5Church is surely becoming a new Atlanta staple. The restaurant recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and just acquired a talented new chef, Scotley Innis, so it's about time this eatery made an appearance on Belly of the Feast. Without further ado...
WHY GO: Because you're up for some ridiculously delicious, contemporary Southern food. Yep, that's right: Contemporary Southern food.
|Fried green tomatoes stuffed with pimento cheese -- doesn't get much more Southern than that :)|
THE VIBE: Dare I say, contemporary? But it really is: A sleek and modern interior, with grey, white and black accents, and the entire text of "The Art of War" spelled out on the walls and ceiling.
DRINK THIS: The Viper. It's kind of like a better-for-you margarita: Tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, cucumber water (oooh), and a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
|The Viper cocktail is like the Goldie Locks of cocktails: Not too sweet, not too bland -- just right|
EAT THIS: Hands down, the charred octopus. If you only get one dish here, please let it be the charred octopus.
|Charred octopus over white cannellini beans, with roasted tomatoes and chorizo|
I know, I know. Octopus is on every menu in town now, so what sets this one apart? The beautiful bed of cannellini beans the octopus rests on, that's what! They're perfectly seasoned, have a little bit of a kick to them (thanks to the smoked paprika vinaigrette), and have some chorizo mixed in. This dish is divine! And the octopus is perfectly cooked, of course.
I would also highly recommend the beet salad, Atlantic diver scallops and lamb lollipops.
|The beet salad with arugula and salted almonds|
If you're not a fan of beets, this salad will change your mind. Three different types of beets are prepared several different ways and mixed together expertly. It is summer in a bowl.
|The shiitake mushrooms and spring peas make this scallops dish|
|The lamb lollipops: Accompanied by roasted carrots and a chocolate demi-glace|
And for dessert, do save some room for the s'mores floating island. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but this dessert is as cool as it is delicious: A deconstructed s'more made up of toasted chocolate meringue, vanilla crème anglaise and graham streusel. Yum!
|The s'mores floating island is now one of my favorite desserts in Atlanta|
LOGISTICS: Located at the corner of Peachtree and 14th in midtown (at Colony Square), 5Church has complimentary valet parking. They also have pretty great happy specials and a beautiful patio that always draws a crowd.