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Toast of the town

The Toast Menu at Five Points Bakery (426 Rhode Island St., 884-8888), Buffalo's temple of locally centered whole-grain bread, has caught the attention of adventurous eaters and local taste-spotters like Buffalo Rising and Yelp.

Surfing the wave of interest, Five Points launched a fine-tuned toast menu two weeks ago, said Kevin Gardner, who owns the bakery with his wife, Melissa. For $3.25 to $5.75, patrons get two slices of Five Points specialty bread and accoutrements, like Sarabeth's jam ($3.50) or pickles, blue cheese and hot sauce dip with toasted Extra Sharp Cheddar bread ($5.50). The ingredients fit Five Points' sensibilities, so the butter is all local, Meadow Creek butter from pasture-raised Jersey cows near Ithaca.

The goat cheese is Lively Run, from Interlaken. That comes with two slices of Power Bread toast ($4.25), the most popular offering from the old toast menu. The runners' favorite, Power Bread, is a high-protein loaf fortified with toasted sunflower flour, golden raisin puree, ground flaxseed and whole toasted pumpkin seeds.

"Great bread makes great toast," Gardner said. "People just love it."

-- Andrew Z. Galarneau (email: agalarneau@buffnews.com)