Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its Southern charm, historic architecture, ghost tours, gorgeous beaches, and warm weather. Chucktown’s scenery makes it clear why Travel + Leisure magazine named it the World’s Best City in 2016.
It also has a fast-growing vegan community. If you’re planning to pay a visit soon, get ready to eat. Here’s a list of some of our favorite vegan-friendly joints in The Holy City:
Similar to Chipotle (which also has multiple locations in Charleston), Barberitos offers tofu as a protein in all its tacos, bowls, and burritos. And it makes things even easier by having a vegan burrito on the menu. P.S. The guac is delish.
All of this Thai restaurant’s tasty curries are vegan if you order them with tofu—so keep calm and curry on. Many of its other dishes can easily be made vegan—for example, you can ask that the spring rolls be made with tofu instead of shrimp.
Vegan in the City: Travel edition. I'm seriously already dreaming of when I'll be back in #charleston. The food was just incredible. My love for Thai food grows each day and this spicy noodle dish from Basil was perfect. The tofu was crispy, just how I like it. I added the peach martini and was in heaven. #charlestoneats #veganinthecity #vegan
Black Bean Co. offers vegan pancakes, smoothies, wraps, and even vegan cookies at some locations! With multiple locations across the city, it’s the perfect place to stop and refuel your body with yummy plants.
Ask for the vegan menu at CO, and you will not be disappointed.
This hip hidden gem, which is tucked away in downtown Charleston, offers pizzas topped with tempeh, delicious veggies, and vegan cheese.
Dell’z Deli isn’t entirely vegan, but it has a vegan-friendly menu and offers dishes like nachos, vegan chicken cordon bleu, vegan shrimp wraps, acorn squash bowls, and so much more. Pro tip: The vegan Jazzy Pizza is a must.
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A grocery store may not always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about dining out, but this health-food store is different. Earth Fare’s hot and cold bars offer a variety of vegan meats (the mock chicken salad is EVERYTHING), soups, salads, pizzas, pastries, and more.
This entirely vegan café is perfect for breakfast or lunch—or both! The menu is chock-full of vegan versions of traditional Southern dishes like mac and “cheese,” grits bowls, and biscuits with gravy. It also offers a variety of pastries. YUM.
Not only does this place have vegan vegetable soup, banana bread, and various dairy-free cheeses on its menu, it also has “Vegan Fridays,” on which the specials are all vegan.
Many dishes at Lee Lee’s can be made vegan by swapping out meat for tofu.
And the winner is…. the #potatoes! ?? This is the last day you can snag the Kale Whale specials @leeleeschinese, and if nothing else, go for the Manchurian Fingerling #SweetPotatoes with 5 Spiced #Tofu. To. Die. For. ?? Oh but wait, no animals died for this dish so YEY! Even better ? – We hope you enjoyed our collaboration with Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen this week! We look forward to doing more of this in the future, throughout Charleston and beyond! Bringing the plants to the people ??? – #LeeLeesHotPlants #plantpower #whatveganseat #chinesefood #sundayfunday
Ask your server for the vegetarian menu for delicious, authentic Vietnamese options like veggie pho, dumplings, spring rolls, bánh xèo, and bún! *Drooling*
Not only does Mellow Mushroom offer red sauce, olive oil, or barbecue sauce as a base for its pizzas, it also has vegan toppings such as tofu, tempeh, and Daiya cheese.
Although it’s not all vegan, Mex 1 has delicious veggie bowls, tacos, chips, guacamole, and house-made salsas. Try the Shrooms Baja Bowl or the Shroomer Taco (be sure to hold the cheese). Each meal comes with free chips and salsa, which is a win-win.
Vegan pizza options at MOD include a barbecue sauce or garlic rub base (heads up: the red sauce is NOT vegan). You can also get Daiya cheese at no extra charge!
This is an all-vegan donut shop in downtown Charleston. Need we say more? *Heart eyes*
This frozen-yogurt chain offers dairy-free flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and coconut. Top it off with fruit, coconut shreds, almonds, or sandwich cookies for a delicious sweet treat.
This all-vegan, organic café offers a variety of healthy, delicious smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, and more.
Your Pie proudly offers Daiya cheese and tofu to top your pizza—AND it has nondairy sorbets.
This Asian soul-food joint is not one to miss. Here, you can try vegan versions of traditional dishes from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The menu items with an asterisk beside them can be made vegan.