Annie O'Love's Cafe of Sweet Abundance-1901 Ashley River Road, West Ashley

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!

Clean Juice-975 Savannah Highway, #109, West Ashley

​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, oats and smoothies. Some items contain honey, so ask your server. 

Kairos Greek Kitchen-975 Savannah Highway #307, West Ashley

​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. The falafel is NOT vegan but is vegetarian. Toppings are unlimited and can make for a very filling, flavorful meal at a reasonable price.

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 Blvd, West Ashley

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.

Mod Pizza-1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Suite 16, West Ashley

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, West Ashley

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.

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. 

Sesame Burgers and Beer-2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley

The name says it all-Sesame Burgers & Beer is a casual restaurant/bar that offers lots of different beers and burgers with eclectic toppings. Their black bean burger is vegan but the buns are not, so you can get your burger as a salad or eat it on a pita. Everything here is made from scratch, including mustard (ask for the house-made mustard-it rocks! Sadly, the house-made ketchup includes anchovy). Burger toppings include burgundy mushrooms, guacamole and grilled zucchini. Plus their fries are delicious! This location is inside the Citadel Mall.

Slice Co.-1662 Savannah Highway, Suite 202, West Ashley

Slice Co. is a pizzeria that makes New York-style pies. And they have a vegan pizza right on their menu! They use freshly-grated Follow Your Heart 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 Blvd, West Ashley

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.

Verde-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 (three of them are vegan without any changes), or build your salad to order. The also offer rice bowls and a vegan chili.

Yo Bo Cantina Fresca-10 Windermere Blvd, West Ashley

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. 

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