Taste of Tuscaloosa: Enjoying the jazz brunch at FIVE Featured
By Sheena Gregg
According to Webster’s Dictionary, brunch is defined as a meal that combines breakfast and lunch that is usually eaten in late morning. However, at FIVE Bar and Restaurant in Tuscaloosa, brunch is a Sunday experience that brings together old friends, good music, and great food and drinks. With a high reputation among foodies in Tuscaloosa, FIVE Bar and Restaurant has been no stranger to providing T-town folks with a memorable dining experience. Known for their signature dinner entrees and coffee/juice bar, FIVE has now expanded to providing a Jazz Brunch for all to enjoy.
Coming to Jazz Brunch at FIVE for the first time, I had no idea what to expect other than something amazing. Scanning the menu, I went with a traditional chicken and waffles complemented with an appetizer of avocado toast and refreshing OJ. Looking around the restaurant, I noticed an area dedicated to a host of bloody mary ingredients as well as an extremely attentive wait staff. The character of décor at FIVE made me feel like I had been transported to a hybrid location of New Orleans and SoHo New York.
It wasn’t long before the gorgeous display of avocado toast, OJ, and chicken and waffles graced my table. Walnuts, powdered sugar, and maple syrup perfected both the waffles and fried chicken in a salty sweet symphony. The fresh flavor of herbs on my avocado toast confirmed the freshness of the ingredients used. Although the food was excellent, the atmosphere at FIVE was incomparable to any other brunch experience in town.
Served on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., diners can expect to enjoy the stylized tunings of live Jazz music, fresh squeezed OJ, and a myriad of ingredients for an epic bloody mary. Staying true to form, FIVE offers five different brunch entrée options including a breakfast burrito, frittata, chicken and waffles, crab cake benedict, and breakfast cheeseburger. No brunch is complete without an option of mimosas and bellinis. Made-from-scratch beignets served up with a caramel-apple reduction confirm with your taste buds that you made the right dining selection.
Jazz Brunch in Tuscaloosa is an experience to share with out of town guests or an excuse to get together with your favorite friends and co-workers. Five Restaurant is located at 2324 6th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about FIVE including food and drink specials, please visit www.five-bar.com.
Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures atwww.afilipinofoodie.com
Photos: Sheena Gregg