Sullivan’s Island is a lovely little beach town south of Mt. Pleasant/east of Downtown Charleston. It’s one of my favorite spots to go soak up the sun, jump in the waves, and take some beachside yoga classes! There’s a fun sandbar, plenty of sand, and free (though not plentiful) parking.
If you are looking for Sullivan’s Island gluten-free options – read on! While there are not a ton of restaurants on the island, you should be happy to learn there’s plenty of GF goodness.
I love everything about this place. I love that you can get healthy, delicious, fresh food right by the beach. I love that you can clearly see which ingredients have gluten and which do not. I love that they accommodate meat-eaters and vegans. I LOVE that they offer gluten-free bread to the side.
And they even have breakfast bowls and smoothies too?
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina: A
(P.S. There is also an Avondale location of this gluten-free goodness!)
Mex 1 is delish. My favorite thing on the menu is their Baja Bowl – think a Chipotle/Moe’s/Qdoba bowl, but 10x as tasty. According to the staff, the corn tortillas are not fried in a shared fryer. So they should be good to go. I must mention, though, I haven’t tried them!
It’s a beachy, second story restaurant. I like sitting at the outside bar.
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ: A
(P.S. There are multiple locations of this tasty grub, including Avondale (West Ashley) and downtown Charleston)
Fiery Ron’s Home Team is really really well done barbecue. GF eaters can basically have anything other than the bread and the Mac-n-cheese. I have eaten there multiple times with zero problem. Every staff member I’ve encountered was knowledgeable about gluten and helpful, which makes the ordering process a breeze.
The Obstinate Daughter: B
The Obstinate Daughter is a popular restaurant in the area that accommodates gluten-friers. They have GF pasta and plenty of other options on their menu. The reclaimed wood walls may be reason enough to go. Even beyond the gluten-free community – this is definitely a local favorite.
The Co-Op Sullivan’s Island: C
I really really wanted to give The Co-Op an A. This cute little grocery store/cafe has gluten-free bread to transform their sandwiches.
BUT I went in and ordered a chicken sandwich on gluten-free bread. I also asked to switch the ranch for mustard. She read the order back to me perfectly.
Kyle also ordered his sandwich on gluten-free bread. When they came out, his was clearly made with Udi’s Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread, and mine looked different. I stopped her and asked if this was actually gluten-free. She said it was. While I was examining the texture of the bread (which looked completely gluten-y), she came back over and said she made a mistake!
So they remade the sandwich. This time it came back on Udi’s Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread, but with the ranch. I went back to her and told her I’m not eating dairy right now either – I needed the mustard. So they remade the sandwich and it came back gluten free with no condiment at all.
Super unimpressive. Which is a shame. Because a cute, inexpensive, beachside sandwich shop with GF bread is like a little slice of heaven.
Moral of the story: If you eat here, announce your allergy at least twice and then triple check your bread.
Sullivan’s Restaurant: D
When I called to ask about gluten-free options, it took the employee a long time to figure out what was available (which to me, never feels like a good sign). Eventually, she informed me that salad and broiled seafood were the only two options that did not come into contact with gluten.
So yes, you have some options. But it’s definitely not a “top Sullivan’s Island gluten-free restaurant” by any means.
The 450 Pizza Joint: D
Bad News? No gluten-free pizza crust. The okay news? There are salads and side dishes. Definitely not the best spot to hit up if you are looking for many great options. But if your party is going to 450 Pizza Joint, at least you know you can eat something.
Poe’s Tavern: F
As much as this English major wanted Poe’s Tavern to be GF friendly, it isn’t. Though they offered me “um….salads??” when I walked in, they seemed fairly unaware of the topic.
Sullivan’s Island Gluten-Free
Have you tried any of these Sullivan’s Island gluten-free choices? Did I miss anything? If so, share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments!!
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