Sunday, April 15, 2012

Heirloom Cafe

A restaurant new on our radar is the Heirloom Cafe.  Located in the heart of Boulevard, it utilizes as many as ingredients as possible from local farms; a mission I not only respect, but one that I wish more restaurants would strive for.  The restaurant itself is cheerfully decorated, with a large outside patio, and bright indoor seating as well.  The staff have always been friendly and present; a rarity in Athens.  The menu not only adequately describes the food, it also tells you which farms your ingredients come from.  

We have been to Heirloom Cafe for lunch and brunch.  We have also picked up one of their ready-made entrees that they sell at their counter.  I can't remember what it was called, or exactly what was in it, but what I do remember is it being easy to heat up and absolutely delicious!

For Brunch, I ordered the Sunny Side, which is an omelet with beets, goat cheese, and a walnut pesto.  Everything tasted fresh and delicious, though I felt like the eggs themselves could have used a bit more seasoning.  It came with a side of good, yet plain, grits, and a perfectly cooked biscuit.  I asked for jam and butter with my biscuit, and glad I did--it elevated my biscuit to heavenly.

My husband ordered the winning dish; Love On a Biscuit.  It is fried chicken and gravy on a biscuit, topped with poached eggs, served with a side of lemon slaw.  The fried chicken was amazingly moist, and flavored beautifully, and the eggs were poached perfectly.

We also ordered a side order of bacon, and it was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I don't know how they cooked it, but we both had never had bacon quite like it before; it was really good.  I ordered a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, which was delicious but very sweet, and my husband ordered a standard cup of Joe, which got his nod of approval.  Overall, I was satisfied with my meal, but my husband continued to talk on and on and on about his meal for the rest of the day.  

As for our lunch choices, I had the French Country Lunch, which is prosciutto, brie, and apples on a baguette.   It was light and flavorful; the brie was creamy and the apples contrasted perfectly with its tartness and crispness.  However, the amount of prosciutto was so small, that it was lost in the sandwich and therefore barely noticeable.  Overall it was a great sandwich, and I would order it again in a heartbeat.  It came with a side of sweet potato chips, which I found tasty.

My husband ordered the Bratwurst, which was served on a bed of arborio rice with some stone ground mustard and cabbage.  

He pronounced the entire meal delicious, with nothing to complain about.  His only qualm was that if you went into the meal very hungry, you might not be satiated by the end of it.  But there is an easy solution for this--dessert!  I ordered a chocolate chip cookie for dessert.  I am a cookie snob--it takes quite a cookie to impress me.  However, this cookie was awesome.  It was big, soft, and had the right amount of sweet and saltiness.  Definitely the highlight of my meal!

Overall, the Heirloom Cafe is quickly becoming one of our favorite restaurants in Athens.  I highly recommend it!

5/6/12 Update: We just came back from a pretty disappointing visit to the Heirloom Cafe. It took over an hour to get our food, our waiter was nearly non-existent, and my husband was served beef tongue without any warning. He ordered the Love on the Biscuit like always--noting that the ingredients had been changed from chicken to beef.  Although the menu did state it would be beef, it neglected to mention that it would be beef tongue.  Usually we are pretty adventurous eaters, but seeing the tongue--visible taste-buds and all--staring at us during brunch put a damper on all our appetites.  I'm really surprised they would serve that cut of meat without any warning. 
If you look closely, you can see the taste-buds on the tongue...blech!

 The rest of us--my brother, my sister-in-law, and I all had the burger, which was thankfully made with a more common type of beef: ground. It was a well made burger, but nothing to write home about.  

A disappointing visit all in all, considering how much we have been enjoying our prior visits. 

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  1. How nice! The more food blogs in Athens, the better. Urbanspoon has netted you at least one new reader. Keep it up, and we'll see you on the leaderboards.

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