Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Wings BOGO, fish tacos, baby why don’t we go into Irmo, for nachos….*

Unseasonably warm temperatures (even for Columbia) had the Gardener Media team wanting to experience one last taste of summer for their Weekday Therapy outing. What could be more perfect than a big, shaded deck, sparkling blue water and cold drinks? The place for that is Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, where, they say, “The only thing better than our food is the view”!

Liberty’s Sunset Happy Hour drink specials include $3 Liberty Brews, $3 Domestic Drafts, and $2 PBR cans, as well as $1 off House Wines, $3 Sangria, and $1 off Well Liquors. With 48 beers on tap, unique draft beers and craft brews and Liberty’s own microbrews, they will always have a brew for you! Our server, Jessica, was very patient and helpful as we pored over the various menus and made our selections.

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Berry Sangria

Team member Carmen loves sangria, and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet Berry Sangria she ordered – a perfect summertime beverage! We chose several appetizers to share: Southern Fried Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Baked Pretzels, and Chicken Nachos. The shrimp were large, fresh, and crispy, with a tangy/spicy Bonfire Sauce that would work with just about anything!

The calamari were perfectly seasoned and breaded, and came with their own Citrus-Curry Aioli sauce. Team member Lynn was a huge fan of the Baked Pretzels we got, with their salty, garlic butter-basted flavor coming through. It came with both lager-grain mustard and cheddar-beer cheese for dipping.

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Southern Fried Shrimp

The Chicken Nachos didn’t disappoint either, the green-chile-and lime-marinated chicken deliciously complemented by black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos.

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Chicken Nachos

Miriam opted for an entree, Liberty’s Freedom Burger – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, lettuce and tomato.

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The Freedom Burger

We then did something we almost never do: we ordered dessert! Key Lime Pie and Bananas Foster Cheesecake were decadent, but we told ourselves we deserved it! All of this food illustrated to us what we already knew, that you really can’t go wrong ordering at Liberty!

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Bananas Foster Cheesecake!

Liberty on the Lake is always a fun time. In addition to their great Sunset Happy Hour specials, they also have some brand new Daily Specials you’ll want to check out that include BOGO Wings on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays (featuring Lowcountry Boil), Thursdays are Burgers and Brews, Fish Fridays, and for the weekend, it’s Tap Into Football game day fare and drink specials. Liberty’s Game Day Menu boasts Bleu Cheese Chips, Roasted Red Pepper Black Bean Hummus, Southwest Eggrolls, Big Pig Biscuits and much more. Do check it out!

 

*To the tune of The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo”

Food Lover Events: October 2017

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Rent A Party on Wheels!

SC Pedal Parlor | 803.302.7750

ppDid you know, you can rent the hottest vehicle in town for your next celebration! Great for bachelor(ette) parties, birthday parties, work parties, family reunions, or just for fun! Call SC Pedal Parlor for rates and details. More here.

 

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Soter Vineyards Wine Flights at Cellar On Greene

Wednesday, October 11 | 5 – 10pm | 2001 Greene St., Ste D

Sip on three varieties from Soter Vineyards! Featuring North Valley Vineyards Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, and Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, all at a crazy-low price! Hosted by Advintage Distributing and Cellar On Greene More here.

South Carolina State Fair

Wednesday, October 11 – Sunday, October 22

It’s Fair time once again! Come to the fair October 11-22 for all of your favorite attractions, entertainment and of course, eats! See their newest culinary additions, like the Fried Bologna Burger and Southern Catfish Sundae, here.

Restaurant Week Columbia

Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 22

Restaurant Week Columbia is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best in Columbia cuisine! During October 12 – 22, restaurants offer meals featuring signature dishes, created by top chefs at reduced prices. See a list of participating restaurants and activities here.

Tea & Chocolate Pairing | The Market Tea Room and Country Store

Friday, October 13 | 6:30 – 7:30pm | 322 Little Brooke Lane, West Columbia

suhyeon-choi-193186 (1)This special event is hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate, and will be offering the following tea and chocolate pairings for your enjoyment: Cranberry Black Tea with a Cranberry Truffle, Pumpkin Spice Tea with a Pumpkin Truffle, Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea with a Cinnamon Truffle, and Spiced Apple Chai Tea with a Caramel Truffle. Tickets are only $14, but seating is limited! Get your tickets here.

 

Just Sweet Karma at Michael’s Cafe & Catering

Friday October 13, 2017

Enjoy fine dining and fabulous live music from Carlos and Sheila of Just Sweet Karma! From 6pm – 9pm.Michaels Cafe

BBQ, Bluegrass & Bluejeans | Benefit for Fairfield Memorial Hospital

Friday, October 13 | 6-9pm | The Farm at RidgewayBBQ+Bluegrass+&+Bluejeans

This benefit will feature dinner and bar, live and silent auctions, and live music by The Twang Bombers featuring Susan Douglass Taylor. Purchase tickets here.

Jam Room Music Festival

Saturday, October 14 | Main & Hampton Streets

jrColumbia’s premier music festival is back! Highlights include musical guests Guided by Voices and Hiss Golden Messenger, with food by Village Idiot Pizza, Drip on Main, Blue Ridge Island Noodles, Crepes & Croissants, The Wurst Wagen, Drake’s Duck In, Happiness Bomb & KC’s Hotdogs. Also featuring local beers from Palmetto Brewing, Catawba Brewing Company and Hi-Wire Brewing, plus a beer garden with Wicked Weed, Goose Island, Stella Artois and more. After Party will be held at Art Bar. More here.

2017 Lexington Craft BeerFest

Saturday, October 14 | 6 – 10pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Lex Beerfest LogoSample regional craft beers and grab a bite from local restaurants at the 2017 Lexington Craft Beerfest, hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center! Featuring live music by Fantasy and food vendors Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Wolf Pizza Co, and the Lexington County Blowfish providing a cook-out style menu. See the huge list of participating breweries here. All food items will be priced at 5 tickets or less. Food tickets will be available in the festival at $1 each and can be used at any of our vendors listed above.. Tickets include a commemorative glass. Tickets here.

SCRM BBQ Train

Saturday, October 14 | 6:30pm | The South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboro | 803.712.4135

SCRMAll Aboard the BBQ Dinner Train! View the countryside and enjoy the breeze from a beautiful open air car as you travel to Rion for a delicious BBQ dinner with your family. Be sure to mark your calendars for Pumpkin Patch Rides October 21 and 28, where each child can get off of the train at Greenbrier and select a pumpkin! Pumpkin Patch Rides sell out quickly, so act now! Tickets here.

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Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sunday, October 15 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 924-A Senate Street 

Enjoy five perfectly paired courses during this latest in the Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners Series! Adding Italian touches to Ruth’s traditional steak house fare, this unique dinner pairs five decadent dishes with five luxurious Tuscan wines, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Guado al Tasso. See the mouthwatering menu of courses and pairings, and RSVP here.

Summerville Italian Feast

Sunday October 15 | 11am – 6pm |Hutchinson Square in Historic Downtown Summerville

davide-ragusa-2178Come and celebrate Italian Heritage in Downtown Summerville! Admission is free and there will be fun for the whole family. Experience authentic Italian cuisine from the Low Country Italian Eateries, and enjoy a wide variety of imported and local Italian wines. Let local artists entertain you while celebrating Italian Culture and Heritage throughout the day. More here.

Babysitter Night | Solstice Kitchen

Monday, October 16 | 841 Sparkleberry Lane, Suite 4

Enjoy an “Adults Only” dinner while experienced babysitters take care of your little ones in the Solstice private dining room! Kiddos will be fed & entertained for just $10 each while you relax in the main dining room. There is no age limit, but children must be potty-trained. Call 803.788.6966 to make a reservation – no online reservations are accepted for Babysitter Night. Reservations must be for between 5:30-7pm, and a credit card is required to hold it for you. Space is limited, so call today! More here.

