Good Monday morning friends!
Can you believe it's a new start to the week? And we only have 10 days until Christmas? I'm present wrapping, Christmas-song singing, and car packing today for holiday travels ahead.
Oh...and I'm also reminiscing on this beautiful meal I had at Heirloom Cafe in Athens:
My good friend Carly and I were able to sit down with restaurant owner Jessica Rothacker to hear Heirloom's incredible story and the story behind the food.
Heirloom Cafe is a family business run by Jessica and her father off of Chase Street in Athens. The menu rotates seasonally to make sure ingredients are sourced from fresh, local growers in the area.
Jessica graduated from college with a degree in English, but then decided that her heart was yearning to go to culinary school at the Art Institute in Atlanta.
She had grown up surrounded by knowledge of her family's garden and knew she wanted to know the source of her food. Heirloom Cafe was started soon after and her passion for relationships with farmers and the community are so evident in every detail of the menu!
We started off with the Black Eyed Pea Hummus...which was so fresh and smooth...the toasted ciabatta was an incredible accompaniment to the first course.
Carly ordered the daily quiche- a fresh zucchini and goat cheese special. And I ordered "The Polk"- Heirloom's housemade lentil and walnut burger (inspired by Jessica's vegetarian friend who stated the perfect bean burger would have cheddar, dijon, and hot sauce):
Of course...we HAD to have dessert...
and we ordered the housemade gelato Ice-Cream sandwiches:
I mean how stinking cute are these!? We got one of each to share- butter pecan gelato on brown butter bourbon shortbread and chocolate gelato sandwiches with yellow cake and sprinkles. We decided the butter pecan gelato sandwich was our favorite because it was so unique, but we loved them both!
The food is locally sourced, fresh, and delicious...I felt so at home. I can't wait to come back again and again! Heirloom Cafe is definitely a top Athens, Georgia restaurant you need to add to your list!
Happy Monday friends!
*disclaimer: I was provided a meal by Heirloom Cafe, but all views are 100% my own! I would not share if I didn't love it!