700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Photo courtesy of FareStart
FareStartThis terrific nonprofit trains and employs people who have struggled with poverty, addiction, and incarceration. Topping out with four stars on Charity Navigator, FareStart opens its flagship restaurant downtown for weekday lunches and Guest Chef Night dinners on Thursdays. The menu shifts seasonally, spotlighting flavors like five-spice duck cannelloni with panang curry and stinging nettles. But it also maintains a steady heartbeat of classic dishes like grilled salmon, rosemary turkey, and vegetable polenta topped with marinara sauce and a sunny-side-up egg. Thanks in part to Amazon donations, Farestart has expanded into four other locations: Maslow's, Rise, Café @ 2100 and the Café @ PacTower. Reservations are highly recommended at the main restaurant and can be made online.