The Café

At the Life’s Kitchen Cafe, your meal is prepared and served by a 16-20 year old committed to transforming his/her life through food. Enjoy delicious entrees and know that you are contributing to a trainee’s success.

Life’s Kitchen Café

Life’s Kitchen serves up a delicious breakfast and lunch every Tuesday through Friday. BREAKFAST 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, LUNCH 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Enjoying a meal in the cafe is one of the best ways to contribute directly to the program because you’re providing trainees with valuable customer service experience as they take your order and serve your food, as well as hands-on experience in the kitchen, as they prepare your meal. Our cafe seats forty-four and is available for private breakfast and lunch meetings or special events.

Lunch is served at Life’s Kitchen at 1025 Capitol Blvd. (one block south of the river) on 9th Street.

Parking is limited. Call-in orders are welcome at (208) 331-0199

Life’s Kitchen has provided more than 260,000 hours of training to hundreds of at-risk young adults here, and produced nearly 1 million meals to feed tens of thousands of community members in need.

Lunch Menu

The Café is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM. Call ahead or dine in. Reservations are recommended for large groups. 

 House Salad – $8

Mixed greens, shredded cheddar cheese, pickled red onion, croutons, roasted cherry tomato, and sliced cucumber. Accompanied by your choice of dressing (Honey Apple Vinaigrette, Ranch, Blue Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Oil & Vinegar) Add grilled chicken $3

Roasted Caprese Salad – $10

Tomato stuffed with fresh mozzarella and basil, then roasted. Served on a bed of Arcadian blended lettuce, lightly tossed in oil, drizzled with balsamic reductions. 

Soup and Salad Combo $7

Half size house salad with a cup of our soup of the day.

Pollo (Chicken) Asado Street Tacos – $10

Shredded Chicken, shredded cabbage, Pico de Gallo, and chimichurri sauce in 3 mini taco shells. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. 

The Basic Burger – $9

Lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayonnaise on a toasted bun. Served with house cut french fries. Substitute a side salad or cup of soup for $1. Add cheddar cheese for $1. Add Bacon for $1

LK Burger – $10

Ask your server about the featured burger of the week created by one of our Trainees! Served with house cut french fries. Substitute a side salad or cup of soup for $1.

Habanero Jam Chicken Sandwich – $9.50

Marinated chicken breast with lettuce, onion, black pepper aioli, and house-made habanero tomato jam on Focaccia bread. Served with house cut french fries. Substitute a side salad or cup of soup for $1.

Roast Beef on Focaccia Bread – $10

Sliced roast beef with tomatoes and a cashew horseradish coleslaw on focaccia bread. Served with house cut french fries. Substitute a side salad or cup of soup for $1. 

Mediterranean Flatbread – $10

House-made herb Flatbread with sundried tomato pesto, topped with marinated chicken, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and Queen olives. Served with house cut french fries. Substitute a side salad or cup of soup for $1.                                            


Plate o’ Fries – $4        Side House Salad – $4              Cup 0′ Soup – $4


Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Coffee, Iced Tea, Assorted Hot Teas


**BSU student/faculty discount– 30% off entrée

Grab and Go Breakfast served Tuesday-Friday 7:30 am to 9 am at Life’s Kitchen cafe’. Call ahead or dine in.

Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich – $4

Add Sausage – $1

Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burrito – $5

Add Sausage – $1

Oatmeal Cup – $3

2 Eggs Breakfast – $7

Served with homefries. Add sausage or bacon $1

Omelette – $7

Served with homefries. Add sausage or bacon $1. *Omelette toppings choice include tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and artichoke hearts. 

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If you would like a detailed map for parking at Life’s Kitchen, you can find it HERE.  The best parking is located on the north side of building. Please DO NOT park in the Boise State parking lot just north of our facility without proper BSU parking credentials.


Don’t just take our word for it, read what our Cafe “lunchers” have to say!

“Having a meeting at Life’s Kitchen on a weekly basis means I get to enjoy amazing food. And knowing that it’s always going to be something new and innovative each week is such a treat! The great atmosphere, delicious cuisine and friendly staff make me look forward to lunch at Life’s Kitchen each week. And the great part is, I get to contribute to this much-needed program just by being a regular customer.”

Jillian Fra, Owner: On the Run Errand Service

“I just wanted to thank you and your students for preparing the best lunch ever–and for such a reasonable price. Everyone raved about how yummy it tasted. You have a great program and we are soooo glad we’ve found you. We will be in touch again for some of our meetings. You should all be proud of what you do every day! Thanks–from a very satisfied customer.

Sydney Warner, Better Business Bureau

“No offense to the ‘real restaurants,’ but everything I sampled tasted like it came from Berryhill, Villano’s or Bardenay.”

Dan, Thrive Magazine

“Wow! I came here for a quick deli-style lunch and was treated to a mini gourmet meal. What an excellent and quick bite to eat!”

Janis Montgomery, Salt Lake City

“I love bringing clients here. We’re supporting a great cause, enjoying an above-standard lunch and it’s a great place to eat.”

Scott Isaacs, Boise