The Squeaky Bean originally started as a tiny little spot in LoHi, growing most of the restaurant’s greens in raised beds on nearby lots. When they expanded to their much larger space downtown, the farm grew too, and it now occupies three acres (including two year-round greenhouses) at Warren Tech High School, where the farmers and co-owners run an educational program for students. While we’re always excited to support a social enterprise, the real reason to come to Squeaky Bean is for the food, which is some of the city’s most ambitious: The menu includes a steak tartare with quail eggs and pickled horseradish, an excellent chicken liver mousse, Maine lobster with cauliflower and grapefruit, and miso-marinated eggplant and squash with tomato jam. If you’re there for lunch (it’s very conveniently located for business meetings), be sure to order the burger, which is arguably the city’s best.

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