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Where is the best breakfast and ethnic/vegetarian food in Charleston SC?

chezdy Mar 11, 2013 05:53 PM

Please help us 'hounds find the goods in Charleston! We'll be there this upcoming weekend and are both pure veg (not vegan tho) we'd love to know your rec's for:

1.Best Asian (Thai,Vietnamese,Korean)
2.Best breakfast
3.Best Pizza
4.Best place for gluten free peeps.
5.Best Mexican
6.Best desserts
7.Best general vegetarian

Thank you so much friends!

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    chezdy Mar 18, 2013 03:15 PM

    Thank you everyone - We have to say that as much as we enjoyed our visit, Charleston is NOT the (vegetarian) food mecca we'd hoped it might be. Granted we DO live in Asheville....

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    1. re: chezdy
      LaLa Mar 19, 2013 08:39 AM

      Where did you eat? What did you have trouble finding?

      1. re: chezdy
        Sue in Mt P Mar 19, 2013 03:27 PM

        No. It is not a vegetarian food mecca.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P
          danna Mar 20, 2013 06:13 AM

          especially not this time of year...

          1. re: danna
            Sue in Mt P Mar 20, 2013 06:02 PM

            Big duh.

        2. re: chezdy
          keysdax Apr 30, 2013 07:53 AM

          Would really appreciate it if you could give a rundown of the places you tried, as I'm just starting to gather ideas for a June visit.

          1. re: keysdax
            carolinadawg Apr 30, 2013 08:00 AM

            What type of food are you looking for?

            1. re: carolinadawg
              keysdax Apr 30, 2013 09:31 AM

              Mainly #7 (general vegetarian) on Chezdy's list, the veggie plates recommended up thread sound great but are SNOB/McCrady's reservation required restaurants? Always looking for good cocktail/beer/bar snack places as well. Thanks for your help!

              1. re: keysdax
                carolinadawg Apr 30, 2013 10:05 AM

                Definitely yes on reservations. And in case you aren't aware, many vegetables in the south have "hidden" meat in them...you might want to specify that you are eating vegetarian.

                Here is a previous post that has some tips on cocktail spots:


                1. re: carolinadawg
                  keysdax May 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                  Thanks so much for that super helpful link! Seems cocktails are big, do you happen to know if there are any places that brew their own beer?

                  1. re: keysdax
                    carolinadawg May 8, 2013 11:33 AM

                    The very knowledgable brentk recommends Coast, Westbrook and Holy City:



        3. LaLa Mar 12, 2013 05:14 PM

          Sweet potato pancakes at Eli's ..yum!
          Or something from caviar and bananas
          Or evn better the Saturday farmers market!!!plenty of choices
          Gaulart & Maliclet aka Fast & French has tons of delicious vegetarian options....as does butcher and bee
          I agree that any of the nicer places will accommodate requests without hesitation.

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          1. re: LaLa
            danna Mar 13, 2013 05:17 AM

            Oh, good point! For lunch, I would make a bee line to Butcher and Bee (sorry). Tons of veggie possibilities. My friend said the "pulled squash" was great.

            1. re: danna
              Sue in Mt P Mar 13, 2013 08:17 AM

              danna, I think you'll love B&B. We went for a pop up Vietnamese dinner once-fabulous.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P
                danna Mar 13, 2013 10:46 AM

                oh, yeah...i DO love B&B. I just meant my friend liked the pulled squash, which I haven't tasted. I just wish it were opened for dinner more often. I bet the pop up was great! I'm a Bahn Mi addict these days....although unfortunately one was my last meal before I got the stomach virus that approximately 50% of Greenville has had. I think that's gonna make me avoid them for a little while...just the memory...

                1. re: danna
                  Sue in Mt P Mar 13, 2013 01:11 PM

                  Oh no. So sorry.

                  If you're ever up this way, I gotcher Bahn Mi. My mama resettled refugees back in the 80s and 90s, so I know all the important Bahn Mi makers. It helps, lol.

                  1. re: Sue in Mt P
                    chezdy Mar 13, 2013 01:51 PM

                    Where are the Bahn Mi in Charleston?

                    1. re: chezdy
                      BetsyinKY Mar 13, 2013 05:48 PM

                      I love the Banh Mi from AutoBanh food truck. Their "Low and Slow" Pork Banh Mi is fantastic.

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            six dower Mar 12, 2013 01:09 PM

            Veg breakfast/lunch - Caviar and Bananas, Xiao Bisciut, Five Loaves, Verde

            Sunday Brunch - Hall's. The desserts are great too. Carmel Cake is amazing

            Vegetarian - MacIntosh veg plate, SNOB veg plate

            Pizza - Monza, EVO

            Desserts - *McCrady's - order all of them. The pastry chef is getting global attention. Out of the box, not typical desserts
            *Cristophe for good sweet treats
            *Glazed - good donuts

            1. Sue in Mt P Mar 12, 2013 08:30 AM

              1. Basil-either location. Charleston is not known for great ethnic food.

              2. Sea Biscuit. Saffron's is ok.

              3. EVO, as mentioned.

              4. Santi's. See #1.

              5. Page's Okra Grill has great desserts in addition to the previous recs.

              6. You can get vegetarian in any of the nicer places. Just ask the wait staff what s/he can do fo you.

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              1. re: Sue in Mt P
                JayL Mar 18, 2013 08:45 PM

                Charleston has some pretty decent ethnic food (on a small scale) if you venture out a bit.

                Basil is ok, but we would prefer Taste of Thai given the choice. Either way, it's a close call.

                Santi's totally sucks in our opinion. La Nortena in North Charleston is the absolute best Mexican we've had in Charleston. It's the best Mex I've ever had and my wife says it's the best she's had since her last visit to San Diego.

                For pizza we have not found any that can stand up to Mia Pomodori. GREAT!!!

                Dessert go to Kaminsky's, but be prepared to wait. Someone here said Hank's Seafood was worth a trip just for dessert.

                Best Chinese is Riso Noodle House on Sam Rittenburg. They have the regular Chinese items you see everywhere, but they also have a separate "Authentic Chinese" menu...and a sit down dining room! LoL It's our favorite place to go spend $25 for two people and be able to take enough leftovers home for another meal for two.

              2. danna Mar 12, 2013 05:22 AM

                I can only help with 3. EVO (fancy pizza) and Andolini's (traditional pizza)
                6. McCrady's (fancy pastry chef desserts) or Haagen Dazs or Cupcake
                7. My veg friend loves FIG and McCrady's. Neither are vegetarian restaruants, they are high-end places that do great things w/ vegetables.

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                  mollybelle Mar 11, 2013 08:16 PM

                  This is tough, not usually the questions we get.I'll just speak about what I know.

                  As for pizza, don't miss EVO up around Park Circle.

                  For breakfast I like Sea Bisquit on IOP and the Marina Variety Store, at,well the city marina.

                  My vegan daughter loves Mama Kims (korean),Five loaves Cafe and the Daly Dose that I hear is now closed.

                  I have to ask.Are gluten free peeps some version of those pastel colored marshmellow chicks that are sold everywhere around Easter,probably not!

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