Sneak peek at the crispy, crunchy, craveworthy Bacon Week menus that launch this weekend

It's going to be a sizzling week in Dayton with Bacon Week running from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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It's going to be a sizzling week in Dayton with Bacon Week running from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s 2020 Bacon Week Promotion kicks off this weekend, and it promises to be every bit as salty and savory as you would expect with dishes inspired by the best part of a pig.

Explore5 things to know about Bacon Week in Dayton

Here’s a look at the participating restaurants and the dishes they will be serving up. As their tagline states — “Go Pig or Go Home.”

Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering

1400 Valley St., Dayton | 937-228-2511 | www.theamberrose.com

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The Amber Rose will offer a Bacon Week special of Apple-wood Bacon Pork Shank, $24. The pork shank comes topped with Apple-wood Bacon, Cranberry and Apple Chutney served over cheesy smashed potatoes with grilled asparagus. CONTRIBUTED

The Amber Rose will offer a Bacon Week special of Apple-wood Bacon Pork Shank, $24. The pork shank comes topped with  Apple-wood Bacon, Cranberry and Apple Chutney served over cheesy smashed potatoes with grilled asparagus. CONTRIBUTED

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The Amber Rose will offer a Bacon Week special of Apple-wood Bacon Pork Shank, $24. The pork shank comes topped with Apple-wood Bacon, Cranberry and Apple Chutney served over cheesy smashed potatoes with grilled asparagus. CONTRIBUTED

Appetizers

  • Bacon Cheddar Pierogis, $9.50: Four potato, bacon and cheddar filled dumplings sautéed in butter and served with sour cream.
  • Jalapeno Bacon Carnitas Nachos, $12: House-made tortilla chips, Queso cheese, carnitas, shredded Queso fresco, fresh Pico de Gallo, Jalapeno bacon and sour cream

Entrees

  • Apple-wood Bacon Pork Shank, $24: Sous vide pork shank topped with an Apple-wood Bacon, Cranberry and Apple Chutney served over cheesy smashed potatoes with grilled asparagus
  • Nueske’s Apple-wood Bacon Carbonara with Shrimp, $22: A twist on this classic dish from Rome. Creamy Pecorino Romano Sauce tossed with bucatini pasta and Nueske’s Apple-wood Smoked Bacon. Also available with Grilled Chicken, $18
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During Bacon Week 2020, the Amber Rose will serve Nueske’s Apple-wood Bacon Carbonara with Shrimp featuring Creamy Pecorino Romano Sauce tossed with bucatini pasta and Nueske’s Apple-wood Smoked Bacon. CONTRIBUTED

During Bacon Week 2020, the Amber Rose will serve Nueske’s Apple-wood Bacon Carbonara with Shrimp featuring Creamy Pecorino Romano Sauce tossed with bucatini pasta and Nueske’s Apple-wood Smoked Bacon. CONTRIBUTED

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During Bacon Week 2020, the Amber Rose will serve Nueske’s Apple-wood Bacon Carbonara with Shrimp featuring Creamy Pecorino Romano Sauce tossed with bucatini pasta and Nueske’s Apple-wood Smoked Bacon. CONTRIBUTED

Dessert

Maple Bacon Bread Pudding, $7

Drinks

Bud Light Special: $2 Bud Light Bottles or a Bucket (5) of Bud Light for $9

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Archers Tavern will serve up these sweet chile Brie and bacon jam wings during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Archers Tavern will serve up these sweet chile Brie and bacon jam wings during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Archers Tavern will serve up these sweet chile Brie and bacon jam wings during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Archer’s Tavern

Archer’s Tavern Centerville: 9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Centerville | (937) 401-1015 | https://archerstavern.com

Archer’s Tavern Kettering: 2030 E Dorothy Lane Road, Kettering | (937) 291-1015 | https://archerstavern.com

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Pork belly potato skins with Southwestern ranch on the Bacon Week menu at Archers Tavern from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Pork belly potato skins with Southwestern ranch on the Bacon Week menu at Archers Tavern from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Pork belly potato skins with Southwestern ranch on the Bacon Week menu at Archers Tavern from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

  • Pork belly potato skins with Southwestern ranch
  • BBQ and sweet chile Brie and bacon jam wings
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Buckhorn Tavern

