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Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in South Carolina that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local South Carolina Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Charleston

  • Beech – They have two locations in Charleston, each with a very fresh, mostly dairy-free menu. They serve cold-pressed juices, smoothies (made with almond milk or coconut water), acai bowls (also dairy-free), poke bowls, bagels, toast, wraps, and salads. They have a couple vegan menu items specifically, and they only use dairy in a few selections – like cream cheese or butter for the bagels.
  • BKeDSHoP – They’re well known for yeast-raised donuts in a variety of flavors, with daily vegan options. You might find vegan apple fritters, vanilla bean donuts, cinnamon buns, or several others. They also offer vegan oat black sesame milkshakes, oat milk for coffee drinks, and other specials in store.
  • Brown Dog Deli – This eclectic eatery serves breakfast and lunch menus filled with vegan options. In the morning, they have vegan scrambled “eggs,” faux sausage, dairy-free cheddar, and vegan gluten-free bread. They also have a loaded vegan breakfast burrito and can likely make many other items dairy-free. For lunch, they have several vegan and dairy-free entrees and sides. They also offer smoothies (some dairy-free) and acai bowls.

Fort Mill

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.

Greenville

  • Biscuit Head – They started in North Carolina, but this Southern-style restaurant has one location in South Carolina. They serve vegan and gluten-free biscuits with not one, but two choices of vegan gravy. According to their staff, any of their egg dishes can be made without dairy, and their potatoes can be served without cheese. They also have several naturally dairy-free items, including red eye gravy, sriracha slaw, calaloo collards, sriracha sausage, country ham, brisket, pulled pork, bacon, mimosa fried chicken, kale salad, and granola.
  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.

Lexington

Myrtle Beach

  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza – This southeastern chain offers dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge! In fact, their classic pizza crust and sauce are vegan, and they can make any veggie pizza vegan. They also have a fantastic allergen list. It tells you the specific items with dairy AND the items that contain dairy even when you hold the cheese.

Summerville

  • BKeDSHoP – You can pick up a vegan donut, oat milk coffee drink, and a plant at this bakery + plant shop. They bake yeast-raised donuts in a variety of flavors, with daily vegan options. You might find vegan apple fritters, strawberry jelly donuts, cinnamon buns, or several others. They also blend vegan oat black sesame milkshakes, have a savory selection, and might have and other seasonal goodies in store.

Most Popular Chains in South Carolina for Dairy-Free Diners

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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