5 Church

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Look at us – out on a school night!


Uptown Charlotte (yes, we call downtown ‘Uptown’ – not sure why) has a new restaurant – it’s called 5 Church.  The restaurant had its grand opening tonight, and the Hus and I were lucky enough to somehow squeeze a complimentary spot on the invite list.


I picked him up from work, and we headed Uptown.  Charlotte has a very beautiful and clean Uptown.  We used to live in Orlando, and that city was the same way.  Clean streets, cute bars, a few sparkling skyscrapers.  It’s more movie-set downtown than big-city downtown.  And that’s fine by me.


We had some time to kill before our reservation so we got drinks at a little café and did some people watching.

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Finally – it was our turn to eat.  Opening night at 5 Church was insanely busy!  A good sign, indeed.


The décor was definitely something to chat about.  Lucite chairs tucked under rustic wooden tables, black chandeliers, tufted black and silver couches, pendant feather lights, and a black ceiling decorated with handwritten book quotations.



We sat at the long center table – I overheard someone remark that this was very ‘New York City.’  Is that true?  I thought it was a cool way to dine, especially since the restaurant transitions to a bar/lounge in the later hours.


We had a fixed menu, which made selecting our food very easy (I’ll take the vegetarian app and the vegetarian entrée, please!).


To start, I had the chilled asparagus salad.


And for the entrée, the marinated tofu.


Thoughts?  Especially for such a busy first night, the food was impressive.  The salad was insanely fresh and flavorful.  The tofu was different (which is hard to do), but the succotash underneath the tofu is what really caught my attention.  It included a mix of edamame, corn, and relish, as well as some Asian spices.  Yum.


It was a fun and special night for us – I think we both realize that, with a baby on the way, our chance to spontaneously go out to dinner is on the final countdown (at least for a little while).  We may try to squeeze in as many loud, swanky, and far-too-cool restaurants as we can in the next four weeks or so… Winking smile



  • Annette@FitnessPerks May 17, 2012, 10:45 pm

    What a fun night out on the town 😉 And that does look like a cool place. P.s. You look very happy in the above pic. So excited for you for your upcoming bundle of joy!!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 17, 2012, 11:04 pm

    That’s great you got another nice night out before you have the baby!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition May 17, 2012, 11:11 pm

    That tofu dish looks amazing, and the restaurant sounds swanky and like an amzingly fun place to visit.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) May 17, 2012, 11:36 pm

    Looks like a great night out!!

  • Lisa May 17, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Your husband is looking extremely handsome! Lucky you!

    • Caitlin May 18, 2012, 9:18 am

      🙂 he’s a winner

  • Laura @ She Eats Well May 18, 2012, 12:49 am

    What a fun night out! I love sitting at Communal Tables at restaurants. There are lots of them in San Francisco and you never know who you could be sitting next too!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 18, 2012, 2:03 am

    Such a cute date night 🙂

  • erica May 18, 2012, 4:01 am

    wow, that place looks pretty swanky! what a great date-night.

    and i do hear that nice, leisurely dinners out are a rarity after kids…or so my new-mom friend just told me. she told me to soak those up while i’m still child-less. lol.

  • Lauren May 18, 2012, 6:41 am

    Yay for date nights! There is always something so nice about going out on a “school” night. It makes me feel so adult. 🙂

  • Leslie May 18, 2012, 6:44 am

    It is called Uptown because the burbs [and a lot of Charlotte residents] are all located below it. 🙂

    • Caitlin May 18, 2012, 9:18 am

      Ah ha! makes sense. you go up to get there.

  • Nikki May 18, 2012, 6:48 am

    Technically Charlotte is “movie-set downtown” given that it was used as the base for the CGI’ed capitol in The Hunger Games. 🙂

    • Caitlin May 18, 2012, 9:16 am

      Charlotte is so much cooler now.

  • Jessica G. May 18, 2012, 7:12 am

    Yeah, I’d say that communal dining is pretty “New York,” haha. They try to pack as many people into tiny spaces as they can up there 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 18, 2012, 7:43 am

    Glad you got out for a date night! We were supposed to do one last ladies night (of pizza & games) tonight for my friend who is due June 5th but her water broke this morning!!!!

    • Caitlin May 18, 2012, 9:15 am

      How exciting 🙂 Good luck to your friend!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) May 18, 2012, 8:47 am

    Yes – you totally need to take advantage of date nights and special events prior to your baby’s arrival. 🙂 We did not do enough of this prior to Clara’s birth; she’s 16 days old today! We would not change life for the world right now, but it is a reality check realizing date nights won’t come as easy for a long while. 🙂

  • Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 18, 2012, 8:48 am

    yum! Looks like a cute restaurant. Better get all your date nights in before baby arrives! 😮

  • Helen May 18, 2012, 9:19 am

    That’s a great photo of you and Kristien!

  • Carolina John May 18, 2012, 9:35 am

    You should have seen Uptown 10 years ago. It was mostly filled with gang violence and gunfire. I had some friends get mugged about 5 years ago while we were walking from the Atrium back to the hotel. and that was still after most of the gang violence got cleaned out. Now it’s really nice.

  • Kaitlyn May 18, 2012, 10:02 am

    In Europe a lot of restaurants share tables and I really enjoy that because you get to meet and talk to new people. A breakfast joint in my town does that too on busy weekend mornings when you can’t get a table. They will sit two of you with two other people. Sometimes you just want your own table though, but if you are in a social mood-or on a bad date- it can be great.

  • Janie May 18, 2012, 10:27 am

    That restaurant looks like fun!! Communal tables are very popular in NYC — I think restaurateurs think it’s a creative/non-tacky way to squeeze a lot of people into a smaller space.

    You look great, by the way! 🙂 xo

  • Beth May 18, 2012, 11:49 am

    The food looks great and the restaurant is definitely swanky. I wish I lived there!

  • Kristan Blanton May 18, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Residence of Charlotte use to call “Uptown Charlotte” “Downtown Charlotte” but I believe like 6-8 years ago they(Government and businesses) wanted to change what people call the business district of Charlotte because they thought “Downtown Charlotte” sounded bad but Uptown Charlotte has a more positive feel. It is a great city:)

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