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Tip Top Tour

February 2nd, 2009 by Mike Nelson · 73 Comments

Conor and I made a lunch time trip to one of my favorite bacon destinations, Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, California, just a 15 minute ride from RiffTrax Towers. I offer this photo tour.


Conor and a femur bone.


This greets you when you enter.
Go past the many wursts, all of which have the same four ingredients but have wildly divergent names.

Past the weird European candies…

More European candies…

Stop to refuel with one of their refreshing beverages….
Go past the Cornys…
Be reassured by their quality pledge…
Keep moving until you get to the promised land, the bacon section…
Then buy yourself a mess of this…
Lots of this…
But be sure to skip this…

Tags: Month o' Bacon · bacon

73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 R.A. Roth on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Which wurst is the worst?


  • 2 OxfordProle on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Is it just me, or does $6.29 seem to be a bit pricey for fish balls?

  • 3 Houndstooth Mind on Feb 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I recently bought fish balls (true story) and they were well under 4 bucks!

  • 4 Walter on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    What does one do with a huge bone?

  • 5 Michael Crawford on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I want to go to there.

    I’m very jealous of you.

  • 6 Conor Lastowka on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I clubbed a cavewoman with it and drug her by her hair back to Mike’s car, but he wouldn’t unlock the door until I promised to leave her behind.

  • 7 Ginger on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    So is this a German market you have lurking around the area? Next time you go, walk in the doors and proclaim “Ich möchte Speck!” and see if anybody tackles you for mutilating the language – y’know, if they care. Here, have a cheat sheet:

    Ich = eeek with some spit on the end
    möchte = mook-tah with some more spit on the end
    Speck = shhpeck with even more spit on the end

    Let my two years of German guide you well!

  • 8 Houndstooth Mind on Feb 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I think I’d go for something maple-y myself. I like the bit of sweetness juxtaposed with the smokiness.

  • 9 Emily on Feb 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    As the granddaughter of Norwegians, let me tell you, you did the right thing passing up the lutefisk. Nothing good will come of it.

    If you happen upon any Norwegian dumplings, go ahead and skip those too.

  • 10 Kim on Feb 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I’m supremely jealous of you Mike. That is the biggest bacon section I’ve ever seen.

    Carlsbad can’t be too far of a drive from Phoenix, right?

  • 11 Remmie Barrow on Feb 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Nothing tops off a nice refreshing drink of sauerkraut juice like some weird european candies.

  • 12 michael on Feb 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Hey, where’s Kevin during all of this? Has anyone heard from him?

  • 13 Casey on Feb 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I am curious about this “double smoked” bacon.. I am familiar with the merely “smoked bacon”… but the doubleness intrigues me.

  • 14 Ninjew on Feb 2, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I thought smoking was bad for you. If that’s true, wouldn’t eating bacon that’s been smoked be sort of like EATING second hand smoke?

  • 15 Nick Fechter on Feb 2, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmm….fiiiiiish baaaaaaaalls…..

  • 16 John on Feb 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    BTW – You’re not tagging the Month o’ Bacon posts with the ‘bacon’ tag? Weird.

  • 17 justhesh on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    As someone who once worked in a grocery store with a butcher department…smoked pork products smell AMAZING!

  • 18 John H. on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, Metafilter’s having a conniption over this.

  • 19 justhesh on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Oh, I can think of a number of things, none of which I can repeat in civilized public.

  • 20 justhesh on Feb 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    BTW, bacon is great when you pop it on a sheet in the oven rather than in a pan on the stove.

  • 21 Kim on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Same goes for working in a BBQ joint…work isn’t so bad when you’re around smoked pork all day.

    Its even better on the occasions that bacon gets put in the smoker.

  • 22 Yoshi on Feb 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Hey! In your own fine print you say, ‘In other words “American bacon”.’
    Now, only two days later, you’re buying ‘European Delicatessen Double Smoked slab’ bacon. That don’t sound to American to me!
    What gives? Huh?!?

  • 23 Leana on Feb 3, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Now that I see yer in San Diego vicinity, be sure to head over to Fresh & Easy, in Vista, or my store, in Escondido. We got british back bacon that people rave about!

  • 24 Queen Shadowrama on Feb 3, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Kevin’s in Mexico, likely on the run for breaking the website.

  • 25 AJ on Feb 3, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Hmmmm, British back bacon! Now that’s good stuff, and being a Brit, I should know :D

    In fact Mike, may I suggest British back bacon as a bacon you can consume on your month 0′ bacon run.

  • 26 Ben on Feb 3, 2009 at 5:38 am

    What? No pictures of the “Cock” Soup packets?

  • 27 Queen Shadowrama on Feb 3, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I know right? What’s with all the Mike hate over there?

  • 28 michael on Feb 3, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I thought he might be trying to help Mike in his quest and went off in search for the Best Bacon in the World.

  • 29 blablover5 on Feb 3, 2009 at 7:15 am

    You know; Mike, you probably really got the friendly shopkeeps hopes up stopping to take pictures of every commoditiy and food stuff you passed.

    Shame on you. Especially in California the land of anti-meat.

  • 30 Casey on Feb 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I am further intrigued.

  • 31 OxfordProle on Feb 3, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Now I have to ask how your cut-rate fish balls were. Assuming, of course, they haven’t killed you.

  • 32 Chris D. on Feb 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Ahhh Lutefisk. The chief export and greatest culinary contribution of my beloved Minnesota.

  • 33 Sampo on Feb 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I had fish balls once. The doctor gave me an ointment and I’m all better now.

  • 34 Lars Tk. on Feb 3, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I’m a norwegian and a lot of people eat lutefisk here for christmas, I wouldnt touch it myself. I’m also a bacon lover and thankfully they have a lot of different types of bacon in Norway. But lutefisk isn’t the most weird and disgusting thing people in Norway eat at christmas. Something called smalahove, which is the head of a sheep, is also a traditional norwegian christmas dinner. The sheepeye is supposed to be the best thing of the head. I don’t eat that either. And some place they also like to eat goat testicles. So if you are in Norway and somebody offers you something called geitabadle (and they refuse to translate what that means, english language knowledge isn’t that good in places where this is served), just say no thanks and go to the nearest McDonalds or Burger King…

  • 35 awfulgoodmovies on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I played Keyboards for Fish Balls during their 1986 world tour.

  • 36 Tracy on Feb 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Double-smoked bacon is the yummiest thing that ever was or will be!

  • 37 Geena on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:55 pm


  • 38 Geena on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    If, by “shame on you,” you meant “good on you,” then YES.

  • 39 Johnny on Feb 8, 2009 at 1:45 am

    @Ginger – LOL. Reminds me of this bit where Dennis Quaid declares he wants a coffee.

  • 40 Haladara on Feb 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Well, if it’s a beef bone, you could have it sliced up into smaller pieces to fit in a pot, and use the bone with other ingredients to make a rich, beefy broth. :)

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