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Beat the Midday Slump at These 18 Lunch Destinations

Try one of these essential restaurants for lunch

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Quick and easy doesn’t have to mean flavorless when it comes to lunch in Charleston. These destinations provide options, local ingredients, and fast service. Everything is made with care, allowing Charlestonians to not waste the mid-day meal — even if crunched for time. Skip the stale packed lunch this time and try one of these essential spots instead.

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1. Workshop

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1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 996-4500
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Rotating vendors line the cafeteria-style interior of this Upper King street compound. Find everything here for the flawless lunch break as well as eclectic choices and outdoor seating to survive the afternoon lull.  

2. goat. sheep. cow., north

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804 Meeting St #102
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3118
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Since the Church Street specialty cheese shop added a café arm to its repertoire, the response by customers has been overwhelming. The NoMo space serves cheese boards, sandwiches, and several wines by the glass to wash it all down.

3. The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery

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1107 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3410
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Step into Harbinger to find an overwhelming perfume of fresh baked treats. Scones, breads, and bars are inventive, pairing ingredients such as peanut butter and Sriracha. Seasonal salads and freshly baked quiche offer more variety to satisfy any craving.

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4. Huriyali

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401 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 207-4436
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Huriyali offers wraps, salads, and fresh espresso drinks to go with the popular acai bowls. The sunlit garden out back is the ideal quick escape from the work day.

5. Mercantile & Mash

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701 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2636
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Located in the old cigar factory on East Bay Street, this specialty food markets’ refrigerator is stacked with anything from hand-rolled sushi to kale salads. Keep it light with the made-to-order fig and walnut salad or go big with the house pastrami Reuben.

Tour Charleston's First Food Hall Mercantile and Mash

6. Poke Tea House

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441 Meeting Street unit E, Between meeting & king on spring st
Charleston, SC 29403
(854) 444-3591
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Poke Tea House is the “Chipotle” of poke bowls. Choose from a variety of bases, proteins, toppings, and sauces. Online ordering is available.

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7. Dellz Uptown

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511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0352
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Health nuts have found a home at Dell’z. This quaint, off-the-beaten-path café serves vegetarian and vegan twists on classics, such as the “BLT” made with tempe bacon. Bring a carnivorous friend to see if they miss the meat (they won’t).

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8. Mozzo Deli

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730 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 388-5755
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Expect friendly and fast service at this Mt. Pleasant deli, which added a downtown location last year. At Mozzo, it’s common to hear, “Hey Jimmy, are you having the regular?” Other patrons can choose from an extensive sandwich menu featuring proteins such as chicken cutlet, roast beef, turkey, and Italian meats served on 10 different kinds of bread. Daily soups, house-made pickles, and local iced tea are a few of the many accompaniments offered.

9. Vintage Coffee Cafe

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219 Simmons St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 352-7552
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The name may have the word coffee in it, but Vintage offers that and much more in their cozy space. Find a daily soup, charred brussels sprouts, and sandwiches like the prosciutto and brie with fig jam from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Patrons can also try the $6 toast bar, which offers options ranging from almond butter with toasted coconut to smoked salmon with tzatziki. 

10. Bon Banh Mi

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162 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7320
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This Southeastern Asian kitchen has two Charleston area locations, each offering salads, toasted baguette sandwiches, and tacos. Protein options run the gamete, from red curry beef to five spiced tofu, and the eatery often has additional daily specials like shrimp summer rolls or cold soba noodles.

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11. Persimmon Cafe

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226 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 937-5399
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Find astonishingly cheap prices and satisfying sandwiches at Persimmon. Curry chicken salad piled onto toasted Pullman pairs seamlessly with a refreshing iced tea.

12. Beech

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315 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 212-5414
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Addictive acai bowls and smoothies at Beech keep healthy eating interesting. Make-your-own poke bowls add a fresh twist to this counter-serve location near the College of Charleston.

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13. Cru Cafe

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18 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 534-2434
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Cru Cafe is doing serious comfort food for lunch in an 18th century Charleston single-style home. The post-lunch desk nap required will be worth it for the fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons.

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14. Minero

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153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241
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Head up the stairs at Minero with a coworker for creative tacos and fresh guacamole. The football-sized burrito is smothered in cheese for those who brought an appetite.

15. Queen Street Grocery

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133 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-4121
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Hidden among houses in a quiet corridor of downtown, Queen Street Grocery is home to hot-pressed sandwiches, fresh salads, and all-day breakfast. The hallmark of this one-of-a-kind corner store is the crepes filled with savory or sweet ingredients. Don’t miss out on S’mores in crepe form with the James Island, which is filled with chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker.

16. Brown Dog Deli

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40 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-8081
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Brown Dog offers salads, sandwiches, and hot dogs to the masses. These aren’t just everyday deli sandwiches, as favorites include the pig n’ fig, grateful duck club, and apple butter jeans, all of which have multiple layers of meat, cheese, spreads, and (maybe) vegetables.

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17. Gaulart & Maliclet Fast and French Inc.

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98 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-9797
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This pint-sized eatery has the nickname Fast & French for good reason, as patrons can stop in for a quick bowl of soup or mill over a special of the day for hours. Here, the cafe has served cuisine reminiscent of home-cooked meals in France since 1984. Lunch specials include anything from cheese & paté to a croq’ monsieur, all of which come with a complimentary glass of house wine, tea, or coffee.

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18. Hen & The Goat

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869 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 410-1385
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Chef Thomas Smith stuffs guilty pleasures in between several varieties of doughy bread at Hen & The Goat. Pork belly pairs with Gouda and beer mustard, while the restaurant’s namesake sandwich, The Hen, features turkey, pancetta, and brie.

