Delicious comfort food that's also healthy, locally-sourced and sustainable. That's the hallmark of the Five Loaves Cafe, which works with local suppliers for the freshest meats, vegetables and dairy products. Casey Glowacki,, co-owner Glowfisch Group, says that he was inspired by his love of making soups to offer good food that is also affordable: "My food always leans towards a healthy approach but not to be labeled as such. I like food that people can understand, portions that are fair, and prices as low as I can possibly make them so that folks can dine more than once a week at my places."
From sourcing ingredients to disposing of leftovers and containers, restaurant is committed to sustainable and environmentally responsible practices. It serves only hormone-free and pasture-raised beef, and antibiotic-free chicken and turkey raised in the Carolinas. Restaurant buildings use sustainable materials and ecologically sound building design and methods. Take-out containers for food and drinks are made from recycled materials and are biodegradable.
The details no doubt help customers appreciate the food all the more, though it is delicious in its own right. Soups are a popular favorite, naturally. Specialities such as "The tomato tarragon with crabmeat has been with us from day one as well as the Mexican chicken chili and potato-broccoli soup. People really like to mention our caesar salad and Turkey sandwich as well as they both have unique twists to them," says Glowacki. There are plenty of options for vegetarians as well.
He credits the chefs for the delicious menu: "All of our food is made from scratch daily with love from very passionate skilled chefs. I tend to gravitate towards folks that really love food and the business as these are the questions I focus on when interviewing."
Charleston fully returns the love, and Five Loaves regularly makes it to the Best of Charleston and Things to do in Charleston lists. A listing of things you can get addicted to in Charleston includes Anything from Five Loaves Café, such as tuna salad made with dill, grainy mustard, sliced red grapes, and topped with cheddar cheese on a croissant.
There's a juice bar next door to the cafe, where people can enjoy smoothies, acai bowls, yerba mate tea and more while waiting for their table. In the cafe, the rustic chic ambience with butchers block tables is a pleasant backdrop for the food. Weekend brunches are also a good choice, with mimosas to accompany the meal.
Amid the plenty, Five Loaves takes the time to remember those less fortunate and supports the local East Cooper Meals on Wheels through regular donations.