It is my opinion that the more items a restaurant has on menu, the less likely each individual dish will be done right every time. Food without focus lacks simply lacks identity and depth. At FIVE Birmingham, you get (surprise, surprise) just five choices for an entree. And going to Sunday brunch with that knowledge, expectations were quite high.
FIVE Birmingham is located on the Southside of Birmingham, not far east from the University of Alabama. There is ample parking in the lot, but it fills up quickly on Sundays if you don't arrive when brunch starts at 10am. Lucky for us, we pulled up right before the crowd settled in.
I tend to play it safe when it comes to brunch. If there are bagels, eggs benedict, or french brioche on the menu, I usually won't try something different. As much as I'd like to say that FIVE changed that in me, I ended up ordering the crab cake benedict. We also placed orders of the beignets and the Five burrito. Of the three, the crab cake benedict was definitely my favorite. I'm always worried that crab cake dishes will be heavy. This was actually light, but flavorful. There was also a good protein to English muffin ratio— about 60/40. In addition, the platter came with a with a beautiful side of juicy sauteed vegetables and fresh cut fruit.
The burrito was also very good, but definitely heavier in comparison to the crab cake benedict. If you like a meaty, salsa party in your mouth, then I'd definitely recommend the FIVE burrito. Also, if you're like me and love to have a starchy good time, the burrito comes with delicious hash browns on the side.
The beignets at FIVE come in a pool of sweet caramel-apple sauce. While I love beignets (as seen throughout this blog), I found it a tad bit saccharine for my taste. This is a personal preference as I like to keep my beignets simple— fluffy with powdered sugar. It should be stated, however, that the rest of our party of five cleaned the plate off immaculately.
Overall, I really enjoyed our meal there. It was definitely an appropriate choice for us considering we were in town for just a weekend. Although, if I were a resident of Birmingham, I'd definitely want the menu rotation to change up a more frequently to keep me coming back.