8800 Meeker Road, Dayton | 937-890-3261 | buckhorntavern.biz

  • Bacon appetizer: Bacon Artichoke spinach dip with pita bread for dipping
  • Bacon BLTC salad: Romaine, diced tomatoes, crispy bacon, hot bacon dressing topped with cheddar cheese
  • Bacon cheesy potato soup
  • ULTIMATE Steak and bacon: New York Strip Steak filled with creamy crab meat, topped with crispy bacon, sauteed peppers and cheddar cheese
  • Bacon chopped sirloin: 8-oz chopped sirloin on a pool of creamy bacon sauce, crispy bacon on top, with breaded onion rings
  • Bucket of Bud: Four bottles Budweiser and Bud Light, $10
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During Bacon Week, Bunkers Bar & Grill will offer its char-grilled beast burger (Wagyu beef, Boar, Elk & Bison) topped with Applewood smoked bacon with your choice of toppings (lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo) served with chips and a pickle. CONTRIBUTED

During Bacon Week, Bunkers Bar & Grill will offer its char-grilled beast burger (Wagyu beef, Boar, Elk & Bison) topped with Applewood smoked bacon with your choice of toppings (lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo) served with chips and a pickle. CONTRIBUTED

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During Bacon Week, Bunkers Bar & Grill will offer its char-grilled beast burger (Wagyu beef, Boar, Elk & Bison) topped with Applewood smoked bacon with your choice of toppings (lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo) served with chips and a pickle. CONTRIBUTED

Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill

893 East National Road, Vandalia | 937-890-8899 | www.bunkersbarandgrill.biz

Char-grilled beast burger (Wagyu beef, Boar, Elk & Bison) topped with Applewood smoked bacon with your choice of toppings (lettuce, onion, tomato, pickle, mayo) served with chips and a pickle.

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Bacon corn chowder is one of the special dishes on the menu at Chappys Social House during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Bacon corn chowder is one of the special dishes on the menu at Chappys Social House during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Bacon corn chowder is one of the special dishes on the menu at Chappys Social House during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Chappys Social House

7880 Washington Village Drive, Dayton | 937-439-9200 | www.chappysocialhouse.com

  • Bacon Corn Chowder
  • Bacon, cheddar BBQ burger Bacon-wrapped shrimp dinner
  • Brown sugar bacon topped chocolate
  • 16 oz. Bud Light Draught – $2.75
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Hanks will serve special Bacon Week tacos with deep-fried pork belly, house-made pico de gallo, lime crema sauce, lime-cilantro dressing, and fresh shredded red cabbage, and served with a side. Bacon Week runs Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Hanks will serve special Bacon Week tacos with deep-fried pork belly, house-made pico de gallo, lime crema sauce, lime-cilantro dressing, and fresh shredded red cabbage, and served with a side. Bacon Week runs Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Hanks will serve special Bacon Week tacos with deep-fried pork belly, house-made pico de gallo, lime crema sauce, lime-cilantro dressing, and fresh shredded red cabbage, and served with a side. Bacon Week runs Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Hanks Local

2529 Patterson Road, Kettering | 937-254-7527 | hankslocal.com

  • Pork belly tacos, $12: Three roasted flour tortillas generously topped with deep-fried pork belly, house-made pico de gallo, lime crema sauce, lime-cilantro dressing, and fresh shredded red cabbage, and served with a side.
  • Pork belly salad, $8: A seasonal Nordic and spring mix salad combined with tender fried Pork Belly. Served with locally sourced tomatoes and onions and dressed with housemade dijonnaise.
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The Florentine is serving up a BLT or a PLT (with pork belly instead of bacon) during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

The Florentine is serving up a BLT or a PLT (with pork belly instead of bacon) during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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The Florentine is serving up a BLT or a PLT (with pork belly instead of bacon) during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

The Florentine

21 W. Market St., Germantown | 937-855-7759 | www.theflorentinerestaurant.com

  • BLT: Double smoked, thick-cut in-house to 1/4-lb BACON for a BLT
  • PLT: 12-hour smoked pork-belly, thick-cut in-house for an upgraded PLT (like a BLT but even better!!)
  • Complete your meal with an appetizer of Fried Green Tomato, side of Corn-on-the-Cob and a 16-oz. draft Bud Light for $2

Available Dine-In and Curbside Pickup

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Heather's Coffee & Cafe in Springboro will offer its California Wrap with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, avocado, spinash, tomato and ranch on a tortilla as one of its Bacon Week specials from Aug. 15-22. CONTRIBUTED

Heather's Coffee & Cafe in Springboro will offer its California Wrap with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, avocado, spinash, tomato and ranch on a tortilla as one of its Bacon Week specials from Aug. 15-22. CONTRIBUTED