Jameson Dinner

Wednesday, October 18 | Gervais & Vine, 620 Gervais St, Ste A

Hosted by Gervais & Vine, this fabulous event will feature a Jameson Irish Whiskey dinner and food pairing! From Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Jacob Benchoff and Andrew Thompson will lead you on a tasting journey of newly released Jameson Irish Whiskeys. Head Chef Jason Holowacz will prepare awesome pairings to the tune of live music from Jeff & Zeke! Call now for reservations. More here.

5th Annual HATS OFF to Cancer Survivors 

Thursday, October 19 | Tombo Grille, 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6

tomboPlease join Oh Salon, Tombo Grille, and friends in celebrating the “HATS OFF” event to benefit the SCOA CARES Foundation & SC Oncology Associates. This year, we will honor SURVIVORS of the Richland County Coroners Office. Event will feature musical guests and fabulous silent auction items, with an “After Party” at Tombo with music from Flat Out Strangers. Tickets are $25 at the door (food, wine & beer included). More here.

30th Annual Chili Cook-Off 

Saturday, October 21 | Five Points

chili con carneIt’s CHILI time! The Chili Cook Off will feature teams battling it out for Columbia’s best chili! Event takes place on Greene Street & Pavilion Avenue from noon to 6pm, and features over 30 awesome chilis, live music, children’s area, craft beers, cornhole, and more! Free admission. More here.

Kid’s Night! | East Bay Deli West Columbia

Wednesday, October 25 | 4 – 9pm | 108 Sunset Court

kidKid’s Night occurs every Wednesday! On October 25, join East Bay Deli West Columbia for a special, spooktacular Kids Night event! From 4-9PM, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), from 6-8PM kids can enjoy Face Painting by Emeralds Artistry, and at 7PM there will be a Costume Contest! Bring your little ghouls & goblins dressed in their Halloween costume! EBD will be handing out candy and selecting winners for the best costumes (ages 10 & under). More here. 

The Market Fall Festival

Sunday, October 29 | 11am – 5pm | SC State Farmer’s Market | 322 Little Brooke Ln, West Columbia

chris-lawton-154388Hosted by The Market Tea Room & Country Store and The Market Restaurant, this event will help you celebrate the fall season! Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, local artisans, and live entertainment at the SC State Farmer’s Market. Bring the kids in costume for trick or treating with the vendors! More here.

Brunch at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Sunday, October 29 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

scJoin Swamp Cabbage for another scrumptious Sunday brunch, and enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette. Tickets are $25 per person, with beer pairing available for $10 per person. Reserve your spot by Friday, October 27, 2017. More here.

Stay Tuned… we’ll bring you new food and drink events again on October 24th!

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Beer Pairing Tips

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Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)

Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light

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BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)

Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft

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Deals on Meals

Mondays at Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

oyGot a case of the Mondays? There’s no better place to relax than at Twisted Spur! Play Trivia every Monday night beginning the first week of October, as you enjoy their weekly Monday special of $1 House Oysters and 1/2 off Martini’s all day! Twisted Spur’s oysters are always fresh, and include varieties from across the country. Check out their daily selection here. More event information here.

Friday Early Bird Special at Rioz

410 Columbiana Drive | 803.708.3151

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Little Pigs BBQ Buffet Gamecocks Promotion

4927 Alpine Rd | 803.788.8238

lp3A new promotion at Little Pigs will let you drop off your business card or fill out a sheet with your name & phone number, for a chance to win two Carolina Gamecocks football tickets to each home game! A winner will be chosen Friday before each game at 12pm. And no matter what, you get to eat at Little Pigs… so you already won!  The best BBQ buffet in Columbia and the ONLY buffet with ribs! More here.

 

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100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

jerky100Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For October:

  • Day 56 (Oct. 10): Sweet Bourbon
  • Day 57 (Oct. 11): Cherry Maple Turkey
  • Day 58 (Oct. 12): Pheasant
  • Day 59 (Oct. 13): Australian Outback
  • Day 60 (Oct. 14): Venison
  • Day 61 (Oct. 15): Sweet & Spicy
  • Day 62 (Oct. 16): Alligator
  • Day 63 (Oct. 17): Biltong
  • Day 64 (Oct. 18): Ol’ Smokey
  • Day 65 (Oct. 19): Roasted Garlic
  • Day 66 (Oct. 20): Garlic Sausage Sticks
  • Day 67 (Oct. 21): Biltong
  • Day 68 (Oct. 22): Blazin Cajun
  • Day 69 (Oct. 23): Cracked Black Pepper
  • Day 70 (Oct. 24): Jalapeno
  • Day 71 (Oct. 25): Slap Ya Mama Crawfish
  • Day 72 (Oct. 26): Peppercorn Beef
  • Day 73 (Oct. 27): Sweet Maple Bacon
  • Day 74 (Oct. 28): Reaper
  • Day 75 (Oct. 29): Blazin Beef
  • Day 76 (Oct. 30): Fire
  • Day 77 (Oct. 31): Summer Sausage

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with other specials. See more Days of Jerky Selections here.

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Craft and Draft Pint Night Benefitting Jam Room Music Festival

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 4 – 8pm | 2706 Devine St.

craftCraft And Draft Pint Night will feature an Oktoberfest celebration by Sierra Nevada, with a portion of every pint sale going to benefit the sixth annual Jam Room Music Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 14. Tap list and food trucks TBA. More here.

Great American Whiskey Fair

Thursday, September 28 | 5:30 – 9pm | 701 Whaley Street

The Great American Whiskey Fair is the largest celebration of American whiskey in the Southeast, with over 100 different distilleries and bottlers presenting over 500 whiskeys, bourbons and ryes! Taste from a variety of whiskeys, chat with distillery owners, master distillers, blending masters and brand ambassadors, and enjoy delicious eats from Bourbon and LowCo BBQ. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Assorted Chocolate pralines on brown backgroundFriday, September 29 | 6 – 8pm | 921 Brookwood Drive
Evolution through Chocolate will again host this pairing at Swamp Cabbage Brewery, where unique, delicious chocolates are complimented by Swamp Cabbage’s original brews. Check Facebook for upcoming chocolate pairing menu. Tickets are only $16, and seating is limited, so RSVP to 803.939.2589, or go here.

Sumter Oktoberfest on Main

Saturday, September 30 | 5pm | Downtown Sumter

For the eighth year in a row, Downtown Sumter will transform into the feel of an old German town! Featuring delicious German fare, drinks and live entertainment. More information here.

Soda City OktoberFest

Saturday, September 30 | 9am – 3pm | Main and Hampton / Main and Washington 

Enjoy two biergartens, German baked goods, face painting by Emerald’s Artistry, live music and much more at Columbia’s downtown street market! More here.

Aiken Oktoberfest

Saturday, September 30 | 6 – 10:30pm | Hayne & Pendleton St., Aiken

Man in traditional bavarian clothes with beer and pretzelsThis year’s event will feature craft and German beer, college football on the big screen, live music from the The Foothills Oompah Band, and German food, like amazing pretzels from The Brezelmann – Bavarian Pretzel Shop in Aiken! Don’t miss the Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition going on all day as well! More here.

Pups & Pints | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Sunday, October 1 | 2 – 5pm | 921 Brookwood Drive

swamp pupJoin Swamp Cabbage for a great cause! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your cute canine family member(s) to the brewery for a pint, or three! Donate an item or two on the Humane Society’s Wish List and get $1 off your pints. More info and Wish List here.

 

Bold Rock Cider & Chocolate Pairing | Craft And Draft

October 5 | 2706 Devine St

Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this event will feature the following delicious pairings:

Premium Dry Apple Cider with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle
Pear Cider with a Pear Truffle
Orange Cider with a Blood Orange Truffle
Peach Cider with a Mango Peach Truffle

Tickets are only $16 and are available the day of the event. Seating is limited so, please arrive early. More here.

