Local in the Lowcountry: Roti Rolls

In the spirit of truly feeling “at home” in Charleston, I’m reviewing some of my favorite “hidden gems” around town. You might not see these businesses on TV and none are tacky tourist traps.

With my city gaining various accolades in the public eye, here’s where the Lowcountry locals go!


Food truck lunches are a way of life for people like Clay who work in large, traditional, corporate offices, because driving to a location, ordering, and eating lunch within an hour can be challenging. 100% of people working in my (home) office would support a truck if it came here, but it’s hard enough to get an ice cream truck to come to Suburbia by the Swamps, let alone a food truck.

On Saturdays and Sundays at the local farmer’s markets, I can get my food truck fix, and I frequent one of our favorite Charleston-area food trucks, Roti Rolls.

DSCN6924

Most Saturdays, Charleston residents can find Roti Rolls at the Marion Square Farmer’s Market, and on Sundays, they visit the Sunday Brunch Farmer’s Market on James Island when it’s in season. The Marion Square Market is huge, so we usually visit the James Island market on Sundays- lots of parking, closer to home, fewer vendors (but all the necessities), and same delicious food trucks.

Roti Rolls features small sandwiches on their signature roti bread, filled with delicious and local ingredients, but they occasionally offer other favorites such as chickpea sliders, a roti grilled cheese sandwich, noodle dishes, Creole mac and cheese, and Korean tacos.

DSCN6925

Roti Rolls fuses Indian, Korean, Latin American, and Southern food for a delicious lunch on wheels. One roti, the French Kiss, features cheddar grits, braised beef tongue, egg, and kimchi- how’s that for fusing different cultures and flavors?

Some of our favorite dishes include the Buddha and Lotus Bowls, which are noodle dishes. The Buddha Bowl contains bone broth, rice noodles, short ribs, egg, and kimchi, while the vegetarian version, the Lotus Bowl, contains rice noodles, kombu broth, kale, squash, and pickled beets.

DSCN6932

Roti Rolls’ menu changes based on the local produce and demand, so when the noodle bowls aren’t available, Clay and I usually order a few roti sandwiches and an order of kimchi fried rice to split. If the chickpea sliders are on the menu, I order those because they are smaller versions of the Chickpea burger, a signature dish at The Green Door (a restaurant that was located downtown and operated by the creator of Roti Rolls, Cory Burke).

DSCN7460

Despite preparing your order in a truck, Roti Rolls strives accommodate all tastes. I don’t eat meat and rarely eat seafood, but I’ve never left hungry, and most of the vegetarian options are vegan as well. For the meat-eaters, the roti sandwiches contain every type of meat from short rib to swordfish to chicken salad.

While the flavors are far from traditional, they are very delicious. Charleston is known for shrimp and grits, coconut cake, fried foods, and other Southern dishes, but trucks like Roti Rolls have carved out a niche following. Each week, they use Facebook and Twitter to let those following know where they’ll be.

You can’t find the culinary delicacies of Roti Rolls at any Charleston-area restaurant, but if you see the green truck out and about, rethink your traditional lunch or dinner and plan to have an adventurous feast… from a green truck.

DSCN6930

Other Local In the Lowcountry reviews:

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Charleston Food, Downtown, James Island, Local in the Lowcountry and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Local in the Lowcountry: Roti Rolls

  1. I have never tried Roti Rolls… wish I had before going GF.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I’m not sure if they have gluten free entrees or not (obviously not the sandwiches; not sure about the rice and noodle dishes). I don’t know much about gluten free to really know, but they do sell the kimchi by the mason jar :).

  2. harveylisam says:

    Street food is always so amazing!!

  3. Pam says:

    If there are food trucks in Wilmington, they are in a area that I do not frequent. I am quite jealous of Roti Rolls after my mouth was watering throughout this post. The food looks amazing and so fresh. We do have a nice farmers market, but there are no food trucks in attendance.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Our downtown market has a lot of food vendors. The others have some, but not nearly as many because they’re just not as big (and the trucks go to the downtown market because they can get more business there, instead of the John’s Island market, for instance).

      Food trucks don’t come out to where I live either, we always have to go to them. They go to Clay’s job a lot! Seems like aside from Farmer’s Markets and breweries, local companies/govt. contracts are where they go.

  4. carmyy says:

    oh that looks goooooooooooood.

  5. allieksmith says:

    I still have yet to eat from a food truck! I really want to, though. All of the food looks so, so good and super fresh. Yum :). I’m sorry you don’t get to see much of any ice cream trucks!! I’m kind of by the city, yet still in a suburb (yeah.. that makes total sense, right?!), so we hear ice cream trucks almost every night in the summer!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I hope you can eat from a truck, hehe. I’m kinda jealous of the ice cream trucks that come by each day. We get maybe one a week out here. We have tons of kids and live in a subdivision, but it’s further out than most suburban neighborhoods.

  6. Amy says:

    I love food trucks! We have tried a bunch out here in Denver and hardly ever have been disappointed. There are a ton of small “nano” breweries in industrial areas here that do not serve food, but they bring the food trucks in and it is a fun night.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s