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Vegan and vegetarian eats in Charleston

Dig into delicious and nutritious vegan and vegetarian fare in every corner of Charleston.

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Eating meat-free hasn’t always been easy, but in Charleston, it’s a piece of (vegan) cake.

Our local food scene is as vibrant as ever, so it’s no surprise there are a slew of local chefs serving up fresh, vegetarian bites across town. From vegetarian chicken to scrumptious vegan tacos, here are 30 restaurants serving up meat-free fare in Charleston.

🍊 The brunch bunch

Alcove Market, 320 Broad St. | Stop in for a few different vegan or veggie options — you can add tofu to any lunch item for $3.

Brown Dog Deli, 225 Calhoun St. | At Brown Dog’s Calhoun Street location, grab a vegan breakfast sammie with vegan scrambled eggs, vegan sausage, vegan cheese, and avocado on a homemade “buttermilk-ish” biscuit.

Butcher & Bee, 1085 Morrison Dr. | Though the menu changes often, Butcher & Bee generally has a few items that can be easily veganized.

Harbinger Cafe, 1107 King St. | Pick up a vegan dessert at the bakery after enjoying one of the many vegetarian and vegan menu items at the cafe. Try this: Grasshopper toast with avocado, seeds, Tahini, Sriracha, garlic cashews, and micro greens.

Huriyali, Multiple locations | This spot offers multiple açaí bowl variations, savory brunch items, and smoothies.

Three Little Birds, 65 Windermere Blvd. | Vegans will love the lunch menu featuring items like the BBQ Tempeh Melt and Birdhouse Burrito, but there are plenty of vegetarian options on the breakfast menu as well.

🍔 For the vegan carnivore

Brown Dog Deli, Multiple locations | This spot’s Broad Street location has a special vegetarian menu featuring non-meat options like an Impossible burger, fried non-chicken, and a chili cheese veggie dog. The Calhoun Street location serves up a vegan breakfast biscuit sammie.

The Junction Kitchen, 4438 Spruill Ave. | The Junction serves up its own vegan bacon, along with various vegetarian dishes (many of which can be made vegan upon request). Try this: Veg BELT with Shitake bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, and sourdough (can be made vegan).

🧁 Delicious desserts

Annie O Love’s Cafe of Sweet Abundance, 1901 Ashley River Rd., Ste. 9 | This fully vegan and gluten-free spot serves up delicacies like cheesecake and cookies, in addition to food items like nachos, waffles, and sandwiches.

BKeDSHoP, Multiple locations | Choose from six different vegan donuts and pastries while checking out the plants for sale in-shop. Try this: Vegan apple fritter donut.

Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, 481 King St. | This local spot always offers one vegan flavor that often changes.

Off Track Ice Cream, 6 Beaufain St. | Scratch-made vegan ice cream? Say no more. Try a variety of vegan flavors like chocolate PB fudge and strawberry cheesecake swirl.

Bowl with quinoa, chickpeas, kale, sweet potato, avocado, and a green dressing.

Basic Kitchen’s vegan options are anything but basic.

Photo via @basic_kitchen

🌮 Food trucks

Bangin’ Vegan Eats, Multiple locations | Track this 100% vegan food truck on Street Food Finder to try its mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, crunchwraps, and loaded fries.

Platia, 720 Magnolia Rd. | This Greek food truck with several vegetarian-friendly options is often at its home base on Magnolia Street, but you can keep track of other spots it may visit via Street Food Finder.

Vined | Formerly a restaurant, Vined is currently transitioning to a food truck. The kitchen serves up vegan items like “chicken” and waffles, burgers, and nachos.

🍕 Casual eating

Ali Baba, 186 Seven Farms Dr., Ste. 500 | Check out some of the various falafel and veggie options at this Mediterranean deli and cafe.

