NORTH CENTER — You don't need tickets to Baconfest to eat like a pig this weekend.
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro is putting its Baconfest dish — the Bacon Butty — on the restaurant's menu Friday and Saturday to coincide with the annual pork out.
What, you ask, is a butty?
Think BLT. Without the utterly superfluous LT.
Virtually unknown in the U.S., the butty is so ubiquitous and beloved in the U.K. that it's served at Burger King and McDonald's.
Chef Jeanne Carlson has concocted a slightly more high-brow version for Mrs. Murphy featuring slices of house-cured bacon doused in homemade HP sauce (a brown sauce many Irish prefer to ketchup) and served in a bap bun, bap being one of the many confusing name the Brits have for a bread roll.
If the butty leaves you longing for more, you can BYOBF (build your own Baconfest) with Mrs. Murphy's potato leek and bacon soup and spinach and bacon salad, chased with chocolate-dipped bacon for dessert.
Wash it all down with a Diet Coke and, boom, totally healthy meal.
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