1. Workshop

1503 King St, Charleston, SC 29405

Rotating vendors line the cafeteria-style interior of this Upper King street compound. Find everything here for the flawless lunch break as well as eclectic choices and outdoor seating to survive the afternoon lull.  

1503 King St
Charleston, SC 29405

2. goat. sheep. cow., north

804 Meeting St #102, Charleston, SC 29403

Since the Church Street specialty cheese shop added a café arm to its repertoire, the response by customers has been overwhelming. The NoMo space serves cheese boards, sandwiches, and several wines by the glass to wash it all down.

804 Meeting St #102
Charleston, SC 29403

3. The Harbinger Cafe & Bakery

1107 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Harbinger

Step into Harbinger to find an overwhelming perfume of fresh baked treats. Scones, breads, and bars are inventive, pairing ingredients such as peanut butter and Sriracha. Seasonal salads and freshly baked quiche offer more variety to satisfy any craving.

1107 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Huriyali

401 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403

Huriyali offers wraps, salads, and fresh espresso drinks to go with the popular acai bowls. The sunlit garden out back is the ideal quick escape from the work day.

401 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Mercantile & Mash

701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403
Tour Charleston's First Food Hall Mercantile and Mash

Located in the old cigar factory on East Bay Street, this specialty food markets’ refrigerator is stacked with anything from hand-rolled sushi to kale salads. Keep it light with the made-to-order fig and walnut salad or go big with the house pastrami Reuben.

701 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Poke Tea House

441 Meeting Street unit E, Between meeting & king on spring st, Charleston, SC 29403
Poke Tea House

Poke Tea House is the “Chipotle” of poke bowls. Choose from a variety of bases, proteins, toppings, and sauces. Online ordering is available.

441 Meeting Street unit E, Between meeting & king on spring st
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Dellz Uptown

511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Jazzy Pizza
Alexandra S./Yelp

Health nuts have found a home at Dell’z. This quaint, off-the-beaten-path café serves vegetarian and vegan twists on classics, such as the “BLT” made with tempe bacon. Bring a carnivorous friend to see if they miss the meat (they won’t).

511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Mozzo Deli

730 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Expect friendly and fast service at this Mt. Pleasant deli, which added a downtown location last year. At Mozzo, it’s common to hear, “Hey Jimmy, are you having the regular?” Other patrons can choose from an extensive sandwich menu featuring proteins such as chicken cutlet, roast beef, turkey, and Italian meats served on 10 different kinds of bread. Daily soups, house-made pickles, and local iced tea are a few of the many accompaniments offered.

730 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

9. Vintage Coffee Cafe

219 Simmons St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

The name may have the word coffee in it, but Vintage offers that and much more in their cozy space. Find a daily soup, charred brussels sprouts, and sandwiches like the prosciutto and brie with fig jam from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Patrons can also try the $6 toast bar, which offers options ranging from almond butter with toasted coconut to smoked salmon with tzatziki. 

219 Simmons St
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

10. Bon Banh Mi

162 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403
Bon Banh Mi/Facebook

This Southeastern Asian kitchen has two Charleston area locations, each offering salads, toasted baguette sandwiches, and tacos. Protein options run the gamete, from red curry beef to five spiced tofu, and the eatery often has additional daily specials like shrimp summer rolls or cold soba noodles.

162 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

11. Persimmon Cafe

226 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401

Find astonishingly cheap prices and satisfying sandwiches at Persimmon. Curry chicken salad piled onto toasted Pullman pairs seamlessly with a refreshing iced tea.

226 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401

12. Beech

315 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Beech Erin Perkins

Addictive acai bowls and smoothies at Beech keep healthy eating interesting. Make-your-own poke bowls add a fresh twist to this counter-serve location near the College of Charleston.

315 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

13. Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401
Cru Cafe

Cru Cafe is doing serious comfort food for lunch in an 18th century Charleston single-style home. The post-lunch desk nap required will be worth it for the fried green tomatoes with pork belly croutons.

18 Pinckney St
Charleston, SC 29401

14. Minero

153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Head up the stairs at Minero with a coworker for creative tacos and fresh guacamole. The football-sized burrito is smothered in cheese for those who brought an appetite.

153 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. Queen Street Grocery

133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

Hidden among houses in a quiet corridor of downtown, Queen Street Grocery is home to hot-pressed sandwiches, fresh salads, and all-day breakfast. The hallmark of this one-of-a-kind corner store is the crepes filled with savory or sweet ingredients. Don’t miss out on S’mores in crepe form with the James Island, which is filled with chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker.

133 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

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16. Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
Brown Dog Deli/Facebook

Brown Dog offers salads, sandwiches, and hot dogs to the masses. These aren’t just everyday deli sandwiches, as favorites include the pig n’ fig, grateful duck club, and apple butter jeans, all of which have multiple layers of meat, cheese, spreads, and (maybe) vegetables.

40 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

17. Gaulart & Maliclet Fast and French Inc.

98 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
Erin Perkins/Eater

This pint-sized eatery has the nickname Fast & French for good reason, as patrons can stop in for a quick bowl of soup or mill over a special of the day for hours. Here, the cafe has served cuisine reminiscent of home-cooked meals in France since 1984. Lunch specials include anything from cheese & paté to a croq’ monsieur, all of which come with a complimentary glass of house wine, tea, or coffee.

98 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

18. Hen & The Goat

869 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

Chef Thomas Smith stuffs guilty pleasures in between several varieties of doughy bread at Hen & The Goat. Pork belly pairs with Gouda and beer mustard, while the restaurant’s namesake sandwich, The Hen, features turkey, pancetta, and brie.

869 Folly Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

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