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Come Eat with Us

Please join us 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!

DINE-IN: Make a Reservation      TO-GO SERVICE: Order Online

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.  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 Breakfast Menu 

Breakfast is served Tuesday thru Friday from 9:00am – 11:00am.  Reservations are not required, but recommended.  Our menu 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.

Make a Reservation

BREAKFAST

Served Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 11:00am.

Fresh Start Oatmeal
Bowl of creamy oatmeal flavored with brown sugar and topped with fresh strawberries and bananas and almonds.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Contains Nuts)

Buckwheat Pancakes
A short stack (3) or full stack (5), of our fluffy buckwheat pancakes topped with fresh bananas and strawberries, whipped crème fraiche, and almonds.  (Vegetarian)

Spring Toast
Whipped feta cheese and pea puree on toasted sourdough bread topped with a poached egg, prosciutto, and arugula.  (Lighter Fare)

Frittata
An Italian-style omelette with asparagus, leeks, mushrooms, crème fraiche, and fresh herbs. Served with an arugula salad.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Breakfast Burrito
Scrambled eggs, house-made chorizo, jack cheese, and roasted tomato salsa rolled in a flour tortilla and toasted. Served with a smashed avocado salad.

Sunrise Special
Two eggs any way, house-made sausage, and crispy potatoes. Served with sourdough toast and strawberry jam.  (Dairy Free)

SIDES

Eggs  |  Fresh Fruit  |  Yogurt Parfait  |  Toast  |  Pancakes  |  Oatmeal  |  House-made Sausage  |  Crispy Potatoes

 DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

 

Vandervoort’s Milk

Vandervoort’s Orange Juice

Apple Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hot Tea

Our Brunch Menu 

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Reservations are not required, but recommended.  Our menu 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.

Make a Reservation

BRUNCH

Served Saturday – Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm.

SOUPS & SALADS

Little Gem Salad
Little gem lettuce tossed in green goddess dressing and topped with shaved radishes, snap peas, spring onions, and fresh herbs.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Shaved Asparagus Salad
Shaved asparagus and arugula tossed in a parmesan vinaigrette and topped with crispy prosciutto and breadcrumbs.  (Lighter Fare)

Minestrone Primavera
Soup of fresh peas, leeks, fennel, cannellini beans, artichokes, snap peas, and spring onions topped with parmesan cheese.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Chicken Orzo Soup
Mediterranean-inspired soup with roasted chicken, orzo pasta, leeks, fennel, and dill in a lemon broth.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy-Free)

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS

Chicken Shawarma Wrap
Marinated chicken with garlic sauce, tahini sauce, pickles, tomato, cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro, and mint wrapped in lavash. Served with crispy potatoes.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Chicken Salad Tartine
Chicken salad sandwich served open-faced on toasted sourdough bread topped with fresh radishes and herbs. Served with crispy potatoes.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Southwest Burger
Ground short-rib and brisket topped with jack cheese, avocado, crispy tortilla strips, roasted tomato salsa, mustard, and garlic aioli on a house-made brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes.

KIDS

Your Choice
Children and adults can choose a half portion of any of our selections.

FORK AND KNIFE

Buckwheat Pancakes
A short stack (3) or full stack (5), of our fluffy buckwheat pancakes topped with fresh bananas and strawberries, whipped crème fraiche, and almonds.  (Vegetarian)

Spring Toast
Whipped feta cheese and pea puree on toasted sourdough bread topped with a poached egg, prosciutto, and arugula.  (Lighter Fare)

Frittata
An Italian-style omelette with asparagus, leeks, mushrooms, crème fraiche, and fresh herbs. Served with an arugula salad.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Steak and Eggs
Hanger steak topped with spring herb pistou and fresh radishes. Served with two eggs, any way and crispy potatoes.  (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Parisian Gnocchi
House-made dumplings toasted in a brown butter sauce and tossed with asparagus, mushrooms, and peas and topped with breadcrumbs and parmesan.  (Vegetarian)  

SIDES

Eggs  |  Fresh Fruit  |  Toast  |  Pancakes  |  Crispy Potatoes
Cup of Soup  |  Side Salad  |  Grilled Asparagus

DESSERTS

Strawberry Short Cake
Sweet biscuit filled with whipped cream, strawberry compote, and almonds.  (Vegetarian, Contains Nuts)

Bananas Foster Tarts
Pastry shell filled with banana pastry cream, rum caramel sauce, and bruleed bananas.  (Vegetarian)

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

 

Vandervoort’s Milk

Vandervoort’s Orange Juice

Apple Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hot Tea

Our Lunch Menu 

Lunch is served Tuesday thru Friday.  Reservations are not required, but recommended.  Our limited menu 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.

