Authentic farm-to-table food inspired by harvest & season,
served in a place that welcomes all.

Our space is designed to be a warm gathering place that builds community while offering fresh, nutritious and affordable foods.

The Cafe

Monday – Friday:
Breakfast 9:00 am – 10:30 am
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday:  CLOSED

Menu items are pay-what-you-can so that good, nutritious food is affordable for ALL of our customers. With this concept, there are a couple of different ways to “pay” for a meal:

  • Pay the full suggested price (or)
  • Pay the full suggested price, then “pay it forward” for your neighbor to enjoy a meal (or)
  • If unable to pay the full suggested price, give your time in service as payment

Yes, you can order from our cafe menu online! Place your order, select a time, and pick up your order in the Café.

Grab n’ Go Market

The Cafe at South Side Roots offers Grab & Go items that are available until 4 pm and make for a quick snack or meal.

Market hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Community Meal

Once a week we host a free dinner at South Side Roots as another way to bring people together. This evening meal takes place every Tuesday from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Cafe and often includes dishes from restaurants around the city.

Catering Kitchen

For information on our catering services, please visit our website, or submit a catering a request form.

Volunteer With Us!

There are many different ways to engage with South Side Roots as a volunteer. Our volunteers are an important part of our business and help us serve the community, so if you’re looking for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience check it out! For more info, talk with one of our team members or go online to

Kids Café Program

South Side Roots also runs a Kids Café program that provides nutritious meals daily for Boys & Girls Club of Central Ohio and South Side Early Learning, both of which are co-located inside the Reeb Avenue Center.

From the beginning, Reeb accepted me and became a 2nd family to me. Reeb has definitely helped me open a new chapter in my life and I'm very thankful for them.
DJ, Godman Guild graduate and former Roots Cafe team member