Lots of GF options, safe handling practices. Good drink choices. I had a broccoli cheddar soup that was AMAZING! And a GF half sandwich. All yummy. My partner said his non GF food was spectacular. Great lunch stop. Next time I’m in Charleston they will be a stop I make.
This place was awesome! ALL their soups are gf and they have 6 or 7 diff types. All sandwiches can be made w gf bread. They even had a delicious raspberry shortbread gf. My daughter asked for her sandwich to be warmed up and they used a separate pan vs the grill for her sandwich. Very knowledgeable and lots of choices. Big thumbs up!
We've been eating here for years and have always been pleased with the food, the allowances for food allergies and the quality. However, they have now begun using the Udi's bread sold at Costco, which is only marginally larger than the little loaves they previously used, but they now only give you one sandwich instead of 2. Mind you, you are already paying an upcharge for gf, but now you are getting 1/2 of what gluten eaters are getting. My son and his friend got the same sandwich, only my son's was gf and his was literally 1/2 the size but cost more. Extremely disappointed. We won't be going back.
Our server, Lori was great. She made sure that the kitchen knew that I have Celiac's, and was able to explain which sandwich fillings I couldn't have (only the portobello and goat cheese was out of bounds). Most of the menu is GF, and they toasted the Udi's bread in the oven to ensure no cross contamination. Food was delicious. We will come here again!
Looked online at the options. "Salad II" was listed as a "risoto and duck confit fritter" salad. Clearly marked as "GF" Called it in. Me: I'll take "Salad II". Is this gluten-free? Them: Yes. I arrive: Them: Here's your crab cake salad. Me: Wha...whaat?! I can't eat crab (shellfish are my other allergy). And doesn't that have bread crumbs in it? Didn't I order a duck config thingie? Them: Huh. No, that's at the Mt. Pleasant location. Salad II here is a crab cake salad. Me: Well, I can't eat that. Can I get this salad instead then? (And is it gluten-free out of the box?) Them: Yes. 5m later. Thanks. I pay my $14 -- for a salad that is listed as $11 and change. (I think they charged me for the crab cake salad thing.) 10m later. I get back to the office and open up my tiny spinach salad with a half slice of bread on one side. Crumbs have fallen in, all the way to the bottom of the box. I have to throw out about $3 worth of this (very meagre) salad, which, I later discover, is middling at best and very skimpy on anything that might help to fill me up at work. (But I bet the near-wilted spinach is local!!!!111!) Verdict: If you want over-priced, "local" food served by northeastern transplants who say "y'all" to pretend that they're locals, and you want them to royally mess up anything you order, just so that you can "eat local", then go there. But, if you want conscientious, allergen-aware service, I would recommend not going anywhere near this place. I know I won't be ever again. Plus the food wasn't really any good or innovative, IMO.
Small local lovely cafe that can modify many of its dishes to be gf. Food servers very conscientious and kind; cooks go out of their way to help you eat safely. Food local and very fresh; very delicious. Would eat here again. Safe for celiacs with proper precautions. Only thing I would change is to not have the almond based pastry for dessert. They source this from an external bakery; I was told this was safe and is eaten by their celiac clients who live locally, but it was not good for me. I consider this my fault for not being careful enough. The restaurant was otherwise very good, and I would eat there again.
Wonderful little place. Good was delicious for sure. Definitely a must try if you are in the area. A little off the beaten path so the atmosphere isn't very touristy, which was nice. Everything is a la cart so I ordered a half sandwich and a cup of soup and it was the perfect amount. The half sandwich on Udi's GF bread was actually a whole Udi's sandwich, guess they figure the Udi's bread is too small. Haha. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable and made sure to confirm my request for gluten free was due to an allergy not a preference. Will definitely be going back!
Loved this place! Ended up eating here twice, once for lunch and once for dinner because we enjoyed it so much. They were very allergy conscious and had plenty of gluten free options on their menu. I did not have any issues with cross contamination either. Also they have half price bottles of wine on Wednesday nights which is an added bonus!
I gave two stars just because the kitchen was way off the day I visited. The food however was yummy. The waitress brought out my salad with a piece of bread on top. And, I had requested hold the blue cheese, a request that was ignored. Probably need to be very careful and stress your allergies.
We were incredibly impressed with everything at Five Loaves! This is my first time in Charleston, but my fiancé is here for the Navy. We saw the ratings and the marks of safe for Celiac and had to try it out. I've got Celiac and DH so I'm really sensitive. We had delicious food and great service. They even made sure to give us gluten free bread to dip in the olive oil/balsamic combo. We will be back, thank you for the great experience.
Their SOUPS are awesome! All are gluten free and they usually have a vegan choice as well. I've tried the Mexican Chili, Tomato Tarragon with Crab, and Vegan roasted red pepper and black bean. All super yummy. Order the soup trio and try all three! They have gluten free breads for their sandwiches and amazing salads. A 1/2 salad and 8 oz soup was a great lunch portion.
I was in North Carolina for the holidays and we were driving around looking for a place to eat and we found five loaves. They were very careful. I had the best pork loin sandwich there. It was so good I had to order another one! The kids menu is kind of iffy for gluten free options.
The soup was amazing here! they offer gluten free bread for sandwiches. it was great, but honestly the soup was to die for, next time I might just go all out on the soups. every soup they offered was gluten free. I had the tomato and tarragon with crab meat soup... mmmm mmm.
The staff was very knowledgeable and food was good. However, we had to wait around 45 minutes for our sandwiches and when mine came it was wrong. They did quickly fix this problem and did not charge me for my meal. I am not sure what took so long for the meal to arrive, but they were very apologetic.
Lots of gf options! They seem to be very knowledgeable about keeping things separate. Had a half sandwich, which was really a full-size Udi's sandwich, and a soup sampler. All three soups were great, and the chicken salad sandwich was yummy! We'll be regulars when we're in Charleston!