With the first month of 2016 under our belts, it’s time to follow through on our New Year’s Resolutions. Was yours to eat healthier and exercise more often? Here in Charleston, there is an abundance of delectable foods like shrimp and grits, she crab soup, crab cakes, baked mac n’ cheese, the list goes on. When traveling, it can be hard to choose a more nutritious option with so many yummy choices everywhere you go. Along with those savory, Southern bites, Charleston has plenty of fresh and delectable options to fuel you for a day of sightseeing around the Holy City. So pop into any of the restaurants below to fuel up on good-for-you-food when visiting Charleston and you won’t be disappointed.
51 George Street Charleston, SC 29401
This gourmet shop has everything you need to please your palate and excite your senses. With a wide range of prepared and packaged options, you won’t leave hungry or empty handed. Pick up an assortment of healthy snacks like Sahale Fruit and Nut Snack Mix or a Green & Black Organic 85% Dark Chocolate Bar to enjoy throughout your time in Charleston.
Tip: Order the “Lunch Box Special” from the prepared foods case to try multiple items like the famous Kale Salad, Thai Peanut Salad and Garganelli Pasta Salad with a discount.
40 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401
Located in the French Quarter, Brown Dog Deli uses local and fresh ingredients to bring back timeless deli classics. With a hot dog menu plus a vegetarian and vegan menu, you can find something for everyone at this shop.
Tip: It is small and fills up during lunchtime. Get there early and grab a seat on their outside deck to enjoy your meal in the beautiful Charleston weather.
42 Cannon Street Charleston, SC
If you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy healthy, homemade soups, Five Loaves Café is exactly where you need to go. Their Gluten Free soups are made fresh in store each day and popular options include Mexican chicken chili with lime, avocado and cilantro as well as roasted red pepper, tomato, basil and bleu cheese.
Tip: Come with friends and suggest each person order a half soup and half sandwich to share. This way you can try a wider variety of their homemade soups and sandwiches.
209 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401
Stop into Whisk for an afternoon pick-me-up, located next to Belmond Charleston Place, and discover their fresh juice and smoothie options. The “Charlestonian” smoothie includes raspberry, blueberry, peaches and yogurt with no added sugar to keep you moving all day long.
Tip: Don’t like smoothies or juice? Design your own wrap from their list of fresh ingredients and pair it with any of their coffee drinks or a fresh parfait.
347 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
Hearty salads at this King Street staple will keep you feeling full all day. With more than 42 toppings, options are endless when creating your own salad. All salads, signature or create your own, can come as wraps too!
Tip: Order one of their signature creations; they are specifically designed to have a wonderful mix of flavors. The Mesa Verde salad is a local favorite including romaine, roasted chicken, grape tomatoes, red onion, avocado, black beans, corn, fresh cilantro, and tortilla strips with chipotle lime vinaigrette, finished with a squeeze of fresh lime.
96 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29424
Located on the College of Charleston campus, the newly opened Marty’s Place presents made-to-order vegan, vegetarian as well as kosher menu items. Some delectable options include the black bean torta with coconut chipotle mayo and the five spice fried quinoa with onions, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots served with pita.
Tip: If you are looking for a lighter option, try the daily special, which includes a choice of soup or salad and a drink.
Choose to dine at any of these delicious lunch spots the next time you are vacationing in the Holy City and sticking to your New Year’s Resolution will be a breeze.