Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Coming to Forest Acres

Word on the Street (and on WLTX) is that Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a successful chain from Charlotte, has agreed to lease a spot in the new Cardinal Crossing on Forest Drive (where old Cardinal Newman HS used to stand). Bad Daddy's menu features lots of burger offerings, non-burgers, salads and a create-your-own menu that … Continue reading Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Coming to Forest Acres

The Market Restaurant & the South Carolina Farmers Market

Here's a fun way to spend a couple hours and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch while you're at it. The Market Restaurant is located on the SC State Farmers Market grounds in West Columbia. It's locally owned and operated, and it offers a breakfast menu of traditional fare (eggs, meats, combination platters, omelets, biscuits, … Continue reading The Market Restaurant & the South Carolina Farmers Market

The Brewery Comedy Tour stops at Old Mill Brewpub

Saturday June 22, 2019 at 9pm Laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that has already hit 900 breweries across the U.S. More than a dozen New York and L.A. stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. This stop at … Continue reading The Brewery Comedy Tour stops at Old Mill Brewpub

Refreshing Fruity Cocktails

Watermelon Paloma Picture and Recipe Courtesy Watermelon Board  Ingredients 3 ounces silver tequila1/4 cup grapefruit juice1/2 cup cubed watermelon1 cup watermelon juice, frozen in ice cube tray (optional)2 teaspoons agave nectar1 tablespoon lime juicevaried amount club sodavaried amount kosher saltsprigs mint or basil for garnishtwo wedges watermelon for garnish  Instructions Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Line the rims of two … Continue reading Refreshing Fruity Cocktails

O’Hara’s Live Music – June 2019

Music is intrinsically woven into the fabric of Ireland. You'll often pass a a busker singing along the sidewalk in the streets of Dublin, or hear the strains of "Whiskey in the Jar" or "Molly Malone" come streaming out of a neighborhood pub. At O'Hara's Public House in Lexington, you'll find an appreciation for local … Continue reading O’Hara’s Live Music – June 2019

Spirit of Lake Murray to Operate as Dockside Party Venue

The next time you are planning a get-together, you have a new unique option! The Spirit of Lake Murray (formerly a cruising yacht) will now be permanently anchored dockside on the Lexington side of the lake, and will offer itself as a floating party and events venue... right on Lake Murray, with outstanding water views … Continue reading Spirit of Lake Murray to Operate as Dockside Party Venue

Snow Cove Shaved Ice and Snack Bar Now Open!

Lake Murray's new hippest hang-out is now open and Snow Cove is destined to become your favorite spot for fun! Foosball, corn-hole, deck-sitting beside the lake sipping Wine Slushies, a grassy area with picnic tables... There is nothing quite as relaxing around these parts as sitting beside sparkling Lake Murray on a warm, breezy day. … Continue reading Snow Cove Shaved Ice and Snack Bar Now Open!

M Gourmet Group :: Summer Foods that Cool & Refresh!

"Luckily, it is possible to reduce the effects of heat by eating "cool foods" to help lower body temperature. Foods such as watermelons, cucumbers, apples, and leafy greens can accomplish a lower body temperature." Damijana Presečnik, M. Sc. in Nutrition Let's Go! Apples and Shrimp Salad :: Diced fuji apples, shrimp & flying fish roe in a … Continue reading M Gourmet Group :: Summer Foods that Cool & Refresh!

Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

Sunday is a great day, isn't it? It's not just the traditional Christian Sabbath where we are told by God to "relax, put your feet up... it's been a long week. I need you to focus on what's important in life..." (paraphrasing, of course). It's the day we spend with family and friends, enjoying the … Continue reading Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

June 2019 Food and Drink Events

GET LEI'D :: 2ND ANNUAL LUAU SATURDAY JUNE 1ST They're roasting a pig at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company today... and serving it with traditional Hawaiian sides! Don your grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt and expect to get lei'd! All for a good cause - to help end Cystic Fibrosis! Serving White IPA and many more … Continue reading June 2019 Food and Drink Events

Live Music at Tombo Grille: June 2019

New! Saturday Nights are for Great Food AND Live Music! Saturday Nights This Summer 7pm - 10pm Flat Out Strangers June 1 :: Flat Out Strangers June 8th :: Two for the Road Tyler & Joelle June 15th :: Tyler & Joelle Time Pirates June 22nd :: Time Pirates Don and Sara Ann Russo June … Continue reading Live Music at Tombo Grille: June 2019

