I love trying new restaurants in Athens, especially when they use local, all natural food.  Dave and I stopped here for lunch.  We pulled in around 1:30 and the parking lot as full – a very good sign!  It’s located on Chase Street.  If you’re coming off of the 10, it’s on the right before you get to the school.

One of the first things I noticed was their “Producers” chalk board.

I recognized a lot of the farms on the list which made me really happy because it meant I was supporting friends and local farmers by eating at Heirloom.

Their special looked really good – I’m always intrigued when I see cuts of beef, wondering if they will taste as good as Lazy B Farm beef 🙂

I loved this touch – it was the “marker” for your table after you placed an order.  All the seed packets looked adorable on the tray beside the cash register.

And of course – they were Heirloom seed packets….Heirloom seeds can be harvested and used again the next season.  They keep coming back – I wonder if there’s a subtle message here!  It worked cuz we will definitely be back 🙂

I ordered the Mediterranean Grill with sweet potato chips – Yum!

On the menu, it actually told you where all the parts of this sandwich came from – I remember the bread was from Luna Bakery.

There was grilled eggplant and squash, roasted red pepper, fresh mozzarella and a couple other items and all together it was great!

They have a very nice outdoor eating area but I wasn’t inclined to eat in the heat.  In cooler weather – this will be wonderful.

They wait staff was very friendly and efficient.  Heirloom Cafe has only been open since June of this year.  By the looks of the parking lot and the stream of people who stopped in while we had lunch, I do believe this place will be around for a while!  I love the partnership they’ve established with a lot of the local farmers and producers!  Here’s their link for hours and their story: http://www.heirloomathens.com/our-story/