Our Favorite Charleston Restaurants for Takeout


My family likes to eat! Going out to try new restaurants or tasting new types of foods makes us feel like we are on an adventure, traveling to a new place. During the pandemic, this is one thing we have missed terribly. The exposure that food brings to different cultures and ways of life is something our whole family enjoys exploring. Since March we’ve been trying new places via takeout. I have a few great suggestions for you to try the next time you want to experience tastes from a different land.

Some great Charleston restaurants for takeout

Cuban Gypsy Pantry

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With locations downtown, Summerville, and North Charleston this authentic take on Cuban cuisine brings flavors to the Charleston food scene that I have not tasted before. From croquettes to empanadas, to sweet plantains, the appetizers and sides section of the menu lets you taste lots of unique options. Our family split the family size Havana Vieja and the garlic butter shrimp. All super tasty, but the standout of the evening was the potato dumplings dish that was better than any gnocchi I have tried! My whole family enjoyed this meal and it traveled well. Plus, if you have a kid who just likes pizza, they have this on the menu as well. We will be ordering from them again hoping to try all the options.


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If you like seafood, Nico’s is the place for authentic French style deliciousness in Mount Pleasant. From freshly shucked oysters to pasta and so much more. They really knock it out of the park with their take-home meals. They’ve also recently started doing “Super Mama Meals” that are made in their kitchen and cooked in your oven. A simple way to take care of dinner with options for the whole family. My husband and I have ordered Nico’s for two special occasions we’ve had during the pandemic and we have been very impressed with their level of service and food presentation.

Jack of Cups

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To sum up this restaurant in one word it would be yummy. They have an eclectic menu with lots of great vegetarian and gluten-free options, all with a seasonal twist. Some of my family’s favorites include all of their soups, the chana masala, and their sharable options that let everyone try a taste. We always order too much, but we manage to eat it all every time! Located on Folly Beach, they have outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and often do a pop up at Paddock & Whisky. Check their website to see all their seasonal, delicious options.

Little Miss Ha

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Authentic Vietnamese cuisine that reminds you of your favorite dish that your grandmother used to make is the best way to describe the feeling you get when you eat this food. We always start with the fluffiest bao buns that are stuffed with short ribs! The vegetarian pho is soul-warming. I like to compare it to Jewish matzah ball soup that has a special healing quality. Owner and fellow Charleston mom, Janice Hudgins, put a special emphasis on the “Little Dragon” menu, which highlights her four children’s favorite dishes. Located in Mount Pleasant, they also do delivery across the Lowcountry on specific days of the week.

There are so many takeout options we haven’t yet tried, but we can’t wait to do so. The ones at the top of our list are Spanglish, Martha Lou’s Kitchen, Ravenel Seafood, and Dellz. Also, check out Lowcountry Eat Out! on Facebook to see what your neighbors are saying about their local experiences around town. Enjoy traveling around the world in the comfort of your home!

And for more great places to eat around the Lowcountry, don’t forget to check out our Charleston Moms EATS series!

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Charleston Moms EATS: Sullivan’s Board Co.

What are your favorite local restaurants to order takeout from?