Charleston has a handful of vegan and vegetarian restaurants dedicated to serving all plant-based dishes, like Neon Tiger. But other restaurants cater to meat-eaters and herbivores alike, offering more than just veggie burgers or salads. Some have entire sections dedicated to veggie-forward dishes, while others make vegetables the star of an appetizer or entree.
The next time you’re looking for a place to accommodate the omnivores, vegetarians and vegans in your life, check out these 10 establishments.
82 Wentworth St.
Serving Lunch, Dinner (Mon.-Sat.),
In a city filled with hearty Southern cuisine, sometimes it’s tricky to find a flavorful, light meal. Not the case at Basic Kitchen. Robin Hollis, who took over as Basic Kitchen executive chef in July 2019, has honed in on this mission by creating more wholesome dishes that highlight vegetables from local purveyors. BK’s lunch menu is divided into small plates, bowls, salads, sandwiches and sweets. For dinner selections, it offers big plates like market fish with peach salsa, cilantro, avocado and lime or chicken or cauliflower schnitzel.
267 Rutledge Avenue
Serving dinner (Mon.-Sat.)
Focused on farm-to-table cuisine, Chasing Sage is always a delight because you never quite know what dishes will appear on the menu. The plates rotate regularly, depending on what’s in season and what local purveyors provide. You might indulge in small plates like corn dumplings with bacon and chili oil or blue crab lettuce wraps topped with avocado and watermelon. Plates are organized by price and designed to be shared. Dishes are often veggie-forward, but there are plenty of options for meat eaters. If you’re dining with a large group, opt for the chef’s choice and let the kitchen decide.
106 Grove St.
Serving Lunch (Tues.-Sat.), Dinner (Mon.-Sat.)
Herd Provisions is known for its burgers and cuts of meat like the pan seared pork chops, but it doesn’t mean non-meat eaters won’t enjoy a meal at this establishment. The kitchen at Herd shines with its vegetable-forward dishes and sides, too. The portobello mushrooms, stuffed with artichokes and capers, pack just as much flavor as a slab of grilled meat.
Jack of Cups Saloon
34 Center St.
Serving lunch, dinner (Wed.-Mon.)
Jack of Cups’ menu offerings rotate with the seasons and incorporate unique, unexpected flavor combinations like the ever-popular red curry mac and cheese. Other unusual and delicious offerings on its fall menu include a pumpkin curry soup, caviar lentils and a Hawaiian chocolate Fluffernutter waffle.
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions
4438 Spruill Ave.
One of Park Circle’s most popular brunch spots welcomes vegetarians and vegans alike with plenty of meatless dishes and meat substitutes. The Junction’s shiitake bacon is the perfect replacement in a BLT, a great addition to a breakfast sandwich or simply by itself. Vegan versions of egg dishes are available, and portobello mushrooms take the place of pork in tacos and Mexican hash. The menu also includes more traditional veggie dishes like avocado toast or a wrap stuffed with shiitake bacon, red peppers, cucumbers and more.
Malika Pakistani Chai Canteen
1333 Theater Drive
Serving lunch (Fri.-Sun.) and dinner (Tues.-Sun.)
Malika recently transformed its menu, adding new dishes like the dhamaka burger, made with beef, lamb or Impossible meat. However, the new menu also has a dedicated vegan and vegetarian section. Classic items like samosa chaats and aloo tikki chaat are still on the menu, and remain vegan, too. There’s something for people of all diets at Malika, and each one packs the same delicious Pakistani flavor one comes to expect from Malika.
Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine
298 King St.
Serving dinner (Wed.-Sun.)
Leyla is nestled in the heart of downtown King Street near the College of Charleston. While the Lebanese cuisine offers beef or lamb kebabs and shawarma, entrees like the moussaka eggplant in savory tomato sauce or mujadara lentils and rice garnished with almonds and cabbage salad are highlights on the menu.
Sorghum & Salt
186 Coming Street
Serving dinner (Tues.-Sun.)
Sorghum & Salt may offer dishes like market fish or A5 Wagyu beef, but diners at Sorghum & Salt will discover many vegetable-focused small plates on the regular seasonal menu. Some veggie-focused dishes, like the acorn squash or potato gnocchi, can even be made vegan upon request. But if you’re looking to go all out, the restaurant also offers a vegan tasting menu.
Three Little Birds
65 Windermere Blvd.
Serving breakfast and lunch (daily)
Three Little Birds is a quaint restaurant tucked into the South Windermere Plaza on Folly Road. Its breakfast menu features favorites like benedicts, burritos, omelets and French toast, among other items. Vegetarians will want to dig into sweet potato and black bean benedicts while vegans may gravitate more towards the lunch menu with fresh salads, healthy sandwiches and wraps.
41 Bogard St. (Downtown)
Serving dinner (Thurs.-Mon.), brunch (Sat.-Sun.)
This contemporary American restaurant is inspired by husband-and wife duo Bethany and Dano Heinze’s time in Southern California, offering shared plates, snacks and entrees such as pasta and vegetable-forward dishes like the bucatini and hen-of-the-wood mushrooms. The beverage program focuses on small wine producers and offers low ABV wine-based cocktails and beers. The quaint space seats 40 and is decorated with warm colors, rustic French chairs, antique mirrors and a repurposed window that bridges the kitchen and dining room.
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