SACRAMENTO - Ask 100 people in Sacramento for their opinion on the world's most perfect food, and you'll likely hear the word bacon mentioned more than once.
In fact, so many people love bacon that Sacramento has dedicated an entire week to a sandwich crafted around the the savory, swine-centered staple of American eating.
Sacramento BLT Week 2012 has arrived, and local eateries are putting their own sumptuous spin on one of America's lunchtime favorites, with a shot at bacon bragging rights on the line.
PHOTOS: The Sandwiches of Sacramento BLT Week
From ooey, gooey, melt-in-your mouth BLT doughnuts, to a pork belly BLT dripping with decadent bacon jam, chefs from some of Sacramento's most treasured eateries have assembled starters, salads and sweets focused around bacon.
The event, which kicked off on July 16, reaches its culmination on July 22 with a BLT Bike Crawl and awards ceremony at Bows & Arrows in Midtown, where some of the following artisans of fine swine will be recognized for their contemporary approach to a culinary classic.
Golden Bear -
BLT- Brioche bread, house-made tomato basil jam, Carolina gold heirloom tomatoes, pepper bacon, shaved iceberg lettuce
Bacon and Butter -
BLT Panzanella - Sauteed croutons, lardon, heirloom tomato, baby basil, watercress, roasted garlic aioli and a tomato vinaigrette.
Mulvaney's B&L -
BLT Panna Cotta - Buttermilk panna cotta with candied bacon and heirloom tomato jam
Grilled Caprese BLT - Local heirloom tomatoes, basil, extra virgin mozzarella, topped with an herb-and-caper green sauce, and balsamic reduction
Thick-cut bacon steak cooked in duck fat, local heirloom tomatoes, sourdough bread, and avocado aioli.
Grange BLT- brioche, bacon jam, crisp bacon, pork belly, romaine lettuce, heirloom tomato, smashed avocado
Shady Lady -
House-cured applewood hickory smoked bacon with fried green tomatoes, tarragon remoulade, bibb lettuce, sourdough
Fat Face @ Bows and Arrows -
BLP - Good Humus Farm peaches, bacon, arugula, romaine, feta vinaigrette on sliced sourdough
Taylor's Kitchen -
BLAT - Applewood smoked bacon, toasted brioche, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, house-made rosemary mayo served with herb pommes frites.
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For BLT Bike Crawl Tickets visit Brown Paper Tickets