Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.
Some doctors want to keep a distance from bacon.
Visit Guided Care in Philipsburg and you can get your checkup before stepping next door for some crispy goodness.
But the doctors behind the little office are also the creators of the business that takes up the rest of the building in the Moshannon Valley Regional Business Park off U.S. Route 322.
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That is Hogs Galore, a growing retail and wholesale purveyor of piggy products.
When plans were presented for the building more than 10 years ago, it caused chuckles at the meeting in Bellefonte. A restaurant, retail store, pork processing plant ... and doctor’s office?
But that was before anyone tried Hogs Galore pork chops. Or fresh made hot dogs. Or a host of different kinds of sausages. Or smoked cheese.
Or, yes, the bacon.
In a world gone mad for bacon, it is hard to do something exceptional and unique. One or the other, sure, but both? That’s tough.
But then there is bacon loaf. It looks like a summer sausage, made of bits and pieces of smokey amazingness, fully cooked in a sliceable, snackable cylinder.
But cut it thin and pan fry it and you have something easier and less messy than bacon strips, something that can get crispy as a potato chip, something that makes a BLT or a cheeseburger want to be all it can be.
You should go. Now. Get some. Really.