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Review: 5A’s Restaurant

“Let’s go to the Greek place in Harvest!”
“There’s a Greek place in Harvest?”

So went the conversation with my stepbrother. We met him for dinner last week at 5A’s Restaurant, just south of Harvest Road on Highway 53 in Harvest.

5A’s Restaurant is a side-of-the-road place that looks as if it might have been a gas station once. Inside is nothing short of some of the finest Greek food in the Tennessee Valley.

The 5A’s menu features familiar Greek appetizers, entrees, and desserts, supplemented with a selection of Middle Eastern and Persian fare. The experience is fast casual—order and pay at the counter, then have a seat in the clean, pleasant dining room. A short while later, your food comes with a smile.

5a inside.jpgFor appetizers, we shared the roasted red pepper hummus and the spanakopita. The hummus came with both pita chips and bread. It was fresh and tasty. Someone commented that there could have been a few more chips, but I was fine with just putting that much more hummus on what we had!

The spanakopita was outstanding. Judging from temperature and texture, it couldn’t have been five minutes old when it arrived.


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Hummus & pita at 5A's
Hummus & pita at 5A’s

Warm and flaky, with appealing cheesy tang, it disappeared very quickly. As I lamented its absence, I pondered whether I might want to return and have two or three orders of it as my entire meal sometime. It was that good.

Just a few minutes later, our entrees arrived. Our plates were served with rice, Greek salad, pita wedges, tzatziki sauce, hummus, and orange slices. I chose the falafel. Lea had the chicken souvlaki.
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The falafel was fried perfectly, with a pleasant spice profile and without excessive salt (and if a place is going to err with falafel, that’s usually where). Lea’s souvlaki was flavorful, tender, and juicy. All of our ancillaries were excellent. The rice was freshly steamed, and a salad simply has no business being this vibrant in the middle of February.

We are blessed with fairly adventurous eaters, and the boys were excited to try Greek food. After giving them a few pointers, they each decided on a classic gyro.

Gyros at 5A's
Gyros at 5A’s

The beef-lamb was spot-on, complemented marvelously by the creamy tzatziki. (I swapped a falafel patty for a bite of Nate’s.) Both gyros vanished entirely. Greek cuisine is off to a roaring start with our boys.

Now, are you ready for the menu’s master stroke, as far as family dining is concerned? You need not worry if you’re unsure how well your charges (big or small) will take to Greek food. There is a standard children’s menu, but a half-pound Angus hamburger, a Philly cheesesteak, and French fries are also available. Memorable Mediterranean treats and ultra-safe American fare live side by side at 5A’s.

Speaking of treats, you didn’t think we were getting out with baklava, did you? Oh, and I’ll have nut roll and kataifi as well. We’ll all share back and forth, you know.

Baklava, a Nut Roll and Kataifi at 5A's
Baklava, a Nut Roll and Kataifi at 5A’s

As with dinner, this was all marvelous and clearly prepared on site. Furthermore, the menu’s safety valves for the less adventurous continue here. Want cookies or ice cream? They can do that too.


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Restrooms are clean and well-stocked, though there are no changing tables. Highchairs are available.

Now, let’s talk budget. I’ve worked through this twice to be sure I’m counting everything, and I am. Here it is:

My family of four had two appetizers, two gyros, two entrée plates, four desserts, and four bottomless fountain drinks for just $47, tax included. We couldn’t have done a sit-down chain for that. I’m not certain we could have done fast food for that, given all that we purchased.

We talked about dinner all the way home. Lea said she wanted to work her way through the whole menu. I believe we’ll do that. There’s an unassuming little Greek place up the road in Harvest that deserves your serious consideration for your next family dinner out.

Details

5A’s Restaurant
Address: 6297 Highway 53 Harvest, AL 35749 (map)
Phone: (256) 852-8089
Hours: Open 10:30 am – 9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 11 am – 6 pm Sunday
Website: http://5asrestaurant.com/


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View Comments (8)
  • Thanks for the review, Bo. I LOVE Greek food. My daughter loves a good Gyro. We’ll have to hit this place the next time we drive up that way on one of our occasional lottery ticket excursions.

  • It WAS a gas station once! haha If I recall correctly, it was a gas station, but they also served gyros at the time. A couple of years ago (at least in my mind, it might have been more like 3 or 4), they remodelled it to be the restaurant it is today. Very friendly staff and efficient service makes this a great place to take a family.

    My kids enjoy eating there as well, and we hit it up from time to time when heading home.

    Thanks for highlighting a little-known “hole in the wall” type place!

  • My parents are frequent visitors there and have taken me before. It really is very good and the owners are incredibly nice!

  • My husband loves this place. He has been going there for years just for the gyros! And yes, it used to be a gas station/mini mart and they were selling food also at that time. The owners are very friendly. So glad they are getting some recognition.

  • Thanks, Bo! We’re definitely going to hit this place on our next trip out. We LOVE Greek food! Reading your review has me checking the clock 🙂

  • Delighted to have chosen a place so resonant with everyone! I’ll have to try to keep that up, won’t I?

  • If you like 5 A’s you should try Pappa Gyro it is to me so much better. Yes I have eatin at both.

    • Jennifer, I do enjoy Papa Gyro’s! For years I have called their classic gyro one of the best sandwiches in Huntsville.

      My view is that the 5A’s gyro is its equal. The 5A’s falafel is a little better. And the 5A’s spanakopita just might be the best I’ve ever had.

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