Everyone loves bacon (sorry, vegetarians & vegans)! So, when we found out that International Bacon Day was on August 31st, we were ecstatic! Although many people only think of bacon as a breakfast side dish that’s eaten plain, we’re here to tell you that it’s so much more than that. Good bacon has the ability to transform nearly any dish by packing it full of flavor and texture that really takes it to the next level. We love incorporating bacon into our dishes at Top of Waikiki, which is why we’re the perfect place to celebrate International Bacon Day! If you’re not sold just yet, we’ve compiled eight reasons that are sure to give you a bacon craving- just keep reading!
1. Diver Scallops
This one is for all you seafood lovers! Our Diver Scallops are caught fresh daily and the perfect start to your dinner. These scallops are delicious on their own, but adding in local corn and our Applewood-smoked bacon cranks them up a notch and really excites your taste buds!
Diver Scallops ($19) – Served with local corn and Applewood-smoked bacon in a curry oil and balsamic reduction.
2. Goat Cheese Rangoons
You may have tried an appetizer like this before, but these rangoons are next level! With Hawaii Island Dairy goat cheese from Big Island, adding in bacon helps cut through the creaminess of the goat cheese and gives it nice texture. These rangoons are rich but you won’t be able to resist eating all of them!
Goat Cheese Rangoons ($13 / $10 Happy Hour) – Deep-fried Hawaii Island Dairy goat cheese and filled with bacon and chives with five-spice dipping sauce.
3. Hawaii’s only revolving restaurant
That’s right, we’re the only revolving restaurant in the state of Hawaii! Located 21 stories high, we offer the best panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and the Honolulu city lights. Talk about a memorable evening- what better way to celebrate International Bacon Day than slowly revolving on top of Waikiki? (We can’t think of one…)
Open daily from 5pm, book your table now!
4. Grilled New Zealand King Salmon
Bacon on salmon? You may not have expected this combination but you’ll sure be glad it exists! Our Grilled New Zealand King Salmon is rich and flaky; adding in the Applewood-smoked bacon switches up the texture and leaves you wanting more after every bite!
Grilled New Zealand King Salmon ($35) – 6oz. salmon, fingerling potatoes, Applewood-smoked bacon, kale, Ho Farms tomatoes topped with salsa verde.
5. Filet Mignon
Everyone loves a classic Filet Mignon but this one’s better because it has bacon! Beef tenderloin with veal jus is amazing already and adding in asparagus and bacon helps keep the flavors of the dish fresh and your taste buds intrigued with every bite.
Filet Mignon ($45) – Beef tenderloin with veal jus, asparagus, bacon, mashed potatoes, and house-fried potato chips.
6. Waikiki’s best happy hour
Happy hour at Top of Waikiki is the best because it’s available all night long! You read that right, our happy hour is available every day from 5-9:30pm at the bar counter. The best part is…you don’t need a reservation! With drinks starting at $5 and appetizers starting at only $8, you might just end up staying at our bar the whole night. Don’t forget to order one of every dish with bacon while you’re at it – it is International Bacon day after all!
Happy hour is available daily from 5-9:30pm at the bar counter- no reservations needed!
7. Loaded Baked Potato Tots
You’ve definitely had tater tots before but never like this! It includes all the toppings you love with a baked potato, mixed in with tots, and no baked potato [tot] is complete without the bacon bits! Don’t worry, these tots have a surprise layer of toppings halfway down so, when you think you’ve eaten all the bacon bits, there’s a whole other layer to be had! Thank goodness…
Baked Potato Tots ($12 / $8 Happy Hour) – Fully loaded tots with sour cream sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, chives, and bacon bits.
8. Smoked Bacon & Asiago Mashed Potatoes
We love mashed potatoes…with bacon! Does a side dish get any better than that? We think not. All of our mashed potatoes are made in-house daily so they’re always fresh and the Smoked Bacon & Asiago Mashed Potatoes are rich in flavor with bacon bits in every bite. What a way to celebrate International Bacon Day!
Smoked bacon and asiago mashed potatoes ($9) – Made fresh in-house daily
Now that you’re possibly drooling and definitely craving some of our bacon-inclusive dishes, make sure you reserve your seat and get ready to feast on some bacon!