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While many restaurants in the Holy City can accommodate patrons who need to go without wheat, rye and barley, writer Reagan Prozzi takes a look at a few of her favorites to frequent.
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Being an avid diner with a gluten allergy can feel overwhelming. Trying to take in the Lowcountry's food scene and enjoying a range of restaurants and dishes can feel like it's just not in the cards. Below is a guide of local spots who go above and beyond to ensure even their diners with allergies may enjoy fresh, local and deliciously prepared dishes.



Written and reported by Reagan Prozzi

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Servers at Bambu in Mount Pleasant are happy to guide patrons towards gluten-free rolls on their creative sushi menu. Steer clear of the fried stuff and ask for their available GF soy sauce to top your favorite rolls. Bambu now also offers certified gluten-Free vodka for your most-loved cocktails.

Blossom

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Blossom's chefs take extra care when preparing dishes for their diners with allergies. Begin with their wood fired mussels and enjoy the seafood stew highlighting the day’s fresh fish or their Southwest cast iron skillet scrambler with smoked chicken as your main dish. For what’s sure to be a sweet finish, cap your night with one of their house-made sorbets.

Fat Hen

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Fat Hen makes dodging gluten while dining pretty simple. Each dish that is wheat-free is marked by an * on their local menu. Bite into their seared grouper with local succotash or shrimp and crab with spicy Hoppin’ Johns. Additionally, Fat Hen offers a dedicated fryer for diners with allergies—just be sure to let your server know those potatoes need to become pommes frites in their own oil.

The Glass Onion

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The Glass Onion in West Ashley doesn’t leave out the diners with allergies when planning their nightly specials. With dishes like North Carolina duck breast with Carolina gold sweet potato risotto and local baby spinach, you’re sure to not miss all the deliciousness you shouldn’t eat. Ask your server for a special that would suit you.

The Grocery

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With such a main focus on local produce, The Grocery always has a lot to offer for gluten-free dining for both brunch and supper. A few of the highlights on the current dinner menu include Gem lettuce salad with Asian pear or a Keegan-Filion pork shoulder confit with Brussels sprouts, spiced pecans and Honeycrisp apples. Pair their “Death by Mimosa” with the Huevos en Cazuela to sweeten your Sunday funday.

Sesame Burgers and Beer

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Sesame can win over a gluten-free-er’s heart with one of the items wheat-free folks sometimes miss the most—the hamburger bun. Sesame offers a Udi’s brand bread item which is top of the list as a wheat free shopper, and even more necessary as a diner.

Wildflour Pastry

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For a sweet treat, look no further than the salty sweet goodness of WildFlour Pastry’s gluten-free caramel sea salt brownies. It’s difficult to decide which is better, the rich chocolate brownie or the oozey caramel you get with each bite. The bake shop makes these flourless desserts on special request.

Bambu

Servers at Bambu in Mount Pleasant are happy to guide patrons towards gluten-free rolls on their creative sushi menu. Steer clear of the fried stuff and ask for their available GF soy sauce to top your favorite rolls. Bambu now also offers certified gluten-Free vodka for your most-loved cocktails.

Blossom

Blossom's chefs take extra care when preparing dishes for their diners with allergies. Begin with their wood fired mussels and enjoy the seafood stew highlighting the day’s fresh fish or their Southwest cast iron skillet scrambler with smoked chicken as your main dish. For what’s sure to be a sweet finish, cap your night with one of their house-made sorbets.

Fat Hen

Fat Hen makes dodging gluten while dining pretty simple. Each dish that is wheat-free is marked by an * on their local menu. Bite into their seared grouper with local succotash or shrimp and crab with spicy Hoppin’ Johns. Additionally, Fat Hen offers a dedicated fryer for diners with allergies—just be sure to let your server know those potatoes need to become pommes frites in their own oil.

The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion in West Ashley doesn’t leave out the diners with allergies when planning their nightly specials. With dishes like North Carolina duck breast with Carolina gold sweet potato risotto and local baby spinach, you’re sure to not miss all the deliciousness you shouldn’t eat. Ask your server for a special that would suit you.

The Grocery

With such a main focus on local produce, The Grocery always has a lot to offer for gluten-free dining for both brunch and supper. A few of the highlights on the current dinner menu include Gem lettuce salad with Asian pear or a Keegan-Filion pork shoulder confit with Brussels sprouts, spiced pecans and Honeycrisp apples. Pair their “Death by Mimosa” with the Huevos en Cazuela to sweeten your Sunday funday.

Sesame Burgers and Beer

Sesame can win over a gluten-free-er’s heart with one of the items wheat-free folks sometimes miss the most—the hamburger bun. Sesame offers a Udi’s brand bread item which is top of the list as a wheat free shopper, and even more necessary as a diner.

Wildflour Pastry

For a sweet treat, look no further than the salty sweet goodness of WildFlour Pastry’s gluten-free caramel sea salt brownies. It’s difficult to decide which is better, the rich chocolate brownie or the oozey caramel you get with each bite. The bake shop makes these flourless desserts on special request.

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