Do-Goodie Foodies

By Kathryn Robinson November 18, 2009 Published in the December 2009 issue of Seattle Met


WHEN IS IT selfless to go out to eat? When the restaurant is renowned for giving back. ’Tis the season, diners!


Is it a restaurant? Is it a career-training facility for homeless adults? It’s all that—plus a terrific blackened salmon sandwich at lunchtime. Thursdays local chef-celebs donate time to cook with trainees. A Seattle treasure. 700 Virginia St, Downtown, 206-267-7601; farestart.org

Fuel Coffee Seattle

To commemorate a friend taken by breast cancer, owner Dani Cone started Fuel the Cure, donating 10 percent of October profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The rest of the year, she donates coffee and pies to all kinds of nonprofits. 610 19th Ave E, Capitol Hill, 206-329-4700. 2300 24th Ave E, Montlake, 206-328-0700. 1705 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-634-2700; fuelcoffeeseattle.com


On Thanksgiving Bellevue Seastar lays out the whole holiday spread for 500 needy Eastsiders. That plus events like the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock-Up have generated over $2 million for charity. 205 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-456-0010; seastarrestaurant.com

St. Clouds

What started in 2001 as dinner for a single Tent City evolved into the Homeless Cooking Project, serving over 200 people at five shelters once a month. Chef John Platt makes “stone soup” from whatever ingredients volunteers bring with them. 1131 34th Ave, Madrona, 206-726-1522; stclouds.com

Third Floor Fish Café

For its 15th birthday, 15 percent of gross Sunday sales will benefit 15 Eastside nonprofits for 15 straight months, ending one year from now. 205 Lake St S, Kirkland, 425-822-3553; fishcafe.com

Find more dining recommendations on our Eat and Drink page.

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