Agaves Cantina-885 Island Park Drive,
Daniel Island &
2118 Hwy 41,
This Mexican cantina is a little fancier than your typical Mexican place where you order by number. Their menu includes a vegetarian section with veggie fajitas, tofu tacos al pastor, portabello tacos , and a veggie soup. In addition, they offer an Agaves Bowl that can be made with veggies and a few salads. With all menu items, ask for no cheese or sour cream. Agaves Cantina is owned by the same restaurant group as Azul Mexicano and Los Altos.
864 Island Park Drive,
Beech is a casual restaurant/juice bar on Daniel Island. It features acai bowls, poke bowls and cold-pressed juices. For vegans, sub agave for honey in the acai bowl. For the poke bowls, you can start with tofu or pickled shiitake mushrooms, add a base of rice, zucchini noodles or kale salad and add a variety of toppings. Beech also offers hummus wraps, bagels, avocado toast and smoothies. So many options!
1701 Shoremeade Road,
Blaze Pizza is a chain of build-your-own pizza restaurants. The classic dough is vegan, as are the red sauce and spicy red sauce. For toppings, they have spicy vegan chorizo, vegan cheese, and lots of veggies. And if you are craving something sweet with your pizza, the cinna knots are also vegan. Blaze's website gives detailed ingredient info.
Bon Banh Mi-
1440 Ben Sawyer Boulevard,
Bon Banh Mi Southeast Asian Kitchen offers Red Curry Tofu that you can get in a salad, sandwich (banh mi), taco, or rice bowl. Just ask for vegan mayo and no sriracha-lime cream. They also offer drunken noodles that can be made vegan when ordered without meat.
Note- The following items are NOT vegan: all salad dressings (fish sauce or sour cream), the Cold Noodle Salad (fish sauce and pork) and the Ginger-Lime Slaw (fish sauce).
Chipotle Mexican Grill-
1509 N Hwy 17,
Casual Mexican chain offering many different vegetarian and vegan items such as their sofritas which is a richly seasoned and tasty tofu "meat" that can be made into burritos, tacos, salads and bowls. Just make sure to ask for no cheese or sour cream. You get a lot of bang for your buck at this casual yet comfy Mexican restaurant.
219 Simmons St,
Coastal Crust offers vegan cheese for their delicious wood-fired pizzas. There are also a few salads (need to order without animal products). Most other items on the menu include dairy or other animal products. Coastal Crust also has a locations on James Island and on the Isle of Palms, but the menus may differ.
644D Long Point Road,
A local chain of cupcake bakeries, Cupcake DownSouth offers a different flavor of vegan cupcakes every day. Flavors include Cookies & Creme, Key Lime and Salted Caramel Chocolate. You can also order a Mega Cupcake that serves 7-8 people, just call at least 24 hours ahead.
16 Seven Farms Road,
While the Dragon Palace is located in a DI strip mall, it is still some of the best Chinese food you can get on this side of Charleston. While it is casual, you will be impressed with both the decor and the food. Expect all of your Chinese favorites, several that are wonderfully vegan by just subbing tofu or extra veggies.
Eucalyptus Wellness Co. and Elixir Bar-
920 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mount Pleasant
Eucalyptus Wellness Co. and Elixir Bar is a health store that sells nutritional supplements, CBD products and body care items. They also have an "Elixir Bar" with juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches and salads.
Five Loaves Cafe-1055 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard,
Five Loaves is a casual restaurant with two locations (Summerville, too). They serve salads (ask for no cheese) and a vegan burger. Also, they always have a delicious Thai coconut hot pot on the dinner menu and often have vegan soups or entrée specials.
Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale-
410 Coleman Blvd,
Juanita Greenberg's is casual Mexican joint with a bunch of food that is veganizable. Tofu or black beans as options for all salads, burritos, tacos, etc... With lots of draft beer and margarita choices this Juanita's has a fun crowd!
Kairos Greek Kitchen-
1100 Bowman Rd, Mount Pleasant
Kairos is a fast-casual Greek restaurant in Mt Pleasant. First, choose your base of pita, bowl with rice and or lentils, or salad greens. Then add toppings of your choice and spreads (like hummus and baba ghanoush). Toppings include Kalamata olives, chickpea salad and tabbouli. And the falafel is vegan, too! (it used to contain egg, but now is vegan-friendly). Toppings are unlimited and can make for a very filling, flavorful meal at a reasonable price.
