Bill E’s Small Batch Bacon – serenaded locally, savored globally

IMG_4686William Bill E. Stitt’s passion for bacon began as an assignment in a college speech class where he had to develop a business model for a product. He narrowed it down to bourbon, bloody marys or bacon. Spending his career in the food and beverage industry those same interests grew over the years. Bill E. has done extensive research on bacon and the bacon making process. He has tasted every kind of bacon imaginable. Not being able to find a product that especially wowed him, he started making his own.
Finding the right breed of pig took awhile, and he tinkered with his recipe for over three years, trying out different curing methods and timing the smoking process to perfection.
His recipe was introduced to customers through the menu offerings at Stitt’s restaurant, Old 27 Grill. The demand caused him to have to produce more and more and pretty soon other local chefs and restaurants were incorporating the bacon on their menus. Bill E. started marketing his product to grocery stores and markets in the area and with the help of Lewis Communications launched the Bill E. Small Batch Bacon website last December. His participation in the World Food Championship Event in Orange Beach last November exposed his bacon brand sparking media coverage from a variety of outlets.
Scott Gold, a national bacon critic even ranked Stitt’s product in the top three of all bacons in North America. Because of the location of the smokers and their proximity to the entertainment stage, the product is exposed to the sounds of local musical talent during the eight day curing process. That gives Bill E’s bacon that added extra special flair and definitely something to brag about.
Old 27 Grill’s newly revised menu now includes more of his signature product in the restaurant’s offerings. Some of the notables are a Pork Belly Trio (pork belly bites), Bill-E’s Pork Belly Blended burger, the Meatball Sub, the Pork Belly Sandwich, Bill-E’s Bloody Mary and of course Bill-E’s BLT.
Along with Bill E’s bacon, Stitt also supports other delicious local products such as Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream, Fairhope Brewing Company beers, Key’s Southern Spice, Fairhope Tire Company’s grits, LL’s Tuna Dip, Monroe Sausage and Wickles pickles. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Old 27 Grill’s eclectic and laid back atmosphere features open air and inside dining. It is also a great place to gather for drinks and regularly scheduled live music. As we gear up for football season in the deep South, keep them in mind for catering, party platters and an upcoming home/business delivery service.
Old 27 Grill & Bill E’s Bacon, 19222 Highway 181, Fairhope • (251) 281-2663 • Facebook “Old 27 Grill” •


The much anticipated Another Broken Egg Cafe set to open Monday, March 7th in Fairhope


General Manager, Kelly Kaiser

Baldwin County native Kelly Kaiser has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 15 years old.  He attended the University of South Alabama where he pursued a degree in Graphic Design but has always found opportunity and satisfaction in the food and beverage industry. Kaiser worked for Ruby Tuesday for 19 years and was aware that Another Broken Egg Cafe was planning to open in Fairhope. With a young family, he was searching for an opportunity that would allow him a bit more flexibility. He expressed his interest in a leadership position with Another Broken Egg Cafe and left Ruby Tuesday last June. As of October of 2015, Kaiser has been traveling and training in the company’s existing cafes that are located in Jacksonville, Panama City and Orange Beach.
During that time, Kelly stated that he has “fallen in love with the company”.  The philosophy is to take care of people so they can better serve the guests. That is one of the reasons that their hours of operation are 7am until 2pm. “The staff works hard but they are happy, rested and ready to put out a quality product seven days a week.”
Kelly has been busy networking within the Fairhope community and will be training his staff with three fundraising events prior to the Monday, March 7th opening of the restaurant. The public has been invited to make reservations for a dining experience to benefit Eastern Shore Art Center, Ecumenical Ministries of Baldwin County and Baldwin County Humane Society. The Cafe will provide the meals for a donation to the charity in order to introduce the new concept to the community. With the cafe being open on Sundays, there are several surrounding retail shops that are now altering their hours of operation to include Sundays to capture some of the traffic that the restaurant will bring.
The menu is designed for foodies. Sweet and savory with a little Cajun accent. Appetizers for Sharing include Biscuit Beignets, Blackberry Grits, City Grits, Gourmet Muffins, a Baked Brie Delight and Fried Green Tomatoes. You can go Healthy with Steel Cut Oats, Granola, Fruit & Quinoa, a Gluten-Free Jumbo Pancake or a Skinny (egg white) omelet. Traditional breakfast items such as eggs, bacon, country potatoes, English muffins, sausage patties, pancakes, Belgian waffles and French Toast. Go Egg-Straordinary with omelette and Scramblers that include cream cheese, crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, Andouille sausage, breakfast chorizo, spinach, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, lobster, bacon, mushrooms, caramelized onions and so much more!
Specialty Brunch dishes are the Southern Crabstack that features seasoned grit cakes and jumbo lump crab cakes, Shrimp & Grits, Classic Biscuit & Gravy and Huevos Rancheros.
Signature Benedicts include a traditional Eggs Benedict, a Smoked Salmon Benedict, Benedict Oscar (with grilled flatiron steak, sauted crabmeat and asparagus), a Black Bean Benedict, Crabcakes Cavallo and Eggs Blackstone.
The entree Salad Creations to choose from are Chicken Caesar, Southern Shrimp, Kale & Salmon, Southwest Chop, Spinach, Quinoa & Chicken and Chicken Salad. All of the dressings are gourmet and house made.
A Classic Bacon Burger, Cafe Burger, Sante Fe Burger and Veggie Burger are served on artisan bread and you can add an egg to your burger – cooked any style – for only 99 cents.
Featured sandwiches include a Fried Green Tomato BLT, King Edward Club, a Roasted portobello Wrap, Lobster & Shrimp Roll Sliders, Waffle Sliders and a several others.
All menu items are served all day long so you can get any thing that is offered at any time.
Coffee, teas, milk, juices, Coca-cola products, hot chocolate and specialty coffees are available in addition to Bloody Marys and Mimosas. The new Fairhope location will be the first location in the company to feature a specialty beverage menu so make sure to check it out. Look for Another Broken Egg Cafe to be participating in many local community events in the area including First Friday Artwalk. You can also contact Kelly Kaiser if you are interested in Another Broken Egg Cafe to host an after hours event or private party.   Another Broken Egg Cafe, 300 Fairhope Ave., Fairhope (251) 209-9875 •