North Country Smokehouse Bacon

Carlos Guia’s Jazz Brunch at Wynn’s Country Club Grill is worth a detour for his shrimp and andouille gumbo, poached eggs with pulled smoked pork, and dozens of other tempting treats.

But this meaty, smoky bacon—slow-cured with maple sugar in a New Hampshire smokehouse—surfaces in many Guia creations, and it’s the best bacon we’ve ever tasted. Take that, Nueske’s.

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House-Smoked Salmon Pizza, Spago

Wolfgang Puck pioneered the California-style pizza, using nouveau ingredients that go well beyond sausage and pepperoni. The smoked salmon pizza has been a mainstay at Spago throughout the years, but it’s not on the menu. A thin-crust pizza is built with crème fraîche and silky smoked salmon, then topped with an only-in-Beverly-Hills twist: caviar and gold leaf. Each bite is worth every penny—all 3,700 of ’em! $27, $37 (with caviar), in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 369-6300.