Maybe it's the broken economy, or the baby boomers grown old, or the crazy complexity of modern life, but I detect in us a longing to return to a simpler time. The Heirloom Cafe is a bit of the old South with a touch of modern efficiency. The food is healthful, locally sourced when possible, and delicious. It's a successful restaurant formula which is becoming more and more prevalent across the country.
The Cafe is housed in a converted service station. There is ample off street parking, a welcome thing in this crowded college town. There is a garden with trellis at the entrance. Inside we were promptly greeted by a smiling young lady behind the counter. We ordered at the counter from a menu which featured farmhouse fare with plenty of egg options. We were handed coffee cups. The coffee is pour-your-own, like walking over to your mother's stove. No problem, rather a delight really. We found a table for four and waited for our dishes to be served. Overhead played the radio news, but not obtrusively. we were able to converse easily. The morning light in the cafe is wonderful, streaming in the large windows. The table cloths are colorful and covered by fitted glass tops. The restaurant is just a few months in operation so the decor still needs a bit of finishing, but the owners are off to a good start.
Our orders arrived in a timely manner. My family had various egg dishes, some with vegetables, one with cheese. Sides included fresh fruit, bacon, grits, and biscuits. All of it very good, homemade. I had the pancakes with oats and pecans. Delicious and hearty. I didn't eat again until dinner.
In this college town, breakfast venues beyond the ubiquitous coffee joints are relatively few. The students either skip breakfast, eat at the dining halls, or graze at a coffee joint. The Heirloom Cafe is for those of us, locals and visitors alike, who enjoy a good breakfast now and again. We'll definitely be back next time we're in town.
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