The building took way too long to complete, so everyone complained. The restaurant moving in was a chain, so everyone complained.
But then, the building looked gorgeous. And the food tasted incredible. Were we hypocrites? If so, we were well fed and happy hypocrites.
Another Broken Egg Cafe’ opened for a special charity event three days last weekend, both for the purpose of training their staff and donating thousands of dollars to our local Ecumenical Ministries, Baldwin County Humane Society and the Eastern Shore Art Center.
I attended brunch on Saturday when the proceeds totaled somewhere around $5,750 for the Art Center, and we were beyond thrilled. Â For a small-town non-profit, that is a huge amount that will fund many, many programs for our community.
President and CEO, Ron Green, came by the table to welcome us and said although he currently operates 55 locations throughout the Southeast/Gulf Coast area (and plans to open around 50 more within the next three years), he and his design team strive to make each location unique to that city, both in the architecture, decor and menu.
I knew several of the staff members and were pleased we have yet another good employer in town.
And the food . . . oh, my gracious! The menu was totally innovative with both savory and sweet dishes as well as light and healthy options.
Ron sent over a sample of gouda grits, and I think they ended up being my favorite thing. The paper doily only added to my joy.
The biscuit beignets with warm orange marmalade honey sauce made my eyes roll back in my head. Everyone at my table had delicious omelets (I had the Lobster Brie which was sinfully delicious!), but the menu also had an entire assortment of lunch sandwiches and salads as well.
After speaking with Ron, who lives in Destin, but spends a lot of time in Fairhope and has his nephew managing this location, I feel confident that if chain stores or restaurants are going to locate in Fairhope, this is exactly the kind we want. One who understands and cares about our community, one who respects our uniqueness and one that has slap-your-mama good food!
They even worked around one of our city’s favorite trees where countless mothers have yelled, “Get off that tree!”Â children have frolicked. What a great example for ALL CHAIN businesses to follow when they want to come to town.
Have you ever eaten at Another Broken Egg Cafe’? What do you think about chain businesses moving to small towns?
Another Broken Egg Cafe’ Fairhope, is located at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street and will be open for business starting this week, every day from 7am-2pm. Click HERE to visit their site. Click HERE to read my friend Lynn’s interview with Ron Green on her blog, Our Southern Souls.
No, I have not eaten at a Broken Egg but that may change after seeing the food! We have one here and they built on the river and I’m sure they had a strict building code. My goodness, they are popping up all over. I love eating breakfast or brunch out, this looks like a fun place to meet up with friends…………….
After eating there, I can totally understand why they are growing so fast. When you get the chance to go, you’ll love it.
Definitely putting this on the list! And checking your other list on the sidebar — a real Public Service, Ma’am.
I’m actually busy updating my Restaurant List on the sidebar. So many new places and a few of the old ones have gone to the big food pantry in the sky . . .
You are cruel. I am sitting here eating my boring salad and looking at your gorgeous pics of sumptuous food and salivating while I am eating. I did not ever know that was possible. I’m going to start a new diet called the gouda grits. I’ve never even had them and I know I would love them! Any luck on figuring out your link on my sidebar?
Calling in a big tech guy to figure it out. I’ll sit around and eat some more omelets while I wait for him to fix it.
Ah … yes. Love, love that cafe. We have several in the Houston area, and one very close to me. I’ve only been once, but only because the line is always out the door. Delicious stuff.
Lines out the door? Mercy!
I am totally convinced that the best food comes from the south! Really! Up here we’re continually disappointed when we hit a new place to eat. The food is just not seasoned and I do miss my grits!
Be a sweetie,
Well, we season everything around here, as you know! Hot sauce is on almost every table, and there’s no such thing as too much salt. Funny thing . . . we also have a large cardiac unit at the hospital for such a small town.
Fairhope, you have just gained another great restaurant !!!
I attended a Bridesmaid’s Luncheon at the Orange Beach location a couple of weeks ago. There was no way they could have improved the food or service !!! Everything was wonderful !!! Apparently, Another Broken Egg is a top notch organization!
P.S. Kudos to Fairhope’s own Donna Hill for the Charm Cake and Lindy for the flowers! Delicious and Beautiful !!!!
Sorry for all the exclamation points, but it was just that good. Can’t wait to eat at the new Fairhope location.
I’d love to have seen the charm cake! They’re always so pretty and fun!
This is a great restaurant! Not like a chain at all, Fairhope will really enjoy it!
Everyone’s very excited now that it’s done.
They have one in Atlanta that my daughter and I go to often when I visit her – always delicious !
I didn’t know about the Atlanta location. I’m sure it’s crowded!
We were just wondering the other night if it had opened. Looks like we’re going to have to get over there and chow down! Of course, I’m sure it’ll be packed for months, so we may have to wait for the excitement to die down a bit first. Thanks for the review and the info. 🙂
Not sure if this place’s excitement will ever die down. According to people from other locations, be prepared to stand in line! Let me know how it goes.
Leslie Anne, I have never been to “Another Broken Egg”, but I have seen them in several places! I am kind of a food snob, and don’t like chain restaurants, but you convinced me! Pam @ Everyday Living
It truly defies all stereotypes of what you think a chain will be. Give it a try next time you see one and let me know what you think.
I’ve never been to a Broken Egg restaurant but will surely seek one out the next time I m in the south! You are right, a personal connection to the community can surely make a chain restaurant feel like a local spot. Excellent zoning and appearance standards help a lot too.
You are down this way enough that it won’t be long until you can find one in your travels. Especially since they are expanding so rapidly.
We visited the Broken Egg Cafe during the Arts & Crafts show. The food was bad – two of the dishes were inedible – and the service was even worse. I have went to other Broken Egg Cafe’s and was excited to see this one, but we were very disappointed. It was terrible.
I’m so sorry you had a bad experience! The huge crowd during Arts and Crafts coupled with being a new restaurant was a risk. The owner Ron is so nice, I’m sure he’d want to make it up to you. Hope everything else at the festival went well.