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12 Essential Gluten-Free Eats in Charleston


Eating without wheat, barley, rye, and other gluten-containing ingredients doesn’t have to be so difficult in the Lowcountry. With the riches of restaurants around, there are plenty of eateries catering to those going without. Though, many establishments that don’t identify as gluten-free are happy to amend dishes for allergies and dietary restrictions. Places like FIG, The Macintosh, Charleston Grill, Cannon Green, and many others are happy to help guide your menu choices and omit gluten-containing items if ask your server before ordering.

This list singles out a few places with multiple options for those going without gluten and many with a separate menu. If you are celiac, be sure to double check with your server before ordering, so the kitchen knows to not cross-contaminate any dishes.

Note: Not listed by rank

1 Edmund’s Oast

Edmund’s Oast can sub in gluten-free bread for the burger bun, shrimp toast, ricotta toast, cheese plate, or charcuterie plate. And don’t let all the beers on the wall distract you, choose from the restaurant’s extensive wine and cocktail list instead.

1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145

2 Lewis Barbecue

Lewis Barbecue is all about meat, so there’s not much worry there. But can you eat the sides? The potato salad, slaw, and beans are all free of gluten.

464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403

3 Gnome Cafe

Gnome Cafe not only caters to vegans and vegetarians, but those avoiding gluten as well. Stop in this bright and cheerful spot to check on the menu full of choices like cinnamon pancakes, a grits bowl, or taco salad — all safe to consume without worry.

109 President St
Charleston, SC 29403

4 Dell’z Uptown

Dell’z Uptown caters to a number of dietary restrictions: vegans, vegetarians, and the gluten-free can find something on the eclectic menu of faux meat nachos, Jazzy Pizzas, and smoothies. For a $1 upcharge, the staff can turn any of the wraps or salads into a meal free of gluten.

511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0352

5 Xiao Bao Biscuit

Ask the folks at Xiao Bao Biscuit to make your prad kra pow without gluten and enjoy a big bowl of minced beef, beans, thai chili and basil over rice with an egg.

224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

6 Brown’s Court Bakery

A bakery isn’t the first place you think of when the words “gluten-free” come to mind, but Brown’s Court can offer you an alternative to normal flour-laden treats. Ask if they have any gluten-free chocolate chip or monster cookies on hand.

199 Saint Philip St
Charleston, SC 29403

7 Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Many of the Jeni’s ice cream sandwiches are made from macarons — which are gluten-free. Ask which flavors you can safely consume and chow down on this summer treat.

501 King St Ste A
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 212-5113

8 Mercantile And Mash

Stop by Mercantile for breakfast and the staff can offer you a ham, egg, and cheese sandwich on gluten-free bread. Be sure to order one of the delicious coffee drinks as well.

701 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2636

9 Macaroon Boutique

Did you know macarons are made of almond flour? That means you can indulge at Macaroon Boutique on pistachio, chocolate, and other macaron fascinations. They do make bread products in-house though, so if you have severe allergies, ask about production.

334 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5441

10 CO

Asian-influenced Co carries a separate gluten-free menu on request. The restaurant stocks rice noodles and plenty of rice-based dishes to fill needs for Korean, Thai, or Vietnamese flavors.

340 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 720-3631

11 Minero

Lowcountry-meets-Mexican restaurant Minero keeps a gluten-free menu on hand. Ask the server for recommendations on which taco will best fit your dietary restrictions.

155 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241

12 The Obstinate Daughter

Italian eatery at the beach Obstinate Daughter can make any of their pastas with a gluten-free penne if you ask. Short rib ragu with horseradish gremolata on penne sounds divine.

2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020


Source: Charleston Eater

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