Jr. Chef’s Winning Plant-Based Pizza Recipe on School Menus

Tuesday, May 28 will be a big day for Arden Elementary School third-grader Laycee Conway. Laycee Conway, Jr. Chef As winner of The Junior League of Columbia’s Jr. Chef Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Contest, Laycee’s Pita Pocket Pizza will be on the menu at every school in the district that day. Richland One Superintendent Dr. … Continue reading Jr. Chef’s Winning Plant-Based Pizza Recipe on School Menus

Picnic Time! Best Places in the Midlands

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK | Northeast Columbia Located in Northeast Columbia on Two Notch Road, "Sesqui" is a beloved 1400 acre park that offers many activities for visitors including a 30-acre lake with fishing boat, kayak/canoe, SUP and pedal boat rentals, 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, a splash pad for cooling off, a playground … Continue reading Picnic Time! Best Places in the Midlands

Savage Craft Ale Coming to West Columbia

West Columbia Adds River District Excitement with Sale of Property to Craft Brewery West Columbia, SC (May 14, 2019, at 1:30 PM) – The City of West Columbia is excited to announce the sale of the property for the future Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia’s River District area. The new brewery is scheduled … Continue reading Savage Craft Ale Coming to West Columbia

Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

Before it gets too hot and humid, enjoy dining outside at one of the sidewalk tables at Miyo's Harbison! You'll be out of the sun and in the shade when you sit in their portico - where you can relax with your favorite cooling beverage from the bar... and some of their extraordinary food! Then … Continue reading Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

Now Open: Home Team BBQ – Columbia

With three locations in Charleston, and one in Colorado, Home Team BBQ didn't really need another restaurant to up its reputation. Their smoky, dry-rub BBQ, and delicious wings did a lot of the talking. But, when long-time Five Points eatery Harper's closed it's doors, they saw it as too good of an opportunity to pass … Continue reading Now Open: Home Team BBQ – Columbia

Summer Party Planning?

We have a few ideas when it comes to caterers for that extra special summer party your guests will remember fondly forever... and you will too! Why should you cook, clean, and entertain? Leave the cooking and serving to one of these fine Columbia caterers: Fancy That! Catering When you start planning your event, ordering … Continue reading Summer Party Planning?

Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

Mimosas are served daily at Fancy That! Bistro A mimosa is one of the most refreshing cocktails, especially in warm weather. It is the perfect beverage served with brunch. The combination of orange juice and sparkling wine, usually champagne, has been around for centuries... but perfected at Fancy That! Bistro in downtown Columbia! Order one … Continue reading Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

¡Cinco de Mayo!

The 5th of May is a minor cause for celebration in Mexico, but it has evolved into a major celebration of Mexican culture here in the U.S. It's on a Sunday this year - not a workday for most folks... so let's get partying! Know any good places with great Mexican food, drink and atmosphere? … Continue reading ¡Cinco de Mayo!

Why So Crabby?

Have you noticed the number of new crab houses around Columbia? "What's with that?", you may ask. I sure did. The first one I saw was coming to Bower Parkway, called the Wild Crab. It's since opened and it offers a seafood menu of traditional fried seafood, but its specialty is crab boils... bags of … Continue reading Why So Crabby?

O’Hara’s Public House for Lunch

Restaurants across the Midlands offer lunch specials to help build that part of their business, a slower time of day for most. O'Hara's Public House in Lexington pulls out all the stops! Each day their chef comes up with a tasty, beautiful lunch special... to find out what they are offering each day, turn to … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House for Lunch

M Vista

What makes each restaurant in the M Gourmet Group the same, yet unique? Each one has a distinct personality, yet shares the same or similar menu and high level quality of service. Lunch at M Vista M Vista is always bustling. Guests enjoy the convenience of its Lady Street location and the ability to park … Continue reading M Vista

Catering with Pizazz

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering Fancy That! is considered one of the best caterers in Columbia and with good reason. They have been working at it for 28 years. Fancy That's owner is Harvey Etheredge, who is also the Catering Director. He personally oversees every catering job, from start to finish, whether a wedding rehearsal … Continue reading Catering with Pizazz

Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Look at these amazing additions to their menu... just in time to enjoy on their expanded patio area behind the dining room! Check out their full menu here. And take a look below at some of this amazing fresh food! Tofu Ramen : agedash tofu, shitake, seaweed, scallions, fried shallot, authentic ramen noodles, red miso … Continue reading Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

You can always count on an amazing gourmet dinner at Tombo Grille... never any doubt. TripAdvisor reviews place Tombo in the Top 50 Restaurants in Columbia (out of 772!) and it's the recipient of the prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Tombo rolls out a new Spring Menu each March, and we were tripped out … Continue reading Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub

