Cafe Momentum

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Cafe Momentum is a non-profit restaurant that serves as a paid post-release internship for juvenile offenders. Youth are released from detention into the sheltered environment of Café Momentum’s post-release program. Café Momentum’s program teaches critical skills that allow youth to re-enter society in a safe, real-world environment of nurturing accountability. By participating in our program, at-risk young people rotate through every aspect of the restaurant from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with established chefs.

The paid internship gives them the opportunity to exercise and practice their new skills while continuing to develop leadership, social, and vocational skills for as long as they choose to maintain involvement with Café Momentum. Additionally, Café Momentum works with the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Department to serve youth deemed highest risk for incarceration.
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BS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. We had cauliflower for app, strip steak and pasta for dinner with sides of brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. It was all really tasty (but was a bit on the salty side).

The service was not great, but knowing the mission of the organization, we tried to temper any frustration (our server stopped waiting on us halfway through in order to eat - we later found out he had been awarded employee of the week, which means he got that as a reward).

Personally I didn't mind the inattentiveness at times because the servers aren't professionals, they're still learning. It felt good to be able to make a positive impact with my dollars and hopefully help them get on the right track.

KJ
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very disappointed in the chicken...had a strange consistency and flavor. The potatoes, mustard greens were excellent.

CE
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great concept!

p
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! We had dinner before the Derek Trucks concert at the Majestic Theater

JS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and outstanding service. We tried the shrimp hushpuppies for an appetizer and they were delicious. Both husband and I had a green salad before our main, it was a very generous portion, with a good vinaigrette, but there were more than a few wilted salad pieces in both of them. Still a tasty salad, just required a little picking through. We both had the fried chicken with biscuit as our main course, and it was very good. Our server was very pleasant and properly attentive. I would love to see the place have a little better lighting; there were areas that seemed dark and shadowy, though not our table. We love the concept and ideals of this restaurant, and will dine there again when in the area.

CE
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Entrees took a little longer than normal to arrive and the waitress could have been a little more attentive, but overall a really enjoyable evening. We love the purpose of the restaurant and encourage folks to try it all the time. Keep up the good work!

MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great restaurant with a great mission. Food is varied!

MV
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love this place, the mission, the food and the passion and compassion in how it's run. We also loved taking extra bisquits home - YUMMMMY.

A
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our current favorite restaurant. We've had 4 meals there, and they have all been excellent. Last time in, I had the fried chicken. I saw it a few weeks ago on a guest's table and decided then that it would be my next Momentum meal. So good. The pasta with tuna was excellent as well. My wife chose that. I would certainly recommend Cafe Momentum.

A
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time here. The food and service are terrific. The wine is by the bottle only but decently priced. Good beers as well. We got in once without a reservation on a Thursday but booked for a Friday. We will be regulars. Just moved to Dallas.

KH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was a little slow, but I’m happy to support this place snd what they’re doing. The food was amazing!

MM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so unique and special. So much creativity. The value is also unmatched. Please support this organization that allows us to give to the community by way of easy patronage to an worthy non-profit organization. Go! You will be glad that you did!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! Love this place & the mission it fulfills. Need Cafe Momentum in Austin!

BK
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I recommend Cafe Momentum, don't miss this unique concept and participate to help Dallas' youth and support this business model. Food was SUBLIME. I could see that skill set of our server was not as strong as some but we were happy for the experience the young man was getting. As a result we had a rather long time between apps and entrees. Sometimes I had to quell the urge to coach our server (now that you know one person won't attend, go ahead and clear the place setting.... etc. little stuff like that) but I successfully kept my mouth shut. I will definitely return again.

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect dinner.

t
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, outstanding cause! Will be back.

V
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was amazing. I also liked the very reasonable prices on the wine list. You can get a pretty good red (Cab) for only $25 for a bottle. It went well with my friend chicken dinner. Biscuit with the dinner was a little dry, but I wasn’t planning on eating it anyway. Maybe give folks the option to sub out for something else, like cornbread? Otherwise everything was first rate.

