This is the best idea for a restaurant I have ever heard of. I have been here a couple of times and always encourage my friends to go. I always get the salad.
They tell you that you can pay or not or work in the kitchen to pay for your food. I always pay what I would and throw in an extra few dollars to the organization. So I probably pay more for lunch here than I would anywhere else but it is all worth it.
Plus the best part is that the food is actually really tasty.
Plenty of seating and tables.
There are tons of five star reviews for this place. They are well deserved.
Cafe 180 is definitely a place to go if you want to eat well and feel better. The restaurant operates as a nonprofit organization, so they can afford to take whatever you feel like paying for a HUGE lunch. Or if you have a spare couple hours - you can volunteer your time to cover the bill. Even when offered three choices from soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas I could only choose two without feeling like I was going to roll out of the place.
Shockingly for the concept, but not for the neighborhood, Cafe 180 looks like your normal quickserv bistro lunch spot. The clientele ranges from the straight up homeless with cart to white collar office folk - with us DU students in the middle. The food is very tasty, although the pizza was a bit cold. Then again, because of the concept I am inclined to cut them some slack. The metal cups for drinks was kinda weird - but metal does wash easily, it doesn't break, and is almost infinitely reusable - so again I cut them some slack.
It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you have some time...