Flights of Fancy

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Photo by Jeremy Sykes

Bacon Flight

It may be a while before the entire pig flies, but breakfast’s favorite side has achieved liftoff at Awful Annie’s. The bacon flight, which has been a soaring success since its debut two years ago, comes in four staple flavors: candied, jalapeño, sweet Thai and smoked cherrywood (or sometimes applewood). “Everybody loves the bacon flight. On a Sunday, we usually sell 60 to 70 orders,” owner Jai Baker says.

Behind the scenes, the kitchen staff works overtime to fill the demand. The sweet Thai, for instance, is marinated for an hour in a secret sauce then baked in the oven, creating a deliciously sticky slice that starts out reminiscent of teriyaki and finishes with mild Thai-chili notes, while the candied bacon is coated with a five-ingredient rub that includes brown sugar and chili powder before being caramelized in the oven. And Baker’s sons Bryan and Adam (managers of the Lincoln and Auburn locations, respectively) are constantly working on new experimental flavors as well, like a blue cheese version studded with melty crumbles. So far, they’ve created over 20 different varieties, ensuring that every time we’re at Awful Annie’s, we’ll be in hog heaven. $6. Auburn: 13460 Lincoln Way. 530-888-9857. Lincoln: 490 Lincoln Blvd. 916-645-9766. awfulannies.com —Jennifer Resnicke