Gazedibles: Pork pride 

Next Tuesday (Aug. 20) isn’t a bank holiday, but it should be a day people can take off work and celebrate their desire for bacon. It’s National Bacon Lover’s Day, and these are seven restaurants where you can celebrate in style.

By Jacob Threadgill with photos provided

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Republic Gastropub
5830 N. Classen Blvd.
republicgastropub.com | 405-286-4577

A B.L.T. is one of the best vehicles to showcase bacon, and Republic Gastropub takes the beloved sandwich up a notch with its knife-and-fork variety. Served open-faced, toasted sourdough bread is topped with hand-cut bacon, fried green tomatoes, avocado relish, white cheddar, arugula and herb vinaigrette.  Order it with a side of macaroni and cheese with bacon and andouille sausage for the ultimate bacon lover’s meal.

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Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
145 W. Sheridan Ave.
mahoganyprimesteakhouse.com | 405-208-8800

Sometimes when a restaurant puts a bacon-wrapped item on the menu, it can be a dud — the bacon provides flavor but ends up being a chewy garnish that is hard to cut. That isn’t the case with Mahogany’s bacon-wrapped scallops that strike the right balance with crispy bacon, spinach pesto and fresh greens.

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Interurban Restaurant
6100 W. Memorial Road
interurban.us | 405-720-8680

The combination of sweet and spicy is showcased with Interurban’s honey pepper bacon that is the star of many of its tasty burgers and sandwiches. The Honey Pepper Bacon Burger is the first listed on its menu for a reason, but you can also get it on the Iu Blue Cheese Burger, Flamethrower Burger and Honey Chicken Sandwich. Of course, it’s not too much trouble to add the bacon to any sandwich; heck, you can get bacon by itself by the half-dozen or dozen.

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Packard’s New American Kitchen
201 NW 10th St.
packardsokc.com | 405-605-3771

Packard’s has become one of the best weekend brunch options, especially in Automobile Alley. What better way to celebrate National Bacon Lover’s Day than to chow on praline-crusted bacon? Order the Breakfast Board filled with all kinds of tasty things like deviled eggs and avocado, but let’s be honest; the real reason to get the board to share with the table is the praline bacon.

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The R&J Lounge and Supper Club
320 NW 10th St.
rjsupperclub.com | 405-602-5066

As a testament to The R&J’s attention to detail, it seasons, smokes and slices its own bacon on the premises. It’s the star of a sandwich like the Grilled Pimento B.L.T., but why let such a lovely ingredient become a background dancer when it deserves to have a solo? Order an appetizer of its housemade bacon with truffle blue cheese or chipotle glaze.

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Louie’s Grill & Bar
1215 N. Walker Ave.
louiesgrillandbar.com | 405-230-1200

The irony of Louie’s Prohibition burger is that it would’ve been illegal to make during the dark and strange times that were the U.S.’s Prohibition era. The burger is topped with hickory bourbon sauce that is smoky and complements plenty of bacon and is perfect for Bacon Lover’s Day. Luckily, you can get bacon added to any sandwich or burger on the menu. The meat lover’s pizza includes bacon, sausage, ham and pepperoni.

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Kitchen No. 324
324 N. Robinson Ave.
kitchen324.com | 405-763-5911

Chef Chris McCabe might have left A Good Egg Dining Group to start his own restaurant at upcoming Parlor Food Hall, but his legacy lives on with the restaurant group in McCabe’s small-batch bacon. Kitchen No. 324 seasons and smokes its own bacon to pair with crispy potatoes and a housemade croissant for breakfast or a B.L.T. during lunch or brunch.

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