One of the beautiful things about Charleston is its diversity—and when it comes to dining, we make sure no vegetarian is left behind! Aside from the perks of a vegetarian diet—from lower cholesterol to higher life expectancy—vegetarian fare is just plain delicious!

Check out our favorite places to dine around Charleston when craving vegetarian cuisine: • Basil Thai Restaurant: When we’re in the mood for unforgettable flavor without the meat, Basil Thai Restaurant is at the top of our list. Whether it’s Green Curry, Pad See-Eu, or Pad Prik, Basil’s most-loved dishes can be made with tofu at your request. Sit back and take in the lush, sophisticated ambiance while you enjoy your meat-free meal!

Black Bean Co.: Organic, all natural, and vegetarian-friendly—Black Bean Co. gives you the best of all worlds when you walk through its doors. They can even cater to vegan patrons upon request. With a menu that features fresh baked pastries, hearty wraps, gyros, and salads, Black Bean Co. offers foods that make you feel energized and fulfilled all day long.

Alluette’s Cafe: Aluette’s Café cuisine is a mix of Gullah, Gheechi, Soul and southern—and every last flavorful dish is prepared only once it is ordered. Alluette has an “always on the menu” section including brown rice and organic tofu for the vegan and vegetarian diner in addition to the daily specials. While you enjoy your meal, be sure to check out the local artists’ works adorning the salmon-colored walls. One trip to this charming café, and you’ll be hooked. But don’t just take our word for it—even Oprah Winfrey vouched for the deliciousness of Aluette’s fare!

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