Fresh, Vibrant, and Simply Unique: that’s Inside the Box Café
Lively, friendly service with a clean and bright atmosphere, a fabulous menu, and an inspirational story—it’s where comfort, flavor, and culture mingle with opportunity to make a difference in the community
A meal for you. A meal for them. That is what Inside the Box is all about. You see it written on the walls and on every boxed lunch you carry out. All proceeds from the meal you purchase goes directly back to feeding a hungry and hurting Tampa Bay neighbors.
Located on Tampa St. in bustling downtown Tampa and with a new location on Westshore Boulevard, in Tampa’s commercial district, Inside the Box makes grabbing a delicious lunch easy! We’re a contemporary, urban eatery serving unique twists on old favorites.
Chicken and waffles, pressed Cubans, house-made chips, and decadent cheesecakes are just a few of Inside the Box’s dishes that make our menu as delicious as it is diverse.
Food with a side of HOPE!
In addition to serving contemporary Americana and inventive original dishes, we also serve a much higher calling by providing vocational training opportunities for men and women transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Inside the Box is the social enterprise of Metropolitan Ministries, a local Tampa Bay facility for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. By offering a residential program to clients at Metropolitan Ministries, those that had little hope before now have an opportunity to train and work in Inside the Box’s Culinary Arts Program.
The Culinary Arts Program (CAP) produces qualified employees who are prepared for work in the hospitality industry. Upon graduation, each trainee has gained the ability necessary not only to find a job, but to keep it! In the process, the students gain skills and work ethics that encourage them to lead a life of self-sufficiency. To find out more about us, click here.