S
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Cafe Momentum combines terrific food and a very important mission. We had a wonderful time. Thanks for everything you do.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fantastic, but their mission is even better. I would highly recommend Cafe Momentum to anyone in Dallas. You leave having been served a great meal, and you can feel good that you helping someone have hope.

RP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant. Great food and good attention from wait staff. The concept is phenomenal. Keep up the good work.

OT
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. This program is doing great things for the community

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Food was some of the best I’ve had in Dallas. The charcuterie was the best I’ve EVER had! No idea how at these prices they can cover their costs!!! The awesome charity/mission is what brought us in. The food will keep me coming back again and again!!! You can probably tell how blown away I was - sorry for all the explanation notes 😅

l
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The food is awesome and the waitstaff is above and beyond. We even decided to host our company holiday party with them! Love the restaurant and concept!

BW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love the program these guys have for these youth.

KC
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The patience of the server and help was very good. One member of our party was hard of hearing and so there was a little confusion on our friend's part. The waitress handled it very well. All four of us loved our dinners and our experience at Cafe Momentum. We will definitely return!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place. I support the purpose of the restaurant and enjoyed seeing the work of the young people. Organizations like this are vital in and for the community. The food was delicious and the service was magnificent. If you visit Dallas, you should definitely come for dinner.

KH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make this your go-to evening out for food that always hits the spot and service that stands out. All “tips” are donations toward helping young adults get training and experience in the world of high class food-service then helps them go out and find employment as their paid internship expires. Eating with a cause has never been so delicious.

MH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Stumbled upon this place and luckily it was a Thursday. Love supporting their program and the food was amazing. I had the sweet tea pork chop and my husband had the steak—both were winners. If we lived in Dallas, would definitely return

KM
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Core of 4: Christian brothers meeting to get caught up. Truly intrigued with your unique program. I was attempting to find out how others can here...introduced myself to the next table.
Met MaryBeth and Jeff Pappas.
I would truly appreciate the opportunity to learn more about your vision.
All His best,
Kevin
214.673.5465

HB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Best pork chop I have ever eaten. We had appetizers. Also awesome. Steak was beautiful and wonderful. Our water glasses were well attended. The wait staff was friendly. We had trouble at the end finding our waitress to get the check. The food was so great and the concept so inspiring we will definitely go back.

OT
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great experience. But. 4.7 stars is overrated, because we all feel good with the experience.

Love the experience and will be back. However, our service was average, I would guess service varies dramatically due to the motivation of the wait staff. Food was good, not in believable.

Loved the whole experience. You should do it. But probably not as good as the star rating suggests.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy have celebrations at Cafe Momentum. It is wonderful to visit with the students and to learn of their successes and struggles they have overcome. Excellent opportunity for learning.

JH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful, food, concept and those that work there. It is such a good feeling to participate in this program that is so vital to so many young people! Thank you Cafe Momentum for all that you are doing to make a difference in lives!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the mission. Love the food.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic organization to get behind. The food was an incredible. The staff was friendly, helpful and eager.

S
Dallas
29 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very good!! Chad Houser has created an outstanding program to change the lives of juveniles in trouble. And the public can benefit from his program, as well as enjoying a lovely evening with excellent food and I love visiting with Chad. He is an awesome chef, but more important, an amazing person !

OT
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. What a surprise. I had read about this restaurant before but didn’t connect the dots until arriving.
The staff are all at risk kids homeless or other wise. The restaurant is farm to table and the food is over the top great prepared and served by the kids.
Food for the soul as well as the stomach.
Will be back!!!

TS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Momentum has it all going on - great food with new takes on traditional, influenced by farm to table; service could not have been better; quiet yet fun atmosphere. I’m a bread connoisseur, and I don’t remember the last time I had bread as I did at Cafe Momentum. My family is coming to Dallas for thanksgiving. I was so impressed I made reservations at Cafe Momentum for all of us.

k
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the service was very friendly. Very interesting beer and wine selections.

GN
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Your restaurant is absolutely amazing. I love your cause. I'm already telling my friends to stop by.

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