5Church is the talk of the town when it comes to Uptown Charlotte restaurants. Located at the corner of 5th and Church (hence the name), the exterior leaves much to the imagination. You'd be unlikely to imagine the energy and contemporary vibe that fills the interior. After hearing many people talk about their spectacular dining experiences, I knew a Labor Day weekend trip was in store with the parents. I was a bit hesitant given the reputation of a loud atmosphere, but opted to take a chance on a less intimate dining experience in exchange for a first-class meal.
We were escorted to a table in the corner of the main dining room and introduced to our server, Hack. Talk about stellar service - this guy has perfected the art of waitressing. After a brief scan of the menu, we elected two appetizers to wet our palate.
The cheese plate featured generous wedges of blue, white cheddar, and feta cheeses. The blue was paired with a beet puree, the cheddar with a raisin chutney, and the feta with an olive tapenade. The cheddar and raisin combo was to die for! In addition to crostinis, the plate include many olives and a few peppers.
|Artisan Cheese Selection $12|
|Local mixed greens, green beans, marinated mushrooms, bellavitano gold cheese, |
grilled red onion, porcini thyme vinaigrette $8
|NC Grouper with corn and fava bean succotash, red pepper emulsion, popcorn shoots $27|
|5Church Lamb Burger with grilled red onion marmalade, gorgonzola cheese, arugula, |
house-made sesame bun, and crispy confit potato $13
|Wasabi crusted salmon with sauteed bok choy, marinated seaweed salad, and miso emulsion $19|
Have I made my love for 5Church clear? I would declare the evening an epic culinary experience. Charlotte has an abundance of fantastic restaurants to choose from, but I would argue that 5Church would rank near the top when it comes to an evening of fine dining. It does become a bit loud as the evening moves into night, but not so much so as to disrupt conversation within each table. The impeccable service and variety of well executed entrees combine to make this a top-notch eatery. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation to dine at 5Church in the very near future! I'll definitely be back!