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Heather's Coffee & Cafe in Springboro will offer its California Wrap with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, avocado, spinash, tomato and ranch on a tortilla as one of its Bacon Week specials from Aug. 15-22. CONTRIBUTED

Heather’s Coffee and Cafe

505 S. Main St., Springboro | (937) 550-9511 | www.heatherscafe.com

  • Princess Club $12
  • Nay Nay $10
  • California Wrap $12
  • Bud light buckets $10 & Bud Light pitchers $10
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Mr. Boro's Tavern will serve up its tasty House Bloody Mary’s with Peppered Bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Mr. Boro's Tavern will serve up its tasty House Bloody Mary’s with Peppered Bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Mr. Boro's Tavern will serve up its tasty House Bloody Mary’s with Peppered Bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Mr. Boro’s Tavern

495 N. Main St., Springboro | 937-806-3105 | www.mrborostavern.com

  • Avocado Bruschetta with Bacon, $10
  • House Bloody Mary’s with Peppered Bacon, $8
  • Linenman BLT Pizza $14
  • Boro Favorite Grilled Cheese $12

Bacon Week special with featured dishes only: Add a 22 oz draft of Bud Light for $3.50

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Mr. Boro's Tavern will be serving up Avocado Bruschetta with bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Mr. Boro's Tavern will be serving up Avocado Bruschetta with bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Mr. Boro's Tavern will be serving up Avocado Bruschetta with bacon during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Meadowlark Restaurant

5531 Far Hills Ave., Dayton | (937) 434-4750 | www.meadowlarkrestaurant.com

  • Double Down Bacon Burrito: Thick-cut, tender Pork Belly and smoky strips of Nueske’s Bacon combine with a slather of creamy frijoles, tomato rice, cheese and tomatillo salsa. Brunch-i-tize it with fluffy scrambled eggs instead of rice. Served with fries or vinaigrette dressed greens.
  • Hungarian Greasy Bread with Homegrown Tomatoes: An Old World campfire dish reformatted for today’s bacon lovers with a thick slice of rye bread grilled with Nueske’s smoky bacon drippings and topped with crusty slab bacon, thick slices of homegrown tomato, coarse salt and pepper and a smattering of chopped bell pepper.
  • Bacon Week Surf and Turf: Asian-braised Pork Belly and Seared Tuna Slices of flavorful pork belly are laid atop fragrant jasmine rice alongside slices of seared tuna for the ultimate dream team, with a bevy of garnishes including charred scallions, grilled shiitakes, shaved summer squash, Japanese-pickled cucumber, sesame mayo, and spicy chile crisp.
  • Bacon Banana Caramel Shortcake: Make a flaky bacon-studded scone. Warm it and split it, and spoon on sliced bananas in a deep amber bacon caramel sauce. Sprinkle on some roughly chopped bacon. Crown with a big cloud of toasted cashew whipped cream.

Nick’s Restaurant

1443 N. Detroit St., Xenia | 937-372-3202 | https://gotonicks.com

  • Korean BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp-Served with an Asian Aioli
  • Bacon Jammed BLT Burger: Hand-pattied burger with house-made bacon jam, smoked Gouda, lettuce and tomato on a marbled Rye with a Roasted Rep Pepper Bacon Aioli
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Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving up these bacon-wrapped jalapenos during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving up these bacon-wrapped jalapenos during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving up these bacon-wrapped jalapenos during Bacon Week from Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Rip Rap Roadhouse

6024 Rip Rap Road, Dayton | 937-236-4329 | www.ripraproadhouse.com

  • Bacon-wrapped jalapeno: Freshly sliced jalapeno, stuffed with seasoned cheddar and cream cheese.
  • Bacon grilled cheese: A loaded grilled cheese with cheddar, provolone and goat cheese, bacon jam, strips of bacon and tomato on two pieces of Texas toast.
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During Bacon Week, Rip Rap Roadhouse will sell a Bacon lattice burger, which is a beef burger topped with a bacon lattice, bacon jam, your choice of American, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted bun. CONTRIBUTED

During Bacon Week, Rip Rap Roadhouse will sell a Bacon lattice burger, which is a beef burger topped with a bacon lattice, bacon jam, your choice of American, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted bun. CONTRIBUTED

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During Bacon Week, Rip Rap Roadhouse will sell a Bacon lattice burger, which is a beef burger topped with a bacon lattice, bacon jam, your choice of American, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted bun. CONTRIBUTED