2017 Lexington Craft BeerFest

Saturday, October 14 | 6 – 10pm | Icehouse Amphitheater, 107 W. Main St., Lexington

Lex Beerfest LogoSample regional craft beers and grab a bite from local restaurants at the 2017 Lexington Craft Beerfest, hosted by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center! Featuring live music by Fantasy and food vendors Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s Columbia, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, The Wolf Pizza Co, and the Lexington County Blowfish providing a cook-out style menu. See the huge list of participating breweries here. All food items will be priced at 5 tickets or less. Food tickets will be available in the festival at $1 each and can be used at any of our vendors listed above.. Tickets include a commemorative glass. Tickets here.

 

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Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Sunday, October 15 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 924-A Senate Street 

Enjoy five perfectly paired courses during this latest in the Ruth’s TasteMaker Dinners Series! Adding Italian touches to Ruth’s traditional steak house fare, this unique dinner pairs five decadent dishes with five luxurious Tuscan wines, including the estate’s flagship wine, the Guado al Tasso. See the mouthwatering menu of courses and pairings, and RSVP here.

Apple Pasties to Fry

Apple TurnoversHappy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation!  This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion.

This recipe is for a large crowd… or a VERY large family!

Pare and quarter apples, and boil them in sugar and water, and a stick of cinamon, and when tender, put in a little white-wine, the juice of a lemon, a Piece of fresh butter, and a little ambergrease or orange-flower water; stir all together and ’tis cold, put it in a Puff-paste and fry them.

Paste for Pasties

Rub six pounds of butter into fourteen pounds of flour; put to it eight eggs, whip the whites to snow and make it in a pretty stiff paste with cold water. (you might want to take those amounts down a tad… like 2 sticks of butter rubbed into 3 cups of flour and one egg instead of 8 – for that amount you should cut up 7 or 8 apples). Fry in hot oil at 375 degrees after filling.

Cooking Class: Good Life Cafe

Cooking Classes

Vegan Cooking Class w/Asian Flare | Good Life Cafe

Tuesday, October 10 | 6 – 8pm | 1614 Main Street, Ste A

glcIn this class, you’ll learn how to make delicious vegan foods with an Asian flare with David Wright, creator of many things vegan at the cafe. He will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and styles to live your very best life as well as show you how easy flavorful plant-based cooking can be! David will show how to make Sweet and Sour Tempeh over Udon Noodles with Grilled Veggies, Crisp and Crunchy Asian Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, Coconut Mango Spring Rolls, and Homemade Fortune Cookies. Seating is limited, so hurry and register here.

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Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft

Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St.
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New To The Menu: Twisted Spur

Special Tailgate Menu | Twisted Spur Brewing

Tailgating: Bratwurst or Sausage On The Grill At Tailgate PartyIt’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much more! Pre-ordering is required prior to game day. More here.

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850

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BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was once home to Romano’s Macaroni Grill near the corner of Harbison and Bower, in Columbiana Station.

BJ’s has a huge menu that includes everything from Handcrafted Burgers, to delicious salads, to sandwiches and tacos. They offer 11 award-winning signature beers and ciders on tap, and release seasonal beers throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information on this new dining hotspot! Click here to learn more about BJ’s.

New to the Menu: Kaminsky’s | Smoothie King | Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive Columbia | 803.782.9665

Salmon-tomboTombo Grille in Forest Acres, has a special Summer Menu you’ve got to try! Featuring fresh, seasonal Entrees like Grilled Salmon with Parmesan Risotto, Asparagus, Marinated Tomatoes and Salsa (pictured). Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Crab & Avocado Tower, Braised Short Rib, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon, and don’t forget about Tombo’s gorgeous Salads. Enjoy the perfect, summer’s-end meal at Tombo Grille! More here. 

Kaminsky’s

930 Gervais St | 803.550.9979

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe debuted new cocktail menus in August, with brand new floats, martinis and dessert drinks for you to try! Kaminsky’s has a selection of draft wines, along with Dessert Mule Floats (like Lemon Meringue, Framboise, and Apple Pie), Martinis (like Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Samoa Cookie and Starburst), Cocktail Floats (Limoncello Champagne, Not Your Father’s Root Beer), and Cocktails (Gin & Jam, Dragonberry Sangria). See even more new flavors at their Facebook page, here.

Smoothie King

1205 Lincoln St., 4601 Forest Drive, 945-G Lake Murray Blvd., 718 Fashion Drive

skSupercharge your day with one of Smoothie King’s new Hydration Smoothies! If you have an active lifestyle, you’ll love these new blends, made with naturally hydrating Zico brand coconut water and real whole fruit to help you power through your activities. Zico coconut water has five electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus) to help your body hydrate. It is naturally fat free and cholesterol free. With no added sugar and more than 5 times the potassium of the leading sports drink, SK’s new Hydration Smoothies will keep you hydrated AND energized. Choose from three delicious flavors: Dragon Fruit Lemon Green Tea, Lemon Green Tea Watermelon Hibiscus, and Watermelon Hibiscus. More here.

 

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse

3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070

ucUrban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out, and why it’s become so popular around here. Will told us that UC prides itself on everything being prepared from scratch and with care – from the dry rubs and sauces they use, to the hand-chopped veggies and meats they grill on their Big Green Egg (“Farm-To-Fire-To-Table”). In additional to being made to order, dishes are affordable, with most items priced under $10 to start with.

You won’t find fried food on the menu, but instead excellent sandwiches, salads, wraps and homestyle entrees. They have a few specialty items you’ll love as well, like the warm Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls served as sides, or the Half Baked Cookie dessert, which Will indicated was a definite customer favorite. In the coming weeks, UC will begin adding special, South Carolina favorites like Beaufort Stew/Lowcountry Boil to the menu.

Will said people particularly appreciate UC’s kid friendly details, like an area for children to play in and a children’s menu. Will has two daughters, and knows that anything that buys adults 7-10 minutes of uninterrupted dining time is a good thing. UC also has a wonderfully convenient drive up window, so you can call in an order from their Take It To The House menu (eventually order online), and pick up dinner for the whole family without leaving the car. They can also cater your special events, for 10 people or for 1,000.

In addition to serving great food, UC is all about promoting local businesses to benefit the community. A small merchandise area in the restaurant displays local wares, soaps, artwork and homemade dog treats, and next year, UC will coordinate and manage a farmer’s market to give local growers another venue in which to sell. Visit them soon and check out this excellent addition to our local dining scene. More here.

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From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $8 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

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Wednesdays | at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais Street)

Half priced wine by the bottle or glass every Wednesday at Liberty Taproom in the Vista.  And

Gervais & Vine: Wednesday Wine Tastings

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620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wines and a small plate for just $10. Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm. Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

 

Newsflash: 100 Days of Beef Jerky!

100 Days of Jerky | Beef Jerky Outlet

Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For August:

  • Day 1 (Aug. 16): Original Smoked
  • Day 2 (Aug. 17): Honey BBQ Turkey
  • Day 3 (Aug. 18): Australian Outback
  • Day 4 (Aug. 19): Sweet & Spicy
  • Day 5 (Aug. 20): Moonshine
  • Day 6 (Aug. 21): Original Dehydrated
  • Day 7 (Aug. 22): Alligator
  • Day 8 (Aug. 23): Teriyaki Smoked
  • Day 9 (Aug. 24): Fireball
  • Day 10 (Aug. 25): Venison
  • Day 11 (Aug. 26): Ol’ Smokey
  • Day 12 (Aug. 27): Prime Rib
  • Day 13 (Aug. 28): Duck
  • Day 14 (Aug. 29): Honey Peppered Bacon Sausage Sticks
  • Day 15 (Aug. 30): Roasted Garlic
  • Day 16 (Aug. 31): Cajun BBQ Brisket

In store purchases only, cannot be combined with another specials. More here.

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

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Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575

Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!

Swamp Cabbage Brewing: Three Year Anniversarybeer

Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly

Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!

