Fancy's on 5th

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Fancy's on 5th was an oyster house and burger bar located at 416 41st Street South, on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue South, across from Avondale Park. It was owned by Melt founders Paget Pizitz and Harriet Reis, and the kitchen is overseen by chef Joey Dickerson.

The restaurant, named in honor of the park's former elephant attraction, "Miss Fancy", opened on March 9, 2016 after extensive remodeling and expansion of the historic brick building. The interior made extensive use of the exposed brick along with reclaimed wood and decorations, such as swords and metal octopus sculptures, exemplifying the theme of "land and sea". The building features a two-story outdoor dining terrace. Space on the upper floor was leased to Tom Bagby's Hot Diggity Dogs hot dog stand from 2016 until January 2020 as well as the speakeasy The Marble Ring, which closed in March 2020.

The restaurant closed on December 31, 2020 as victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Carlton, Bob (March 9, 2016) "Fancy's on 5th oyster bar and burger restaurant opens in Avondale." The Birmingham News