In December, Five Points Bakery will celebrate its one-year anniversary at 44 Brayton St. Previously it had rented space across the street.
It was recently featured in a story in the Toronto Star “Where to do the best cross-border eating in Buffalo.”
For many comfort food means soups and stews, but simple toast is right up there, too. What do we eat when sick? Tea and toast. What’s a quick snack? Toast. What makes a sandwich better? Toasted bread.
And so it was time we tried the Toast Café. Now we know some may quibble that $6.75 for toast is not cheap. Yet, consider that the 100 percent grain breads are made with local grains that are ground at the bakery and that ingredients are organic, seasonal, local, fair trade, etc. The flour is soaked for a day to make it easier to digest. Another labor intensive step.
Trust us. It’s the best toast you’ll ever eat. Our toast kept us going all day until dinner.
The process is simple. Order at the counter, they’ll bring it to you. Here’s where it gets tough – consternation over what to order. It’s important to note the choices are toast with sides. Five Points does not make melts or sandwiches.
There are a variety of combinations, like multigrain bread with farmhouse cheese and pickled peppers, oatmeal with farmhouse cheese and plum Cherry Jam, Marble Rye with Salami, Swiss, Garlic Pickles and Whole Grain Mustard. But customers are not constrained by the combinations. Feel free to come up with your own.
Prices range from $4.75 for whole wheat with jam to $7.75 for the “extra special” – on our visit, whole wheat, St. Agur blue cheese, fresh pear and honey. Extra sides range in price from $1 for jam or peanut butter to $3 for maple yogurt or egg salad, for example.
In the end we selected a deli rye with hard boiled egg and gruyere ($6.75), apple cider toast with triple cream brie ($6.75) and a simple whole wheat with peach apricot jam ($4.75). We also had a cup of great coffee ($2 with one free refill) and a bottle of New York State Red Jacket Fuji Apple Juice ($3). Iced coffee, tea (including something called Brown Sugar Team made with brown sugar and molasses), milk and spring water are also available.
As expected, within a short amount of time, our toast arrived, hot and buttered, with sides. How to eat is a totally personal choice.
Rather than layer the perfectly cooked hard-boiled egg slices with gruyere on the bread, Sig Other ate each separately.
My apple cider toast was slightly sweet and crispy. With the absolutely creamy triple cream brie slathered on it, I could have eaten 10 pieces, rather than the two I received. It’s no wonder Heidi survived living with her uncle in the Swiss Alps eating nothing but bread and cheese.
We saved the whole wheat with jam for dessert. Equally delicious, we probably could have had one of Five Points famous whole grain cinnamon rolls ($3.25), scones ($2) or other tasty baked goods, but maybe next time. We were there for toast and it didn’t disappoint.
Of course Five Points sells everything for take home too, with whole grain breads running about $5 to $6.50 per loaf, and a variety of items like Sweet Jersey Butter and Sarabeth’s Jam so you can make your own fabulous toast at home.
But we recommend hanging out in the cool 200-year old building just for the neat vibe. In essence you can have toast and eat it too, and be part of Five Points rising future.
Five Points Bakery & Toast Café
Where: 44 Brayton St. (884-8888, fivepointsbakery.com)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Accessible: Yes, including bathroom.
Extra: 10 percent discount for bike riders, walkers, skateboarders, etc.; basically any transportation other than an auto. Kids corner with books. Breads, baked goods and sundry pantry items available for purchase.