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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 Breakfast Menu 

Breakfast is served weekdays Tuesday thru Friday from 7:00am – 10:40am.  Our breakfast 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.

BREAKFAST

Fresh Start Oatmeal 
Bowl of creamy oatmeal, flavored with brown sugar, and topped with roasted cinnamon apples and pecans. (Vegetarian)

Buttermilk Pancakes
A short stack(3), or full stack(5), of our fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with roasted cinnamon apple, dulce de leche, and pecans. (Vegetarian)

Huevos Verdes
Crispy tostada shells, sweet potatoes, onions, and bacon topped with two fried eggs, house-made green salsa, and queso fresco. (Vegetarian Option Available)

Spinach and Mushroom Omelette
Three egg omelette filled with onion, mushrooms, and spinach, topped with Gruyere cheese and tomatoes. Served with crispy breakfast potatoes. (Vegetarian)

Sunrise Special
Two eggs, any style, and two slices cured pork shoulder. Served with our crispy breakfast potatoes.

Breakfast Tacos
Three corn tortillas filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy breakfast potatoes, and cured pork shoulder and topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and house-made green salsa.

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple Juice

Orange Juice

Pour Over Coffee

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

Spinach and Red Bell Pepper Dip
Spinach, red bell pepper, bacon, green onion, and Gruyere cheese dip. Served with toasted flat bread.

Charcuterie
Prosciutto, salami, and assorted marinated olives. Served with grilled garlic flatbread.

Onion Rings
Thick-cut sweet onions coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried. Served with a tangy dipping sauce. (Vegetarian)

 

Kale and Spinach Salad
Baby spinach and kale, with apples, candied pecans, carrot, and tomato dressed in a pomegranate vinaigrette. (Vegetarian)

Quinoa Salad
Tri-colored quinoa, sweet potato, tomato, red bell pepper, green onion, bok choy with a lemon dressing. (Vegan)

Thai Chicken Soup
Chicken, green onions, red bell pepper, mushrooms, cilantro, ginger and garlic in a coconut milk and lime broth.

 

BRUNCH

Pumpkin French Toast
House made pumpkin bread soaked in custard and topped with dulce de leche sauce. Served with roasted cinnamon apples. (Vegetarian)

Corned Beef Hash
House made corned beef, crispy potatoes, and onions topped with two fried eggs.

Huevos Verdes
Crispy tostada shells, sweet potatoes, onions, and bacon topped with two fried eggs, house-made green salsa, and queso fresco. (Vegetarian Option Available)

Turkey Burger
Turkey and mushroom patty, Gruyere cheese, baby spinach and kale, and a pomegranate aioli. Served with crispy potatoes. (Vegetarian Beyond Burger® also available.)

Quinoa and Braised Beef
Tri-colored quinoa, red bell pepper, and onions topped with tender slow braised beef.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
Udon noodles, mushroom, red bell pepper, carrot, bok choy, cilantro, and marinated tofu in a vegetable broth. (Vegan)

JUST FOR KIDS

French Toast with Cinnamon Apples  |  Kids Quinoa and Beef  |  Kids Huevos Verdes 

DESSERTS

Cinnamon Apple Panna Cotta
Cinnamon flavored custard topped with a cinnamon apple caramel.

Smore Cup
Chocolate cake, made with Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, topped with bruleed marshmallow and a graham cracker.

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

Spinach and Red Bell Pepper Dip
Spinach, red bell pepper, bacon, green onion, and Gruyere cheese dip. Served with toasted flat bread.

Charcuterie
Prosciutto, salami, and assorted marinated olives. Served with grilled garlic flatbread.

Onion Rings
Thick-cut sweet onions coated in panko breadcrumbs and fried. Served with a tangy dipping sauce. (Vegetarian)

Kale and Spinach Salad
Baby spinach and kale, with apples, candied pecans, carrot, and tomato dressed in a pomegranate vinaigrette. (Vegetarian)

Quinoa Salad
Tri-colored quinoa, sweet potato, tomato, red bell pepper, green onion, bok choy with a lemon dressing. (Vegan)

Thai Chicken Soup 
Chicken, green onions, red bell pepper, mushrooms, cilantro, ginger and garlic in a coconut milk and lime broth.

LUNCH

Turkey Burger
Turkey and mushroom patty, Gruyere cheese, baby spinach and kale, and a pomegranate aioli. Served with crispy potatoes. (Vegetarian Beyond Burger® also available.)

Rueben Sandwich
House made corned beef and sauerkraut, with Gruyere cheese and a tangy house dressing, on marbled rye bread. Served with crispy potatoes.

Quinoa and Braised Beef
Tri-colored quinoa, red bell pepper, and onions topped with tender slow braised beef.

Roasted Chicken
Roasted chicken leg and thigh, served with sweet potato, bok choy, tomatoes and a pomegranate sauce.

Pork Schnitzel
Panko crusted pork loin, topped with mushroom cream sauce and served with roasted sweet potatoes.

Vegetable Noodle Bowl
Udon noodles, mushroom, red bell pepper, carrot, bok choy, cilantro, and marinated tofu in a vegetable broth. (Vegan)

 

JUST FOR KIDS

Half Sandwich
Half Rueben Sandwich served with roasted cinnamon apples or crispy potatoes.

Quinoa and Beef
Half size order of Quinoa and Braised Beef entrée.

Roasted Chicken Leg
Roasted chicken leg served with roasted cinnamon apples or crispy potatoes.

DESSERTS

Cinnamon Apple Panna Cotta
Cinnamon flavored custard topped with a cinnamon apple caramel.

Smore Cup
Chocolate cake, made with Dr. Sue’s Chocolate, topped with bruleed marshmallow and a graham cracker.

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