In search of good bacon
I can't believe I'm asking this, but I need help. I've cooked bacon a grand total of twice in my life. Once was so long ago I can't remember - maybe I used that funky microwave tray to cook the bacon. Once was a couple months ago, when I decided to make spaghetti carbonara for the first time, and the bacon was just not the quality you need to get really good carbonara sauce.
For the Fourth of July party I'm going to, I've decided to make my grandma's German potato salad, which I have never done before. It's the kind full of vinegar and bacon fat that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. I had to ask my aunt for the recipe, and she had to make it and measure it out to figure out how to write it down. It's just one of those things that she grew up making.
So here's the question: where do you get good bacon? Not too fatty, not too meaty, but plenty of full bacon flavor. I haven't had luck just picking off the Kroger shelves. I have no idea what I'm looking for. HELP!