Y’all, he said ‘banking.’ Still, here are 10 places to get good bacon in Charlotte.

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“Saturday Night Live” writers had a great time with Charlotte over the weekend, and we were here for it.

LaVar Ball (played by Kenan Thompson) appeared on SNL’s weekly news desk to talk about his son LaMelo Ball of Charlotte Hornets. He called Charlotte the “Gateway to Gastonia” and “regional banking capital of the world.”

But some of y’all heard “bacon” — not banking.

To add to the confusion, there is a bacon reference later in the skit, where LaVar Ball states that LaMelo has “Rookie of the Year, locked up. MVP, locked up. Prettiest hog at the Mecklenburg County fair, locked up.”

And we’re pretty sure they know a thing or two about how to create dishes with bacon at Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, which SNL host Nick Jonas’ dad opened in Belmont to honor his grandmother, Nellie. Here, you can get it in your cobb salad (of course), shrimp and grits and more. (Is it a coincidence that the restaurant is located in Gaston County?)

The inside story of the ‘SNL’ sketch about Charlotte and LaMelo Ball that went viral

So, just for fun, we decided to dig up our latest guide showcasing the best places in Charlotte to get some good bacon. It was written in September by Jessica Swannie for International Bacon Day, but it seems like now is a great time to update it:

(1) Bleu Barn Bistro

Find a savory treat at Camp North End food stalls like Bleu Barn Bistro, where you can add applewood smoked bacon to your Farmhouse Burger (local grass-fed beef, cheddar, shaved red onion, whole grain mustard and arugula on a toasted cornmeal kaiser bun) and enjoy bacon in the Cajun Potato Salad on the side.

(2) Boxcar Betty’s

Boxcar Betty’s takes its chicken sandwich to the next level with bacon jam.
Boxcar Betty’s takes its chicken sandwich to the next level with bacon jam.

Not sure what type of bacon you’re in the mood for? Try it in the form of jam at Boxcar Betty’s on the Chicken “Not So Waffle” sandwich, complete with maple syrup, pimiento cheese, tomato and bacon jam.

(3) Cloud Bar by David Burke

The most Instagram-worthy bacon dish in town is found atop the Le Meridian hotel in uptown, where Cloud Bar by David Burke serves the DB Maple Glazed Bacon Clothesline. It’s one of the most popular dishes on the menu and features maple-glazed bacon, a pickle spear and lemon.

(4) Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts, known for its hot-from-the-fryer doughnuts, offers a maple bacon doughnut. And since its menu also has build-your-own options, you can add bacon to any doughnut of your choosing.

(5) It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Corn

Complement your bacon indulgence with even more at It’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle Corn, where you’ll find honey-bourbon-bacon-flavored kettle corn.

(6) Papi Queso

The Bacon Jalapeno grilled cheese at Papi Queso is prepared with three cheeses and strips of crispy bacon.
The Bacon Jalapeno grilled cheese at Papi Queso is prepared with three cheeses and strips of crispy bacon.

If you want the perfect cheese pull for a photo before devouring your meal, head to Papi Queso and order the Bacon Jalapeno grilled cheese. It’s packed with Preservation Society pepper jelly, slab bacon, shaved red onion and fresh jalapenos, then melted together with a blend of cheddar, white American and fresh cheese curds.

(7) Snooze, an A.M. Eatery

The bacon-infused cocktail pairs perfectly with a Grilled Cheese Benny at Snooze.
The bacon-infused cocktail pairs perfectly with a Grilled Cheese Benny at Snooze.

Try the Habañero Pork Belly Benny (seared, cider-braised, habanero pork belly on top of a lightly buttered English muffin with bacon espresso jam and poached eggs. topped with cream cheese hollandaise and cranberry relish).

(8) Sugar Donuts

At Sugar Donuts, you’ll find a Maple Applewood Smoked Bacon Donut (there’s a gluten-free option, too). This classic yeast-raised doughnut is covered with a handmade maple glaze, then topped with applewood smoked bacon. It’s been on the menu since 2014.

Sugar Donuts offers a classic maple bacon doughnut, but elevates the treat with homemade maple glaze.
Sugar Donuts offers a classic maple bacon doughnut, but elevates the treat with homemade maple glaze.

(9) Village Juice

Add bacon to your avocado toast for the ultimate breakfast at Village Juice Co.
Add bacon to your avocado toast for the ultimate breakfast at Village Juice Co.

And after your tour of gooey delights, consider a lighter option at Village Juice Co., where you can get bacon on everything from avocado toast to sandwiches, salads and grain bowls.

(10) What the Fries

What the Fries food truck serves incredible burgers and cheesy fries topped with bacon crumbles. Why crumbles instead of full strips? Because you can ensure you “get bacon in every bite.” What the Fries is ahead of its time.

Expect bacon crumble in each and every bite when you order a burger at What the Fries food truck.
Expect bacon crumble in each and every bite when you order a burger at What the Fries food truck.

While we wait not-so-patiently for What The Fries to open its first brick-and-mortar, check out the truck’s Instagram account to stay up-to-date with its latest location.

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With all these suggestions, there’s no reason we can’t turn Charlotte into the regional bacon capital of the world. Email us at charlottefive@charlottefive.com with your favorite bacon-forward dishes at Charlotte’s restaurants, and we’ll add them to our list.

Want more? For the inside story behind the skit, including a Cracker Barrel joke that didn’t make the cut, check out Scott Fowler’s interview with SNL writer Bryan Tucker.