Woolworth on 5th, located inside a restored department store-turned-restaurant, is home to a famous lunch counter that was the site of some of the first Civil Rights Movement sit-ins. This place feels a bit like you’re walking into a museum exhibit, or that you accidentally time traveled back about 50 years, and the menu is centered around traditional Southern classics like deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. After dinner, order a Fifth Avenue Fizz or Susie Q - boozy versions of soda counter favorites - before you head downstairs to the Palladium Ballroom to catch some live soul, jazz, and funk.
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