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, none of them are tacky tourist traps, and most people from outside Charleston won’t have heard of them.
With TV shows filming here and my city gaining various accolades in the public eye, here’s where the Lowcountry locals go!
In May 2012, my husband and I visited Charleston for apartment hunting. After looking at various apartments, we needed a quick meal before heading back to Florence, and since we’ve never been a fan of big chain restaurants, we wanted some tasty local food.
After all, you don’t just come to Charleston and eat at Wendy’s.
We were scheduled to move down 3 weeks later, so we pulled up at Ladle’s Soups for lunch, just about a mile away from the apartment we eventually signed a lease for. That first meal at Ladle’s was excellent, and the staff was so supportive of our move. They got to know us, told us about the area, and even recommended that apartment complex.
Would two Charleston newcomers get this type of attention at a fast food place or a chain restaurant? Highly unlikely.
A little less than a year later, in May 2013, after leaving the lawyer’s office from closing on our home and dropping 30K in down payments and closing fees, we knew what we wanted for lunch- Ladle’s Soups.
Ladle’s is a local chain here with various locations around the Charleston area, but we frequent the West Ashley location since that’s where we live. They offer 10 different soups each day and various sandwiches and salads, as well as pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs. They also have daily soup specials and special sandwiches occasionally.
We always choose Ladle’s over Atlanta Bread, Panera, or McAlister’s Deli. It’s tastier, cheaper, and local. With all the menu options, if we don’t know what we want for dinner, we know we can go to Ladle’s and find something tasty to eat- there’s a ton of combinations.
Lately, we’ve been purchasing the frozen soups (3 for $10) because we can heat them up for a quick dinner here at the house. You can’t make soup that cheap, and it’s great for busy weeknights. Last weekend, Clay’s mom came to visit before her cruise and we went out to lunch. She loved the soup so much, we had to go back during the week and buy her some quarts of frozen soup to take home with her after the cruise.
If you’re ever in the Charleston area and want something healthy and hearty, with great service and easy on your wallet, check out Ladle’s Soups!
As always, I’m dedicated to only reviewing products and places I believe in or personally like. I was not compensated for this review in any way, nor was I paid for this post.