If you haven’t given yourself the opportunity to try the new 5th Street Café in Midtown yet, I recommend you put it on your calendar. From the same team – Chef Ian Winslade, A.D. Allushi, and Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia – the same team who recently launched Buckhead Bottle Bar – 5th Street Café is located at the corner of Peachtree Street and 5th Street (where ENO and ENO by Zaza were formerly located), a fantastic location within walking distance of The Fox Theatre. (Full disclosure: 5th Street Café graciously hosted us for dinner and our bill was comped by the house.)
We had a delicious meal: for appetizers I had the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Brie and Peppered Walnuts, and my husband had the Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan and Arugula. I could’ve had three more orders of the heirloom tomatoes – they were absolutely perfect! For our entrées, my husband had the fish of the day – Sautéed Tilefish, which is similar to grouper or snapper, with seasonal vegetables, and I had the Bacon-Wrapped Brook Trout in a Port Wine Reduction (pictured) with the most amazing marinated trumpet mushrooms. We were completely obsessed with the trumpet mushrooms – they were meaty and flavorful and absolutely stunning. Our dessert came from the dessert case – we enjoyed Illy coffee and an apple tart (I wished a little that it had come with little scoop of vanilla bean coffee, but we were so full anyway that I didn’t bother asking).
Other than the food, here are my five favorite things about 5th Street Café, but don’t take my word for it – visit soon and create your own list!
1. The clean, crisp, cool black-and-white interior. From the graphic ceiling art (you may recognize the artist as the same one who created the graphic artwork in Buckhead Bottle Bar!) to the black and white banquette seating, from the chalkboard-style art on the walls to the decoupaged pages of the Encyclopedia Britannica on the bathroom walls – it’s chic and stylish without trying too hard.
2. The extra-long bar. Perfect for a before-dinner drink or for a night of cocktails, the illuminated bottles cast a warm glow. The open floor plan of the restaurant makes the bar feel like a focal point, not a separate room – it’s a seamless move from a before-dinner drink to your table and then back to the bar.
3. The sidewalk dining. What café or bistro is complete without al fresco seating, for breakfast, lunch or dinner – especially now that fall is in the air! (Though I may not want to sit out on Peachtree Street during rush hour, I love the idea for a late dinner.)
4. The bakery, which is also the breakfast and lunch counter. Open Monday through Friday at 7:00 AM, the café serves as a pâtisserie and sandwich shop, with fine coffees, pastries, croissants, and sandwiches.
5. The Garlic French Fries (pictured). Garlic + french fries = love.
5th Street Cafe’s hours are: Pâtisserie and Sandwich Shop – Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM. Dining Room – Monday through Saturday, 5:30 PM until 11:00 PM, and Sunday, 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM. Brunch on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM.