Best Value: This humble and inviting corner cafe is located on the corner of Cannon and Coming Streets, and beloved by regulars and first-time visitors alike. Any choice from the Five Loaves lunch or dinner menus is likely a great value, with modestly priced yet artfully intricate soups, sandwiches and entrees. Menus provide a variety of vegetarian options, with popular soup/salad/sandwich combinations a popular option. Five Loaves salads are served with house-made dressings, and sandwiches feature meats from local Charleston area farms. Soup, dinner and dessert specials change daily, and the creative menu is organized by Herbivores, Carnivores, Between the Bread, and of course, Soups (check the chalkboard inside for daily selections). Five Loaves is ideal for an affordable lunch break or wallet-friendly date night; lunch items usually max out at $10, dinner prices typically fall below $20. Expect hearty sandwiches, impressive salad plates, and large entree portions.
Lunch: Five Loaves, wholeheartedly adored by neighborhood locals and visitors, is a charming corner restaurant a just off of the main tourist path on Cannon and Coming streets in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. The food is consistently fresh, and always priced at a great value for its reliably good taste and gorgeous presentations. The Five Loaves lunch menu provides a variety of omnivore, vegan and vegetarian options, with popular soup-salad-sandwich combinations a highlight of the midday selection. Salads are served with artful, house-made dressings, while open face sandwiches feature chicken and beef from local farms. Soups, dinner specials and dessert items change daily, with favorites like the Spinach Salad with polenta croutons and pearl onions, Reuben with turkey pastrami and Hot Ham & Brie serving as menu regulars. Expect a busy (well-deserved) crowd at this small neighborhood spot during peak hours, and a very satisfied palate post-meal.
Romantic Dining: This locals' favorite date spot makes for a lovely Valentine's Day night out (or any celebratory occasion) that's not just affordable, but an awesome value. The food served is excellent for that price tag; count on being surprised and delighted at the variety of creative and unique soups, sandwiches, pasta and risotto dishes, with plenty of delicious vegetarian options. There are some big, bold flavors at this small but charming restaurant. Try a trio of options with the soup sampler appetizer, or start with the eggplant-wrapped goat cheese--both great options to get you warmed up for the Thai Hot Pot, Chicken Marsala, Tri-Colored Cheese Tortellini.
Best Restaurants: From loaded salads and stacked deli-style sandwiches to impressively flavorful soups, curry, fish, and chicken dishes, Five Loaves satisfies every party and taste. Ask any Five Loaves regular for their perfect meal, and they'll likely recommend a unique set of choices--not to mention the fantastic daily specials. We humbly recommend the Eggplant-Wrapped Goat Cheese to start, followed by the Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini or the Pumpkin Seed-Encrusted Salmon. Looking for a quick lunch? Go half and half with your choice of soup-salad, soup-sandwich, or salad-sandwich. Beyond just palette, Five Loaves takes care of those with dietary restrictions or food allergies, and offering clearly marked menu options during both lunch and dinner service.
Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus: Ask any local for their recommended healthy, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly restaurant, and they'll probably send you to Five Loaves downtown. Located on Coming street in a quiet residential area, Five Loaves has been serving a dedicated crowd of regulars for over ten years. What makes Five Loaves so special in the Charleston community is its dedication to an intricately planned, highly varied menu, with both regular and nightly offerings. Soups are a highlight at Five Loaves, which are housemade and different each day and night. Dessert options also change daily, and are consistently tempting. Gluten-free diners will enjoy the wide selection of options on the Five Loaves lunch and dinner menus, including dishes like the Mushroom & Quinoa Salad, Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Salmon, and the Eggplant Wrapped Goat Cheese. What's more, all Five Loaves sandwiches can be prepared on Udi's gluten-free bread!
Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:
Best Value: "Make plans to visit Five Loaves on Wednesdays and Saturdays to enjoy half price bottles of wine with your dinner!"
Lunch: "Join the regulars for lunch at Five Loaves! If you're a soup lover, try a sampling of the daily specials in three small soup pours."
Romantic Dining: "Plan your date night for Saturday for half-price bottles of wine!"
Best Restaurants: "Five Loaves takes on a different mood from lunch to dinner. Head here for a quicker, more casual soup and sandwich, or choose dinner for a cozy neighborhood date night."
Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus: "Five Loaves has something for everyone! Check out their menu online for a sneak peek at their gluten-free options."
Recommended as Best Value Because: Ask any local for a best value meal recommendation, and they'll likely steer you down Coming Street to Five Loaves for a soup/salad/sandwich lunch.
Best for Lunch Because: You'll likely leave Five Loaves full, happy, and impressed; this corner cafe serves gourmet soups and sandwiches on the cheap!
Best for Romantic Dining Because: The atmosphere at Five Loaves, tucked into a residential neighborhood off King Stree, lends itself perfectly to romantic dinner date.
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: A best-in-town restaurant doesn't have to be expensive. The fans of Five Loaves speak volumes for the great value of well-prepared lunch and dinner dishes.
Best for Restaurants with Gluten-Free Menus Because: Five Loaves is an excellent restaurant choice for lunch and dinner, for all types of diets and tastes, with one of Charleston's most varied menus.
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