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Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Guide to Charleston

Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten-Free Guide to Charleston

Charleston’s award-winning culinary scene offers something for everyone, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foodies (and we aren’t just talking about sad salads)! Scroll on to discover our go-to spots that offer inventive, flavorful dishes that make us, and our taste buds, excited to return again and again… and again and again and… you get the picture.

Hungry for more? Check out more of our foodie round ups here.

Design your own salad or sandwich at this gourmet market & café. From soy roasted tofu to red & black quinoa, Caviar & Bananas offers numerous options to fuel up with plant powered protein.

Butcher & Bee partners with local farms to bring fresh, handpicked flavors to every dish. The Anson Mills Rice Bowl, complete with seasonal veggies, a soft boiled egg and almond butter, is a vegetarian favorite!

Step into the tropical-inspired oasis that is Basic Kitchen and enjoy local produce, whole grains and legumes, a rainbow of spices and vinegars and endless vegan options. Insider tip: There's nothing basic about the flavors in the delicious Basic Bowl!

Stella's brings the freshest ingredients and Mediterranean fare straight to the table. Our go-to vegan order is the Stella's Garden Sandwich, sans feta. Your taste buds will be thanking us.

Pop into Taziki's for a casual bite. From the classic Greek Salad to the Dolmades to the Grilled Veggie Gyro, there are numerous options for vegetarians.

One of our favorite healthy eats that always feels like a treat is acai! Our go-to spot for this summer staple is Beech, which also serves up yummy made-to-order poké bowls.

This neighborhood marketplace, offering fresh foods, beverages and goods sourced from their favorite farmers and artisans in the Charleston area, is loved by locals and visitors alike. We can't even begin to choose a favorite dish, but we can suggest starting from the top of the menu and making it all. the. way. through.

Five Loaves goes to great lengths to create a healthy and responsible menu for their customers. From their Black Bean Burger to their famous Caesar Salad featuring warm three cheese tortellini, they offer something for everyone.

The Park Cafe sources ingredients from local Charleston purveyors, so the garden-fresh food speaks for itself! Pop in for breakfast or lunch and enjoy their mouth-watering Avocado Toast, Grain Bowl or Veggie Sandwich.

Go green at Verde, where the options are literally endless. You can choose a signature salad, create your own, or turn any salad into a wrap!

Olé! Minero's gluten-free menu is cause to celebrate, wouldn't you say? We know where we're spending #TacoTuesday... and #MargaritaMonday (can we make that a thing?).

Gluten-free options are clearly marked on Tavern & Table's vast menu, including their Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Seafood Tower, Smoked Chicken Wings, Crab Cakes, Sweet Potato Home Fries and more.

Cantina 76 makes it easy for gluten-free diners with menus marked with plenty of gluten-free options! Now the only hard decision you'll have to make is salsa or guac. We vote both.

Mellow Mushroom offers a gluten-free menu featuring specialty pizzas prepared with a vegan, ancient grain, gluten-free pizza crust, and plenty of gluten-free topping options.

In the mood for finger lickin' good BBQ? The answer to that question is always "yes" for us. Just ask your server for their gluten-free menu and dig in!

Mercantile & Mash offers gluten-free bread so you'll have no hesitation diving in to their mouthwatering House Made City Ham breakfast sandwich.

Go green at Verde, where the options are literally endless. You can choose a signature salad, create your own, or turn any salad into a wrap!

Enjoy re-invented Lowcountry cuisine at this tried and true Charleston staple, which offers a full gluten-free menu.

Five Loaves offers numerous gluten-free options, from their comforting made from scratch soup to their Carolina Grain Salad to their Chilled Smoked Salmon.

Rodney Scott is an acclaimed pitmaster and 2018 James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Chef Southeast, so it’s safe to say this BBQ hot spot is a must. Every item on the menu is gluten-free aside from four exceptions: the mac & cheese, hushpuppies, cornbread and breaded catfish.

All of Lewis Barbecue's sauces are gluten-free, so prepare to taste test your way through some of the best BBQ in the South! Just let your server know you are gluten-free and they will be happy to share all of your gluten-free side options.

Not only does O-Ku offer gluten-free sushi rolls, but also a gluten-free soy sauce.

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