The Fifth Ivory: Your Gay Tune in the Neighborhood

Chef/Owner Aaron Born is openly "gay," and the Fifth Ivory exactly portrays through its renovated Victorian House that old adage of “carefree happiness”. A modern “Hakuna-Matata,” be prepared to leave all your worries behind when you enter this gay old piano bar located on 5th and Juniper. The concept delivers us the youthful vibrance of the idyllic Golden Days with the friendly, attentive focus of true Southern hospitality. Combined, you’re bound to have a gay ol’Time.

July 20, 2012 by  Sam Gabel

Chef/Owner Aaron Born is openly "gay," and the Fifth Ivory exactly portrays through its renovated Victorian House that old adage of carefree happiness.   A modern “Hakuna-Matata,” be prepared to leave all your worries behind when you enter this gay old piano bar located on 5th and Juniper.  The concept delivers us the youthful vibrance of the idyllic Golden Days with the friendly, attentive focus of true Southern hospitality.  Combined, you’re bound to have a gay ol’Time.

the Fifth Ivory Outside View  - Best House on the Block The Fifth Ivory Outside View - Best House on the Block

Starting with their menu items first, their Brunch selection is served exclusively on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 3pm.  Be sure to attend and you’ll find out why most religious services operate on these hours: you’ll be singing “hallelujah” by the end of your meal.

the Fifth Ivory Patio
The Fifth Ivory Patio

Their brunch menu is separated into four different compartments: appetizers, pancakes, eggs & entrees, and desserts.  Start off your Sunday with featured house specialties like the Fifth Ivory’s Field Green Tomatoes: juicy and crunchy, accented by the smoky and sweet scent of roasted corn relish, and finished with a delightful kick from horseradish infused cream sauce.

Every item on the menu is playful and fresh, just like its owner.  Ask Chef Aaron yourself; his passion will show.  Each dish has a unique story like the “Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes,” a concoction of an experimental hangover dish surprisingly gone right.  A secret key ingredient of this dish is cherries.  From sentimental secret recipes passed down from his grandfather, the smoking barbecue sauce will make you beg for family’s heirloom of a recipe.

The Fifth Ivory Inside view The Fifth Ivory Inside View

Though there are few crossovers between the brunch menu and the regular one, most of the Fifth Ivory’s weekend brunch selections are exclusive like its famous Shrimp & Grits.  Juicy and creamy, cheddar adds sharp flavor while the tomatoes adds a subtle depth.  Surf and Turf brunch with jumbo shrimp and a side of collard greens, this dish completely epitomizes Southern Comfort Food.

The Fifth Ivory Door
The Fifth Ivory Door

And when you visit during normal weekday hours of operation, their regular menu does not disappoint.  The Fifth Ivory is a public house that proudly supports its local community by working with local produce suppliers, and the freshness of some item’s utilization of Ingleman’s Challah bread and natural Georgia Sweet Vidalia Onion Bisque, the end result will conclude joyfully on your taste buds.

The Fifth Ivory Bar The Fifth Ivory Bar

The primary tone of their menu illustrates classic Southern with a quirky twist on entertaining and unique combinations.  Their ever-changing range of Gazpacho includes a history of blackberry, watermelon, and tomatoes.  Anything that can be pureed has played a guest star on this primetime of a soup.  For their other starters, forget your usual hummus and go with the Fifth Ivory’s decadent Lump Crab Meat Dip by dipping warm baguettes into its delicious and creamy texture.

The Fifth Ivory Piano
The Fifth Ivory Piano

But don’t forget about your entrees.  Main dishes will bring the tasty flavors of a Full Autumn Harvest to your palette.  Braised Apple Cider Pork undergoes a long braising process to exhibit its key component of a cinnamon rub.  And of course, what would a southern piano bar be without southern fried chicken and local Georgia Trout cooked in a brown butter sauce and complimented with buttery collard greens.
The Fifth Ivory Coke
The Fifth Ivory - Perhaps the Inspiration for the Coke Float

As far as cocktails, what can go wrong with an “old fashion” when you’re drinking one of their reminiscent Specialty Drinks from the original Rat Pack?  Housing old classics such as “the Godfather,” you’re bound to meet “Rob Roy” in your “Sidecar” trip to “Manhattan.”  Get ready to drink a sip of history with “the Grasshopper:” an intoxicating combination of mint and cocoa liquor that serves as t

The Fifth Ivory Dining Room View The Fifth Ivory - Dining Room View

Chef/Owner Aaron Born is openly "gay," and the Fifth Ivory exactly portrays through its renovated Victorian House that old adage of carefree happiness.   A modern “Hakuna-Matata,” be prepared to leave all your worries behind when you enter this gay old piano bar located on 5th and Juniper.  The concept delivers us the youthful vibrance of the idyllic Golden Days with the friendly, attentive focus of true Southern hospitality.  Combined, you’re bound to have a gay ol’Time.

