The Works Believes in Bacon

The Works Believes in Bacon
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Does anyone believe in bacon more strongly than The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro? LA’s The Oinkster, maybe, but few others. For the third time, Oakville, Ont.-based The Works has mounted a “Baconism” menu promotion, this time titled “Believe in Baconism,” and the burger specials are impressive as always.

One of this year’s new burgers is the Fritos Bacon Chili O’Mine burger ($16.48), a 100% Canadian fresh beef patty topped with house-made all-bacon chili, a blend of shredded cheeses, smoked bacon and Fritos corn chips, all drizzled with sour cream & green onions. Also new is the Bacon You Fancy Huh? ($16.98), a signature 8-oz. bacon/beef-blend patty topped with extra old aged white Cheddar, thick-cut maple-glazed bacon, bacon-roasted tomatoes, arugula and creamy mayo.

Fritos Bacon Chili O’Mine Burger

Fritos Bacon Chili O’Mine Burger

Back by popular demand from Baconism II is the Six Degrees of K’vin Bacon burger ($15.98): the signature 8-oz. bacon-beef patty with smoked bacon, Canadian bacon, bacon ketchup, bacon-roasted-garlic aïoli and house made bacon sticks.

Also back is the Bacon-Wrapped Wrecking Balls ($9.97) appetizer: bacon-wrapped Cheddar tater tots topped with bacon-roasted garlic aïoli on a bed of bacon sticks. The Hunka Hunka Shake ($7.91/16 oz.) has real banana plus peanut butter and crispy bacon blended with creamy Canadian ice cream topped with whipped cream and, yes, more bacon.


As I noted yesterday in assessing Ruby Tuesday’s recovery plans, casual-dining chains keep calling on burgers to help them bring customers. This week, T.G.I. Fridays has a new lunch campaign themed “Make Lunch Count.” Lunch has always been a softspot for casual dining, but a prime daypart for quick service. So TGIF has brought in a juicy burger to take the spotlight.

Its new Truffle Stacked Burger (below) is a blend of four cheeses with truffle oil, onion-bacon jam and Asiago cheese between two burgers, with truffle aïoli and applewood-smoked bacon added for good measure. Other new choices are a Mediterranean Mahi Mahi Naan ‘Wich and a California Chicken Club. All new sandwiches are, of course, “handcrafted,” apparently distinguishing them from machine-made sandwiches.

The burger is a premium option but there’s also a new “On the Double” lunch pairing option: choice of one appetizer—such as mozzarella sticks,Turkey Kale Soup or Caesar Salad—with one of several entrees at three price tiers ($6.99, $7.99 or $8.99). Jack Slider mini burgers are an option at the $8.99 level.

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