The Casual Pint: Solar Eclipse PartySolar Eclipse Party

Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.)  or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person

Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista locationGet your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.

 

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964

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Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled that their SECOND location opened last week!

Hours:

Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks: New Brunch Items

711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932

Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items….

The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns sandwiching our Signature Patty, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg

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Morning’ Poutine: Our “Everybody Wants Some” Poutine topped with 2 fried eggs and bacon

Mornin Poutine

Morning’ Poutine

Mimosa Carafes: 1 liter of Mimosa (6-7 glasses)

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If you find yourself struggling this weekend stop by Grill Marks for this amazing hangover cure, Foodies! Visit their full Brunch of Champions menu at grillmarks.com/food – you don’t want to miss it.
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NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia

East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers…

Chicken Caesar Salad – A bed of fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, & our special Caesar dressing.

Fabulous French Toast – A breakfast classic. House made French toast sprinkled with powder sugar. Served with a choice of breakfast meat; butter and syrup on the side.

Pete’s Famous Chili Dog – A Certified Angus Beef hot dog topped with chili, diced onions, slaw and mustard. Served with chips & a pickle spear.

 

Breakfast Sandwich – Build your own DELIcious breakfast sandwich! Two eggs scrambled or fried on your choice of bread with cheese. Add your favorite breakfast meat for a small up charge. Served with fruit.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Not your traditional buffalo wrap. Deli style buffalo chicken, diced romaine and blue cheese dressing on a sun-dried tomato wrap. Buffalo sauce served on the side.

Citadel – A house favorite. Oven Roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar cheese piled high toasted wheat.

Authentic Italian – A classic deli favorite. Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on French loaf.

Fried Chicken Wrap – Fried chicken, romaine, diced tomato, cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a sun-dried tomato wrap.

Shared Recipes: August 2017

Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink

620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463

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Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening
  3. 1/2 cup molasses
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 cup boiling water
  6. 3 cups flour
  7. 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 eggs
  10. Raisins and candied fruit add to the goodness!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream sugar and butter. Stir in molasses.
  3. Dissolve soda in boiling water and mix into butter mixture.
  4. Combine flour with spices and salt and sift into shortening mixture. Stir well.
  5. Beat eggs well and add to batter. Add raisins and candied fruit if desired. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan and bake about 35 mintues until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

 

 

NewsFlash: Tasty Tomato Festival Winners

Dear tomato loving Foodies,

Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners!

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Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee
Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson
Forest Jinkins Best Purple: Cherokee Purple
Connelly-Anne Ragley Best Unusual, Chocolate Amazon
Izzy Rich (four years old) Best Tomato Grown by a Child : Husky Red Cherry
Ashley Rich Best Small Other: Yellow Cherry Sun-gold
Carr Farms Best Small Red: Husky cherry

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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SC Pedal Parlor

Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com

The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun way…from the seat of a moving bar stool! Two-hour long pub crawls include visits to up to 2-4 bars or restaurants, based on your group’s preference. SC Pedal Parlor

Started in 2015, the Pedal Parlor offers tours through the Vista daily, at scheduled times, and Five Points tours can be accommodated as well. Tuesday nights are Prize Parlor nights, where Pedal Parlor swag is given away, and they also do special events! Take the Pedal Parlor for a spin the next time you’re celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, or have a corporate team-building event and your guests will not be disappointed!

Pedal Parlor Tours require 6 people minimum, however the Private Party option allows you to have the whole bike, which seats up to 16 people! Want a night of fun to remember? Reserve the bike for a special event of your own, at the daily rate of $1400 (includes travel and associated costs). Check here for special discounts and updates, and check the SC Pedal Parlor Facebook page for that, as well as amazing videos of past tours! To reserve your spot(s), click ‘Book Now’ on their website, or give them a call at 803.302.7750.

New to the Menu: August 2017

New to the Menu

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!

 

 

New Breakfast Tacos

Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Crispy Castor Troy2Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!

 

The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies! The Crispy Castor Troy

Recently Opened

Opening Open

Blaze Pizza

471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235

Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t beBlaze Pizza taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how it works: Pick one of Blaze’s Signature Pizzas, or Build-Your-Own artisanal pizza with their incredible selection of high quality toppings, then their Pizzasmiths go to work, heating it up for you in a massive, wood burning pizza oven for 180 seconds flat! This gives the pizza a crisp crust, the cheese and toppings a good flavor-melding. We tried the Meat Eater, the Red Vine, and a Build Your Own, and were not disappointed! The pizzas are the perfect size for one person, and you don’t feel full of dough at the end. That’s because it’s made from scratch in-house daily, with no additives or chemicals. blaze pizza1They offer gluten-free crust as well as vegan cheese options, and don’t forget about their colorful Simple Salads! They’re available in both Side and Entree sizes, and are full of healthily-delicious fixings like wild baby arugula, kale, dried cranberries, goat cheese, seasonal fruit and more, and can even be added atop a warm garlic pesto and parmesan crust, to make a Salad Pizza if you prefer!

 

In addition to soft drinks, lemonade, blood-orange lemonade, draft beer or wine, Blaze offers fruit-infused, all-natural Agua Fresca beverages. Both the Strawberry and Mango we tried were wonderful. Desserts include S’more Pie, Sea Salt Cookie, and Olive Oil Brownie, all of which, you’ll be thrilled to know, can be heated in the oven for a warm after-pizza treat!

The Casual Pint-Lexington

217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington | 803.358.233 Casual Pint Food Pic.jpg
Time spent at the Casual Pint is all about fun. Whether you’re there for Karaoke, Reverse Happy Hour, Puzzles and Pints, or a Tap Takeover, you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself! And now there’s a Casual Pint open in Lexington! As of July 14, Casual Pint-Lexington’s “Beer-tenders” are ready to help you with craft beer by the pint, from the tap wall, by the can or by the bottle. They limit the number of taps so their draft beer selections rotate quickly and always stay fresh, and you can see them all on Casual Pint’s Draft List on their website and App. You haven’t downloaded The Casual pint app yet? You could be missing out on all of the great benefits! If you’re a beer lover, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Casual Pint-Lexington!

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

Monday mornings can be difficult, and to start the week off right, we decided a good

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breakfast was in order. As it was approaching Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, French fare seemed appropriate, so we stopped in to one of Columbia’s favorite continental restaurants, Crêpes and Croissants.

C&C’s owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, was happy to see us and show off some of the recent changes he’s made to his establishment. New Parisian-themed decor on the walls and European-flavored background music even further enhances the feeling you get while enjoying dishes from the menu, that you’re no longer on Sumter Street in downtown Columbia, but in a small cafe along the Seine, without a care in the world! Laurent’s menu features options that are perfect for any time of the day; sweet and savory crêpes, quiche, French toast, salads, sandwiches, omelettes and desserts, with flavors and combinations that you won’t see anywhere else.

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Princess Peach French Toast

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Spinach Brie Omelet

As a group with varied tastes, we all tried different things. Laurent, seemingly without effort, made each and every dish himself that morning, and quickly! After a very short wait, he was serving them all up. Kathy enjoyed a simple yet flaky-scrumptious croissant, Carmen ordered the #2 Omelette, with Brie, ham, tomato and spinach, Sarah opted for the #1, with bacon, cheddar and caramelized onion, Michaela road-tested the chocolate and strawberry crêpe, Sydney got  a classic sweet crepe, and Miriam made us all jealous with her Princess Peach Toast, which featured perfectly prepared French Toast surrounded by warm peaches, and topped with vanilla ice cream and powdered sugar. What a treat! The attempt by all of us to sample a range of items from the menu didn’t quite work out, as the intended sharing of dishes went out the window. For that reason, we each decided we would have to return to try each and every dish we did not get to taste! Croissant Lo Res

Merci beaucoup, Laurent, for giving us a wonderful beginning to our work week! Midlands bosses, if you want to treat your staff to an extra-special motivational meal, or your clients to a super impressive spread, check out Laurent’s catering menu, complete with breakfast and lunch options, and a mouth-watering selection of pastries!

