I need help finding a casual lunch venue, with creative vegetarian options, for approximately 30 people on the day before Thanksgiving (2008). I've searched past threads about vegetarian dining suggestions in Charleston and google searched for Charleston restaurants and just can't find what I'm looking for. I have been to Charleston, albeit it brief. I am certain options exist. I just was not afforded time to find them.
This outing will be a post-wedding luncheon. I can't emphasize enough the non-traditional, informal, casual atmosphere of the event. Irreverent is not too strong a term to describe this wedding. As the bride and groom and the majority of the guests are micro-brew afficionadoes, it would be ideal to find a local gastro-pub or brew pub with an inspired food menu. Most of wedding guests are meat eaters, so vegan restaurants are not ideal for this crowd.
Let me be very specific about what "creative vegetarian options" means to me:
1. Food must not contain any meat or seafood of any kind; including veggie items cooked with ham hock, chicken or any other meat stock, Thai fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce (anchovies), etc.
2. Mock meat is unacceptable, meaning any vegetarian food substitute that resembles the taste or texture of real meat
3. The "creative" part means more menu options than a house salad or portabello sandwich (actually, in this specific instance portabellos fall into item #2 above)
With all of the fabulous restaurants in Charleston, I am sure there's more than one place that meets these criteria. Thanks for your help! I look forward to your suggestions.