Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

If you’ve visited Athens and wondered where the grown-ups who live here eat, here’s your answer. Out of the Acheson-axis of visiting foodies and away from the downtown bar scene, Heirloom is a tranquil spot in the Boulevard neighborhood (which Atlantans will find to be a hybrid of Candler Park, Cabbagetown, and Kirkwood).

Tucked into a retrofitted Amoco station, Heirloom houses a takeaway market (housemade pastries, cheeses from nearby Greendale Farm, and Mills Farm dry goods) and does a brisk breakfast and lunch trade (try the lentil-walnut Polk Burger). Evenings and weekends, the pace is slower with a small but interesting dinner menu and a standout brunch. The Happy Vegan tofu scramble was a light, fresh variation on the soy-dense options we’ve had elsewhere, made happier with a topping of sweet new carrots and early peas. Better yet, our waitress didn’t balk when we decided to pair the vegan dish with a side of thick, smoky BPH bacon.

Heirloom is a family affair, run by Jessica Rothacker (who previously worked at Muss and Turner’s) and her dad, Travis Burch. The homey dining room also doubles as gallery space for local artists.


Spring Panzanella at Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market.

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