Black Bean Co. calls itself Charleston’s “premium organic, all-natural, speedy service restaurant.” It’s the creation of young Charleston native and Culinary Institute graduate Ellis Grossman, who eagerly and entrepreneurially offers healthy, ethical food all at a reasonable price. Black Bean’s wraps, inspired by world cuisines, roll up a variety of lean proteins, lettuces and vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheeses, and legumes inside fresh tortillas. There are also healthy soups and salads, often made with local ingredients. And the smoothies are a great option in the summer heat. Grossman has been growing his produce on a plot out at Thackeray Farms on Wadmalaw, ensuring that everything is indeed as fresh and local as he can get it. The prices have inched up a bit (the gyros are no longer the amazing steal of $4), but as we all know, particularly when it comes to food, quality doesn’t come cheap. They’ve added locations and will be opening a couple more in the near future. Cue the American fast food takeover. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Summer 2013)
The West Ashley location features live music, Sun. brunch, and full entrees like Carolina shrimp and quinoa and smoked paprika rubbed pork tenderloin.
Features: Outdoor Dining, Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Live Music
Hours: B, L,& D