Park Circle is surprisingly tough for gluten-free food. In countless cities I have visited, the hip/trendy part of town is often super up to speed on gluten. Why? Because gluten-free is trendy right now. And that trend helps those of us with Celiac/gluten intolerance find delicious options easily.
Park Circle is kinda behind. For a trendy spot, they only have two “A” ratings. Hopefully as the area continues to grow, they will also continue to expand their GF foodie options!
That being said, I love hanging out in the area. And the Orange Spot Coffeehouse is one of my favorite places to work (their almond milk latte is quite nice)!
Here is the low-down the gluten-free restaurants in North Charleston/Park Circle area…
Seasame Burgers and Beer: A
(Also located in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant)
I love this restaurant. My favorite thing to order is their Napa Valley burger with a red wine reduction (I sub brie for the blue cheese). You can order it on an Udi’s Gluten Free Buns or you can get it on top of a bowl of mixed greens.
The only downside is there is not a dedicated fryer, so you have to choose a non-fried side. But the burgers are so good, I don’t mind it so much.
Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine: A
Normally a restaurant that does not have a ton of gluten-free options (that they do not even mark on their menu) wouldn’t get an “A.” But Lotus is so wonderful. It’s one of my absolutely favorite gluten-free places to eat in Charleston. The flavor deserves the highest score! Kyle and I could easily make a meal out of sharing the GF appetizers.
Many of the GF options are made through modifications, so make sure to ask your server plenty of questions.
Accent On Wine Park Circle: B
Mostly this is a wine bar. But they do have charcuterie boards. The staff says that as long as you do not order the bread, you will be fine. Still, if it were me, I’d double check. There are a few cheeses or meats that could potentially have gluten (for instance, some cheese can be made with beer).
They do say if you get the charcuterie board, just ask for extra apples in place of your bread.
Fratello’s Italian Tavern: B
Though this not the most extensive gluten-free Italian restaurant in Charleston, you definitely have some options. First off, there is no GF pasta. They do, however, have a risotto that’s safe.
The staff seems knowledgable on what can be converted to a gluten-free meal. You have some entree options and salad options. Is it the easiest place to get gluten-free Italian food in Charleston? No. Is it a decent option? Sure.
The Junction Kitchen & Provisions: B
They seem to be fairly knowledgable about gluten-free diets. Most of the time they have GF bread (they recommend to call before you come in and double check). But the staff members can help guide in you in your choices.
Mudra Rua Irish Pub: D
They did give an effort and tried to figure out ways to make their salads gluten-free. This means I wouldn’t highly recommend it, but if your whole party is going to Mudra Rua anyway – you will probably have food options. Make sure to remind them it’s an allergy to prevent cross contamination.
EVO Pizzeria: F
No gluten-free crust.
Park Pizza Co: F
No gluten-free crust.
YoBo Cantina Fresca: F
I called YoBo to see if they had gluten-free options. The hostess had to ask a manager. The manager still wasn’t sure and said they’d “have to talk to a chef.” She then said I should be fine as long as I ordered only “flour tortillas!!!” Obviously a lack of staff education on the topic. This makes me nervous.
My suggestion? Stick with the Mexican restaurants in Charleston that do GF really well (like Minero). But please leave a comment if you’ve been to YoBo! Share your experience!
Mixson Market: ???
They do have gluten-free bread for their sandwiches. When I called, the employee said he was “not familiar” with gluten and didn’t know what to say other than the GF bread. Once again, I think Charleston’s #1 fault in the gluten-free sphere is not educating staff. Other cities do this SO MUCH BETTER.
I have not eaten here yet, so I don’t feel comfortable giving it a score. If you have – be sure to let me know in the comments!
Gluten-Free Restaurants In North Charleston: Park Circle
Tell me about your gluten-free Park Circle eating experiences in the comments below! Any other gluten-free restaurants in North Charleston area that you love?