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.

Green Seed Vegan (Houston)

Rating: A

I was surprised how good the food here was.  It doesn't look that great from the outside (the area is a little sketchy), but everything I've tried has been great. The people who work here aren't super friendly, but it's not like they're mean.  It's more like Starbucks in a small town vs. Starbucks in NYC. Anyway, I've tried the Notyo Salad, The Tacos, the Sweet Potato Fries, and the Latini Panini on a brown rice wrap so far.  I've loved everything I've tried. 

Notyo Salad - Walnut sunflower chorizo, cheese, avocado, pico, cashew cream, and cilantro limon over microgreens

This salad was really flavorful. It looks bigger than it actually is because I have the Rockin Tacos on my plate too, just as a heads up.  I love what they did with the salad.  It's essentially a vegan taco salad, and their "Meat"/(walnut sunflower chorizo) and Cashew Cream are delicious!

 

Latini Panini - Chipotle Garbanzo Tempeh with avocado, cilantro, tomato, and chipotle aioli

This was delicious, although tasted much sweeter than I expected it to taste. I would definitely order it again!