Midtown Manor is now home to Fifth & Thomas, a self-proclaimed kitchen and musichouse. The new restaurant occupies the space formerly known as the Fifth Avenue Tap Room, where live music and performances have long been a tradition. Fifth & Thomas keeps the music tradition alive by offering diners a chance to enjoy artists and live shows while they eat.
The menu feels refreshingly local with its Southern-food-meets-Cajun-style options. Its reviews on Yelp are so far solid, and if you’re like us, you’ll appreciate the limited menu options. Executive Chef Ryan Goreau, former chef of Sage, has executed a few dishes well in lieu of offering a larger menu of mediocre items. The atmosphere is lively and energetic, and guests can enjoy socializing over Andouille crusted catfish and baked cheese grits.
Its local feel and air of Southern charm is furthered by their focus on local farms, including Full Earth Farm and Sycamore Gardens of Quincy, and Owen River Farm of Tallahassee. And like any friendly Southern neighbor, the people that staff and manage the restaurant are warm and inviting. When Tallahassee Food Blog visited anonymously, both the owner and executive chef were kind enough to stop at our table to visit briefly.
Fifth & Thomas is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, and will serve brunch on Sundays. The venue is also available for use Sunday through Wednesday for special events and private parties.
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