New restaurant bringing the bacon to Elkhart

Quick Bites includes news of a bacon-centric restaurant, Fat Tomato being Sarahstrong, donations of local poultry and other news.
Posted on Dec. 2, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

The Bacon Strip is open in Elkhart and is living up to its name.

The restaurant in the former Boardwalk Cafe, 561 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, already offers six kinds of bacon with more likely to be added to the menu.

The restaurant opened Nov. 20 and owner Jason Curtis said he quickly learned it needed a larger flat-top grill and coffee maker.

Curtis and his wife, Raquel, also own and operate Five Star Dive Bar in the north end of the same building. That’s where there will be alcohol and bar food and The Bacon Strip won’t serve alcohol or items with alcohol and offer breakfast and lunch.

But the hours are structured to get customers at both places. The Bacon Strip is open 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. except on Saturday, when it opens at midnight and stays open until 2 p.m. You can view the menu at www.baconstripbreakfast.com.

It’s early for this restaurant, but it has a lot of promise. It uses bacon in a lot of ways. Putting bacon in a cinnamon roll is a bit of a gimmick, but offering six kinds of bacon on a plate as a bacon sampler isn’t. That’s just cool.

Ÿ Fat Tomato is giving 20 percent of all sales from Monday, Dec. 2, to Sarahstrong. “I’m real passionate about trying to support the community,” said new owner Bill O’Brien.

A number of restaurants and other businesses have contributed toward the medical costs of Sarah Crane’s battle against cancer.

Fat Tomato, 4100 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, is evolving under O’Brien’s ownership. All the sauces and salad dressings have been tweaked. New specials are being offered as O’Brien works on a new menu. On Tuesdays, a $3 cheeseburger and fries special is available and on Saturdays in December diners can get two dinners for $25.

Ÿ Several Elkhart County agriculture businesses are donating meat to food banks this holiday season.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said 232,000 pounds of Indiana poultry products are being donated this year. Of that, Miller Poultry is giving 80,000 pounds, according to Sally Durbin of the company which has operations in Goshen and other parts of northern Indiana.

Culver Duck is giving 9,000 pounds to Church Community Services, according to controller Dayton Frey.

Indiana’s poultry industry contributes $2.5 billion annually to the economy and is number one in duck production, according to Ellspermann’s office.

Ÿ Antonio’s, 1105 Goshen Ave., is having a holiday wine and food pairing dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. The cost is $25 per person. RSVP by calling 574-295-8424.

Ÿ LaSalle Grill, 115 W. Colfax, South Bend, is open for lunches through the holidays. The fine-dining restaurant will be open at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 31, according to an email from the restaurant.

Ÿ Reader Mary Harder is curious where to buy fresh fish in this area.

Fresh-frozen isn’t a bad way to go if the fish has been handled well, but that’s sometimes difficult to determine. A butcher may be able to help answer questions.

But if you want fresh fish, where do you go?

Ÿ Tony Rohr had quite a week last week. He was reportedly fired from his job as manager of the Pizza Hut, 501 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart, because he refused to open for Thanksgiving. But by the end of last week, he was offered his job back and the corporate office called the situation “unfortunate.”

He initially said he wasn’t sure he was going to take the job.

Marshall V. King is managing editor and food columnist for The Elkhart Truth. You can reach him at 574-296-5805, mking@etruth.com, on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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