smokehouse Cheddar Burger
Woody’s Grille
Woody’s Grille recently unveiled a new menu with several dishes that have bacon as their star attraction. The brown sugar bacon and smoked cheddar burger is a savory combination of house made cinnamon brown sugar bacon, smoked cheddar cheese, fried onions and barbecue sauce. Other crowd pleasers are Woody’s chop salad, which features smokehouse bacon, mixed greens, vine ripened tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, avocado, corn, and scallions in Woody’s honey-lime vinaigrette and the applewood bacon and chicken fajita salad, which is loaded with fajita chicken, peppers, onions and roasted corn on top of a bed of crisp romaine with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar-jack cheese, tomatoes, black beans and chipotle ranch dressing. 6399 City West Pkwy., Eden Prairie; 952.944.8799; woodysgrille.com

 

Canadian Bacon Frittata
Byerly’s Minnesota Grille
Byerly’s Minnesota Grille is one of Chanhassen’s go-to spots when you are looking for home-style cooking. The Canadian bacon frittata is filled with Canadian bacon, potatoes and mushrooms. It’s finished with a silky hollandaise sauce. Looking for something on the lighter side? Order the spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. Fresh spinach is tossed with mushrooms, onions and bacon pieces, topped with a sliced hardboiled egg and drizzled with warm bacon dressing. 800 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.474.1298; lundsandbyerlys.com

 

Spicy Green Beans
Cuzzy’s Brick House
Cuzzy’s spicy green beans hail from their abundant appetizer menu. These boldly flavored beans are sautéed and tossed with bacon, sweet peppers and a Szechuan sauce. If spice is what you are seeking, the beans won’t disappoint. The Brick House burger is another menu item at Cuzzy’s that boasts hickory smoked bacon with Swiss and American cheeses, lettuce, tomato, mushrooms, fried onions, alfalfa sprouts and a special sauce. Burgers are served with your choice of chips, fries or coleslaw. 2880 Chaska Blvd., Chaska; 952.448.5594; cuzzys.com

 

Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Ruby Tuesday’s
Ruby Tuesday’s all-natural grilled chicken breast sandwich is topped with Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon and sliced fresh avocado. The former being the lighter version, there is also a crispy fried chicken breast option available with Swiss cheese, pickles, also topped with applewood smoked bacon. Craving a burger? Order the triple prime bacon cheddar burger with aged-New York cheddar and applewood smoked bacon. All burgers are topped with lettuce, tomatoes and Ruby’s mayonnaise and are served with fries. 320 Pioneer Trail, Chaska; 952.368.4110; rubytuesday.com

 

LBT
Le Bistro Tourville
Le Bistro Tourville’s LBT sandwich is made with bacon, romaine, tomato, mayonnaise and provolone on a soft ciabatta roll. Served hot, this is a quick and delicious option for lunch or dinner. The menu here has numerous delectable soup and sandwich options; don’t miss out on the cream based baked potato soup topped with bacon and chives. The potato soup is available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Dine in or take out options are available. 104 Pioneer Trail, Chaska; 952.479.7397

 

Mississippi SOB Pizza
Roulette’s Pizza
Roulette’s prepares their pizzas at the time of your order and uses only the freshest ingredients.  They offer specialty, gourmet and gluten free pizzas. The Mississippi SOB falls into the gourmet pizza category and is the ultimate feast of Italian sausage, breakfast bacon, onions, hot sauce, and pizza sauce finished with a generous topping of Roulette’s three-blend pizza cheese. Another popular option is the chicken bacon ranch pizza. The creation of this pizza starts with a base of ranch dressing and is layered with spicy chicken, breakfast bacon, onion, tomatoes and three cheeses. Roulette’s offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This includes salad bar, taco bar and your choice of handcrafted pizzas ($6.99 for adults and $4.99 for children), as well as bottomless drinks (for an additional $1) from the soda fountain. 1550 Arboretum Blvd., Victoria; 952.443.4644; roulettespizza.com

 

Salmon BLT
Houlihan's
Houlihan’s menu is filled with myriad appetizing dining choices.  Many have bacon as a prominent ingredient. The grilled salmon BLT starts with grilled honey-ancho salmon that is layered between slices of toasted sourdough and is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon pepper mayo. The sandwich comes with a choice of one side. The baked potato soup is another excellent option. Topped with bacon, scallions and cheddar cheese, the soup is another hearty menu selection that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side to a meal. 530 Pond Promenade, Chanhassen; 952.974.3939; houlihans.com