The Fifth Ivory Stunning View
The Fifth Ivory - Stunning View

Starting with their menu items first, their Brunch selection is served exclusively on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 3pm.  Be sure to attend and you’ll find out why most religious services operate on these hours: you’ll be singing “hallelujah” by the end of your meal.

Their brunch menu is separated into four different compartments: appetizers, pancakes, eggs & entrees, and desserts.  Start off your Sunday with featured house specialties like the Fifth Ivory’s Field Green Tomatoes: juicy and crunchy, accented by the smoky and sweet scent of roasted corn relish, and finished with a delightful kick from horseradish infused cream sauce.

The Fifth Ivory Stunning View The Fifth Ivory - Dining room View


The Fifth Ivory Brunch The Fifth Ivory - Brunch


The Fifth Ivory The famious Shrimp and Grits The Fifth Ivory - The famious Shrimp and Grits


The Fifth Ivory Creamy Crunchy Decaden The Fifth Ivory - Creamy Crunchy Decadent

Every item on the menu is playful and fresh, just like its owner.  Ask Chef Aaron yourself; his passion will show.  Each dish has a unique story like the “Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes,” a concoction of an experimental hangover dish surprisingly gone right.  A secret key ingredient of this dish is cherries.  From sentimental secret recipes passed down from his grandfather, the smoking barbecue sauce will make you beg for family’s heirloom of a recipe.

Though there are few crossovers between the brunch menu and the regular one, most of the Fifth Ivory’s weekend brunch selections are exclusive like its famous Shrimp & Grits.  Juicy and creamy, cheddar adds sharp flavor while the tomatoes adds a subtle depth.  Surf and Turf brunch with jumbo shrimp and a side of collard greens, this dish completely epitomizes Southern Comfort Food.

And when you visit during normal weekday hours of operation, their regular menu does not disappoint.  The Fifth Ivory is a public house that proudly supports its local community by working with local produce suppliers, and the freshness of some item’s utilization of Ingleman’s Challah bread and natural Georgia Sweet Vidalia Onion Bisque, the end result will conclude joyfully on your taste buds.

The primary tone of their menu illustrates classic Southern with a quirky twist on entertaining and unique combinations.  Their ever-changing range of Gazpacho includes a history of blackberry, watermelon, and tomatoes.  Anything that can be pureed has played a guest star on this primetime of a soup.  For their other starters, forget your usual hummus and go with the Fifth Ivory’s decadent Lump Crab Meat Dip by dipping warm baguettes into its delicious and creamy texture.

But don’t forget about your entrees.  Main dishes will bring the tasty flavors of a Full Autumn Harvest to your palette.  Braised Apple Cider Pork undergoes a long braising process to exhibit its key component of a cinnamon rub.  And of course, what would a southern piano bar be without southern fried chicken and local Georgia Trout cooked in a brown butter sauce and complimented with buttery collard greens.

As far as cocktails, what can go wrong with an “old fashion” when you’re drinking one of their reminiscent Specialty Drinks from the original Rat Pack?  Housing old classics such as “the Godfather,” you’re bound to meet “Rob Roy” in your “Sidecar” trip to “Manhattan.”  Get ready to drink a sip of history with “the Grasshopper:” an intoxicating combination of mint and cocoa liquor that serves as the perfect after-dinner mint lullaby.

So next time you’re in Midtown be sure to visit the most popular house on the block: the Fifth Ivory.  It’ll make you forget what you’ve always thought of a restaurant, from its dazzling piano bar on ground level to its hospitable staff, it’s a house that exists only to invite you in.  Dine upstairs in style eating “Mom’s professional home cooking,” surrounded by great art from local artists, and you’ll soon find yourself dying to move in.

General Information

Address: 
794 Juniper St. NE
                Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone Number:  (404) 881 - 8302

Hours of Operation:  

[Lunch Hours]
Monday - Saturday 11am - 3pm
Sunday Brunch 11am - 3pm
[Dinner Hours]
Monday - Thursday 4pm - 12am
Friday & Saturday 4pm - 1am
Sunday 4pm - 10 pm

unday 4pm - 10 pm

Website:  http://www.thefifthivory.com

Sam Gabel is a freelance columnist for David Atlanta Magazine. Read The Launch Pad through your local weekly issue of David throughout the Midtown area. In addition to writing for David, Sam Gabel is a writer of short-stories, winner of the Pomegranate Words Short-Story Contest, 2001, and a published short story through Alyson Publishing’s series of anthologies.

      

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