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210 Live’s bacon-wrapped dates ($9) are complete with marcona almonds stuffed into the center of a Medjool date, wrapped in a house smoked cherrywood bacon, nestled on top of a red pepper puree. Xavier Ward/22nd Century Media
The grilled cheese with bacon ($14.50) at Fred’s Garage is a bacon-and-cheese-lover’s delight. The sandwich is one of the restaurant’s newest add-ons. Jacqueline Glosniak/22nd Century Media
Bacon pancakes ($8.50) are available at Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House in Wilmette, as well as its other locations. Megan Bernard/22nd Century Media
GH loaded tots ($10) include bacon, jalapeno, nacho cheese, roasted peppers, over-easy eggs, Tabasco and chive sour cream at Glenview House, 1843 Glenview Road. Chris Pullam/22nd Century Media
The defibrillator ($8.99), at Chief’s Pub in Lake Forest, is a twist on nachos made with tater tots and covered in bacon, melted cheddar cheese and jalapenos. Alyssa Groh/22nd Century Media
Little Louie’s freshi fries ($5.25) are served with bacon and topped with its signature spicy aioli sauce. Martin Carlino/22nd Century Media
Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
2:34 pm CST January 23, 2018

In the late 1990s, enthusiasm for bacon seemed to hit a fever pitch here in the United States. Now, years later, it doesn’t appear that what some have coined “bacon mania” is slowing down anytime soon. 

Bacon is so popular that it even has its own day on Dec. 30. While some argue for or against the health merits of the salt-cured pork, few outright dislike the taste. Even vegetarians get in on the fun by adding meatless bacon knockoffs to the diet.