SODO Kitchen, Starbucks Headquarters, Seattle

Social responsibility and high-end fare meet at Starbucks café.

Snapshots, Starbucks, SODO Kitchen, GrillNext to the rotisserie there is a soup station, which offers a weekly and daily soup option. Then there is the grill, where Stromire says the team likes to pair grain salads with grill options such as fresh, local fish.

"We usually have three wonderful fresh fish options, which all come with a really nice healthy salad with different flavor profiles," Stromire says. "There is usually a nice garnish on top. Depending on the theme of the week, it could be an Asian garnish, etc."

The station also shakes things up a little with its burger program, choosing not to serve a traditional "have it your way" burger on a daily basis, but to serve themed burgers instead.

"We always have a mini, which is our version of a slider," Stromire says. "It could be a vegetarian mini, a lamb mini, anything. It’s a good opportunity to try something for cheap. We also have a burger that rotates different flavors. We kind of tell you what the theme of the burger is and try and educate you that way. That said, we do offer a traditional burger every few months."

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