As the parents of a three-year-old whose energy levels equal those of a tornado, we are big fans of the fast-casual dining trend. We’re fortunate that Charleston has several high-quality, locally-owned options in this category (see below for some of our favorites), but we’re always excited when a new place opens up. So when we recently found ourselves in Mount Pleasant with a hungry
tornado toddler, we headed to the recently-opened Kairos Greek Kitchen for a quick bite.
We’ll confess that we initially assumed Kairos was a chain, given its large size and location in a big-box shopping center (Bowman Place) – and we would have enjoyed it all the same. However, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Kairos is actually the product of John Ondo, who was formerly the chef at downtown’s much-loved, now-closed Lana. While Lana always had some Mediterranean-influenced dishes on its Italian menu, Ondo has now headed east and firmly embraced healthy Greek fare.
Kairos’ concept is essentially Greek Chipotle: choose a base, protein, spread and toppings and watch as your meal is assembled in front of you. Kairos offers falafel, lamb, chicken or meatballs in pitas, rice bowls and salads, which can be piled high with as many fresh, veggie-focused toppings as you wish – we recommend the red pepper feta and tomato cucumber salad in particular! A deliciously lemon-y hummus (paired with crisp pita chips) can also be ordered as a side item, and there is a small beer & wine selection.
The space is as clean as the flavors, with Aegean-blue chairs and light wood floors, tables and paneling. Service is also very friendly, with workers patiently explaining the menu to first-timers and helping people who’ve ordered too much food (yes, it was us) get it all to their table without dropping any food (or their child). High chairs are plentiful, and the reasonably-priced kids’ menu offers variations on the standard menu. We’ll definitely be back the next time we’ve got a hangry kid and a hankering for Greek food!
Kairos Greek Kitchen website
1100 Bowman Avenue, Mount Pleasant, SC
V-Dub Grub’s kid-friendly rating: A+
Other fast-casual favorites in Charleston:
Caviar and Bananas (downtown)
Zia Taqueria (James Island)
Joey Tomatoes (Mount Pleasant)
Verde (downtown and Mount Pleasant)