Best of Boston

2020 Best Dinner with a Mission

Dine Out and Give Back

It’s the perfect equation: Good food plus a great cause means everybody wins.

The Place: Pammy’s
The Order: Chef Chris Willis’s artisanal breads (rustic Pugliese, please!), available for $20 a loaf.
The Cause: Half the bread-loaf proceeds benefit a weekly-changing charity supporting BIPOC communities, like the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Place: Trina’s Starlite Lounge
The Order: Chill out during a socially distant summer with the frozen whiskey smash ($12). It gets a hit of crème de cacao alongside the standard lemon and mint.
The Cause: Two bucks per drink—made with booze from a Black-female-run Tennessee distillery named for Nathan “Nearest” Green, an enslaved man who taught Jack Daniels whiskey making in the 1850s—goes to Black Lives Matter Boston.

The Place: The Picnic Grove at Cambridge Crossing
The Order: Take your pick! At this two-month-long al fresco pop-up, chef Will Gilson will preview multiple menu highlights from the Lexington, his restaurant/café/rooftop bar juggernaut that is slated to open in September.
The Cause: A portion of all July and August proceeds goes to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a food-rescue organization marking its 10th year of service.