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5 Sisters Blues Cafe

421 Belmont St., Pensacola, FL - (850) 912-4856
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/7/2013 6:05:00 AM
With urban-renewal brick walls on which hang blues-themed pseudo-folk art paintings for sale, 5 Sisters is a pleasant place to dip into traditional African-American-Dixie cuisine, much of which is very good. When we stop in for lunch on Saturday, the clientele is 90% Caucasian, many of them large, happy families with babies in tow. Classic blues play on the sound system. The air conditioning is efficient and comfy. Lots of light streams in through big windows.

Fried chicken is very, very juicy with brightly-seasoned skin – available by the piece either on a plate or on a waffle on a plate. BBQ shrimp (peel them yourself) come cosseted in a spicy sauce that is quite delicious, but the shrimp are mummified, dense, flavorless. There are too many good shrimp in this part of Florida for there to be any excuse for these.

We like the side dishes. Cheese grits are vigorously seasoned and luxuriously cheesy. Cornbread dressing is radiant with pepper and spice and stout enough to be a meal unto itself. Collard greens are deliciously bitter, just soft enough, and include lots of little lengths of tender stem that is nice to chew. Sugar and Spice yams, lolling in syrup, are uncomplicated, soft and friendly. Banana pudding is light and frothy – sometimes available in a chocolate version; and there always is a fruit cobbler on the menu.

5 Sisters is a live-music venue, with jazz and blues bands at Sunday brunch and in the evenings Thursday through Saturday. The current schedule is available on the 5 Sisters Facebook page.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Fried Chicken
Cornbread Dressing
Collard Greens
Mint Tea
Sugar and Spice Yams
BBQ Shrimp
Cheese Grits
Cornbread
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Chicken is offered by the meal or the piece, with or without a waffle underneath. This thigh is the best thing we tasted at 5 Sisters, loaded with juice inside a crisp, meltaway crust.
"Chicken is offered by the meal or the piece, with or without a waffle underneath. This thigh is the best thing we tasted at 5 Sisters, loaded with juice inside a crisp, meltaway crust."
Michael Stern





Cooked-soft leaves of collard are accompanied by lots of bits of stem, which also are extremely tender.
"Cooked-soft leaves of collard are accompanied by lots of bits of stem, which also are extremely tender. "
Michael Stern


Mint tea is, of course, very sweet.
"Mint tea is, of course, very sweet."
Michael Stern


Soft, syrupy, and more about the sweet than the potato, 'sugar and spice yams' are a friendly side dish.
"Soft, syrupy, and more about the sweet than the potato, 'sugar and spice yams' are a friendly side dish."
Michael Stern


Located in the old Belmont DeVilliers neighborhood across from the Belmont Arts and Cultural Center, 5 Sisters is an anchor store in this renewed part of downtown Pensacola.
"Located in the old Belmont DeVilliers neighborhood across from the Belmont Arts and Cultural Center, 5 Sisters is an anchor store in this renewed part of downtown Pensacola. "
Michael Stern


Stout, stout cornbread dressing smothered with gravy is radiant with spice.
"Stout, stout cornbread dressing smothered with gravy is radiant with spice."
Michael Stern


The BBQ shrimp are buried underneath tiles of toast in this picture, which is an accurate rendition of their flavor: rather hidden. The sauce that envelops them, on the other hand, sparkles with complex heat and spice.
"The BBQ shrimp are buried underneath tiles of toast in this picture, which is an accurate rendition of their flavor: rather hidden. The sauce that envelops them, on the other hand, sparkles with complex heat and spice."
Michael Stern


Cornbread comes alongside supper. It's good for mopping gravy off the plate or crumbling into a bowl of greens.
"Cornbread comes alongside supper. It's good for mopping gravy off the plate or crumbling into a bowl of greens."
Michael Stern



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