Address: 1465 Sumter Street, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.462.4779

Hours:

Weekdays: 7am – 2pm
Saturdays: 8am – 2pm
Sundays: 10am – 2pm

News Flash: Tailgating Spots at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company Outdoor SeatingAre you looking for a Tailgate spot? Less than a mile from Williams-Brice Stadium, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is the perfect pre-game spot! Season parking is available for $285 and includes a growler with the home schedule printed on it, one fill of your favorite Swamp Cabbage brew at every home game, use of indoor facilities, and use of indoor and outdoor seating.  Two televisions will be showing the biggest games of the day! If interested, drop by the brewery or message Swamp Cabbage on Facebook.

921 Brookwood Drive | swampcabbagebrewing.com

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus

757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com

Trivia BattleBeat the summer heat on the Columbia Brew Bus as you compete for trivia supremacy!

You and your friends will be pitted against other teams in a traveling trivia battle through Columbia’s craft beer scene as you test your knowledge to win great prizes from local breweries, bars and restaurants.

Guests can compete in teams of four or less in Columbia Brew Bus’s six-round summer-themed trivia clash while tasting beer & exploring three different local breweries/bottle shops. The three top teams will win great prizes from some of the best breweries, bars and restaurants in Cola!

Sign up for the July 30 installment of the series here!

You Have To Try This Place: Good Life Café

Food Pic 2 - from FBOne of the only organic, raw, vegan restaurants in Columbia, but you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their absolutely amazing meals! Good Life Café’s executive chef, Sharon Wright, has been creating natural, nutritious and delicious meals, juices and smoothies for 24 years. Take a food world tour (every foodies dream!) right from your seat as Good Life Café features American, Italian, Indian, Thai and Mexican gourmet cuisines.

Good Life Café’s menu offers a range of mouth-watering starters, such as their Spicy Spinach Avocado DipFood Pic 1 - from website and Cajun Stuffed Portobello. Try the Asian Noodle Salad: kelp noodles and zucchini noodles with red pepper, candied cashews, jicama and mango served on a bed of greens with Asian dressing. In addition to acai bowls, a huge variety of craft beers, wines, cocktails, cold-pressed juice cocktails, & several colorful, fresh smoothies, Good Life Café offers tons of wraps, sandwiches, and “cooked” items, such as their incredible Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito.

Food Pic 3 - from FBFinally, Good Life Café’s raw menu includes customer favorites such as Manicotti (layers of zucchini stuffed with cashew cheese & topped with marinara sauce) and their hearty Portobello Steak (marinated, dehydrated, & stuffed with pesto, pimento-less cheese or hummus). Good Life Café even has a raw noodle bar, with a variety of noodles and sauces that will make your taste buds sing! Almost all menu items are gluten free or can be made gluten free upon request.

Food Pic 4 - from websiteIf raw eating is new to you, raw foods consist of unprocessed plant foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees. Including raw food in your diet can improve your body’s absorption of enzymes and nutrients, as well as help you to lose weight, feel great, and look younger. Raw, living foods are invigorating and full of life!

Looking for the perfect combination of delicious & healthy for your new weekend brunch spot? Good Life Café now serves their weekend brunch menu Saturdays from 8am – 2pm and Sundays from 9am – 2 pm, offering taste bud wonders such as Organic Tempeh Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Creamy Organic Local Grits, and Fresh Fruit, as well as Organic Vegan Waffles and Pancakes. View the full menu here.

Stop by and experience the wonders of cuisine that tastes incredible and is great for your body & soul. Live your best life at Good Life Café!

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm.  |  Offers catering & space to host private parties.

1614 Main Street | 803-726-2310 | goodlifecafe.net

Visit the SC State Farmers Market

flowers at the farmers marketThe South Carolina Department of Agriculture works hard to promote the business of feeding us. The agency aids farmers in many aspects of food production and marketing, and the State Farmers Market on US Highway 321 in West Columbia is a big marketing tool for South Carolina’s small farmer. Depending on what’s in season,  you’ll find truck beds, tables, boxes and baskets overflowing with melons, corn, squash, eggplants,  peaches, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more. The farmers represent farms from as far as 100 miles away.  While there, they primarily sell their produce to people who operate produce stands, but they don’t mind selling a $5 small basket of tomatoes or peppers to an individual buyer. You can learn a thing or two about the food they grow by asking a question, and most love yukking it up with good nature and a smile.

 

In addition to the two open pavilions of farmers, there is a large nursery with shrubs, trees, vegetable plants, lovely bedding flowers, hanging baskets and a resident rooster that cockadoodle-doos a greeting regardless of the time of day!

Inside the Corbett Building you’ll find The Market Tea Room. Jennifer, the proprietor,  will gladly show you about and explain the offerings.   You can opt for a breakfast tea or afternoon tea (small meal) by reservation only, or stop in for a couple of freshly baked scones and a pot of tea anytime. Served on lovely china upon crisp table linens, the tea room can accommodate up to 30 guests. Perfect for a party!  The Market Tea Room also sells locally produced jams and jellies, jewelry,  home decor items and gift baskets.  The Tea Room is open from 10am – 4pm all week long.

 

Down the corridor in the Corbett Building is The Market Restaurant.  Owned by a popular Columbia caterer, the restaurant serves from 7am – 3pm everyday.  The kitchen prides itself on using the produce offered by vendors at the Farmers Market, creating their dishes from scratch daily.  Their menu includes regional favorites like shrimp and grits, corn and black bean salad, meatloaf, pork chops, and wonderful desserts.

Visit the SC State Farmers Market website here and enjoy your next visit!

NewsFlash: Get Free Chick-fil-A Today!

Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A ChickFilA-ChickenSandwich

Tuesday July 11th, 2017 | open – 7pm

Chick-fil-A’s highly anticipated Cow Appreciation Day is Tuesday, July 11th this year. The rules are simple: wear anything cow-like and get a free entrée from open – 7pm! Guests in cow attire may select a breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée, and kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal.

So don your cow-related items, and enjoy a free breakfast entrée such as the Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit or some delicious Chick-n-Minis.  But don’t remove your cow costume just yet! Return for lunch and dinner, and savor entrées such as the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap and the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich. Also, if you’re tired of chicken by the time dinner rolls around (impossible!) then your “entrée” can be a small hand-spun milkshake, Iced Coffee, Frosted Coffee or Frosted Lemonade. See full list of entrée choices here.

Even if all you can pull together is a cow hat, visit your local Chick-fil-A and enjoy the festivities & great (free) food! Get creative & don’t forget to snap some pics to commemorate your udder-ly amazing costumes!

 

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop 18892952_1677737098906334_7911057803289415859_nwith a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce!

Brain Freeze held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2nd and since then has been filling the area with a little more laughter & deliciousness. Brain Freeze has been serving Italian ice & ice cream from its food truck at events and festivals, and to the delight of its loyal and adoring customers has now opened a brick and mortar shop.

Serving incredible milkshakes in over 10 18921056_1684970231516354_1395388523352896066_oflavors, Italian ice, ice cream sandwiches, gourmet kettle corn, cotton candy, and hand-dipped ice cream, Brain Freeze is a delicious way to cool off in the summer heat & is the perfect ending to a fun date! Also offers tailored catering packages for schools events, corporate events, office parties, ice cream socials, and much more!

18920952_1683918948288149_8171541083542072044_oBring the whole family & check out this colorful addition to the Cayce area!

Hours: Tues-Thurs 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 1-8pm, food truck available everyday

Wednesday: Discounts for Seniors

906 Knox Abbott Dr | 843-694-2723

NewsFlash: Brewmaster Mondays at The Casual Pint

The Casual PintEvery Monday is Brewmaster Monday at The Casual Pint ALL day for club members! For $20/month (3 month membership minimum), club members get $9 select growler fills every Monday! Club members also receive a free German or stainless steel growler when you join, a free Casual Pint hat or t-shirt when you join, one free growler fill each month, one free pint after the purchase of 10 pints, one free growler fill after the purchase of 10 growler fills, 10% off retail merchandise (hats, growlers, shirts, etc.), 10% off any packaged beer, and special promotions available only to Casual Pint Rewards members.

