It seems like it was only yesterday when I was reading a Buffalo Rising article about Five Points Bakery plotting a move to a bigger spot. That article was actually posted over two years ago and somehow we missed the the construction progress going on at 44 Brayton Street. When the article was written, Five Point’s toast service was getting more and more popular and their small “dining room” just wasn’t cutting it. While other bakeries have opened and thrived in the area (see Breadhive), Five Points continued to crank out excellent bread and baked goods and their toast menu was and still is one of the best things in WNY.
Two weeks ago, Five Points opened their new and improved location on Brayton Street (right across the street from their previous Rhode Island location). Last weekend Alli and I were in the city, running some errands, and decided to stop by to check it out. We had seen pictures of the interior online but we were still impressed when we walked in. The outside of the building has a lovely, bright, wooden finish that stands out in the neighborhood. Inside, the cafe is wide open, with a very large open kitchen and over 40 seats around the perimeter and at the bar. The wooden tables and chalkboard menus gave this location a familiar feel from the original Rhode Island location but on a larger scale.
When we arrived, the line was literally out of the door and the entire dining room was packed. Luckily, a table had opened by the time we got to the register. When you place your order, the cashier hands over a number and your food is brought to your table. As of our visit, the toast menu wasn’t drastically different than what we’ve seen before but, honestly, why would they change it anyway. We ordered our favorites. Alli got the Power Bread with goat cheese and strawberry jam while I ordered the Cinnamon Raisin with peanut butter and apples. It appeared that the presentation of food has improved a bit and the portions have increased slightly since out last visit. They’ve amassed an impressive selection of thrift store/antique containers for their various spreads. The breads were amazing as always (I mean, they mill their own flour). We also ordered one of their famous cinnamon rolls to split and devoured it within seconds. It’s still one of our all time favorite baked goods in Western New York.
As a surprise to no one, the food at Five Points is still fantastic. Their house-made brown sugar is ridiculous, as Alli found out when she ordered their brown sugar tea. The service seems to be running very smoothly as well. Our food came out quickly and on this busy Saturday morning they were efficiently clearing tables so incoming customers could find a seat. We couldn’t be happier to see the big plans come to life for the Five Points crew and we’re looking forward to see what they’ll do with all of their new space in the future.