  • Bacon lattice burger: Our never frozen 1/2 lb. Black Angus choice beef burger topped with a bacon lattice, bacon jam, your choice of American, cheddar, provolone or pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles on a toasted bun.
  • Bacon pizza: Our pizza topped with a mozzarella and provolone cheese blend, bacon, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese and a seasoned olive oil.
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Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving Bacon pizza Aug. 15-22, 2020, with mozzarella and provolone cheese blend, bacon, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese and a seasoned olive oil. CONTRIBUTED

Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving Bacon pizza Aug. 15-22, 2020, with mozzarella and provolone cheese blend, bacon, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese and a seasoned olive oil. CONTRIBUTED

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Rip Rap Roadhouse will be serving Bacon pizza Aug. 15-22, 2020, with mozzarella and provolone cheese blend, bacon, fresh mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese and a seasoned olive oil. CONTRIBUTED

  • Ribs and bacon-wrapped shrimp: Three ribs smothered in our sweet and tangy BBQ sauce served with a skewer of deep-fried bacon-wrapped shrimp.
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Sweeney's Seafood's Bacon Week specials Aug. 15-22 include a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon meal with two 4 oz. Bacon-wrapped Filet Medallions topped with House-Made Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce served with House-Made Bacon White Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Salad. CONTRIBUTED

Sweeney's Seafood's Bacon Week specials Aug. 15-22 include a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon meal with two 4 oz. Bacon-wrapped Filet Medallions topped with House-Made Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce served with House-Made Bacon White Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Salad. CONTRIBUTED

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Sweeney's Seafood's Bacon Week specials Aug. 15-22 include a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon meal with two 4 oz. Bacon-wrapped Filet Medallions topped with House-Made Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce served with House-Made Bacon White Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Salad. CONTRIBUTED

Sweeney’s Seafood Bar and Grill

28 W. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-291-3474 | http://sweeneysseafood.com

  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp: 4 bacon-wrapped Shrimp stuffed with Horseradish and topped with House-Made Dijonnaise Sauce, $12
  • Bacon Bay Scallops: Fried Fresh Nantucket Island Bay Scallops tossed with Crumbled Bacon served in Boston Lettuce Leaves drizzled with House-Made Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli, $11
  • Bacon Wrapped Asparagus: 4 Fried Fresh Asparagus Spears Wrapped in Bacon with House-Made Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce, $10
  • Bacon Salmon Pinwheels: Peach Preserve Glazed Grilled Salmon with Bacon, Cream Cheese and Green Onions, $10
  • Bacon Pasta Carbonara with Cod: Broiled Cod served over Bucatini Pasta tossed with Bacon, Egg Yolks and Pecorino Romano Cheese served with Salad, $22
  • Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast: Spinach and Pepper Jack Cheese stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon topped with House-Made Barbeque Glaze served with House-Made Cheddar Bacon Grits and Salad, $20
  • Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon: Two 4 oz. Bacon-wrapped Filet Medallions topped with House-Made Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce served with House-Made Bacon White Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Salad, $30
  • House-Made Bacon Bourbon Caramel Brownie, $6
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is one of the menu items at Sweeney's Seafood during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is one of the menu items at Sweeney's Seafood during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is one of the menu items at Sweeney's Seafood during Bacon Week Aug. 15-22, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

Wheat Penny Oven and Bar

515 Wayne Ave., Dayton | (937) 496-5268 | www.wheatpennydayton.com

  • DUCK YEAH: A white pizza with Provolone and Mozzarella, house-made smoked duck bacon and juicy local tomatoes, finished with caper dijonnaise, dressed arugula and Parmesan/Romano cheese.
  • SMOKE BURGER: We start with two in-house cold-smoked signature beef smash patties. The burgers are griddled with bacon drippings and butter, topped with bacon and white cheddar and laid on a toasted Kaiser roll with a smear of mustard-mayo, thinly sliced red onion and pickles.
  • ORECCHIETTE WITH BRAISED SLAB BACON AND CHERRY TOMATO CRUDA: Ripe, local cherry tomatoes are slowly heated in olive oil with coarse salt and sliced garlic until they burst open, spilling their juices. Orecchiette are shaped like little cups, and they catch all that juice as it mingles with thick-cut, crusty slab bacon and Parmesan cheese.
  • PEACH BACON GALETTE: A rustic tart made with flaky pastry and sliced peaches gets a savory hit of salty, ultra-smoky bacon, with excellent results. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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