Hours: Lunch, Dinner, (Mon.-Sat.)
Basically the antithesis of Seinfeld’s famous “Soup Nazi,” Ladles is a charming local chain providing all manner of liquid sustenance to the Lowcountry. Started more than 10 years ago, it’s quickly expanded far beyond Charleston, but maintains its commitment to quality with a rigorous franchise plan all owners must adhere to. That means that the tangy lemon chicken soup is just as good downtown as it is in West Ashley. And did I mention affordable? At $3.75 a bowl, you can’t beat the price. —Kinsey Gidick (Dish, Summer 2019)
More than 60 soups that are healthy, hearty, or light.