807 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201 | thecasualpint.com

New Happy Hour at Rosso!

Monday – Friday 5 – 6:30 PM

Rosso fans will be delighted to hear that Rosso Trattoria Italia has a new Happy Hour! Happy Hour at Rosso features all menu wood-fired pizzas for just $10 (excluding the pizza of the day), delicious $8 House-made Meatballs, and $6 Roasted Olives. Also enjoy a $15 Meat and Cheese Board, including a variety of meat and cheese selected by the chef, house pickles, pepper jelly, mostarda, and grilled ciabatta. Calamari Fritti is available for $9, featuring mouth-watering fried calamari, preserved lemon-caper aioli, and finally topped with a calabrian chili “cocktail” sauce.

Rosso Trattoria Italia CocktailDrink specials during Happy Hour include $6 Aperol Spritz, $6 Caposoldo Pinot Grigio and Chianti, $5 well drinks, and $1 off all domestic and imported beers. The refreshing Rosso Martini, made with Smirnoff Citrus, PAMA, and Limoncello with a splash of Prosecco, is yours for just $7!

*Happy Hour served at bar, outside, and dining room. All orders must be in by 6:30pm.

August Cooking Class

Cooking Classes

Providence Cooks! Carolina Grown and Made

Tuesday, August 1 | 6 – 8pm | Providence Health Northeast, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd

An award-winning event that provides guests with a deliciously healthy multi-course meal, instruction and conversation. Each month, registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health host a themed healthy cooking class, with a sophisticated twist and varied special guests. The location alternates between Northeast and Downtown campuses. This month’s theme, Carolina Grown and Made, features our own state’s foods as the star ingredients. Space is limited and reservations are required. The event is $25 for members of the public. More here.

From the Vine: July 2017

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Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10

Gervais & Vine

620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463

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Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm.  Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!

Gervais & Vine also has a special white wine you’ve got to try, perfect for the summer, called Telmo Rodriguez Basa Verdejo, from Rueda, Spain. This medium bodied 100% Verdejo blend has a clean, refreshing taste you’ll enjoy on hot Columbia nights.

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Deals on Meals: July 2017

Deals on Meals

SC Pedal Parlor … Prize Parlor Tuesday! Bike w People

Come ride, help pedal and experience Columbia from the seat of a huge bicycle! Tuesday nights are PRIZE PARLOR nights, where Pedal Parlor swag including T-Shirts, coasters, cups and more will be given away during the 6pm and the 8:30pm tours. Bar crawl rides include visits to three bars or restaurants, based on the riders’ preference, at just $20 per person, or rent the whole bike (seats 16) for only $225 (that’s just $14 per person!). More here.

Save at Rioz this Month

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse is celebrating their 4th anniversary and want to share their good fortune with their customers! Come in for their magnificent all-you-can-eat savory meat selections and stupendous salad bar for just $24.94 :: Wednesdays this month – July 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th!  Rioz July 2017 Offer

Mondays at Twisted Spur Brewing

705 Gervais St |803.764.0203

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$1 House Oysters and 1/2 Priced Martinis at Twisted Spur Brewing Every Monday! Twisted Spur Brewing offers approximately 14 different varieties of East, West, and Gulf Coast fresh half shell oysters daily! Stop in and see what’s available.

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Photo: Bombay Sapphire Gin

Save $1.50 on Small Smoothies at Smoothie King

Pick up a copy of the Summer issue of Discover Columbia magazine (available at all CVS locations, Lizard’s Thickets, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly and many other spots) and you’ll find a coupon for $1.50 off any small smoothie – good at all Smoothie King locations in Greater Columbia.  Look at page 17!

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Rosso Trattoria Italia: Manic Mondays & Wednesday Mussels!

4840 Forest Drive, Suite 7 | 803.787.3949

Rosso now has a cure for Manic Mondays, Foodies! wood fired pizzaTheir Wood-Fired Pizzas are just $10.00 each, all night long. Available for dine in only. Come in and enjoy the best wood-fired thin crust pizza around. This is a limited time special, so don’t miss out! More here. 
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Rosso also has a Wednesday night special from the sea – just $10 gets you a heaping portion of fresh-daily, delectable mussels prepared with a seasonal, special sauce chosen by their executive chef. Find out more here.

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916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tuesday: For $8 enjoy two delicious tacos, plus a small chips + queso
Thursday: $2 drafts ALL day!!! with the purchase of nachos or a bowl. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed on Thirsty Thursday! Cheers to $2 beers, Foodies!  More here.

Tombo Grille: $5 Pizza & $15 Wine on Tuesdays

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille is the tried-and-true hotspot for incredible food, new-favorite wines, high-gravity beers and desserts too good to be missed. Tombo Grille’s friendly, knowledgeable servers stand ready six days a week in a quiet corner of Forest Drive. It’s the ultimate neighborhood restaurant and they have great deals, too! Enjoy $15 wine/$5 pizzas on Tuesdays! Visit them online here!

New to the Menu: June

New to the Menu

tombo porkTombo Grille has a new summer menu, and it’s HOT! If you haven’t been to Tombo lately, you will love what they’re cooking up. Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Mac N’ Cheese with Smoked Pork Shoulder, Crab & Avocado Tower, and Fried Chicken Livers, while summer salads include an Heirloom Tomato Salad and Strawberry Salad. Entrees include Roasted Palmetto Farms Hen, Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop, Seared Meatloaf, and their House Ground C.A.B. Burger, topped with house bacon, grilled onion, smoked tomato aioli, with cheddar, gorgonzola, or smoked gouda. Check out the new menu here.

rosso swRosso Trattoria Italia is currently serving up a special New Summer Menu! Delicious dishes that you can’t find anywhere else in town include Pickled Shrimp with feta mousse and house hot sauce, Crispy Fried Fresh Mozzarella, House –Made Meatballs, Ragu di Bolognese with slow-cooked C.A.B. and Italian pork sausage, and Sweet Corn & Ricotta Agnolotti with truffle butter and arugula. New entrees for summer include a filet mignon, ribeye, and wood-grilled pork chop or salmon, and finally Rosso’s pizzas. Baked in a hardwood-burning brick oven at over 700 degrees, these thin-crust pies come with toppings you’ll love, such as house-smoked bacon, fresh field greens, creamy gorgonzola vinaigrette, spicy Italian sausage, and fig puree! Check out the new menu here. 

Twisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom and leek risotto. Try Twisted Spur’s new, succulent carbonara dish, topped with juicy grilled chicken, fresh English peas, rich egg, and crispy pancetta, and tossed in a delightfully smooth Asiago cream sauce.

TSpur summer menu2More additions to Twisted Spur’s already amazing menu include thick, pan-seared grouper on a soft bed of soba noodles, Bok Choy and mushrooms alongside crisp carrots and snow peas, all surrounded by a luscious Asian-inspired broth and topped with a silky poached egg. They also have a vibrant new summer salad that brings a little sweetness with local strawberries and candied pecans, and a little tang with fresh goat cheese, shaved red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Like variety? Visit Twisted Spur and custom build your own charcuterie board, with your choice of two meats and two cheeses, along with chef’s selection of rotating accompaniments!

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All this talk about food got you thirsty? Check out what’s currently on tap at Twisted Spur! They’re brewing light summer favorites like Southern Belle Blonde light ale, Great White Buffalo, a white IPA with orange peel and coriander notes for a refreshing summer treat, Busshiemer Light American lager, and a Coffee Kolsch traditional German summer beer. All of these pair brilliantly with the new seasonal menu’s dishes, so make your way over to Twisted Spur and say hello to summertime with this fabulous new foodie fare!

