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Jun 17, 2012 02:12 PM

Really good take out food in Charleston and/or Mt. Pleasant

We are planning a large dinner (around 20-25 people) in Charleston. Rather than hiring a caterer, we'd like to just pick up large quantities of take out food in Charleston and let people serve themselves. Where this may get complicated is that my family is mostly vegetarian (Middle Eastern or Indian food would be ideal) while my wife's family is more accustom to, um, how can I say this politely, less adventurous food (so southern, BBQ, or 'low country food" would work). Does anyone have any recommendations for any good restaurants that would fit these descriptions, and be able to handle a large take out order (for 20+ people)? We could also order have half "ethnic veggie" and half "southern food" to accommodate everyone. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Any good place can do vegetarian. Does it have to be Indian or Med? If not, call the Glass Onion in W. Ashley, Mustard Seed in Mt. P, or The grocery in Charleston and see what they can work out for you.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      The Mustard Seed looks like the best option, but their catering menu is super-limited. This could work if they would make a large take-out order off their normal menu.

      1. re: coatiben

        Did you call them? The guy who owns it (and the other places) is really nice. I really encourage you to speak directly to the owners and find out your options.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          OK, sounds like a good plan. Thanks for the tip!

    2. How can I say this....sounds like her family has great food taste. ;)

      Not sure why not just go are in Charleston... with a mostly veggie lean? Tomato pies are lovely this time a year and could be picked up at the farmers market or Dixie Supply. or you could do pickup instead of catering (they do both) from someone like they have quite a few veggie offerings like fried green tomatos with pimento chesse toppings, tomato tarts, deviled eggs, etc
      Cavair and Bananas also does "gourmet to go" with lovely choices...
      succatash,kale salad, sweet poato biscuits, cheese straws, bene wafers,etc....sounds great!

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      1. re: LaLa

        Caviar and Bananas is actually catering our wedding the following day..... We already discussed getting some of their "gourmet to go" options (which I think are quite good). We were hoping to gather some intel on places that may be known to locals, but hard for an outsider to find.

        1. re: LaLa

          good point. TRUE southern from not too many years ago was very vegetable-centric. It took me a while to realize it, but when I go to my Mom's house on the spur of the moment (not a holiday), the fare is 90% vegetables and just a little meat. It's often an afterthought. Same way at my Grandmother's house when I was a kid. 8 kinds of veggies, biscuits or cornbread, and a bite of country ham, or a scoop of chicken salad, or a small pork chop, etc.

          1. re: danna

            Absolutely Danna! This is the way we eat a good portion of the time esp in the summer with all the garden goodies.

            1. re: LaLa

              Same here. Now I want to go to Mom's. Or danna's Mom's.

            2. re: danna

              Not to nit-pick, because you are correct in your basic point, but most of those southern veggies were (and more importantly to the OP, still are) seasoned with meat, thus making them unsuitable for today's vegetarian. Our grandparents wouldn't have understood the modern concept of vegetarianism.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                You're right. But I guess the point is, it can be southern and vegetarian at the same time. And any of the good Charleston restaurants (and some of the lesser known ones, like Sal's places) have excellent ingredients available and will work hard to make the OP happy.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  "it can be southern and vegetarian at the same time"

                  Oh definitely! I just didn't want the OP to be misled in any way. It would not be good if his vegetarian family discovered that ham hock in the collards pot after they'd had thirds. ;-)

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    I know! That's why I recommended the OP call and discuss his needs with the providers, not us. There's a good Indian restaurant in W. Ashley, but I don't think it has to be Indian to be veg.

                    Charleston is interesting because most chefs/cooks will go out of his/her way to accommodate guests. I think many people don't realize that kind of service exists. I'm sure people do it in other places too.

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      So what is the name of the good Indian place in West Ashley? We could do some southern/veggie, but I'd prefer to mix it up a bit too.