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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!

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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.

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BREAKFAST

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

Fresh Start Oatmeal
Bowl of creamy oatmeal flavored with brown sugar and topped with winter fruit compote and toasted almonds. (Lighter-Fare, Vegetarian, Contains Nuts)

Oatmeal Pancakes
A short stack (3) or full stack (5), of our oatmeal pancakes topped with winter fruit compote, toasted almonds, and whipped vanilla yogurt. (Vegetarian, Contains Nuts)

Machaca Breakfast Torta
Scrambled eggs, shredded beef, and house-made salsa rojo, topped with pickled onions, and crema on a Cubano roll. Served with crispy potatoes.

Quiche Lorraine
French tart filled with egg custard, bacon, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. Topped with fresh herbs. Served with winter greens salad.

Breakfast Bowl
Toasted quinoa sauteed with roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips, and beets topped with two fried eggs, crema, and fresh arugula. (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Sunrise Special
Two eggs served any way, peppered bacon, and crispy potatoes. (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

SIDES

Eggs | Grapefruit Brulee | Yogurt Parfait | Toast | Side Pancakes | Cup of Oatmeal | Side Bacon | 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 9:00am 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.

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BRUNCH

Served Saturday – Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm.

SOUPS & SALADS

Roasted Vegetable Salad
Roasted winter vegetables and red onions tossed with winter greens and dried apricots in a sherry vinaigrette. Topped with toasted almonds and ricotta salata. (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Contains Nuts)

Red Lentil Soup
Creamy Indian-spiced soup of red lentils, tomato, ginger, and garlic. Topped with yogurt, cilantro, and fried shallots. (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Pozole Rojo
Pork shoulder and hominy slow cooked in an ancho and guajillo chili broth and topped with cabbage, onion, cilantro and chicharron. (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

HANDHELDS

Machaca Breakfast Torta
Scrambled eggs, shredded beef, and house-made salsa rojo, topped with pickled onions, and crema on a Cubano roll. Served with crispy potatoes.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Citrus marinated grilled chicken with garlic aioli topped with charmoula sauce and arugula on a house-made brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes. (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Bacon Burger
All-beef patty topped with caramelized onion jam, peppered bacon, gruyere cheese, arugula, house-made mustard, and garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes.

FORK AND KNIFE

Quiche Lorraine
French tart filled with egg custard, bacon, gruyere cheese, and caramelized onions. Topped with fresh herbs. Served with winter greens salad.

Chicken Tagine
Moroccan-style chicken braised with olives, dates, almonds, and preserved lemons in a tomato spiced broth topped with fresh herbs. Served with couscous. (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free, Contains Nuts)

Beef Stroganoff
Tender beef, mushrooms, and onions smothered in a tangy cream sauce and served over buttered noodles and topped with fresh herbs.

Winter Vegetable Lasagna
Layers of butternut squash, winter greens, gruyere cheese, pasta, and bechamel sauce topped with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. (Vegetarian)

SIDES

Eggs  |  Fresh Fruit  |  Toast  |  Yogurt Parfait  |  Side Bacon  |  Crispy Potatoes
Cup of Soup  |  Side Salad  |  Couscous  |  Seasonal Vegetables

KIDS

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

DESSERTS

Bread Pudding
Bread pudding with dried cherries and almonds topped with crème anglaise. (Vegetarian)

Citrus Tart
Winter citrus curd topped with toasted meringue and candied citrus peel. (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

Roasted Vegetable Salad
Roasted winter vegetables and red onions tossed with winter greens and dried apricots in a sherry vinaigrette. Topped with toasted almonds and ricotta salata. (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Contains Nuts)

Red Lentil Soup
Creamy Indian-spiced soup of red lentils, tomato, ginger, and garlic. Topped with yogurt, cilantro, and fried shallots. (Lighter Fare, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Pozole Rojo
Pork shoulder and hominy slow cooked in an ancho and guajillo chili broth and topped with cabbage, onion, cilantro and chicharron. (Gluten-Free, Dairy Free)

HANDHELDS

Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Citrus marinated grilled chicken with garlic aioli topped with charmoula sauce and arugula on a house-made brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes. (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free)

Bacon Burger
All-beef patty topped with caramelized onion jam, peppered bacon, gruyere cheese, arugula, house-made mustard, and garlic aioli on a toasted brioche bun. Served with crispy potatoes.

Cuban Sandwich
Mojo pork, ham, gruyere cheese, dill pickles, and mustard on grilled and pressed bread. Served with crispy potatoes.

FORK & KNIFE

Huarache
Crispy fried masa shell filled with slow roasted mojo pork and refried beans and topped with cabbage, pickled red onions, crema, and house-made salsa rojo. (Gluten-Free)

Chicken Tagine
Moroccan-style chicken braised with olives, dates, almonds, and preserved lemons in a tomato spiced broth topped with fresh herbs. Served with couscous. (Lighter Fare, Dairy Free, Contains Nuts)

Beef Stroganoff
Tender beef, mushrooms, and onions smothered in a tangy cream sauce and served over buttered noodles and topped with fresh herbs.

Winter Vegetable Lasagna
Layers of butternut squash, winter greens, gruyere cheese, pasta, and bechamel sauce topped with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. (Vegetarian)

SIDES

Cup of Soup  |  Side Salad  |  Couscous
Seasonal Vegetables  |  Fresh Fruit  | Crispy Potatoes

KIDS

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

DESSERTS

Bread Pudding
Bread pudding with dried cherries and almonds topped with crème anglaise. (Vegetarian)

Citrus Tart
Winter citrus curd topped with toasted meringue and candied citrus peel. (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 – Sunday from 9:00am – 2:00pm for dine-in service.

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.