Under the Foam: June 2017

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Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589Rubrum IPA crop

Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

70TS brew5 Gervais St | 803.764.0203

Start your weekend off right! Twisted Spur’s newest brew is “Red Menace IRL” – an India Red Lager, conditioned for two months to ensure a crisp finish. Balanced with a touch more malt than a traditional IPA, at 5.5% ABV and 48 IBU, this IRL is a refreshing addition to any meal! Stop in tonight and try it!

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

New to the Menu

TSpur summer menuTwisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom and leek risotto. Try Twisted Spur’s new, succulent carbonara dish, topped with juicy grilled chicken, fresh English peas, rich egg, and crispy pancetta, and tossed in a delightfully smooth Asiago cream sauce.

TSpur summer menu2More additions to Twisted Spur’s already amazing menu include thick, pan-seared grouper on a soft bed of soba noodles, Bok Choy and mushrooms alongside crisp carrots and snow peas, all surrounded by a luscious Asian-inspired broth and topped with a silky poached egg. They also have a vibrant new summer salad that brings a little sweetness with local strawberries and candied pecans, and a little tang with fresh goat cheese, shaved red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Like variety? Visit Twisted Spur and custom build your own charcuterie board, with your choice of two meats and two cheeses, along with chef’s selection of rotating accompaniments!

TSpur flights

All this talk about food got you thirsty? Check out what’s currently on tap at Twisted Spur! They’re brewing light summer favorites like Southern Belle Blonde light ale, Great White Buffalo, a white IPA with orange peel and coriander notes for a refreshing summer treat, Busshiemer Light American lager, and a Coffee Kolsch traditional German summer beer. All of these pair brilliantly with the new seasonal menu’s dishes, so make your way over to Twisted Spur and say hello to summertime with this fabulous new foodie fare!

 

Recently Opened.

Opening Open

Henry’s Restaurant and Bar

2108 State Street | 803.661.8494

You probably already know about Henry’s: a local favorite that started on Devine Street, was featured in a Southern Living piece about Carolina’s Best Burgers, and aired on the Food Network show Ginormous. But, did you know that Henry’s has just opened a THIRD location in Cayce? Located on State Street, just beyond the train tracks, the newest outpost has been up and running since March, and is a welcome addition to the area.

The newest Henry’s is far from the hustle and bustle of Devine Street and the Northeast area (their second location), and sits like a gem in an intersection that includes the Cayce Quarry. The menu is consistent with the Devine Street location’s, featuring everything from their now-famous burgers to their now-famous brunch on Sundays! They’re family-friendly, with a kids menu, and fun, with a pool table, video games and several TVs to keep you entertained between courses.

The Foodies recently ate lunch at Henry’s in Cayce and found both the food and the service to be exceptional. Whether you’re in the area or across the Congaree, a trip to Henry’s is worth making!

 

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Coming Soon: Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts

702 Cross Hill Rd, 100B, Columbia

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Duck Donuts got its start in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and quickly grew to add stores in almost a dozen additional states, including South Carolina, which will count Columbia as its second SC location very soon (projected in July)!

Duck Donuts is famous for its warm, delicious made to order donuts “the way YOU like”! Here’s how it works: start with one of Duck’s freshly made donuts, pick a Coating (Cinnamon-Sugar, Chocolate Icing, Maple Icing, etc.), then pick a Topping (Sprinkles, Oreos, Bacon Pieces, etc.) and finally, choose your Drizzle (Hot Fudge, Salted Caramel, Raspberry or Blackberry). And there you have it: your perfect donut! Duck also offers breakfast sandwiches, premium roasted coffee including flavored coffees and espresso, and tea and other beverages. Be sure to Like and Follow their Facebook page HERE for updates!

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

Opening OpenEast Bay Deli in West Columbia

108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803-791-1150

East Bay Deli, across from Lexington Medical Center on US 378, is now open! East Bay features “deli-cious” breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and an exceptional salad bar! We at Foodie News know what we’re talking about; we visited the first East Bay Deli in Columbia, at the Hub on Main Street back in February, and absolutely loved the authentic, New York deli-style fare we tried! See our review of the place here.

Need to eat in a hurry? Order online and in about 15 minutes your food will be ready for pickup! Can’t get away for lunch? No worries; EBD on Sunset delivers within 2.5 miles. Check out the menu here!

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EBD’s “Carnegie Deli” Cheese Cake

NewsFlash: Weekend Brunch

Good Life Cafe: Weekend Brunch

1614 Main Street | 803.726.2310 

good life cafe small logo white background.fwNothing quite like a good weekend brunch, is there? Something about that time of day, whether following a big night out, or just as a way to celebrate the weekend.  May we make a suggestion? Good Life Cafe on Main Street in downtown Columbia! Serving a delicious, weekend brunch menu on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is a different kind of food… the kind that is absolutely GOOD FOR YOU… and that’s absolutely delicious. You don’t have to be dedicated vegan to sample this wonderful food.  Just take a trip there once in a while… your body and soul will thank you!  And if the weather cooperates, enjoy dining al fresco at their sidewalk patio tables!

View full menu here.

Brunch Entrees:

  • Organic Vegan Waffles ($8)
  • Organic Vegan Pancakes $8 (add chocolate chips for $2, add banana or strawberry for $2, or add banana, strawberry and candied pecans for $3)
  • Organic Tempeh Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Creamy Organic Local Grits, Fresh Fruit ($8)
  • Organic Scramble Platter ($10.95) tofu scramble, biscuit and gravy served with creamy local grits and fresh fruit (biscuit not GF)
  • Breakfast Bowl ($12.95) biscuit, grits, tempeh sausage, gravy, tofu scramble and hash browns (biscuit not GF)
  • Biscuits & Gravy ($8.50) 2 house-made biscuits with our signature gravy
  • Kids’ Organic Pancake or Waffle served with Fresh Fruit ($4.75) — for kids 12 and under
  • Collegiate’s Organic Pancake or Waffle served with Fresh Fruit ($7) (please show ID)

à la carte:

  • Organic Biscuit with Butter and Jelly ($3)
  • Organic Vegan Muffin ($3.75)
  • Side of Organic Local Grits ($3)
  • Side of Hash Browns ($4.50)
  • Side of Fresh Fruit ($3)

Enjoy a cold-press juice or iced coffee available in our cooler!

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Pictured: tempeh sausage, gravy, and biscuits, fruit, The Congaree Milling Company Yellow Grits, tofu scrambler, fruit juice and some Loveland Coffee, the best java in town, made with LOVE – of course!

Picture taken and consumed by @onepeachyvegan on Instagram. 

You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

Columbia certainly has come a long way in terms of taco options! These days true taco-aficionados seek out restaurants where they are made with fresh and innovative ingredients, and there’s no greater example of this than Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, which Foodie writers Miriam and Sarah recently visited for lunch.  You may not have noticed the change in signage… Sure Fire is on Gervais Street near Motor Supply.  Look for the logo on their building: Sure Fire Taco Logo

Sure Fire Tacos originated in Texas, and calls its cuisine “Tex-Mex with a twist”. The menu is full of genuine, Texas-inspired items that are influenced by exotic flavors and inventive ingredients. Flour tortillas are rolled and baked at the restaurant daily, giving each dish a foundation of freshness. Then the Signature Tacos, Burritos, Nachos and Bowls are all assembled with various fixings that you’ll only find at Sure Fire, like al Pastor pork that’s been marinated in fresh pineapple juice and spicy chorizo seasonings, slow-cooked and tender chopped Brisket, their delicious Avocado Ranch, taco, and house Queso Blanco sauces, six different scratch-made salsas, sweet and spicy mango-habanero salad, flavorful cilantro lime rice, flame-roasted black bean and corn salad, zesty Mexican slaw, and Mexican Street Corn.

