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A Dozen Takes on The Classic BLT Sandwich

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The BLT is an iconic sandwich. Though as with many icons, restaurants will seek to create variations. Many local restaurants have started to eschew ripe red tomatoes for tarter green ones — which often is both a better counterpoint to the fattiness of the bacon, and more available year round. Other variations are not in sandwich form, others use another form of pork belly, and some combine the BLT with another sandwich or serve it on less than typical bread.

Regardless of how it's delivered, the classic combination of pork, lettuce and tomato is a favorite at these places all over town.

Jamie Liu

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The recently opened Thally has a refined take on the BLT with an open faced version on pain de mie. It's topped with avocado, bacon and an avocado vinaigrette.

Boundary Road Restaurant

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BLTs are on the menu at Boundary Road for lunch and brunch. Served on a rustic artisan loaf, the sandwich features (depending on availability) house-cured bacon, local lettuce and tomato from Mennonite farms, and a basil mayo.

Commissary

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Rye bread and smoked salmon are what make Commissary's BLT unique. It also features house smoked bacon, thickly sliced with mixed greens.

Neopol Savory Smokery

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Neopol knows how to smoke meats, and wraps them all into its salmon BLT. The sandwich features the house smoked salmon with free range bacon and honey dijon dressing on sunflower flaxseed bread.

Breadsoda

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Breadsoda serves one of the most traditional BLTs in town. Their BLT includes thick cut applewood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, and tomato on toasted sourdough. For something more indulgent, make it into a grilled cheese.

Ted's Bulletin

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For a BLT burger, head to Ted's Bulletin for a burger topped with bacon, a fried green tomato, and tomato mayonnaise. All of this is set on a sesame seed bun.

Earl's Sandwiches

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Many people are fans of the traditional sandwiches at Earl's Sandwiches. Their BLT is a classic served on grilled sourdough.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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Pearl Dive's seafood take on the BLT is a po boy. It's topped with fried catfish, a fried egg, and cult-favorite Benton's bacon.

The Getaway

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For the most indulgent BLT, The Getaway allows substitutions of pork belly for bacon in its BLT, which also includes fried green tomato, goat cheese and avocado ranch on a brioche bun.

Lincoln

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Lincoln features two different BLTs. One, served at dinner, is a fried green tomato BLT with bacon and tomato jams and pimento cheese. At lunch, find a blackened trout BLT with pickled red onion, green tomatoes, and peach tarragon aioli.

To Market To Market

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Everyone has a local sandwich/hot food bar spot near the office that they favor. To Market To Market is one of these places, serving the Market BLT that adds avocado slices and cheese for a satisfying BLT.

Woodward Table

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Woodward Table serves a BLT in the form of a flatbread loaded up with bacon, cherry tomatoes, fresh ricotta, bibb lettuce and arugula.

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Thally

The recently opened Thally has a refined take on the BLT with an open faced version on pain de mie. It's topped with avocado, bacon and an avocado vinaigrette.

Boundary Road Restaurant

BLTs are on the menu at Boundary Road for lunch and brunch. Served on a rustic artisan loaf, the sandwich features (depending on availability) house-cured bacon, local lettuce and tomato from Mennonite farms, and a basil mayo.

Commissary

Rye bread and smoked salmon are what make Commissary's BLT unique. It also features house smoked bacon, thickly sliced with mixed greens.

Neopol Savory Smokery

Neopol knows how to smoke meats, and wraps them all into its salmon BLT. The sandwich features the house smoked salmon with free range bacon and honey dijon dressing on sunflower flaxseed bread.

Breadsoda

Breadsoda serves one of the most traditional BLTs in town. Their BLT includes thick cut applewood smoked bacon, iceberg lettuce, and tomato on toasted sourdough. For something more indulgent, make it into a grilled cheese.

Ted's Bulletin

For a BLT burger, head to Ted's Bulletin for a burger topped with bacon, a fried green tomato, and tomato mayonnaise. All of this is set on a sesame seed bun.

Earl's Sandwiches

Many people are fans of the traditional sandwiches at Earl's Sandwiches. Their BLT is a classic served on grilled sourdough.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Pearl Dive's seafood take on the BLT is a po boy. It's topped with fried catfish, a fried egg, and cult-favorite Benton's bacon.

The Getaway

For the most indulgent BLT, The Getaway allows substitutions of pork belly for bacon in its BLT, which also includes fried green tomato, goat cheese and avocado ranch on a brioche bun.

Lincoln

Lincoln features two different BLTs. One, served at dinner, is a fried green tomato BLT with bacon and tomato jams and pimento cheese. At lunch, find a blackened trout BLT with pickled red onion, green tomatoes, and peach tarragon aioli.

To Market To Market

Everyone has a local sandwich/hot food bar spot near the office that they favor. To Market To Market is one of these places, serving the Market BLT that adds avocado slices and cheese for a satisfying BLT.

Woodward Table

Woodward Table serves a BLT in the form of a flatbread loaded up with bacon, cherry tomatoes, fresh ricotta, bibb lettuce and arugula.

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