Food Porn: Five Points Bakery

UPDATE: We’ve revisited Five Points since this article and took some nicer looking pictures and tried more of their treats, take a look here.

One of the main reasons I love living in the city is because of the incredible access to a wide array of different cuisines.  An excellent example would be the superb Five Points Bakery located on the West Side on Rhode Island St..  Run by a husband and wife team, Kevin and Melissa Gardner, Five Points Bakery is unique because they are devoted to creating high quality products by using only fresh, mostly organic, and 100% local ingredients (all their ingredients are from the WNY or Finger Lake area of NY).

They’re menu for sitting inside (they do have a small amount of indoor seating) isn’t that large, they have some pizza’s that they can prepare on the spot.  They also have some baked goods that can be eaten immediately, such as cinnamon rolls, cookies and apple cake.  On this particular Saturday morning Alli and I got a few items and brought them back to our house, here is what we tried:

I’ll start with what really blew me away, their whole grain cinnamon roll (pictured above).  With a perfect amount of icing, I took a bite without the immediate feeling that I was getting a cavity.  But the roll is what set it apart.  This thing was dense, not as light and fluffy as what you might find at your typical Dunkin’ Donuts, but in a good way.  Instead of pure sugar, you get a great wheat roll made freshly with healthy, fantastic ingredients.  I can’t think of a better “grab and go” breakfast meal.  If I lived closer I’d probably order one every day before work.

We also ordered two loaves of bread to go, their Whole Grain Ciabatta (pictured above, $4) and Cinnamon Raisin ($6).  The Ciabatta I cut up and turned into a fantastic Turkey  and Tomato sandwich; it was a good hard chew but it worked out nicely.  The rest of the bread I actually tore apart into pieces and dipped into some Bison Dill Dip.  The Cinnamon Raisin I tried a few days later when I was looking for something to eat for breakfast.  I cut a couple of slices from the loaf and toasted them lightly and spread some butter; they made for a great filling breakfast.  While the break is baked with sweet raisins and toasted walnuts, I probably could have used more of both in the actual bread.  I only found 2 walnuts while eating half of the loaf, but otherwise can’t complain.

Their bakery prices are certainly not unreasonable.  An apple cake and brownie that I tried in previous visits were both around a ~$2.  So you can stop in and not break the bank, but shopping around their little “grocery” store you definitely could drop 50 bucks.  You’ll find high quality meats from local providers, homemade ice cream, butter and even a great frozen Veggie Burrito in their coolers.  If I had a couple extra dollars a week for groceries my dream would be to get most of the essentials from Five Points.

I highly recommend you stop into the place just to smell it during a week day.   Upon walking into the bakery you can see either Kevin or Melissa making the breads right in front of you.  They have a great program called “Bread Share” where you can pay a single fee up front and you get a loaf of bread every week.  Every Thursday you walk in and grab your bread that’s waiting for you.  It’s an awesome idea and if I had the extra $200 bucks (for 52 loaves) I would be a member in a heart beat.

You can read more about Five Points Bakery from some awesome articles from both Buffalo Rising and The Buffalo News.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Five Points Bakery

  1. While I haven’t been to their bakery yet, the Five Points stand is always my first when I arrive at the Farmer’s Market. The cinnamon bread makes for such a good, wholesome breakfast. I also love slicing and grilling the whole-grain bread and serving it with eggs.

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