Good Food, To Go: Charleston's Best Takeout Restaurants

You're hungry. You're tired–probably from all of the Charleston, South Carolina exploration you've been doing on foot or by bike. Hey, it's perfectly understandable and completely natural to crave something quick, delicious, and mobile. If you're new in town, it could take some research to pin down Charleston's best restaurants for take out and delivery meals. Not to worry: we've rounded up the best downtown Charleston food that's available in to-go form, so you don't have to!

From take out and delivery pizza to sushi and sandwiches, you'll find it all on the peninsula. Want to take a chewy, cheesey pizza back to the hotel? Stop by funky Mellow Mushroom on King Street, or the beloved Elliotborough neighborhood hotspot, D'Allesandro's. For sushi, noodles, and wok stir fry dishes, hit up Spring Roll Asian Cuisine, or skip a block down the street for take out chicken in all its forms at The Kickin' Chicken.

Lunch can be taken along for the ride as well. Visit Persimmon Cafe or Caviar & Bananas for a delicious to-go meal that is portable enough for a picnic at The Battery or in Hampton Park. Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice: Black Bean Company and Dellz Uptown have you covered with fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads, and more.



Visit the tiny Taco Spot for dine in on their outdoor picnic tables out back, or grab some of their quick Mexican tacos and quesadillas to-go. There's plenty of variety on the Taco Spot menu, and they specialize in speedy take out tacos! Choose...  Read More

Bon Banh Mi
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This small Spring Street restaurant may even be better for take out than it is for dine in. Nothing on the menu here is over $10.75 (that's the price for three tacos), with most sandwiches and salads coming in at just $8.75. That's refreshing in...  Read More



This casual Asian restaurant serves everything from Thai noodle dishes and wok stir-fry to sushi and Chinese specialty. Spring Roll, a family-owned fixture on busy King Street downtown, is much better than your average Chinese take out...  Read More



This cozy corner pizza joint is a locals' favorite, located in the heart of the residential Elliotborough neighborhood. D'Als, as it is called by its regulars, is an excellent place to kick back and enjoy a beer and a couple of slices of thin,...  Read More



With locations downtown and on James Island, Black Bean Company brings healthy, vegan and vegetarian-friendly food to the masses. Their downtown King Street location is open from 7am - 10pm 7 days a week, and you can get your fix of the good...  Read More



This corner restaurant is small, but colorful and lively inside and out. Expect quick, friendly service and plenty of "good vibes," a priority for the family-owned Dellz business. Dellz Uptown, located just past the Crosstown in the northern...  Read More



Prepare yourself: Mellow Mushroom pizza is unlike any other pizza you've had before. The distinctive Mellow Mushroom style is a unique (and perhaps perfect) blend of chewy dough baked in a stone hearth, with an impressive array of topping...  Read More



Take note of the separate take out and to-go entrance for the downtown location of Kickin' Chicken on King Street. These people mean business when it comes to chicken on the go! That's exactly what's on the menu at this popular sports bar and...  Read More



Yes, Persimmon Cafe is located in a laundromat. Humbly sharing space with the washers and dryers, this neighborhood sandwich shop is serving up some simply delicious soups and sandwiches. The name of the game here is "grilled panini," and the...  Read More

Caviar & Bananas
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You may be craving a stuffed sandwich or wrap, while a friend is begging for a refreshing salad. One person wants iced coffee and a muffin, while another simply wants to pick up some pasta salad, Eggplant Parmesan, and a bottle of wine for...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days...  More About Clare