32B North Market Street, Charleston, S.C., 29401
The location used to be a bar, Mad River I think, before 5 Church totally renovated the space. I’m not sure why they commissioned someone to transcribe Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” on the ceiling, but they did. I will have to ask them next time I visit why they wanted a Chinese General/Philosopher’s writing as decor for the ceiling.
First, the space has some acoustical issues, although the decor is stunning! The stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and elegant design gives it a very special feel.
I attended a Sunday brunch gathering that was an opportunity to meet fellow Instagram contributors from the area. It was nice to meet the ladies behind the posts and we enjoyed great service and really good food!
What we shared:
House made crab cakes with poached eggs, spinach and jalapeño beurre blanc. I didn’t detect a lot of heat from the beurre blanc but the combination of the crispy crab cakes and creamy poached eggs was perfection!
French toast panini with Nutella, bananas, whipped cream and strawberries. A winning combination! Not too sweet but just enough to satisfy!
Keegan Fillion pork belly benedict with house-made English muffin (YES house made!) wilted spinach, tomato marmalade, local poached eggs and whole grain mustard hollandaise! Pork belly is not something I can ever resist and this dish pulled together perfectly. The mustard hollandaise cut the richness of the pork belly and the silky egg yolks. The tomato marmalade added a sweet and slightly acidic element for a winning combination.
Holy Shit Breakfast with fried chicken, farm eggs, bacon, HOUSE MADE doughnuts, biscuits and house made jam. When this platter was served, you actually do say (in your head) Holy Shit! This platter is great for sharing and warm doughnuts, YES!
Traditional poutine with CCH cheese curds and brown gravy. Perfectly seasoned and fried potatoes with just enough gravy to add a savory meaty flavor and gooey cheese curds that satisfied the cheese lover in me. It’s a simple dish but total comfort food!
Broken Caesar salad, I’m going to be honest I passed on it. Not because it didn’t look fantastic but because I was saving room for the cooked dishes. It was served with romaine, broken Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan, capers and grilled garlic bread. My table companions ate every bit of it and loved it! A light bite in the mist of all the heavier dishes we consumed!
Sausage gravy biscuit for me every time. I am a total sucker for a good sausage gravy biscuit and this one did not disappoint! The gravy was packed with flavor and the biscuit was tender and light.
Hot fresh cinnamon rolls anyone? Oh yes! Served in an iron platter to keep them warm and toasty, they were delightful!
The grand finale, Beignets with chocolate drizzle and powdered sugar! Beautifully presented and a sweet ending to a fantastic meal!
What really impressed me was how many items on the menu that were made in house, not sourced by purveyors.
The dinning area is beautiful and elegant!
Stained glass windows complete the church decor on both sides of the dinning area.
A winning mimosa flight and perfect for brunch!
No one can say no to a good poutine! I know I can’t!
Crispy crab cake with poached eggs and jalapeño beurre blanc.
Cinnamon rolls served in a cast iron platter to keep them toasty warm!
Holy Shit, yes they call it that on the menu and it is huge! Great platter for sharing!
This southern classic is my comfort food. Sausage gravy and biscuits!
French toast panini with bananas, Nutella, whipped cream and strawberries. Oh yum!
A fun and whimsical addition to our table, jelly beans!
Pork belly with poached eggs, house made English muffins and whole grain mustard hollandaise.
Beignets with chocolate drizzle and powdered sugar for the sweet tooth cure!
When you visit, I advise you take a stroll around. There are some fun decor pieces throughout the restaurant.
Peek around, it’s interesting!
A small sample of the ceiling with Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” transcribed.