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California Restaurants With A Cause

First Posted: 01/07/11 07:04 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Text by Eva Goicochea at Your Daily Thread

The New Year seems to bring out the resolutions in us--we mull over how we're going to make up for holiday sweets and carry over our generous spirit into the coming months. So what if you can be a charitable citizen and healthy epicurean at the same time? Turns out you can at these four CA eateries.

Homegirl Cafe
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Homegirl Cafe
130 W. Bruno St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Homegirl Café, the culinary child of Homeboy Industries, is a restaurant with a mission: to get at-risk women off the streets and into the kitchen to carve out futures in the food service industry. The result is a modern Downtown L.A. spot with a menu of delicious Latin-inspired foods including my favorite, red mole tacos. With the funds going back into programs like cooking classes, organic gardening and baking (hand-in-hand with Homeboy Bakery), Homegirl Café serves up both food and purpose.

Photo via Flickr: gelatobaby
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Looking for inspiring, out-of-the box restaurants somewhere else? Check out these unique places across the country:

- Off the Waffle - Barter services and products for waffles in Eugene, Oregon.

- Same Café - Donate time or money for your meal and feed others in Denver, CO.

- One World - Pay what you can or volunteer for a homegrown meal in Spokane, WA.

- A Better World Café - Volunteer or pay what you can in exchange for sustainable fare in Highland Park, NJ.

- The Comfort Café - Volunteer-run restaurant with a flexible portion/flexible price model in Denver, CO.

- Rogue - Pay more than the menu price and the rest goes to charity in this "kitchen & wetbar" in Vancouver, BC.

- peaceNcarrots - Wholesome food at a pay what you can price in Boulder, CO.

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