Annie O Love’s Cafe of Sweet Abundance, 1901 Ashley River Rd., Ste. 9 | This fully vegan and gluten-free spot serves up sweets in addition to savory food items like nachos, waffles, and sandwiches.

Basic Kitchen, 82 Wentworth St. | This restaurant offers vegan and vegetarian brunch, lunch, and dinner options, from vegan caesar salad to veggie hash. Try this: Cauli wings with buffalo sauce and vegan ranch.

Bon Banh Mi, Multiple locations | Add the five spiced tofu to a sandwhich, taco, salad, or bowl — just ask for vegan mayo or no sriracha-lime cream, if you’re vegan.

Caviar & Bananas, Multiple locations | Build your own salad or sandwich with options like Asian fried tofu and balsamic roasted veggies.

Dell’z, 1617 Ashley River Rd. | Head to this small spot perfect for lunch to grab vegan and vegetarian wraps, salads, and pizzas.

El Pincho Taco, 616-B Meeting St. | Choose from four different vegetarian/vegan options, like grilled mushroom or soy chorizo tacos.

Five Loaves Cafe, Multiple locations | Try the vegan citrus tofu sandwich or vegetarian Portobello goat cheese burger at this local spot.

Jack of Cups Saloon, 34 Center St. | This Folly Beach restaurant serves up comfort food for vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike. Try this: Pad Thai burger with an Impossible patty.

Kid Cashew, 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. | With a separate fully-vegan menu featuring items like a wood-fired Portobello gyro, this makes for a great spot to bring along any non-vegan friends.

Ladles, Multiple locations | Choose from a number of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free soups and sandwiches.

The Gathering Cafe, 100 Central Ave., Summerville | This spot’s many well-labeled vegetarian and vegan options include salads, hearty bowls, soups, and wraps.

Verde, Multiple locations | Try vegan menu items like The Bowled Buddha or the Unbeanlievable Burger at this salad and bowl spot.

Xiao Bao Biscuit, 224 Rutledge Ave. | This restaurant housed in a former gas station offers up a vegan Mapo Tofu dish, in addition to a few other vegetarian options.

A slice of pizza on a plate in front of full pizza.

Neon Tiger is known for its 100% vegan menu — including this drool-worthy pizza.

Photo via @neon_tiger_

🍸 Date night

CO Restaurant, 340 King St. | Check out the separate vegan menu at this Vietnamese restaurant for delicious items that are 100% animal-free — the spot also has a delicious cocktail menu.

Neon Tiger, 654 King St. | If you’re looking for a dimly-lit date night spot with a fully vegan menu, Neon Tiger is your place. Try this: Butternut squash mac and cheese.

Sorghum & Salt, 186 Coming St. | A number of menu items at this locally-sourced restaurant can be made vegan, if not already. Keep in mind that the menu changes seasonally.

🍽️ Chef it up at home

Check out our favorite tips and tricks for serving veggie-focused fare from your own kitchen:

  • To make zucchini, carrot, or beet noodles, try a veggie spiralizer that magically turns vegetables into noodles.
  • Tired of wasting money on spices you use once? Broth Bomb combines all the spices you need for a flavorful meal.
  • Harness the power of fresh and high-quality spices from James Beard Award-winning chef Meherwan Irani.
  • A tofu press draws out water and can help tofu firm and crisp up once you cook it — the one linked here is dishwasher safe + works in twenty minutes.
  • If your least favorite part about veggie prep is chopping, this all-in-one vegetable chopper can minimize prep time.
  • Use a sprouting jar kit to grow microgreens and sprouted beans at home.
  • If you’re making fresh bread, this Sourhouse starter jar was designed to be the easiest-to-clean sourdough starter jar in the world.
  • For the ultimate veggie food prep, this glass storage container set keeps lunches and leftovers organized.

Need some good recipes? Browse cookbooks “Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals” for veggie spiral recipes, “The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100” for plant-based ideas, or “The Complete Plant-Based Cookbook” from America’s Test Kitchen

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