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Come Eat with Us

Please join us for breakfast, 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

Avocado Toast
Avocado and house-made Ricotta cheese on toasted Sourdough bread and topped with chives. Served with two eggs any style.  (Vegetarian)

Biscuits and Gravy
House-made biscuits topped with pork sausage gravy. Served with two eggs, any style. (Vegetarian option available)

Eggnog Pancakes
A short stack (3), or full stack (5), of our fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with Vandervoort’s eggnog cream and a butter rum sauce.  (Vegetarian)

Vegetable Omelette
Three egg omelette filled with onion, mushrooms, and spinach, topped with house-made Ricotta cheese. Served with crispy breakfast potatoes.  (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Sunrise Special
Two eggs, any style, and two pork sausage patties. Served with our crispy breakfast potatoes.  (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Fresh Start Oatmeal
Bowl of creamy oatmeal, flavored with brown sugar, and topped with a butter rum sauce and pistachios.  (Vegetarian)

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

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 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.

SOUPS, SALADS, AND MORE

Avgolemono Soup
Lemon and dill soup with orzo pasta.  (Vegetarian, Dairy Free)

Wedding Soup
House-made meatballs served in chicken broth with beet greens.

Blood Orange & Pistachio Salad
Local Bibb lettuce, blood oranges, roasted candy stripe beets with a blood orange dressing and topped with pistachios.  (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Duck and Arugula Salad 
Arugula topped with duck confit, watermelon radish, and figs with a citrus vinaigrette. (Vegetarian option available, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Fig and Ricotta Crostini
Toasted French bread, fresh Ricotta cheese, house made fig and orange jam, and pistachios.  (Vegetarian)

 

BRUNCH

Avocado Toast
Avocado and house-made Ricotta cheese on toasted Sourdough bread and topped with chives. Served with two eggs any style.  (Vegetarian)

Eggnog Pancakes
A short stack (3), or full stack (5), of our fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with Vandervoort’s eggnog cream and a butter rum sauce.  (Vegetarian)

Vegetable Omelette
Three egg omelette filled with onion, mushrooms, and spinach, topped with house-made Ricotta cheese. Served with crispy breakfast potatoes.  (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Meatloaf Sandwich
Grandma’s meatloaf topped with grilled onions, Provolone cheese, local Bibb lettuce, and spicy fermented pepper aioli served on a house-made bun with crispy potatoes.

Duck Flatbread
Flatbread topped with bechamel, duck confit, arugula, fresh Ricotta cheese, and figs.  (Vegetarian option available)

Farro
Farro, rainbow carrots, parsnips, candy striped beets, and radish dressed with The Virgin Olive Oiler’s blood orange olive oil and fresh Ricotta cheese.  (Vegetarian, Dairy Free)

JUST FOR KIDS

Buttermilk Pancakes
A short stack of our  fluffy buttermilk pancakes topped with maple syrup.  (Vegetarian)

Kids Pizza
Flatbread topped with a simple tomato sauce, cheese, and house made meatballs.  (Vegetarian option available)

Kids Farro
Half order of farro, rainbow carrots, parsnips, candy striped beets, and radish dressed with blood orange olive oil and fresh Ricotta cheese.  (Vegetarian)

 

DESSERTS

Zeppole 
Italian donut drizzled with chocolate and topped with candied orange peel and pistachios.  (Vegetarian)

Buttermilk Pie
Custard-like pie made from buttermilk with a oatmeal cookie crust and topped with fig.  (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

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.

SOUPS, SALADS, AND MORE

Avgolemono Soup
Lemon and dill soup with orzo pasta.  (Vegetarian, Dairy Free)

Wedding Soup
House-made meatballs served in chicken broth with beet greens.

Blood Orange & Pistachio Salad
Local Bibb lettuce, blood oranges, roasted candy stripe beets with a blood orange dressing and topped with pistachios.  (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

Duck and Arugula Salad
Arugula topped with duck confit, watermelon radish, and figs with a citrus vinaigrette. (Vegetarian option available, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Fig and Ricotta Crostini
Toasted French bread, fresh Ricotta cheese, house made fig and orange jam, and pistachios.  (Vegetarian)

LUNCH

Meatloaf Sandwich
Grandma’s meatloaf topped with grilled onions, Provolone cheese, local Bibb lettuce, and spicy fermented pepper aioli served on a house-made bun with crispy potatoes.

Duck Flatbread
Flatbread topped with bechamel, duck confit, arugula, fresh Ricotta cheese, and figs.
(Vegetarian option available)

Spicy Shrimp
Shrimp and Farro served in a spicy tomato broth made with house-fermented chilis.  (Dairy Free)

Farro
Farro, rainbow carrots, parsnips, candy striped beets, and radish dressed with The Virgin Olive Oiler’s blood orange olive oil and fresh Ricotta cheese.  (Vegetarian, Dairy Free)

Cannelloni
Hand-made spinach pasta stuffed with chicken, spinach, mushroom, and fresh Ricotta cheese topped with a cream sauce.

Salisbury Steak
Ground beef steak topped with a mushroom and onion gravy and served with roasted brussel sprouts and carrots.

 

JUST FOR KIDS

Kids Pizza
Flatbread topped with a simple tomato sauce, cheese, and house made meatballs.  (Vegetarian option available)

Farro
Half order of farro, rainbow carrots, parsnips, candy striped beets, and radish dressed with blood orange olive oil and fresh Ricotta cheese.  (Vegetarian)

Salisbury Steak
Half order of our salisbury steak served with crispy potatoes.

 

DESSERTS

Zeppole
Italian donut drizzled with chocolate and topped with candied orange peel and pistachios.  (Vegetarian)

Buttermilk Pie
Custard-like pie made from buttermilk with a oatmeal cookie crust and topped with fig.  (Vegetarian)

DRINKS

Sodas

Coke, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, and Sprite

Premium Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Homemade Lemonade

Vandervoort’s Milk

Apple Juice

Pour Over Coffee

Hours and Location

We are open Tuesday – Friday for breakfast and lunch from 7:00am – 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