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Come Eat with Us

Please join us for lunch or brunch at Taste Community Restaurant.  We have saved a seat just for you, and every detail is being organized so you feel right at home.  We want to meet you and meet your needs in a personal and meaningful way.  Whether that is a meal, or a friendly face, we hope to see you soon!

How it Works

Our menu has no prices, not because we’re fancy, but because we ask guests to pay-what-you-can.  Those in need and those wanting to help are not segregated, in order to create an environment that is approachable and refreshing.  All guests can do one of the following:

  1. Pay what you can afford, or

  2. Pay what you would typically pay, or

  3. Pay what you would typically, plus a little extra.

Our Brunch Menu 

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Our brunch menu changes as often as the seasons.  It is a mix of healthy and hearty meals to accommodate the foodies in the neighborhood while also remembering this may be the only meal some of our guests eat all day.

SMALL PLATES

Parfait
Greek yogurt lightly sweetened with honey, layered with fruit, and topped with granola. (Vegetarian)

Caprese Endive Bites
Fresh Mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto served on Endive leaves. (Vegetarian)

Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast
Smoked salmon, avocado, and pickled onions served on toasted Sourdough bread.

Shrimp Poke Bowl
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp, pickled ginger, cucumbers, avocado, onions, and cilantro served on a bed of mixed greens.

Summer Salad
Mixed greens tossed with The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped with tomatoes, onions, and a Parmesan cheese crisps. (Vegetarian)

Gazpacho
Classic cold soup of blended vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, and sherry vinegar. (Vegan)

BRUNCH

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
House made cinnamon raisin bread soaked in custard and topped with powdered sugar and maple syrup.  Served with fruit. (Vegetarian)

Summer Vegetable Omelette
American-style omelette filled with grilled vegetables and sweet corn puree; and topped with avocado and cilantro.  Served with crispy potatoes or fruit. (Vegetarian) 

BLT Sandwich
Classic sandwich of crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli on Sourdough bread. Served with crispy potatoes or fruit.

Lamb Burger
Seasoned ground lamb topped with lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, and tzatziki sauce on a Sourdough bun.  Served with crispy potatoes or fruit. (Vegetarian option available.) 

Cobb Salad
Mixed greens tossed in a red wine vinaigrette, topped with chicken, bacon, egg, blue cheese, avocado, tomato and onions.

Asian Shrimp Noodles
Sautéed shrimp, red bell pepper, edamame, Shishito peppers and cilantro served over Udon noodles with a sweet and sour soy Yuzo sauce.  (Vegetarian option available.)

 

JUST FOR KIDS

French Toast with Fruit  |  Kids BLT with Crispy Potatoes  |  Kids Asian Shrimp Noodles 

DESSERTS

Cherry Crisp
Tart cherries topped with a rolled oat crumble and baked until crispy.

Banana Pudding
Vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and caramelized bananas served in a mason jar.

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple Juice

Orange Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Our Lunch Menu 

Our menu changes as often as the seasons.  It is a mix of healthy and hearty meals to accommodate the foodies in the neighborhood while also remembering this may be the only meal some of our guests eat all day.

SMALL PLATES

Caprese Endive Bites
Fresh Mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil pesto served on Endive leaves. (Vegetarian)   

Vegetable Antipasto
Grilled vegetables and cheeses drizzled with balsamic vinegar, The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil, and house fermented spicy giardiniera. (Vegetarian)

Chicago Style Eggroll
The flavors of an Italian Beef Sandwich without the mess.  House roasted beef, giardiniera, and Provolone cheese served with a spicy dipping sauce.

Shrimp Poke Bowl
Sweet and Spicy Shrimp, pickled ginger, cucumbers, avocado, onions, and cilantro served over mixed greens.

Summer Salad
Mixed greens tossed with The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil and balsamic vinegar and topped with tomatoes, onions, and a Parmesan cheese crisps. (Vegetarian)

Gazpacho
Classic cold soup of blended vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, and sherry vinegar. (Vegan)

LUNCH

Lamb Burger
Seasoned ground lamb topped with lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, and tzatziki sauce on a Sourdough bun.  Served with crispy potatoes or fruit. (Vegetarian option available.) 

BLT Sandwich
Classic sandwich of crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and roasted garlic aioli on Sourdough bread. Served with crispy potatoes or fruit.

California Chicken Sandwich
Grilled chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, avocado, pickled onions, and a roasted garlic aioli on a Sourdough bun.  Served with crispy potatoes or fruit.