Don't you love a restaurant with history and atmosphere - exposed brick, wooden floors, tall windows, stained glass... stuff that transports you from your daily fight with traffic and Walmart and work? Where the place itself relaxes you, not just the alcoholic beverages being served (although they do help). Old Mill Brewpub is located inside … Continue reading Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub

MJ’s Grill

Website | (803) 445-1455 | 5 Lake Carolina Way, Suite 160 MJ's Grill is an American grill and bar located in the Town Center at Lake Carolina. Opened in February 2019, MJ's family-friendly atmosphere and diverse menu have led it to quickly become a local favorite! Whether it's an afternoon football game, a family dinner, … Continue reading MJ’s Grill

The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

by Ethan Hanson The cake window at Kaminsky's gives the Hope Diamond exhibit a run for its money. Now, everything that Kaminsky's produces is simply sublime, but these seven pies are truly their PIEce de résistance (see what I did there?). I've taken it upon myself to rank them, but it's your job to choose … Continue reading The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

Wild Crab Seafood

Opens on Friday, March 8th! Shrimp or Crawfish, potatoes, corn, sausage, and cajun seasoning. Whether you call it Beaufort Stew, Lowcountry Boil, or a Cajun Boil, this classic recipe has become an icon of southern dinner parties. And soon, it will have a new representative in Wild Crab Seafood. Wild Crab Seafood is coming to … Continue reading Wild Crab Seafood

Our Happy Hour Suggestions

929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803.764.3825 Monday-Friday, 5 pm -7 pm Drinks: $1 off All Draft Beers$1 off All Wine$3 Soju Shooters$1 Soju Cocktails Bites: Beer & Fried dumpling combo, $8   Kaminsky's 930 Gervais Street | 803.550.9979 Monday - Friday 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $2 off Draft Wine by … Continue reading Our Happy Hour Suggestions

Happy Hour in Irmo & Harbison

B's Restaurant and Sports Pub 2742 North Lake Drive | 803.781.5656 Monday - Sunday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $2.00 - $2.85 Domestic Beers (Bottle and Draft)$3.00 House Liquor Bonefish Grill 1260 Bower Parkway | 803.407.1599 Monday - Sunday, 4 pm - 6:30 pm Drinks: $1 off Draft Beers$4 House Wines$5 Select Spirits$5 Hand-Crafted … Continue reading Happy Hour in Irmo & Harbison

Happy Hours Deals in Northeast Columbia

Beef O'Brady's 4561 Hard Scrabble Road | 803.708.0260 Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $3 Well Drinks$1 Select Domestic Beers$3 House Wines Bites: $4 Select Apps Buffalo Wild Wings 10056 Two Notch Road | 803.865.5222 Monday - Friday, 5 pm - 8 pm Drinks: $1.50 off All Draft Beers$1.50 off House Wine$1.50 … Continue reading Happy Hours Deals in Northeast Columbia

Happy Hour Deals in East & Southeast Columbia

Bonefish Grill 4708 Forest Drive | 803.787.6200 Monday - Sunday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $1 off Draft Beers$4 House Wines$5 Select Spirits Burger Tavern 77 2631 Devine Street | 803.667.9608 Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 6 pm | Thursday, 4 - Close Drinks: $4 Mugs Bud Light & Shock Top (27 oz)$3 … Continue reading Happy Hour Deals in East & Southeast Columbia

Lexington Happy Hour Deals

Buffalo Wild Wings 5570 Sunset Boulevard | 803.957.2999 Monday - Friday, 5 pm - 8 pm Drinks: $1.50 off All Draft Beers$1.50 off House Wine$1.50 off Mixed Drinks$1.50 off House Margaritas Bites: $4 Street Tacos$4 Fried Pickles$4 Chili con Queso Dip$4 Mozzarella Sticks$4 Roasted Garlic Mushrooms The Casual Pint 217 Saluda Springs Road | 803.358.2337 … Continue reading Lexington Happy Hour Deals

Happy Hour in Five Points

Bar None 620 Harden Street | 803.254.3354 Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $1 off most Liquors$0.50 cents off Beer Cantina 76 2901-A Devine Street | 803.708.6004 Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $1 off any drinks1/2 priced House MargaritaFridays: $2 Corona, Corona Light, Summer Seasonal, Special Watermelon Mojito, … Continue reading Happy Hour in Five Points

