5 Points Local (San Antonio)

Rating: A+

Gluten Free Sausage and Kale Quiche :)

Gluten Free Sausage and Kale Quiche :)

My stepsister recently told me about 5 Points Local when I was in town. When she said the words "Everything in the whole restaurant is gluten free" I HAD to go ASAP. I had really high hopes for this place, and I was not disappointed. It's pretty amazing. I have now tried a lot of the items on their menu (although I really wish I would have tried the empanadas), and everything has been amazing.  The only thing that wasn't great was their Chia Pudding, which I know they're sort of working on the recipe for, so I'm sure it will get better. Here is a link to their menu, and below I'm showing some of the items I've tried. Go here ASAP. You will not be disappointed! Oh, and I forgot to mention what makes this place even better is that every single person who works there is so incredibly nice, and not in a fake way.  It's almost like you're walking into an alternate universe of kindness.  I'm sure the yoga int he same building has something to do with it.

 

Karma Bowl - Quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, garden greens drizzled with our cashew crema aka "Kitchen Crack".

This is the Karma Bowl with an egg and avocado added to it. It's incredibly flavorful and filling. Highly recommend it!

 

Egg-Centric Grilled Cheese: Sunny side up free-range egg, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and sautéed spinach served with mixed greens tossed in our house citrus vinaigrette

 

Quiche of the Day - Made with free-range eggs and served with mixed greens and tossed in our house citrus vinaigrette

As you can see, I tried everything. Had to! :) I had the pumpkin bread, the Vinkie and the Hee Hees. The next time I came, I tried the Banana Bread with chocolate chips. That was pretty phenomal too. If I had to choose, though, I think I would go with the Vinkie or the Pumpkin bread.

As you can see, I tried everything. Had to! :) I had the pumpkin bread, the Vinkie and the Hee Hees. The next time I came, I tried the Banana Bread with chocolate chips. That was pretty phenomal too. If I had to choose, though, I think I would go with the Vinkie or the Pumpkin bread.

The Vegan, GF twinkie was really interesting and really good. Apparently they make it with the same batter as their pumpkin bread (SO GOOD, btw) and they fill it with a coconut-based cream mixture. At first I thought I liked the pumpkin bread more than the Vinkie, but now I'm not sure. The Vinkie was really moist and almost tasted like it had been soaked in something like tres leches cake. So good!!

On a side note, they also have fresh-pressed organic juices. I totally slacked in that department, so I will definitely have to try those next time. Enjoy!!

 

Update from Thanksgiving 2016:

We tried the Apple Pie, the Pumpkin Pie, their bread, banana bread (had already tried but had to make sure it was still good ;) and a couple more of their new items. I still love this place and just wanted to let you know that it's holding up to my previous review. The German Chocolate Cake is better than any cake I've ever had, including what I can remember before celiac disease.

Pondicheri (Houston)

Rating: A

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I saw Pondicheri on a Zagat list of the best gluten free dishes to try in Houston, and I also had a friend tell me it's her favorite restaurant, so I had to try it as soon as possible. Although the time of the day I went was slightly inconvenient, I loved the food.  I wanted to try their breakfast, but I also wanted to try their juice, which I found out is slightly difficult to accomplish.  The juice bar is upstairs (you have to walk outside to get there).  The restaurant is downstairs.  I personally prefer the vibe upstairs more.  It's more of a fun coffee shop and the people seemed nicer overall.  They have a ton of gluten free baked goods (just make sure you tell them to not grab them with the cross-contaminated tongs). I tried the gluten free madeleines and a juice from upstairs.  Both were good.  Downstairs, I tried a couple of their breakfasts, including the kitchen sink omelette and the Beet Uttapam. Both were delicious.

Here is the gluten free Madeleine from the Juice Bar upstairs

I LOVED this thing! It was the perfect amount of sweet and had some delicious almond chunks in it as well. I would definitely buy this again.

I LOVED this thing! It was the perfect amount of sweet and had some delicious almond chunks in it as well. I would definitely buy this again.

 

 

Sindhi Ladoo and Gluten Free Sesame Muffin

Both of these pastries were really interesting and flavorful.  They were both savory and sweet at the same time, with the initial flavor being sweet and kind of finishing off savory.  At first I thought I didn't like the muffin, but I kept eating it to try to figure out the flavor and ended up eating the whole thing. Haha! I definitely prefer the madeleine over both of these and the Ladoo over the muffin. With that said, I would probably eat all three if they were in front of me.

 

Beet Uttapam:

a beet infused fermented rice & lentil pancake with coconut & ginger, topped with a fried egg & served with peanut coconut salad, potato curry and cilantro chutney | non-veg served with keema [gf]

The colors and flavor profile of this dish were so amazing! I will definitely be ordering it again.  There were chunks of raw ginger in the pancake that really enhanced the overall flavor.

 

Railway Omelette (Veggie)

3 eggs filled with ‘‘everything but the kitchen sink,” available veg or nonveg | carrot paratha

I loved this omelette as well.  The guy at the counter suggested adding a millet roti to it to substitute for the gluten in the normal dish, and I'm so glad he did. The sauce they have there on the side is delicious and this omelette was FULL of all kind of vegetables.  I loved it!