Food lovers in the east valley are going to love this.
Following the success of her first restaurant in the valley, chef Andie Hubka will be opening a new casual dining eatery in Indio this fall.
Heirloom Craft Kitchen, which will be located at 4990 Jefferson Street, Suite 100, will be a counter service restaurant focused on delivering quality, farm-to-table food options in a casual and fun setting for lunch.
“I live out in that area and there aren’t a lot of restaurants out there where you can sit down and have a nice lunch,” Hubka said. “Pretty much you have to go from here to Highway 111, so that’s kind of what we want to provide to the community with this new place.”
The counter service and casual feel at the new restaurant will be something different from what patrons are used to seeing from Hubka. Her first eatery, Cork & Fork in La Quinta, is open for dinner service and offers an intimate, small plates experience, with a heavy focus on wine and some cocktails. The restaurant first opened January 2013.
Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomato Basil Soup. (Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Cardona)
But having a place for people to grab a quick bite to eat in between errands or on their lunch break that still offers delicious food, is something that area on the edge of La Quinta and Indio could use more of, Hubka said.
Hubka said the menu will include sandwiches like a shrimp poboy, burgers, crispy chicken sandwiches, as well as big salads. The restaurant will also offer a brunch menu on the weekends.
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All dishes will be made with the same attention to detail and delicious flavor profile that patrons might know from Cork & Fork or Hubka’s cooking classes.
Heirloom is also just the beginning, Hubka said. She has her eyes on Palm Springs for the future and hopes to play a role in making the entire Coachella Valley a culinary destination.
Shrimp & Grits with Andouille Sausage and Pickled Jalapenos. (Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Cardona)
“My ultimate dream would be to have a bunch of small, independent restaurants around the valley,” she said.
Hubka said she hopes Heirloom will be the first in a new wave of family-owned, locally-sourced restaurants coming to the east valley.
“I just want people to be excited about [Heirloom] because I think it’s something that’s really needed. The east valley needs more great restaurants,” Hubka said. “Everything is going to be really delicious and really fresh. (And) selfishly, I want more restaurants because that is my neighborhood.”
Heirloom Chopped Salad. (Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie Cardona)
Heirloom Craft Kitchen is expected to open in October. To stay up to date on the new restaurant visit the Heirloom website.
Until then you can go say hi to Hubka at Cork & Fork and try some delicious food there.
Jose Alejandro Bastidas is the food and drinks reporter and producer for The Desert Sun. You can reach him at Jose.Bastidas@DesertSun.com or on Twitter @jabastidas.
Where: 47875 Caleo Bay, La Quinta, CA 92253
Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Price: Food ranges from $5 to $16
For more information go to corkandforkwinebar.com
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