Thursday, September 1, 2016

Alchemy Kombucha and Culture Is Giving Lunch Another Shot

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 5:59 AM

click to enlarge JESSICA ELIZARRARAS
  • Jessica Elizarraras

The Five Points neighborhood is one of San Antonio's most underrated neighborhoods, in my not-so-humble opinion. You've got great barbecue, addictive chicken fried steak, pretty protein bowls and now lots more greens available for lunch coming out of Alchemy Kombucha & Culture's kitchen.

Crafted by chef Jessica Rivera, the menu features a few dinner items along with new dishes that are already more enticing than previous efforts at pleasing a lunchtime crowd. 

Now served Wednesday through Saturday from 11 to 3 p.m. (evening hours are still the same), lunch includes a few salads, a few sammies, and a few interesting menu items including a fried country ham crepe that I'll have to go back for. A lunch partner and I stopped by during the first day, and were pleasantly surprised by the selection. 

Dishes are ordered at the walk-up counter and range from $7 to $14 with optional add-ons and sides ranging from $1.50 to $3.50. 

I went with the polenta salad ($7), also available for dinner, and was impressed at the scavenger hunt's-worth of veggies in it. Other than the advertised market greens, fried polenta cake, tart herb vinaigrette and spoonfuls of zesty ricotta, I found chopped cucumbers, carrots and pickled okra. The add-on pork belly was superfluous, but that was on me. 

My salad was great, but my partner-in-crime's vegan cashew flame-grilled naan won us both over with its pesto and cashew puree, which came topped with tons of greens, asparagus and spiralized smoky beets that make me want to go buy a spiralizer I'll never use. 

If you're into healthful lunches, this farm-to-table spot deserves multiple visits to get acquainted with that menu. Oh, and college students who show their school ID receive a 10 percent discount on any entree. 

1123 N. Flores St., (210) 320-1168.

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