Bacon. In Boise on Father’s Day, there was no better place to be for brunch. Bacon is not only a unique concept in that the menu is all about the pig but the whole structure of the serving experience is very different. Shots of bacon anyone? Everyone?
As you enter Bacon in downtown Boise, you can pick from outdoor patio seating or indoor tables with massive wood chairs or a leather seating area by the bar. What’s so interesting is that while it looks like a sit down restaurant experience, you actually line up in the back by the kitchen and select your food, pay for it and then take a # to your table to wait for it to be served. Want water? Help yourself from the water jugs. Need more coffee? Yep, serve yourself. This service style frees up the friendly and plentiful wait staff to concentrate on customer service, checking in on each table several times, delivering food and turning those tables over quickly for more bacon lovers. It works. Really well.
Want a mimosa to wash down all that bacon? Belly up to the bar and order/pay yourself. Of course, I decided on a screwdriver and was shot down by the bartender because it was before 10 a.m. on a Sunday and Idaho has a draconian liquor law prohibiting hard alcohol sales that early. What??? Is that a sign that I shouldn’t be drinking that early perhaps? While I laughed with the other bar patrons as they waited for their Bloody Mary’s to be available (served with bacon garnish), finally the locked panels covering the alcohol got ripped off and the booze was flowing once more. Cheers!
But back to the bacon selections, we started with the shooter selection featuring these options to taste: Berryhill, Spicy Hot, Kurobuta, Maple Rosemary and Candied. Of course, I liked the Candied because I have a sweet tooth but, just as there is no bad wine or bad pie, there is no bad bacon so we all happily munched away trying all the varieties.
Of course, then more bacon came with my grit bowl. I enjoyed a huge sea of creamy grits with poached eggs floating amongst the green onion bits with a side of bacon and a fluffy hot biscuit. Heaven! Bacon is only open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the evenings, they flip the Bacon sign to become Berryhill & Co., a different restaurant owned by same folks but with different food offerings. Next time in Boise, we’ll have to check it out!