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10 Essential Gluten-Free Eats in Charleston

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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, and many others are happy to help guide your menu choices and omit gluten-containing items if ask your server before ordering.

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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lewis Barbecue

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464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403

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.

2. Gnome Cafe

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109 President St
Charleston, SC 29403

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.

3. Dell'z Uptown

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

4. Brown's Court Bakery

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199 Saint Philip St
Charleston, SC 29403

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.

5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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

6. Mercantile And Mash

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

7. Macaroon Boutique

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

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

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9. Minero

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

10. The Obstinate Daughter

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

1. Lewis Barbecue

464 N Nassau St, Charleston, SC 29403

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

2. Gnome Cafe

109 President St, Charleston, SC 29403

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

3. Dell'z Uptown

511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

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

4. Brown's Court Bakery

199 Saint Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403

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

5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

501 King St Ste A, Charleston, SC 29403

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

6. Mercantile And Mash

701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403

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

7. Macaroon Boutique

334 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

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

8. CO

340 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
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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

9. Minero

155 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

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

10. The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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

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