While biergartens are typically known for their authentic German cuisine, Zeppelin Hall is paying homage to another favorite food that pairs perfectly with beer: bacon.
Inspired by the salty comfort food, Chef Franco Robazetti has created 19 new dishes, each inspired by beloved international entrees. Bacon-lovers may find themselves squealing with frustration as they attempt to choose from the tempting and innovative menu.
Highlights include: Mexico’s Bacon Tacos, Canada’s Bacon Poutine, Italy’s Bacon Bolognese, and America’s Bacon Mac and Cheese and Bacon Burger. To the delight of patrons of past Baconfests, the menu will also include the 50 Shades of Bacon Sandwich and a Bacon Wrapped Tomahawk Steak. Prices range from $6.95 to $16.95.
Needless to say, the creative fare complements any of the 100 beers offered. Wine and cocktails are also available. For those who aren’t sure if they’re ready to jump “whole hog” into Baconfest, free bacon strips are available at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m.
Bear in mind, if you’re stopping in to catch a football game on a Sunday afternoon, the Baconfest menu isn’t served until 2 p.m. (The regular lunch and brunch menus are available in case you don’t “dig the pig.”) But for those with patience, it’s well worth the wait.
My son Ben, 12, deemed the Bacon Burger the “best” he’s ever had — and enjoyed pairing it with the Jaguars-Steelers game shown on the gigantic television screens. For my lunch, I chose the Arepa Con Tocineta, which featured oodles of bacon and mozzarella sandwiched between light white corn arepas, and was unique and delicious.
Because portions are large, it may be best to visit with a group and order a variety so you can sample as much of this diverse menu as possible. Or, make Baconfest part of your weekly dining calendar. After all, it runs through Feb. 4.
For more information, visit Zeppelin Hall’s Facebook page or call (201) 721-8888.