Located in the Boulevard neighborhood off of North Chase Street, Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market feels like a secret garden for hipster fairies.
It’s driven by local farmers and treasured family heirloom recipes (hence the name). Are you getting the vintage vibes yet?
As soon as I parked, I felt hip just by association. But don’t worry ironically non-hipster hipsters… Heirloom definitely doesn’t try too hard to be hip. It’s just naturally cool like that.
In addition to the for-sale artwork hanging on the walls, Heirloom makes a point to feature some local producers — GA Olive Farms olive oil, 1000 Faces coffee, Lauri Jo’s pineapple jelly, and Phickles Pickles.
Major bonus points for the outdoor seating arrangement. If Athens ever gives us a sunny day, enjoy your local food outside on Heirloom’s patio. Soak up some sun and good vibes.
Now for the best part… the food. Oh, the glorious food.
I’m a lentil fan so the veggie burger spoke to me on a spiritual level. If you don’t like to hang with lentils, ordering this might just convert you to a lentil worshipper.
The tender and flavorful lentil pecan patty is sandwiched between a bun from Atlanta’s H&F Bread Co. and smothered in tomato shiitake jam plus some of Creature Comforts’ Athena mustard. And don’t forget about the arugula and cheese packed in there, too. Individually, each component is great. But all together? Dream team.
This omelet was filled with a hearty portion of classic pimiento cheese and some bacon cooked to crisp perfection. (Because if it wasn’t crispy, was it really even bacon?)
It came with a flaky, fluffy, and buttery (but not greasy) biscuit – an item that was featured on a sign above the counter with high praises.
Very, very, very, well deserved praises, I might add.
And just when you think it can’t get any better, the waiter tells you that the jam sitting in front of you is apple pie jam. Yes. Please.
Let’s just talk about the home fries that came with both meals for a second. Seasoned with salt and parsley, these taters were golden brown but still perfectly potato-like on the inside. Needless to say, I could’ve EASILY eaten a few tubs of those.
Have I convinced you to visit Heirloom Cafe yet? Yes, yes I have.