A lot of fast/casual joints insist their quick eats are actually fit for the discerning gastronomist, which's absurd, as those guys're usually too busy debating argon's nobility to care about what they're eating anyway. Vowing to produce "haute-to-go meals", basically by cheating: Gourmet on 5th.
Modeled after after the "epicurean 'Traiteur' shoppes of Europe which offer deliciously sophisticated, fresh prepared foods 'to go'", 5th's the newest venture from the Francophile behind Fresh Market Grill and Hexagone, hawking gourmet goodies oft-prepared at the latter, all in a small space decked with six dark-wood tables and framed French alcohol ads that double as posters for the upcoming season of Les Hommes Mad. Specialties trucked cross-street are offered at around half the price, and include beef bourguignon with veggie ragoît, duck confit with orange sauce, a lamb shank Nicoise, and the "Salmon en Croute", with Loch Duart salmon in a "natural vegetable broth", which if you can't finish, Jack Kevorkian will totally kill for you. For the early risers, they've got homemade muffins (blueberry/ banana/ apple bran) and the "French Continental Breakfast" (French roll, grapes, butter, jelly), while lunchtime sandos include the grilled Black Forest ham/Gruyere "Croque Monsieur", and short ribs with melted jack & baby arugula on "country style bread', also what Bubba Sparxxx straight stacks, son!
For the thirsty set, they're slinging standard brews by the bottle, and wines ranging from a Chateauneuf Du Pape to a Merlot from Beringer's Stone Cellars in CA, an element the truly discriminating gastronomist will dismiss as "solid".