My Review of 2nd Helpings in Roanoke
The Roanoke Rescue Mission is one of the most successful and respected organizations in the Roanoke Valley. They are the first name that comes to mind when people talk about charitable groups that support the community and provide for the needy.
From a ministry standpoint, they serve as the blueprint for how to effectively use funds to make the greatest impact on people. Another great example of their stewardship and business sense is the decision to open a restaurant - 2nd Helpings Cafe.
2nd Helpings serves breakfast and lunch. I haven't been for breakfast but they appear to offer standard fare: bagels, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, toast, etc. However, they do have a large variety of bagels, which are also used for their lunch sandwiches. They have a number of different sandwiches and serve Boar's Head meats and cheeses. I had the Fourth Street Chicken (grilled chicken, bacon, swiss, romaine, & mango chutney) on an everything bagel and really liked it. The portion was VERY generous and the mango chutney really added a nice sweetness to the meat and cheese. The sandwich also came with a side of bagel chips. Nicole had a salad that she really loved and I've also heard very good things about the soups.
To make the meal even better, it's hard to beat the value. For a huge sandwich with a side of bagel chips, it cost $6. All the sandwiches are $6, salads $7, soups $3, and a variety of other things. And 100% of the restaurant's profits go toward the goal of the Rescue Mission: to provide shelter, food, and clothing for the homeless. A great place to eat for a great cause. 2nd Helpings is truly unique and shows why the Roanoke Rescue Mission continues to deserve the support of our community.
2nd Helpings Cafe
1502 Williamson Road NE, Roanoke, VA 24012