After hearing great things about Five & Ten, 3 of us went last Friday night. We had reservations and were seated right away. Our server (I didn't get her name), took our drink orders, & told us about the specials. Most of the descriptions were fairly pretentious, imo. She brought our drinks (water & soft drinks - in really small glasses), and some totally unimpressive bread, and took our order. The food arrived soon -- we ordered roasted chicken with green beans, some type of greens, and squash casserole; a pork dish with okra and grits; and trout with fennel and fingerling potatoes. The meats were all cooked very well, but the side dishes were not so good. The green beans and greens were extremely tough, the squash was only okay, the grits were forgettable, & the okra and potatoes were pretty good. This is not what I was expecting from all the rave reviews I read (but I notice that some are a few years old). We were almost finished with our meal when the server reappeared with a CAN of diet coke. She proceeded to pour half in one glass and half in the other! Someone else refilled our water glasses.
We didn't see the server again until she brought the check ($84 +). She didn't bring it in one of the leather holders - it was just a piece of paper! Other tables had the covers and the patrons were paying with credit cards. I paid cash, and it's a good thing I didn't need any change, because, once again, the server disappeared. Go to DePalmas instead.