Don't panic, but bacon prices are rising.It's all thanks to a Chinese virus that's infected and killed as many as 6 million piglets in the Mid- and Southwest, according to the Associated Press.And with the decrease in supply, well you know what happens next.Jason Corman, manager at the Pork Shop in Queen Creek, has watched pork prices surge more than 30 percent in the last two months. The shop has had to raise its prices on certain items."This has been so sudden," he said. "You're either breaking even or your losing money on some items. At some point, you have to raise them (the prices)."But before you run to the store and stock-up on over-priced pork products, consider your options. Here are a few of the best bacon-bites at Valley restaurants and stores:The Hog and Chick at Matt's Big BreakfastMatt's Big Breakfast in downtown Phoenix uses locally sourced pig-products in a mouthwatering dishes like the Hog and Chick, $8.95, which comes with two eggs and thick-cut pepper bacon — their specialty – or off-the-bone ham, sausage patties or links.Details: 630 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily. 821 N. First St., Phoenix. 602-254-1074,mattsbigbreakfast.com.Bacon Bloody Mary at RnRRnR in Scottsdale can help ease the pain with bottomless bacon-garnished Bloody Marys every Saturday and Sunday for $15 with an entrée or $25 without. The drink is made with Absolut Peppar or Heaven's Hell Vodka, Whiskey Willy's Bloody Mary Mix, celery, olives, limes and a thick slice of maple bacon.Details: 11 a.m.-midnight Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fridays, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m.-12 a.m. Sundays. 3737 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-945-3353, rnrscottsdale.com.Pork Dip at St. FrancisThe chefs at St. Francis attempt pork-fection with the pork dip, $16, stuffing three different types of pork between two slices of a house-made baguette. It comes with prosciutto, bacon, fennel onion marmalade, Dijon mustard and Gruyere.Details: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. 111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-200-8111, stfrancisaz.com.Maple Bacon doughnut holes at the Oink CafeAssuage those ever-worrisome bacon and sugar cravings with some maple bacon doughnut holes, $1.49 for a half dozen, at the restaurant in Phoenix. Nearly every menu item at the cafe includes bacon, and as if that wasn't enough, it offers eight kinds: Apple-wood, peppered, hickory, jalepeño, pecan-wood, honey-cured, apple-cider and sugar-cured bacon.Details: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. 4326 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix. 602-404-6465.ZinburgerStop in at Zinburger at the Biltmore for one of the Valley's best bacon cheeseburgers, $11, made with Nueske's apple-wood smoked bacon, American cheese and Thousand Island dressing served on a potato bun or in a lettuce wrap.Details: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-424-9500, zinburgeraz.com.The Pork ShopOpen since 1979, the Pork Shop is famous for its hickory-smoked, brown-sugar-cured bacon, $6.49 a pound, but it also has jalapeno, red-chili, pepper-encrusted, barbecue, Canadian and smoked-shoulder bacon. The shop also smokes hams for the holidays and make its own fresh bratwursts and smoked sausages. Call it hog heaven.Details: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sundays. 3359 E. Combs Road, Queen Creek. 480-987-0101, theporkshopaz.com.
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