One of the fun things about living in or visiting Charleston is the mix of neighborhoods. The area truly is a conglomeration of many different neighborhoods with their own feel, their own style, their own perks. You have the hip Park Circle in North Charleston, the beach bum Folly Beach, the historic French Quarter, and the list goes on and on.
Avondale is one of those unique neighborhoods. West of downtown Charleston, you can find trendy restaurants and bars perfect for a night out on the town (or a fun afternoon). And you have SO MANY gluten-free options!
Here is a rundown of the gluten-free Avondale scene:
Avondale Wine and Cheese: A
This spot is hands down one of my favorites in the whole Charleston greater area. I already mentioned it in the date night post. Everybody should visit, locals and tourists alike. Not only do you have lots of wine options (great for the weekend AND, my personal favorite, Wine Not Wednesday). Then you can build your own charcuterie board. They offer GF bread and the staff can superbly list any cheeses or tapas to avoid.
Mellow Mushroom: A
Without a doubt, Mellow Mushroom is one of the safest choices for gluten-free pizza in Charleston. I wrote all about it on my Charleston Pizza Guide. The GF crust is tasty, and they keep all the ingredients separate. The only downside it’s a bit overpriced. But you are getting what you pay for: tasty, contamination-free GF pizza.
Here’s another Avondale gluten-free winner. Verde actually showed up in my list of top gluten-free fast food places in Charleston. This salad bar is top notch – full of delicious, fresh produce. All signature creations and individual ingredients are clearly marked, so you will have no problem figuring out your gluten-free options. It’s perfect for a quick lunch or a light dinner – perhaps before Avondale Wine and Cheese!
East Bay Deli: A
Sandwich shops can be hard for gluten-freers. But East Bay Deli actually takes steps to prevent cross-contamination (but still make sure to announce it as an allergy). Your sandwich can be made on Udi’s bread. And they have a convenient list of all the GF choices for your sandwich. I have eaten here many times and had no problem at all. In fact, I think it is one of the best gluten-free friendly delis I’ve been to – crisp deli pickle included!
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: A
I also mentioned Mex 1 in my Sullivan’s Island gluten-free list. I love this little cantina. My favorite choice is one of their bowls. But I have heard the corn chips are safe for gluten-freers. Let me know if you try them out!
Al Di La: B
Al Di La has been a local’s favorite for a long time. I love the fact they have outdoor seating, so you can enjoy an evening breeze while people watching. They have plenty of GF options including gluten-free pasta, salads, and entrees. They don’t have gluten-free bread, but I cannot find any Italian restaurant in the Charleston area with gluten-free bread. Major bummer.
Pearlz Oyster Bar: C
Pearlz is interesting. Their corporate gluten-free menu says there are gluten-free buns at some locations. None of those locations include Charleston. So what COULD BE one of the best gluten-free menus in Charleston all of a sudden drops down to just okay – and pretty small. Sure, there are some tasty options including oysters and a shrimp dinner. But if they would simply carry gluten-free rolls, we could have lobster rolls or a tuna burger. How great would that be?
Triangle Char + Bar: D
I’ve heard Triangle had a fabulous brunch for gluten eaters (definitely not for us!). And I’ve had a drink there after-hours and quite enjoyed myself. But I wouldn’t say this is a “gluten-free restaurant” by any means. Yes, they can make a few salads for you and you can have burgers without the bun, but that’s where it ends.
Gluten-Free Avondale Drinks
If you aren’t out for a meal, there are lots of fun places to get a drink in Avondale. My favorites include:
- Oak Barrel Tavern: For a glass of wine
- Voodoo: For a cocktail
- Classic Coffee: For a coffee and free wi-fi
Gluten-Free Avondale in Charleston, SC
Where do you love to eat when you are in Avondale or anywhere in West Ashley? Have you tried any of these places? Good experience/bad experience? Is there another restaurant you think I should include? Let me know in the comments!