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 11 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 2018)
More than 60 soups that are healthy, hearty, or light.