Neighbor Roy invited me out to lunch but gave me the choice of restaurant. I chose 5 Points because I had heard good things about it and had never been there. Two good reasons, right? We arrived about noon and the place was hopping. We got the last available table.
Our waitress brought us water and utensils wrapped in a cloth napkin. She took our drink order. Roy said he was happy with just water. I ordered a caramel latte ($5).
The first thing we noticed was that the place was very noisy. It was hard to converse over the pervasive sound of other people chattering.
5 Points menu is eclectic. For example, for brunch you can have The Pancake ($6), a house pancake with clarified butter, cinnamon, pure maple syrup and add sliced banana, toasted walnuts, and/or blueberries or any combination of the three for an extra $2.
The house favorite touted in Arizona Highways is the Huevos Rancheros.
Or how ‘bout this? A Frittata ($12). House preserved lemon, Dirty Girl Farmette kale, gruyere and fresh basil frittata, served with organic greens in roasted tomato and rosemary dressing, and toasted baguette.
When our waitress returned with my latte, we both ordered the meatloaf lunch, since we are old fashion guys guys, no nouvelle for us. Give us a hunk of meat. Local rangeland raised criollo beef, house organic brioche, poblano-tomato jam, fennel-smoked beet castelvetrano olive slaw, arugula ($13).
Roy’s first comment was the meatloaf was a bit dry but good. I thought the smoked beet olive slaw was particularly tasty, the nouvelle cuisine touch to a comfort food staple meal.
The counter is covered in tasty looking pastries. For dessert I ordered a date cake ($5.50). Moist and ever so good. My caramel latte was very good as well.
I am not at all sure why they call it a Market. And the website is no help there.
5 Points is open from 8am - 2pm. Breakfast and Lunch. Lunch is served from 11am. Not sure if breakfast is served after 11 am.
Be forewarned about the high ambient noise level at peak hours.
5 Points Market & Restaurant
756 South Stone Avenue, Tucson
(Where 6th Avenue & Stone Meet)
Street parking only, Enjoy.