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Bacon Makes Breakfast Better: 15 Great Tastes to Satisfy Chicago's Cravings

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No one wants to experience bacon breakfast regret. It's that feeling later in the day when your stomach rumbles, wishing it experienced the rush that only bacon can provide. The folks at Baconfest Chicago don't want anyone to suffer, so they shared some of their pork prowess and provided some of their fave breakfast bacon items.

Before bacon lovers get their bottoms burned, understand that this is a breakfast map, so items like bacon on a stick from U.S. Cellular Field or the bacon bomb from Kaiser Tiger won't appear. Given that, check out the list below and share your favorites in the comments.

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Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits — Wood-Grilled Bacon Steak

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"The name says it all," according to the Baconfest crew. This thick-cut bacon is fried on a flattop before finished on a wood grill.

Bakin' & Eggs — Flight of Bacon

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Board this tasty flight next time you're near Lincoln and Belmont. There's five kinds of bacon featured: maple pepper, jalapeño, honey, cherry smoked and mesquite.

Bang Bang Pie Shop — Candied Bacon Biscuit

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Baconfest was first introduced to this dish a few years ago when Bang Bang Pie Shop brought it to the competition. Bang Bang's baking prowess is complimented by bacon which tastes as good as it looks.

bellyQ — Tempura Bacon

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There are no borders between culinary cultures at bellyQ. The maple glaze here gets an upgrade from sake, and the strips are dusted with togarashi.

Firecakes — Maple-Glazed Pineapple Bacon Doughnut

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This doughnut features caramelized pineapple, maple glaze and smoked bacon.

Flo — Bacon-Chocolate Pancakes

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This stack of three pancakes saves you the cumbersome task of ordering a side of bacon. It's this type of convenience that makes this a friend to bacon lovers everywhere.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery — The B.A.D.

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Sure, by now, everyone knows that sweet/savory is key to crafting a good bacon dish. But at Floriole, they've also paid close attention to texture. The date-almond spread and goat cheese make sweet union with the crisp Nueske's bacon between slices of yeasted cornbread.

Fountainhead — Thick-Cut Bacon

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Whiskey and pork form a formidable combo. This bacon is brined in whiskey before it's smoked.

Frontier — Monte Cristo

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Baconfest's crew is excited that Frontier isn't using "boring old ham" in this sandwich. Besides the house-cured bacon, that's Hook's cheddar, parm-crusted sourdough and seasonal preserves.

Glazed and Infused — Maple-Bacon Long John

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Another doughnut shop favorite. G&I takes advantage of the pastry's length and perfectly covering it with a strip of candied bacon.

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Revolution Brewing — Crispy Pork Belly & Egg Sandwich

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Eggs and crisp pork belly always taste great. Over at Rev, this brunch treat pairs well with one of their great beers.

Stan’s Donuts — Maple-Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar

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The final of the bacon-doughnut trifecta, as recommended by Baconfest. The pecan-bacon streusel highlights this treat.

The Publican — Pub Bacon

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Drizzled with Burton's maple syrup, this thick-cut bacon is a decadent brunch favorite.

Vincent — Pork Belly Sandwich

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The bacon jam on this sandwich is a winner for the folks at Baconfest.

WHISK — BLT Benedict

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Eggs Benedict is missing something. Oh, it's the bacon. Whisk takes an English muffin and tops it with spinach, tomato, bacon, poached eggs and pesto hollandaise.

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Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits — Wood-Grilled Bacon Steak

"The name says it all," according to the Baconfest crew. This thick-cut bacon is fried on a flattop before finished on a wood grill.

Bakin' & Eggs — Flight of Bacon

Board this tasty flight next time you're near Lincoln and Belmont. There's five kinds of bacon featured: maple pepper, jalapeño, honey, cherry smoked and mesquite.

Bang Bang Pie Shop — Candied Bacon Biscuit

Baconfest was first introduced to this dish a few years ago when Bang Bang Pie Shop brought it to the competition. Bang Bang's baking prowess is complimented by bacon which tastes as good as it looks.

bellyQ — Tempura Bacon

There are no borders between culinary cultures at bellyQ. The maple glaze here gets an upgrade from sake, and the strips are dusted with togarashi.

Firecakes — Maple-Glazed Pineapple Bacon Doughnut

This doughnut features caramelized pineapple, maple glaze and smoked bacon.

Flo — Bacon-Chocolate Pancakes

This stack of three pancakes saves you the cumbersome task of ordering a side of bacon. It's this type of convenience that makes this a friend to bacon lovers everywhere.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery — The B.A.D.

Sure, by now, everyone knows that sweet/savory is key to crafting a good bacon dish. But at Floriole, they've also paid close attention to texture. The date-almond spread and goat cheese make sweet union with the crisp Nueske's bacon between slices of yeasted cornbread.

Fountainhead — Thick-Cut Bacon

Whiskey and pork form a formidable combo. This bacon is brined in whiskey before it's smoked.

Frontier — Monte Cristo

Baconfest's crew is excited that Frontier isn't using "boring old ham" in this sandwich. Besides the house-cured bacon, that's Hook's cheddar, parm-crusted sourdough and seasonal preserves.

Glazed and Infused — Maple-Bacon Long John

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Another doughnut shop favorite. G&I takes advantage of the pastry's length and perfectly covering it with a strip of candied bacon.

Kristi Koszewski

Revolution Brewing — Crispy Pork Belly & Egg Sandwich

Eggs and crisp pork belly always taste great. Over at Rev, this brunch treat pairs well with one of their great beers.

Stan’s Donuts — Maple-Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar

The final of the bacon-doughnut trifecta, as recommended by Baconfest. The pecan-bacon streusel highlights this treat.

The Publican — Pub Bacon

Drizzled with Burton's maple syrup, this thick-cut bacon is a decadent brunch favorite.

Vincent — Pork Belly Sandwich

The bacon jam on this sandwich is a winner for the folks at Baconfest.

WHISK — BLT Benedict