West Columbia & Cayce Happy Hour Specials

Cafe Strudel 300 State Street | 803.794.6634 Tuesday - Sunday, 4 pm - 7 pm Drinks: $2.50 Domestic Beers$3 Draft Beers (Excluding Wicked Weed)$5 Specialty Drinks$3 House Wine$2.50 House Bourbon & Vodka Bites: $0.50 Smoked Wings$3 Duck Fat Fry Basket$5 Smoked Hummus Plate Carolina Wings & Rib House 2426 Fish Hatchery Road | 803.926.9622 Monday … Continue reading West Columbia & Cayce Happy Hour Specials

Downtown & The Vista Happy Hours

Buffalo Wild Wings 4500 Devine Street | 803.738.8090 Monday - Friday, 4 pm - 8 pm Drinks: $1.50 off Absolut Vodka, Jack Daniels, and Captain Morgan$1.50 off Draft Beer$1.50 off House Margaritas$1.50 off Select Wines Bites: $4 Mozzarella Sticks$4 Roasted Garlic Mushrooms$4 Chili con Queso$4 Fried Pickles Carolina Ale House 708 Lady Street | 803.227.7151 … Continue reading Downtown & The Vista Happy Hours

A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

This little gem of a restaurant is on Forest Drive across the road from Trader Joe's. If you haven't been, or you haven't been there lately, you really should treat yourself to this delightful hideaway. A casual, un-fussy establishment, you'll feel comfortable whether in jeans or evening wear. This is a favorite place to head … Continue reading A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

Want to experience a working farm firsthand? Would you like your younguns to see how food is grown? Open from 10am - 2pm on the first Saturday of each month, Crazy Chic will let you see the animals (pigs, chickens, goats, honey bees, horses and cows, miniature horses and a donkey!) No admission charge but … Continue reading Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Celebrating an accomplishment or just a "got through the day"? Ruth's Chris' bar area is richly appointed, dimly lit and relaxing. What else could you need for a rewarding Happy Hour after a long day? Share an appetizer, an entree and drinks at special pricing in this area of the restaurant every day (not just … Continue reading RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Little Pigs Barbecue :: Fresh Local Greens on Buffet

Collard greens fresh from Clayton Rawl Farms in Lexington Little Pigs Barbecue king, Champ McGee, knows his way around a kitchen, having worked in the food service industry for more decades than he'd like me to state. He has long known that fresh produce, bought from local farms, enables him to create wonderful side dishes … Continue reading Little Pigs Barbecue :: Fresh Local Greens on Buffet

Publico Kitchen & Tap

Colorful, playful, delicious, fun... that's Publico Kitchen & Tap in Five Points. When this place opened a few years ago, occupying the space held for years by Garibaldi's, you may have wondered what would come to Five Points but another student hangout... But turns out, this is a cool hip great place for everyone, even … Continue reading Publico Kitchen & Tap

Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

Being invited to lunch at any Miyo's location is a treat... but being invited to lunch at Miyo's on Bower Parkway turned out to be truly an honor. What an absolutely wonderful experience, dining in the casual but classy large dining room, and feasting on some of the most wonderful, fresh Asian food in the … Continue reading Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

This Spring: Host a French Crepe Party!

Endless Servings of Crepes for You and Your Guests! Want to wow your guests at your next backyard, courtyard, or lakeside get-together? Rent the Crepe Guy! Laurent from Crepes and Croissants on Sumter Street will arrive at your home with crepe maker and everything needed to turn out delicious savory and sweet crepes! Endless crepes … Continue reading This Spring: Host a French Crepe Party!

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering – $7.25 Lunches!

I happened upon Fancy That! Bistro one day when I was having a hard time finding a parking spot on Sumter Street. The restaurant is tucked away beside the Marriott Hotel at 1212 Hampton Street. "What's this?" I says to meself (in mental Pirate talk), noticing a few people eating at outside tables. Hmmm. Starving, … Continue reading Fancy That! Bistro & Catering – $7.25 Lunches!

Warm Your Heart with Willie Jewell’s Brunswick Stew

Nothing makes a cold day warmer than a big bowl of piping hot stew. And Willie Jewell's recipe for Brunswick Stew includes just the right ingredients - simple and honest. A recipe that dates back 69 years. Pulled pork and chicken and vegetables stewed in a yummy, spiced tomato base. Dine in or take it … Continue reading Warm Your Heart with Willie Jewell’s Brunswick Stew

Panera Bread Opens in Blythewood

Now open on Roberts Branch Parkway (Killians Crossing) near I-77! Interesting facts about Panera Bread:: Did you know that Panera Bread is 100% clean? That means no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors and no colors from artificial sources. Panera is on a journey to ensure the highest possible animal welfare standards. They believe in raising, serving … Continue reading Panera Bread Opens in Blythewood