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Go Whole Hog For Readers' Bacon Picks, Win a $50 Gift Card

This week, your local editors tried bacon from breakfast spots in Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena. Tell us which spot you think reigns supreme for a shot at winning a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.

For thie week's Chowdown Showdown, we asked our readers for their picks for the best bacon in Frankfort, New Lenox and Mokena.

Based on those picks, local editors Joe Vince (Frankfort), Michael Sewall (New Lenox) and Paul Dailing (Mokena) tried the swine at restaurants in their respective Patch towns.

Read our reviews below, learn how to post your own and 

The Breakfast Nook, Mokena (4 of 5 stars)

The good: This serves up crispy and crunchy bacon that's full of flavor without being too greasy. This is bacon you can eat without risking an instant heart attack once it hits your lips.

The bad: Some of us like our bacon to cause instant heart attacks.

Country Charm, New Lenox (4 of 5 stars)

The good: My meal overall was a 5. I got a sausage-green pepper omelette with hashbrowns and a side of bacon. The bacon was nice and crispy on the edges but still juicy in the center.

The bad: One of the three pieces I got was a bit tough.

Lumes Pancake House, Frankfort (4.5 of 5 stars)

The good: Frying up bacon is part science, part artform. A good serving of bacon--the Champagne of Pig Meat, according to --strikes a balance between the crispy and the chewy. And the bacon at Lumes does that deliciously. Served as a side to my equally delicious Belgian waffle (yes, whipped cream was involved), my bacon was flavorful and, above all, not too salty. 

The bad: One slice was slightly undercooked, which only stood out because the other pieces were so good. Even so, this underperforming piece didn't turn the Champagne of Pig Meat into the Swill of Sizzling Sow. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick January 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I bet any money my bacon's better.
Cindy Scalone January 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I love the bacon at The Broken Egg in New Lenox. We have gotten great food every time.
Michael Sewall January 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thanks, Cindy! Do they have good coffee? Our next showdown is best coffee and I'm looking for a place to go.
PrettyAuntPatti January 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Michael: You can NEVER beat Dunkin` Donuts for coffee, however, one of our favorite places is Cafe` Milan in Frankfort.
Michael Sewall January 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
@Cindy you won the random drawing this week to become a finalist for the $50 gift card. Next week, we'll have another random drawing to determine the winner. Thanks for reading!

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