ok... i've been doing my research now for YEARS, going from brunch/breakfast spot to brunch spot on good old smith street. from robin dubois to banania to the grocery to sur to the st. clair and back again. and i've been meaning to share the startling results of my findings for some time and since happenstance has lead me back here to the ever lively chowhound outer borough board -- certainly the liveliest of the bunch -- i'm here to tell you that by far the best bang for your bacon buck on smith street can be had at...... SUR.
that's right. leave it to the meat-happy argentineans to give you -- as a standard side order of bacon -- 14 slices of bacon. i'm not kidding. 14 slices. i'll say it again: 14 SLICES.
i've ordered this astonishing bacon side on several occasions over a period of about two years, and it's always the same: an overflowing bowl of 14 thick-cut pieces of primo cured hog, enough to take home and make BLTs for the rest of the week. i believe the price is about $2.50/$3, which is pretty standard along the street (the range seems to be $2 to $4).
everybody else on smith street gives you the standard three to five, or maybe six, slices.
so how does SUR do it? is it a loss leader? after all, they seem to be pretty much selling the stuff at cost. has anybody noticed this astonishing anomaly? and can anyone out there really wolf down 14 slices of bacon on sunday morning?