Bustling with students and downtown workers, Caviar & Bananas dishes up the best kind of fast food. A naked kale salad serves as the colorful centerpiece in a display case of pre-made foods, an overwhelming number of which are vegetables — from roasted brussels sprouts to black-eyed pea succotash to fresh asparagus. The lunchbox deal lets you pick three options from the case for a flat $11 per pound, a significant savings when most dishes run $12.50/lb. If that’s not enough green for you, the salad menu has a build-it-yourself option along with house specialties like the Thai salad and the West Coast Cobb, which substitutes lobster for boring old chicken. The sandwich board is topped by the don’t-miss duck confit sandwich, while fresh sushi is made on the spot with clever combinations like the Southern Roll (cocktail shrimp, pimento cheese, red pepper, candied pecans, spicy mayo, and white rice). The pastry counter is stocked with flaky sweets and custom-roasted coffees and espressos, which makes their weekend brunch hard to pass up if you’re in the area. A smaller outpost in the City Market Great Hall offers well-prepared sandwiches, salads, and to-go fare. —Stephanie Barna
Dish (Winter 2014)
This specialty grocery store also has an extensive selection of custom sandwiches, tossed-to-order salads, fresh sushi, and prepared foods. Plenty of space for dining in, plus wine, beer, and coffee.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Best of Charleston winner
Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (daily)
Thu., Aug. 1, 5-8 p.m. 2013
Wed., June 26, 5-8 p.m. 2013
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