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22 | January 25, 2018 | The glencoe anchor dining out Quick Bites Bacon mania runs wild on North Shore Staff Report 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. Finding ways to slip bacon into every dish is a challenge many chefs are more than willing to take on. Last week, 22nd Century Media editors ventured out to different North Shore establishments to get their bacon fill and taste some unique creations. The results were delicious. Bacon pancakes — Walker Bros., Wilmette Bacon and pancake lovers, rejoice. I introduce you to the ultimate two-inone: the bacon pancakes at Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House. The Wilmette restaurant’s manager, Tom Zehnder, said the restaurant has served up the speciality pancakes for as long as he could remember. And, that’s not by chance, but by choice. “We make maybe 35 orders or more a day,” Zehnder said. “It comes in a close second as the most popular dish to our apple pancakes.” When ordered, customers can expect six fresh pancakes to come straight from the kitchen’s griddle. The fresh bacon is sliced and added to the pancake batter — a secret recipe — just for this dish. “We’re not going the cheap route here. We actually use the same bacon that would be served as a side, not just dry bacon bits,” Zehnder added. When I tried the pancakes for myself, I could tell. The bacon wasn’t overly cooked or sparse. The flavor wasn’t odd either; the bacon complemented the pancake nicely. It also came with a side of maple syrup and whipped butter, which provided a sweet flavor to the more savory pancake. The bacon overload doesn’t stop there. Recently, the restaurant’s bacon cheddar omelette was featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” For more information, call (847) 251-6000 or visit www.walkerbros. net. The restaurant is open daily from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at 153 Green Bay Road, Wilmette. There are also locations in Highland Park, Glenview, Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Lincolnshire and Schaumburg. Story by Contributing Editor Megan Bernard The Defibrillator — Chief’s Pub, Lake Forest Chief’s Pub in Lake Forest put its own spin on nachos by substituting a few ingredients and changing its name. At Chief’s Pub, 502 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest, guests can try the Defibrillator appetizer ($8.99), which substitutes nachos for tater tots and ground beef for bits of bacon. The dish is covered with cheddar cheese and jalapenos. The bacon is cut up into tiny chewy pieces making it easy to dive into. The tater tots are soft and are a great combination with the melted cheese. Joe Knesley, owner at Chief’s Pub, said the dish was coined by his father and former owner, Chuck Knesley. “My dad loves bacon and he is kind of nutty. He wanted to make nachos with tater tots and we chose to put bacon on it instead of pulled pork [or other traditional meat toppings on nachos],” he said. The name ‘Defibrillator’ comes from a device used by paramedics when a patient is having a heart attack. Joe Knesley said the staff at Chief’s Pub know this is not the healthiest of dishes and many people look at it and think “heart attack,” which is how it got its name. Chief’s Pub is open from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday- Saturday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www. or call (847) 234-3444. Story by Contributing Editor Alyssa Groh Bacon-wrapped dates — 210 Live, Highwood Unique bacon appetizer? Live music? Look no further than 210 Live, 210 Green Bay Road, Highwood. The restaurant/concert venue’s menu offers a lot, but perhaps its most unique offering is the baconwrapped dates ($9). The appetizer is complete with marcona almond-stuffed Medjool dates wrapped in house smoked cherrywood bacon and a red pepper puree. Fruit and bacon are an unlikely pair, but the sweet, salty and savory combo makes for a memorable experience. The marcona almond center adds a slight crunch to the dish. It comes with six dates, so getting two orders may be wise if your group is larger than two. The live music venue seeks to offer more than your standard music venue. It has a full kitchen and menu, a full bar staff and an area to sit or a dance floor to move your feet. Chris Nibeck, one of the partners at 210 Live, said the bacon-wrapped dates are easily one of the most popular menu items. The dish is also gluten-free. You’ll come for the music and stay for the food ... or vice versa. Nibeck said the restaurant is changing its name from 210 to 210 Live to emphasize the music aspect. 210 Live’s hours are 5-10:30 p.m. Wednesday- Thursday, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. Story by Contributing Editor Xavier Ward Grilled cheese and bacon — Fred’s Garage, Winnetka Grilled cheese — it’s practically the quintessential nostalgic American sandwich that fits appetites best when craving something deliciously gooey and perfectly crispy. And, when achieving that ideal butterto-bread ratio outside all while balancing the perfect 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 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 amount of cheese inside, you’ve got a comfort food staple. When Fred’s Garage opened this fall, the goal was to bring American favorites to an establishment that could quickly become a neighborhood staple. And, what comfort food menu would be complete without grilled cheese? But, at Fred’s, not only can you have a yummy plate of their grilled cheese, but you can also throw another American favorite — bacon — into the mix. The grilled cheese with bacon ($14.50) consists of sourdough bread cooked on the griddle with soft, creamy havarti cheese and smoked cheddar cheese, and long, crispy strips of bacon pressed in the middle. Then, the outside of the bread is generously crusted with Swiss cheese and fried to a crisp. General Manager Cary Michael said the grilled cheese with bacon was a recent menu add-on and so far, has been a big hit. “We’re actually listening to a lot of what the neighborhood and the regular customers are giving us feedback-wise,” he said. “We’ve made a ton of changes to the menu since we opened, so essentially, it’s a whole new menu. More comfort foods, homey, elevated classics, stuff of that nature.” Fred’s Garage, 574 Green Bay Road, is open 4:30-11 p.m. Monday- Thursday, 4:30 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and 4:30-9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit Story by Contributing Editor Jacqueline Glosniak real estate the glencoe anchor | January 25, 2018 | 23 SPONSORED CONTENT The Glencoe Anchor’s of the WEEK What: Five dedrooms, 5.1 baths Where: 834 Valley Road, Glencoe Amenities: Appealing three-story Colonial home situated on expansive professionally landscaped lot. Inviting entrance hall features stunning staircase and two closets. 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