Long ago in Downtown Pensacola, the sweet, sad vibrato of legends like B.B. King rose like smoke from clubs lining the streets of historic Belmont-DeVilliers.
Today, the neighborhood is in the midst of a revitalization, cultivating the art and culture that made it great – and serving up the classic comfort food that fueled that funky music.
Five Sisters Blues Cafe is soul food with style. An homage to one man’s mama, Jeanette, and her sisters Cora, Sara, Dorothy and Margaret, the restaurant is alive with flavor and sound. Their recipes are best set to music, so live acts are featured on weekend evenings and during Sunday Jazz Brunch.
To start off your meal, try the Sisters Sampler – featuring favorite Southern starters fried green tomatoes, mini crab cakes and andouille-crusted shrimp, served with homemade remoulade and jalapeño ranch.
If you’ve never been to the South, do yourself a favor and order a glass of sweet tea. Cool and refreshing, Five Sisters offers it the usual way (extra sweet) or bursting with fresh mint.
Everything is big, even the salads. You can try to eat healthy here, but we recommend you go all out – and take a long walk on Pensacola Beach later to work it off. This meal is well worth it.
The fried chicken is fantastic, any way you cut it. Get a breast and a wing, or try the chicken tender basket. Moist and delicious, the strips are served with fries and coleslaw, but you can sub those out for any of the other sides, of which there are many.
Choose red beans and rice, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, grits, green beans, fried okra and more. If you’re so inclined, you can even order a veggie plate of Southern side items.
On a diet or gluten free? The baked chicken is seasoned just right, and so juicy you might not even miss the deep fried golden crisp. (That’s a stretch. The fried is tried and true.)
On Sundays, try the Chicken and Waffles or Creole Shrimp over Grits, two Southern brunch staples that will have you begging for another Bloody Mary, eager to linger and listen to the jazzy grooves wafting through the air, a delightful medley in tune with the savory scents coming from the kitchen.
This kitchen may be larger than the one the Five Sisters shared, but it’s still churning out the traditional recipes they made with love for their families … and now yours.
Five Sisters Blues Cafe is located at the corner of Belmont and DeVilliers in Downtown Pensacola. For more information, visit the restaurant website or call (850) 912-4856. You can make a reservation, but only for parties of six or more.