700 Virginia Street
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. Amazon recently donated 25,000 square feet of space for five new FareStart eateries, so expect more options soon. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online.