When I used to live in Charleston way back in the day, I was a strict vegan. It was rough in the beginning, but then Earth Fare opened up and I was in healthy dining heaven. This time around, my dietary choices included mostly vegan and gluten-free cuisine. I’m happy to report that I was able to eat pretty well in The Holy City.
My favorite restaurant on this trip was Tasty Thai and Sushi located at 350 King Street. Their massaman curry was out of this world. I always ordered it with extra fresh vegetables and it never disappointed. The only downside to dining in Charleston was the price of the food. I felt like I was eating in New York City or something. Dinner prices were regularly $15 per dish and I’m not used to paying those kinds of prices in Oregon. Regardless, the food is worth it and if you go there for lunch you can save a few dollars.
My other favorite restaurant was a very unique little restaurant called Patat Spot Friet and Falafel located at 41B George Street. It’s a European style snack bar that features vegetarian and gluten-free food. In fact, there are dedicated gluten-free fryers in the restaurant so there is no opportunity for cross-contamination. The main dishes are hand cut fries served with an interesting selection of dipping sauces served alongside falafels. The great thing about this is that they offer gluten-free pita pockets to go with their falafels, so you can really enjoy the falafel the way it was meant to be eaten.
Of course, there is a Mellow Mushroom that serves gluten-free pizza crust and vegan Daiya cheese. And, we discovered another franchise–Your Pie–that serves up an awesome gluten-free pizza, made fresh in front of your eyes. Your Pie also features Daiya cheese so vegans are in luck.
Want some vegan soft-serve ice cream? Look no further than Tutti Frutti in Mount Pleasant. Their soy soft serve flavors are marvelously delicious.
There are several other restaurants that cater to vegan and gluten-free diners as well including Hominy Grill, Slightly North of Broad, and Black Bean Co.
And if you plan to do your own cooking, you’ve got four great stores to get your food. Charleston is home to a Whole Foods, Earth Fare, Trader Joe’s, and Publix–all great grocery stores that cater to discerning shoppers.