Meat dreams are made of these

I’m predicting this fad with all things bacon will end soon. The bacon suit is ridiculous. While the bacon bomb will cause your arteries to explode. It has to end and I’m predicting that after the 2010, it will be only a memory.

But being the hypocrite I am, I rushed over to The Linkery one day for their lardo ice cream sandwich and I blame Leanne of Three Dog Kitchen for placing a photo of it on her blog. Damn blog reader. Curses.

Served with a big knife

The lardo ice cream sandwich includes two hazelnut cookies, house made vanilla ice cream with candied bacon on top. The caramel had a lingering taste of smoked bacon which brought it all together. Even Paul who was skeptical of the idea of candied bacon claimed his share after his first taste. The bacon was was addicting and a perfect balance of salty and sweet. The cookies were extremely soft as indicated by using only a teaspoon to eat. The knife served with it was useless. As for the name, I think it implies what your body will look like after eating one of these massive desserts all by yourself. Sharing is highly recommended.

Semi outdoor dining

The Linkery based in North Park is known for their sausages and house cured meats. Everything on their menu is sustainably raised and many by local farmers. The menu changes from day to day based on what is fresh and in season. It’s a movement that is gaining popularity in San Diego with other restaurant popping up with that same mantra. It’s good to know where your food comes from and how it was raised. I half expected part of the restaurant to be attached to a farm.

Aside from the lardo ice cream sandwich, I also went there for their special of the day: a hamburger topped with their hot dog also house made just like the rest of their meats. I like hamburger and I like hot dog so yes, I had to order it. I was half expecting a hot dog encased in ground beef much like could be found on This is Why You’re Fat. I was wrong. This is a respectable joint.

Burger topped with hotdog

Presented to me was a sliced hot dog on top of a hamburger patty. Not exactly what I had in mind but delicious. It was all very picnic-y with corn on the cob, sliced pickles, potato salad and apple slices. The burger and hot dog was very good despite cheese being the only other condiment. I didn’t miss the ketchup or mustard. All the flavors were clean and not hidden beneath drenching layers of sauce.

Looking over the menu, The Linkery also serves some unique items I have yet to see anywhere else. Two examples are their kettle fried chicken heads and whole-head goat baloney. Paul was not going to have any of that. Since I didn’t want to get stuck with having to eat it on my own he went for the grouper instead. Sigh.

Grouper

The grouper was pan fried with capers, strawberries and fingerling potatoes. It’s a very pretty dish which is slightly salty and tart but left us wanting more. Lucky for us, the lardo ice cream sandwich was able to fill the holes. Maybe next time we’ll have the chicken heads.

6 thoughts on “Meat dreams are made of these

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  1. That looks totally delicious, unfortunately we didnt have the best time when we visited the linkery last time, the food was a bit average, so we probably wont return, at least I wont return with my husband!They seem a little hit and miss, but not in a good way. I'll try it again in September when my brother is over…

  2. Hee! That candied bacon is just awesome! I think their vanilla ice cream somehow incorporates pork fat into it, too, which gives you a tie-in with the bacon. Mmm… bacon…I've learned that their sausage plates are really the best value (and always tasty), so we go when we're craving a link plate. However, since they've started their beer and food pairings, the combos sound pretty good and not expensive, so I want to go try those.Someone has to try the chicken heads! C'mon! Do it for the blog!

  3. Jennywenny–The grouper was okay but didn't live up to our expectations. I'll be anxious to hear what your second visit is like.JustJenn–Please don't say barf. You know was sensitive I am to that word.Leeanne–I agree. You are the devil posting it on your blog!!Photogirl–I recommend it if only to try it once. Plus it's in your neighborhood.PullPorker–I'm not calling anyone a moron but I hope the photos will entice you to try it.

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