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Pigging out on National Bacon Day

Silvers in Southampton serves a generously layered bacon,

Silvers in Southampton serves a generously layered bacon, lettuce and ripe tomato sandwich on grilled Tuscan bread with romaine lettuce and mayonnaise. (May 24, 2011) Credit: Doug Young

Aug. 31 is National Bacon Day. As if anyone needed an excuse to order a dish made with  crispy, salty and altogether irresistible strips of pig meat.

Here are three bacon-enhanced dishes we’re particularly partial to:

The smoky bacon-topped baked clams ($7.95) at KB's Burger Shack in Patchogue.
KB’s Burger Shack is at 411 W. Main St., Patchogue, 631-627-6677,

The big, beefy oozy namesake burger ($11) at The Good Life in Massapequa Park. It’s topped with blue cheese, Cheddar, and bacon jam, which is made by deeply caramelizing onions with bacon.
The Good Life is at 1039 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-798-4663,

The luxe BLT ($20) at Silver’s in Southampton, made with chargrilled Tuscan bread, a mountain of bacon, bright romaine and sweet crimson tomatoes and finished with Hellmann's Extra Heavy Mayonnaise and chopped parsley.
Silver’s is at 15 Main St., Southampton, 631-283-6443,

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