3050 S Morgans Point Road,
La Hacienda is a chain of casual Mexican restaurants in the Charleston area. You can order veggie fajitas or get potatoes, spinach, black beans or mushrooms for a filling. Just ask for no cheese or sour cream. And, of course, you can always order a margarita!
Little Miss Ha-
915 Houston Northcutt Blvd,
Little Miss Ha is a Vietnamese restaurant near Whole Foods in Mount Pleasant. Many items on the menu state that a vegetarian option is available, and of those most if not all can be made vegan. This includes vegetarian pho, sesame noodle stir fry, green curry and Saigon salad.
The Main Squeeze-
656 Long Point Road,
The Main Squeeze is a casual juice and smoothie cafe located in the Belle Hall shopping center in Mt Pleasant. Along with the fresh-made juices, smoothies and acai bowls, there is also an all-vegetarian selection of toasts and wraps, such as avocado toast and a black bean & hummus wrap.
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina-
1109 Park West Boulevard,
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is a casual Mexican restaurant. The menu includes "shroomer" tacos and baja bowls, just ask for no cheese. Their Casa Ensalada is vegan and you can get tortilla chips with fresh guacamole or smoked chipotle salsa. And for a tasty beverage, the margaritas and cocktails at Mex 1 are all made with fresh juices.
The Mustard Seed-
1036 Chuck Dawley Boulevard,
Mustard Seed has a casual vibe and the service is always really great. Their salads are big and fresh but you will have to tell them to hold the cheese to make them vegan. They put cheese on just about every one of them. There are also a few entree options that could be easily veganized.
Pattaya Thai Restaurant-
607 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard,
Pattaya Thai Restaurant is located in the East Cooper Plaza shopping center near Aldi. Here you can get a few noodle dishes made with tofu (ask for no fish sauce) as well as veggie fried rice and a tofu appetizer. The curries and the other entrees cannot be made vegan.
644 Long Point Road,
Poke Bros. is a chain of fast-casual build-your-own Poke Bowl restaurants. You can start with a base of rice or salad and top it with lots of veggie options, including tofu, edamame, carrots, ginger, seaweed salad and avocado. Then top it off with a sauce and maybe another topping like sesame seeds or fried onions. Yum!
Sesame Burgers and Beer-
675 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard,
The name says it all-Sesame Burgers and Beer is a casual restaurant/bar that offers lots of different beers and house-made black bean burgers with various toppings. Their black bean burger is vegan but the buns are not, so you can get your burger as a salad. The condiments here are made from scratch (ask for the house-made mustard-it rocks! Sadly, the house-made ketchup includes anchovy). And their fries are delicious!
Tasty Thai & Sushi-
320 W Coleman Boulevard,
When you are craving Thai food, Tasty Thai & Sushi is a great choice. It has a casual vibe and the prices are good. The curries are vegan-friendly, but all of the other entrees contain oyster sauce. There are also a few veg-friendly appetizers like basil rolls with tofu and edamame. They also offer veggie sushi.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe-
186 Seven Farms Drive,
767 Coleman Boulevard &
1165 Oakland Market Road,
Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a fast-casual cafe that offers (no surprise) smoothies! But besides the plethora of smoothie options, they also offer a variety of wraps and bowls that can be made vegan. Any chicken can be subbed with plant-based "chicken", so for example, order a Caribbean Jerk Chicken wrap, sub vegan "chicken" and ask for no cheddar and it's vegan! And if you don't want "chicken", they also offer a hummus wrap or bowl. They even have a breakfast peanut butter banana crunch flatbread that can be made vegan without honey so you can eat plant-based all day!
730 Coleman Blvd & 616 Long Point Road,
Verde is a fast-casual salad restaurant. You can get your salad tossed, chopped or in a wrap. You can order one of their signature creations (several of them are vegan without any changes) or build your salad to order. They also offer rice bowls and a vegan chili.
Whole Foods Market-
923 Houston Northcutt Blvd,
Whole Foods Market has so many options for vegans! You can get ready-to-eat vegan food from the salad bar, the hot bar, the pizza counter, the sushi/rice bowl area, the deli, or the grill (Beyond Burgers!). You can even order a beer or wine at the grill to sip while you stroll the aisles shopping for more vegan goodies. And top it off with a vegan dessert from the bakery!
Zoe's Kitchen-1242 Belk Drive,
Zoe's Kitchen is a casual Mediterranean restaurant located in the Mount Pleasant Towne Center. They offer hummus appetizers, a vegan lentil soup, and a falafel pita that can be made vegan with the omission of tzatziki and feta. Several sides are also vegan, including a potato salad.