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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 Mother’s Day Brunch Menu 

We are excited to be able to offer a special pay-what-you-can Mother’s Day Brunch!  The 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

Strawberry Bruschetta

Whipped goat cheese, strawberries, and The Virgin Olive Oiler balsamic vinegar reduction served with grilled ciabatta bread.  (Vegetarian)

Campechana

Mexican seafood cocktail with shrimp, white fish, and tomatoes.  Topped with house made tortilla chips.

Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Smoked salmon served on top of grilled flatbread with cream cheese, capers, and onions.

Parfait

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

Spring Salad

Mixed greens, tomato, onion, and radish with a goat cheese and herb vinaigrette.  (Vegetarian)

Cauliflower Soup

Puree of roasted cauliflower topped with cracked pepper, a drizzle of The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil, and crispy garlic.  (Vegan) 

 

BRUNCH

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

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

Omelette

Classic French omelette topped with Brie.  Served with grilled asparagus and fruit.  (Vegetarian)

Lamb and Egg Flatbread

Grilled flat bread topped with whipped goat cheese, onions, mushroom, egg and slow roasted lamb. 

Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken breast served on top of mixed greens, tomato, onion, and radish with a goat cheese and herb vinaigrette.

Beyond Burger

Beyond Beef® patty topped with a tangy slaw and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun.  Served with crispy potatoes.  (Vegan)  

Chicken Picatta

Scaloppini of chicken served with salad of couscous, tomato, and spinach, in a lemon butter caper sauce.

JUST FOR KIDS

French Toast with Fruit  |  Scrambled Eggs with Fruit   |  Macaroni and Cheese with Fruit  

DESSERTS

Profiterole with Spiced Custard  |   Cheesecake with Strawberries

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple Juice

Orange Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Our Brunch Menu 

Beginning Easter Sunday, Brunch will be 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

Strawberry Bruschetta

Whipped goat cheese, strawberries, and The Virgin Olive Oiler balsamic vinegar reduction served with grilled ciabatta bread.  (Vegetarian)

Fritters

Grilled asparagus and sautéed mushrooms battered and fried; topped with remoulade.  (Vegetarian)

Campechana

Mexican seafood cocktail with shrimp, white fish, and tomatoes.  Topped with house made tortilla chips.

Harvest Flatbread

Grilled flatbread topped with goat cheese, onions, asparagus, and mushrooms.  (Vegetarian) 

Spring Salad

Mixed greens, tomato, onion, and radish with a goat cheese and herb vinaigrette.  (Vegetarian)

Cauliflower Soup

Puree of roasted cauliflower topped with cracked pepper, a drizzle of The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil, and crispy garlic.  (Vegan) 

 

BRUNCH

French Toast

House made cinnamon raisin bread topped with strawberries and whipped cream. 

Omelet

Three local raised eggs folded with mushrooms.  Served with fruit. (Vegetarian)

Beyond Burger

Beyond Beef® patty topped with a tangy slaw and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun.  Served with crispy potatoes.  (Vegan) 

Chilaquiles

Crispy corn tortillas smothered in mole and topped with two fried eggs.

Vietnamese Fried Rice

Rice pan fried with carrots, red pepper, broccoli, egg, mint and cilantro topped with bean sprouts, peanuts and Shitake mushrooms. 

Pici Pasta   

Thick handmade pasta tossed in a cheese and butter sauce.  Served with asparagus and Shitake mushrooms.  (Vegetarian)

JUST FOR KIDS

Mini French Toast Sticks  |  Kids Pici Pasta  |  Scrambled Eggs 

DESSERTS

Profiterole with Spiced Custard  |   Cheesecake with Strawberries

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple 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

Strawberry Bruschetta

Whipped goat cheese, strawberries, and The Virgin Olive Oiler balsamic vinegar reduction served with grilled ciabatta bread.  (Vegetarian)

Fritters

Grilled asparagus and sautéed mushrooms battered and fried; topped with remoulade.  (Vegetarian)

Campechana

Mexican seafood cocktail with shrimp, white fish, and tomatoes.  Topped with house made tortilla chips.

Harvest Flatbread

Grilled flatbread topped with goat cheese, onions, asparagus, and mushrooms.  (Vegetarian) 

Spring Salad

Mixed greens, tomato, onion, and radish with a goat cheese and herb vinaigrette.  (Vegetarian)

Cauliflower Soup

Puree of roasted cauliflower topped with cracked pepper, a drizzle of The Virgin Olive Oiler olive oil, and crispy garlic.  (Vegan) 

 

LUNCH

Beyond Burger

Beyond Beef® patty topped with a tangy slaw and mustard on a toasted pretzel bun.  Served with crispy potatoes.  (Vegan) 

Fish or Shrimp Tacos

Your choice of three fish or shrimp tacos topped with a tangy slaw, pickled onions radishes and a spicy pepper sauce.  Served with black beans.

 Chicken Picatta

Scaloppini of chicken served with salad of couscous, tomato, and spinach, in a lemon butter caper sauce.

Grilled Chicken Salad

Grilled chicken breast served on top of mixed greens, tomato, onion, and radish with a goat cheese and herb vinaigrette.

Vietnamese Fried Rice

Rice pan fried with carrots, red pepper, broccoli, egg, mint and cilantro topped with bean sprouts, peanuts and Shitake mushrooms. 

Pici Pasta   

Thick handmade pasta tossed in a cheese and butter sauce.  Served with asparagus and Shitake mushrooms.  (Vegetarian)

JUST FOR KIDS

Baked Fish Sticks

Baked panko crusted pollock.  Served with crispy potatoes.

Kids Pici Pasta

Thick handmade pasta tossed in a cheese and butter sauce.  

DESSERTS

Profiterole with Spiced Custard  |   Cheesecake with Strawberries

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Milk

Apple Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hours and Location

We are open Tuesday – Sunday for lunch from 11:00am – 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