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Siam Salad found at Leon's
Siam Salad found at Leon's
Remy Thurston

11 Healthy Restaurant Dishes That Are Also Delicious

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Siam Salad found at Leon's
| Remy Thurston

Fried chicken, bacon cheeseburgers, french fries, and cheesy shrimp and grits are well worth the temptation, but sometimes a lighter meal is much needed to ease through the day. With beach season in full swing, it's time to think of a few healthier options on Charleston menus. Most restaurants can offer plates to indulge any dietary restrictions, like gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, and more — these picks represent easy choices without modification that won't make diners feel like they need a nap afterwards, but are still filling.

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1. Verde

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730 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 388-4394
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Verde may be know for its salads, but many might not know that grain bowls are also on the menu. The portions are large and can almost stretch into two meals. Featured this month is a wild rice bowl with mesclun, brussels sprouts, clementines, caramelized onions, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and a citrus vinaigrette.

2. Leon's Oyster Shop

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698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500
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Many wouldn't expect a restaurant known for fried chicken to have a healthy option on the menu, but the Siam salad will save those watching what they eat. Crispy, crunchy, and with just the amount of acidity, this cabbage/orange/mint/avocado combination is a sensation.
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3. Butcher & Bee

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1085 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202
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The new location of Butcher & Bee offers a wealth of mindful eating options. Using the freshest ingredients possible, the kitchen cooks up dishes like a brown rice bowl with seasonal vegetables, almond butter, and a poached egg or stick with the mezze options like the addictive kale slaw or bean salad with jalapeño vinaigrette.

4. Dell'z Uptown

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511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-0352
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Dell'z has a way of making clean eating easy and seem somehow decadent. A vegan Snobby Joe can hit the spot just as good as its meatier cousin. Full of savory tempeh, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, avocado, fresh field greens, and goddess dressing, this wrap can keep even the heartiest eater full all day.

5. Gnome Cafe

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109 President St
Charleston, SC 29403
Gnome keeps it vegetarian and vegan friendly, so almost everything on the menu can be made to meet dietary needs. For breakfast, try the grit bowl with sautéed kale, tofu scramble, and portobello "bacon."

6. Beech

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315 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
Bright and airy space Beech offers refuge on King Street with juices, free wifi, and healthy menu options. Go for a fresh poke bowl with tuna, zucchini noodles, pickled cucumber, and toasted sesame seeds. A tofu option is also available.

7. Gathering Cafe Restaurant

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1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 297-8380
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Billed as a "a cafe restaurant with affordable gourmet food," Gathering Cafe offers an eclectic lunch and dinner menu full of different international influences with a healthy bend. Sample the North African sweet potato and chick pea stew, the panang curry, or the falafel burger.

8. Huriyali Gardens

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401 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
Huriyali is known for its fresh, refreshing juices, but the store on Huger Street also offers hearty acai bowls. The meal is full of acai, bananas, nut butter, coconut water, fresh fruit, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut flakes, pumpkin and chia seeds. Add granola for even more crunch.

9. Five Loaves Cafe

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214 N Cedar St
Summerville, SC
The easiest way to keep healthy at Five Loaves Cafe is to go with the soup and salad combo. There's a long list of choices like a mushroom and quinoa salad or smoked salmon version. The soup choices change on a daily basis.

10. Poke Tea House

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441 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403
(854) 444-3591
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Those in need of a quick lunch should stop by Poke Tea House for a build-your-own bowl of fresh tuna, avocado, and a multitude of other toppings.
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11. Basic Kitchen

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82 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-4568
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Go for a basic bowl at Basic Kitchen and be rewarded with a filling dish of brown rice, sesame kale, brussels sprouts, grilled sweet potatoes, and sides of "magic green" sauce and carrot ginger sauce.

1. Verde

730 Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Verde may be know for its salads, but many might not know that grain bowls are also on the menu. The portions are large and can almost stretch into two meals. Featured this month is a wild rice bowl with mesclun, brussels sprouts, clementines, caramelized onions, feta cheese, sunflower seeds, and a citrus vinaigrette.
730 Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

2. Leon's Oyster Shop

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Remy Thurston
Many wouldn't expect a restaurant known for fried chicken to have a healthy option on the menu, but the Siam salad will save those watching what they eat. Crispy, crunchy, and with just the amount of acidity, this cabbage/orange/mint/avocado combination is a sensation.
698 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Butcher & Bee

1085 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
The new location of Butcher & Bee offers a wealth of mindful eating options. Using the freshest ingredients possible, the kitchen cooks up dishes like a brown rice bowl with seasonal vegetables, almond butter, and a poached egg or stick with the mezze options like the addictive kale slaw or bean salad with jalapeño vinaigrette.
1085 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Dell'z Uptown

511 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Dell'z has a way of making clean eating easy and seem somehow decadent. A vegan Snobby Joe can hit the spot just as good as its meatier cousin. Full of savory tempeh, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, avocado, fresh field greens, and goddess dressing, this wrap can keep even the heartiest eater full all day.
511 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Gnome Cafe

109 President St, Charleston, SC 29403
Gnome keeps it vegetarian and vegan friendly, so almost everything on the menu can be made to meet dietary needs. For breakfast, try the grit bowl with sautéed kale, tofu scramble, and portobello "bacon."
109 President St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Beech

315 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Bright and airy space Beech offers refuge on King Street with juices, free wifi, and healthy menu options. Go for a fresh poke bowl with tuna, zucchini noodles, pickled cucumber, and toasted sesame seeds. A tofu option is also available.
315 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Gathering Cafe Restaurant

1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407
Billed as a "a cafe restaurant with affordable gourmet food," Gathering Cafe offers an eclectic lunch and dinner menu full of different international influences with a healthy bend. Sample the North African sweet potato and chick pea stew, the panang curry, or the falafel burger.
1124 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

8. Huriyali Gardens

401 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
Huriyali is known for its fresh, refreshing juices, but the store on Huger Street also offers hearty acai bowls. The meal is full of acai, bananas, nut butter, coconut water, fresh fruit, cacao nibs, goji berries, coconut flakes, pumpkin and chia seeds. Add granola for even more crunch.
401 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Five Loaves Cafe

214 N Cedar St, Summerville, SC
The easiest way to keep healthy at Five Loaves Cafe is to go with the soup and salad combo. There's a long list of choices like a mushroom and quinoa salad or smoked salmon version. The soup choices change on a daily basis.
214 N Cedar St
Summerville, SC

10. Poke Tea House

441 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Poke Tea House
Those in need of a quick lunch should stop by Poke Tea House for a build-your-own bowl of fresh tuna, avocado, and a multitude of other toppings.
441 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29403

11. Basic Kitchen

82 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
Go for a basic bowl at Basic Kitchen and be rewarded with a filling dish of brown rice, sesame kale, brussels sprouts, grilled sweet potatoes, and sides of "magic green" sauce and carrot ginger sauce.
82 Wentworth St
Charleston, SC 29401

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