Annie O'Love's Cafe of Sweet Abundance-
1901 Ashley River Road,
The Cafe of Sweet Abundance is an all-vegan, all-gluten-free bakery in West Ashley. (Just look for the building with cookies painted all over it!). Annie O'Love serves cookies, cheesecakes, granola and "jars of abundance" which are like trifles in a jar. And just calling them cookies does not do them justice. They are delicious, creative works of art with flavors including turmeric and beet alongside chocolate and peanut butter. She also serves savory sandwiches and coffee to help wash it all down.
The Gathering Cafe-
1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley
A delightful little cafe tucked in the Orange Grove Plaza. They always have a number of vegan options including a panang curry, a teriyaki bowl and a tempeh Ruben. They also have several veggie appetizers and side dishes and they usually offer a vegan soup. Even the breakfast menu includes a vegan breakfast burrito and peanut butter banana oatmeal. So it's a great place to eat any time of day!
3871 West Ashley Circle,
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.
975 Savannah Highway,
Clean Juice is a casual juice bar franchise that boasts 100% USDA organic products. Besides cold-pressed juices, they also offer avocado toast, acai bowls, smoothies, salads, and wraps. Some items contain honey, so ask your server.
Chipotle Mexican Grill-
975 Savannah Highway,
Fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain offering many different vegetarian and vegan items such as their sofritas which is a richly seasoned and tasty meat substitute that can be made into burritos, tacos, salads and bowls. Just make sure to ask for no cheese or sour cream.
1836 Ashley River Road,
Emoji Poke is a fast-casual poke cafe. You can build your own poke bowl by choosing your base + veggies-like seaweed salad, edamame and asparagus + tofu + sauce + toppings-like cilantro and crispy onions. Or you can order the Green Hype bowl and not have to make any decisions ; ) The classic Poke dressing and the Fresh Lime dressing are vegan.
Euro Foods Bakery & Cafe-
1664 Old Towne Road,
Euro Foods is an Eastern European cafe and specialty grocery store west of the Ashley. The menu includes a dish of fried eggplant with walnut sauce called Badrijani and a collection of spreads called the Pkhali Trio. They occasionally offer additional vegan specials such as a buckwheat and mushroom cutlet.
Kairos Greek Kitchen-
975 Savannah Highway,
Kairos is a fast-casual Greek restaurant. 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.
1859 Sam Rittenberg Blvd,
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!
Mellow Mushroom-19 Magnolia Rd, West Ashley
This casual pizza chain has many locations in the area including this one in the trendy Avondale neighborhood. Mellow Mushroom offers many vegan toppings for pizza like tofu, Daiya cheese and lots of veggies. Their tempeh hoagie is my personal favorite.
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina-
817 St. Andrews 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.
1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd,
Mod Pizza is a fast-casual chain restaurant that makes pizzas and salads with unlimited toppings. They have original and gluten-free crust, both of which are vegan, and offer vegan cheese and lots of veggies to top them off. Their website gives detailed nutrition info.
Moe's Southwest Grill-
1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley
Moe's is a fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain with several locations in the Charleston area. They offer burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and taco salads with the option of organic tofu.
Nirlep Indian Restaurant-
908 Savannah Highway,
Nirlep offers a large selection of vegan-friendly appetizers, breads, rice, and main dishes. From samosas to roti to masalas, you can get all your favorite Indian meals here.
Nosh Cafe and Bar-
466 Savannah Highway,
Nosh Cafe and Bar is a chic cafe that serves smoothies, smoothie bowls, coffee, "superfood" lattes and toasts, along with beer and wine. Menu items include a "Maca Man" smoothie, "Beetroot Beauty" latte and Mediterranean Hummus toast.
Red Orchids Bistro-
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley
Red Orchids is a nice Chinese restaurant located in the Publix shopping center. They offer several vegetable appetizers and tofu soup (request vegan broth). Also, tofu can replace meat in many of the entree dishes.
1662 Savannah Highway,
Slice Co. is a pizzeria that makes New York-style pies. And they have a vegan pizza right on their menu! They use house-made vegan mozzarella and have a few veggies to top it with, like mushrooms, caramelized onions, olives, and banana peppers. The gluten free crust is vegan, too!
Taste of India-1280 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley
Taste of India is a casual Indian restaurant that offers many vegan appetizers, entrees, rice and breads. The food is very flavorful and delicious! And they have a lunch buffet daily.
Taste of Thai-
874 Orleans Rd, West Ashley
When you are craving Thai food, Taste of Thai in West Ashley (same restaurant family as Tasty Thai & Sushi but without the 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.
Three Little Birds Cafe & Catering-65 Windermere Boulevard,
Three Little Birds is a cute little cafe located behind South Windermere Center that serves breakfast and lunch. The menu includes a vegan breakfast burrito, A BBQ Tempeh melt (they have vegan cheese, too!) and a selection of fresh juices and smoothies. There are also many vegetarian options.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe-
1808 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley
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!
13 Magnolia Rd, West Ashley
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.
Yo Bo Cantina Fresca-
10 Windermere Boulevard,
Yo Bo is a casual Mexican restaurant that offers delicious burritos, tacos and salads, any of which can be made with grilled veggies or tofu. The tortilla soup is also vegan and the homemade salsa is worth the trip in itself.