Make a Reservation

LUNCH

Served Tuesday – Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm.

SOUPS & SALADS

Little Gem Salad
Little gem lettuce tossed in green goddess dressing and topped with shaved radishes, snap peas, spring onions, and fresh herbs.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Shaved Asparagus Salad
Shaved asparagus and arugula tossed in a parmesan vinaigrette and topped with crispy prosciutto and breadcrumbs.  (Lighter Fare)

Minestrone Primavera
Soup of fresh peas, leeks, fennel, cannellini beans, artichokes, snap peas, and spring onions topped with parmesan cheese.  (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Chicken Orzo Soup
Mediterranean-inspired soup with roasted chicken, orzo pasta, leeks, fennel, and dill in a lemon broth.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy-Free)

SANDWICHES AND WRAPS

Chicken Shawarma Wrap
Marinated chicken with garlic sauce, tahini sauce, pickles, tomato, cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro, and mint wrapped in lavash. Served with crispy potatoes.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Chicken Salad Tartine
Chicken salad sandwich served open-faced on toasted sourdough bread topped with fresh radishes and herbs. Served with crispy potatoes.  (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Southwest Burger
Ground short-rib and brisket topped with jack cheese, avocado, crispy tortilla strips, roasted tomato salsa, mustard, and garlic aioli on a house-made brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes.

KIDS

Your Choice
Children and adults can choose a half portion of any of our selections.

 

FORK & KNIFE

Chicken and Orzo
Marinated chicken served with toasted orzo pasta tossed with roasted fennel, mushrooms, artichokes, and leeks and topped with feta and fresh herbs.  (Lighter Fare)

Vietnamese Noodle Bowl
Spicy pork meatballs and vermicelli rice noodles tossed in ginger sauce and topped with pickled spring vegetables, cucumber, mint, and cilantro.  (Lighter Fare, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Spring Flatbread
Grilled flatbread topped with panna sauce, prosciutto, fresh peas, asparagus, and cheese. (Vegetarian Option)

Parisian Gnocchi
House-made dumplings toasted in a brown butter sauce and tossed with asparagus, mushrooms, and peas and topped with breadcrumbs and parmesan.  (Vegetarian)

SIDES

Cup of Soup  |  Side Salad  |  Grilled Asparagus
Orzo Salad  |  Fresh Fruit  | Crispy Potatoes

DESSERTS

Strawberry Short Cake
Sweet biscuit filled with whipped cream, strawberry compote, and almonds.  (Vegetarian, Contains Nuts)

Bananas Foster Tarts
Pastry shell filled with banana pastry cream, rum caramel sauce, and bruleed bananas.  (Vegetarian)

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

 

Vandervoort’s Milk

Vandervoort’s Orange Juice

Apple Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hot Tea

 

Hours and Location

We are open Tuesday – Friday from 9:00am – 2:00pm, and Saturday – Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm for dine-in service and online to-go ordering.

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.  The city is actively re-working parking in the area, please follow all street signs upon arrival.

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: Indeed!  The outdoor patio at Taste Community Restaurant is now open!  This space doubles the restaurant’s limited occupancy by providing an additional 8 dining tables each spaced 6 feet apart.  We want to be sure everyone in our community has a place to go for a healthy meal.  With the current health and economic crisis, food insecurity is on the rise.  Making space for our community allows us to feed, educate, and serve more people, so they may ‘…taste and see the Lord is good’ (Psalm 34:8).”

Our design also includes planters to support an herb garden for use in the restaurant.  We are looking for donations to complete the garden.  You can help make Taste Community Garden a reality, by donating today.

 Donate Today!

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