Founded in 2015 by a real estate veteran with a family background in restaurants and a nose for branding, Bacon Social House has caught on for reasons that extend way beyond the popularity of brunch in this city. The restaurant feels comfortably hip, with a retro-industrial vibe fueled by cartoonish pop art, a glass-lined mezzanine and light-blue banquettes. Garage doors open to a patio with umbrellas, trees, and plenty of room for kids to let out their wiggles. It’s a great place for groups, and has a full bar to keep last night’s festivities going.
Then there’s the bacon, which could very well qualify as a controlled substance. Servers sport black tees proclaiming, “Peace & Love & Bacon & More Bacon.” Bacon comes in everything from stroke-of-genius, build-your-own flights (try the habanero, barbecue and candied) to bacon-chocolate chip pancakes (not too sweet or heavy) to bacon-bourbon cocktails. With all this going for it, no wonder Bacon Social House was named one of OpenTable’s 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America this spring, a list subsequently picked up by Forbes and Travel & Leisure, ensuring the Internet-sanctioned stardom that feeds on itself and drives further traffic. Expansion is in the works in the metro area (Littleton and Westminster) as well as Minneapolis.
Much of the menu was created by opening chef Brian Crow, a North Carolinian whose Southern mores and culinary finesse had already elevated the kitchen at Devil’s Food in the Washington Park neighborhood. By the time Crow left, in February 2017, success was creating its own challenges at Bacon Social Club. “You can imagine the adapting we’ve had to do, as the kitchen wasn’t designed for that volume,” owner David Dill told me by email. “It’s a different operation now to execute consistently.”
We took a risk on the parsnip gnocchi after the server raved about the fried parsnips on top, but our plate was served without them. The carrot-like root vegetable had instead been added to the dough, resulting in something as wet and dense as my grandmother’s cheese pierogi. So it will be no loss when the dinner menu changes in a few weeks and the gnocchi come off, along with nearly all of the mains and entrees. The new roster is taking a more approachable slant, Dill explained, emphasizing burgers, salads and sandwiches. But the brunch menu is expected to stay the same: Why mess with success?
Socializing is chief among the reasons you’re out. And as an environment in which to socialize, Bacon Social House remains on top of its game.
Bacon Social House, 2434 West 44th Avenue, 720-550-7065, baconsocialhouse.com
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
Select menu items
Lemon poppyseed pancake $6
Bacon+chocolate pancake $6
Bacon, flight of three 5.25
Costa Rica Benedict $13.50
Bacon shrimp and grits $15.99
Southern Comfort sandwich $13.99
Chicken and waffles $16.50
Mac Daddy $7/$12