Cobb Salad
Mixed greens tossed in a red wine vinaigrette, topped with chicken, bacon, egg, blue cheese, avocado, tomato, and onions.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Roasted pork tenderloin drizzled with a tart cherry gastrique and served with a sweet corn puree and grilled summer vegetables.

Asian Shrimp Noodles
Sautéed shrimp, red bell pepper, edamame, Shishito peppers and cilantro served over Udon noodles with a sweet and sour soy Yuzo sauce.  (Vegetarian option available.)

JUST FOR KIDS

Half Sandwich
Choice of half BLT Sandwich or half California Chicken Sandwich served with crispy potatoes or fruit.

Asian Shrimp Noodles
Half size entrée served without Shishito peppers. (Vegetarian option available.)   

 

DESSERTS

Cherry Crisp
Tart cherries topped with a rolled oat crumble and baked until crispy.

Banana Pudding
Vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and caramelized bananas served in a mason jar.

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple Juice

Orange Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hours and Location

We are open Tuesday – Friday for lunch from 11:00am – 2:00pm; and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

We will be closed Independence Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

 

Taste Community Restaurant

1200 South Main Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76104

 

Parking Information

Our facility is zoned for street parking only.  All available parking is street parking.  The map below can guide you to the best areas to park.

Q: What is the difference between pay-what-you-can and pay-what-you-want business models

A: The pay-what-you-can business model focuses on providing goods or services to folks in need by relying on the generosity of those who are enjoying the same type of goods or services.  Customers pay what they can afford if in need, pay what they would typically pay if not in need, or pay a little extra to help someone in need.  Typically, customers mentally determine what they will pay before goods or services have been performed.

In contrast, pay-what-you-want asks customers to pay what they determine the value of the product or service is worth to them, typically after the services have been performed.

 

Q: Is Taste Community Restaurant like Potager Café in Arlington, Texas? 

A: Potager’s Café was focused on a pay-what-you-want concept to educate the community about where their food comes from.  Owner Cynthia Chippindale asked patrons to “ask for only as much as you can eat, and pay what you feel it was worth.”

Potager Café closed on October 31, 2015.  The building was crumbling and in disrepair.  According to owner Cynthia Chippindale, “it was no longer a safe place for my friends to gather for some genuine food and friendship”.

 

Q: Do you accept food and produce donations?

A: Taste Project purchases and negotiates all food and produce served inside Taste Community Restaurant.  Our goal is to end hunger in our community.  Which is why we don’t want to dilute or divert donations originally intended for the Food Bank.  Accepting donations would shift resources from the Food Bank versus creating additional solutions to end hunger.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank are phenomenal organizations also working to solve hunger in our community.  Please direct all food and produce donations here.

 

Q: What if people take advantage of the pay-what-you-can model?

A:  Our point of sale system at Taste Community Restaurant is focused on removing any guilt and shame someone in need may face when they come to eat.  But this also makes it difficult to spot abuse.  We are focused on not letting these concerns keep us from helping those in need.

There are 60 nonprofit cafes across the country, and many combat abuse with education.  A solid education plan of the pay-what-you-can model is essential to ensuring people in our community who need help can get help; and people in our community who want to help can help.  And together, the community ensures the long-term success of Taste Community Restaurant.

 

Q: Do you have vegetarian options on your menu?

A: Our menu is flexible and will change as often as the seasons.  Chef Jeff works hard to focus on local and seasonal ingredients to keep food costs low and food quality high.  Even as the menu changes, we are committed to always have vegetarian options for our guests.

 

Q: Do you serve alcohol?

A: We do not serve alcohol; however, we intend to offer BYOB service when we open for dinner.

 

Q: When will you open for dinner?

A:  80% of our team at Taste Community Restaurant is volunteers.  As we scale the pay-what-you-can model, our only limitation to dinner service is the availability of volunteers.  We would love to set a date for dinner service, but this will be up to the community.  You can help expedite our timeline to dinner service by signing up to volunteer.

 Become a Taste Bud

Q: Is there outdoor and patio seating?

A: Our design plan is for a relaxing place to hang with friends and family.  The designs include a large patio and pergola with space for lawn games and small events.  And the designs also include planters to support an herb garden for use in the restaurant.  Everything you need for a relaxing evening in the Near Southside!

We are looking for donations to complete the patio which will allow us to seat and service 30-40 more seats.  This equates to an additional 15,000 meals.  Help make the patio at Taste Community Restaurant a reality, and donate today.

 Donate Today!

 

If you have a question of your own, don’t hesitate to ask.  You can contact us here