I was famished, I had just finished the first leg of a hot road trip, TRX strength training and a new dance class; Oula. My friend Erin took me to a restaurant called Five on Black (http://fiveonblack.com/) located in downtown Missoula.
What I found interesting about this restaurant was the owner, Tom Snyder had won the John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana and was given money to aid in the opening of his concept. He developed restaurant idea after a trip to Brazil in 2011 where he had fallen for their simple ingredients and amazing food.
It is a simple idea, you choose chicken, beef or veggies they put it over rice and beans or lettuce and then add your toppings. Their website says “Five on Black takes a titillating taste of Brazil and mixes it with a scintillating slice of carnival. All on a bed of rice and beans it’s happiness in a bowl. Just ask your mouth”
To be honest, as I was ordering my bowl I was pretty unexcited about my upcoming meal. Little scoops of this and that, I wasn’t going to be satiated or full. We sat outside and I started stirring my bowl in preparation, I took a bite and bam, I was hit with all sorts of flavors! All those little bits of this and that come together to make a great tasting meal!
My bowl looked something like this:
Step 1: Dish – Chicken lightly marinated with spices and oils and slow rotisserie cooked
Step 2: Base – Crisp Greens
Step 3: Side – ½ Coconut Roasted Sweet Potatoes/½ Steamed Collard Greens
Step 4: Sauce – Spicy Coconut Sauce
Step 5: Toppings – Chunky Tomato Vinaigrette
If you are looking for a healthy and delicious quick meal in Missoula don’t skip Five on Black, it is a sure bet!
Five on Black. 325 N. Higgins. Missoula, MT.