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

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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  1. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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

          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. 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. 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

              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

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

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  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

                    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

                      Where are the Bahn Mi in Charleston?

                      1. re: chezdy

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

            2. 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

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

                1. re: chezdy

                  No. It is not a vegetarian food mecca.

                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                    especially not this time of year...

                  2. re: chezdy

                    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

                      What type of food are you looking for?

                      1. re: carolinadawg

                        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

                          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

                            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?