Sarah ordered both the Moby Dick and Big Hass tacos, while Miriam went with the La Playa and the Hen House for her meal. Sarah is a big fan of fish tacos, and this one did not disappoint! The fried, moist, flaky white fish was topped with Sure Fire’s own house-made, spicy Mexican slaw, avocado and crunchy tortilla strips, and some added hot sauce for good measure. The real star for her though, was the Big Hass. The fresh, crispy, fried avocado was wonderful, and made more so with the addition of black beans, pico de gallo and Queso Blanco! This taco was unlike any she’d had before.

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Miriam very much enjoyed the Hen House taco, with its perfectly grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and Queso Blanco, especially as it was topped with Sure Fire’s unique Avocado Ranch sauce. The La Playa ended up as her favorite, though. How could it not be, with plump, grilled shrimp, Mexican slaw, and Pico. Even the freshly fried tortilla chips and salsa bar were outstanding! The two also found the decor to be really pleasing; lots of open space, tastefully designed and with live plants adding a fresh, summery feel. The bar is an inviting one, and on warm days, Sure Fire also has outdoor patio seating available. Drinks are another thing Sure Fire does right; their signature drinks are hand made using no mixes, but instead fresh fruits and even house-made cane sugar flavorings for a sweet and refreshing taste with every sip!

The quality of the food is what you notice most of all at Sure Fire. Our tacos were a steal at $3.99 each, and easily filled us up. On Taco Tuesdays at Sure Fire you can get two tacos, small chips and their fabulous queso for just $8, and on Thirsty Thursdays they have $2 drafts with the purchase of Nachos or a Bowl. Plus, on Sundays, kids 10 years and younger get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of a Bowl, Burrito, Nachos or Quesadilla and drink!

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.1016 | Open daily 11am – 10pm | Visit website HERE

 

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

New to the Menu

Grill Marks grill marks logoadded new, yummy drinks & dishes to their menu just in time for the hot days of summer. Enjoy…

Blood Orange Manhattan: Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Solerno, Bitters

Blue Skies: Blueberry vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, white cranberry juice

Short Rib Sliders ($9.99): Short Rib, Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onion

Short Rib Sliders

Marks Nacho Daddy ($9.99): Fresh Corn  Tortilla Chips, Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Black Bean Corn Salsa, Jalapeño, Sour Cream, Guacamole
Marks Nacho Daddy
Marks “Gives you Wings” ($9.99): Choice of Buffalo Marinated (Dry), MARKS Carolina Gold BBQ or MARKS Buffalo Sauce, with Ranch or Bleu Cheese
Marks “Gives you Wings”
“Everyone wants some” Poutine ($9.99): Skinny Fries topped with Slow roasted short rib in red wine demiglace with roasted garlic, Brie Cheese and Onion Straws
“Everyone wants some” Poutine
Chowder Head Fries ($7.99): Fat Fries, Marks Chicken Corn Chowder, Cheddar Cheese, Chopped apple wood smoked bacon, Parmesan and parsley
*Ultimo Sangriento Maria ($14): Our Ultimate Bloody made with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932 | Website

New to the Menu: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

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Freddy’s has two new limited-time offers this spring: the Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the Peanut Butter Crunch Concrete made with Snickers®! Both items are available at Freddy’s on Killian Rd. and will remain on the menu through mid-June or while supplies last. The Spicy Chicken Sandwich is a tender chicken breast filet with a cayenne pepper kick, cooked to a crispy golden brown and topped with crunchy pickles, all on a toasted bun. The Peanut Butter Crunch Concrete blends fresh and creamy vanilla frozen custard with Snickers® candy bar pieces, roasted peanuts, peanut butter, whipped cream and garnished with even more Snickers® pieces. Get one of each before they’re gone!

457 Killian Road | 803.661.8170 | Website

Under the Foam: May 2017

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Craft and Draft

2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Craft and Draft Bar Patrons - low res

Saturday, May 20th: Join Craft and Draft for the release of New Holland Brewing’s Hoptronix IPA! This innovative Double IPA features “eye-popping bitterness”, yet finishes smooth and crisp.

Thursday, May 25th: Pups and Pints Night! 4pm – 8pm. Grab your pups and friends and join Craft and Draft for a fun “Pups & Pints Night!” Featuring Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, and hosted by Craft and Draft and Pawmetto Lifeline.

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: What’s New on Tap & Winner of March Madness Beer Bracket

902 Gervais Street | 803.888.6462

Excited to try three new beers that are now on tap at Moriarty’s. Who’s with me? Let’s drink em while they last.

-Catawba Peanut Butter Jelly Time
-Southern Tier Cherry imperial Gose
-Southern Tier Lemon Drop Sun

New on Tap May 2017

DRUM ROLL PLEASE. Catawba White Zombie WON Moriarty’s March Madness beer bracket! Do you know what this means? This delicious beer is now on permanent happy hour everyday open – close until next season. YES!! Get a pint for just $5.00 now.

The Casual Pint

807 Gervais Street #100 | 803.832.7468

Thursday, May 11th: River Rat Takeover. 7pm – 10pm. River Rat Brewery is taking overIMG_8138 (1)
The Casual Pints’ taps! Someone call the brew patrol and help us drink all this great beer.

Weekday Therapy: Little Pigs BBQ

For this installment of Weekday Therapy, the Gardener Guides team decided to travel Northeast, to Little Pigs Barbecue on Alpine Road. We arrived at the perfect time; the lunch rush seemed to be over with. As most of us hadn’t been to the restaurant before, we were trying to behave like regulars, by following the rules that were posted around the entryway and buffet. Little Pigs Barbecue has learned a lot in its over 50 years in business! The signs are both an effort to maintain crowd control during peak hours, and to remind you to avoid overfilling your plate and wasting food. This is helpful, because your first instinct at the buffet is to try organizing your plate to accommodate some of everything! This is impossible, and you’re better off going back often instead of trying to pile it on in one fell swoop. Besides, it can’t hurt to get a little exercise in between servings!

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A collection of pigs, porcelain and otherwise, that are displayed throughout the restaurant, give the place a homey feel while showing reverence for its main ingredient source. The buffet is full of mouth-watering mains and sides, both hot and cold. Meats include barbecue (tomato-based, mustard-based, vinegar-pepper), pork chops, brisket, fried whiting, fried chicken, BBQ chicken, chicken wings, and ribs – a point of pride since Little Pigs is Columbia’s only BBQ buffet that features ribs. Sides include green beans, collards, beans, white rice, dirty rice, mashed potatoes, hash gravy, cole slaw, potato salad, candied yams, macaroni & cheese, corn on the cob, tomato pie, fried okra, rolls, waffle chips, and hush puppies. Across from the buffet, a smaller sideboard housed the banana pudding and chocolate delight desserts, while another station contained a huge cut of meat, but we were too focused on the main buffet to explore much else. Sarah said that as soon as she got home she regretted that, when her husband asked, “So, what did you think of the shoulder?” What shoulder? She said his eyes then grew big and he looked at her incredulously, shaming her for overlooking the pull-your-own smoked pork shoulder that Little Pigs is famous for! She had to promise to try it the next time.

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In addition to the extraordinary dine-in buffet, Little Pigs offers a few take-out options as well. You can get a BBQ sandwich or a Meat-and-Three to go, or, if you’re feeding a crowd, The Little Pigs Bulk Menu features favorites from the buffet in larger quantities. Their outstanding catering services can customize a menu with you for any occasion.

The food and the atmosphere at Little Pigs is southern comfort at its best and we can’t wait to return!

Address: 4927 Alpine Road, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.788.8238

Hours:

Wednesday: 11am – 2pm
Thursday: 11am – 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm

Visit their website here!

New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

New to the Menu

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista and Liberty on the Lake have added some new, delicious menu items to their already wonderful menu.

DUCK BLT: applewood smoked bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato, garlic-rosemary aioli, Hawaiian bread

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CHICKEN FLORENTINE: (a house specialty small plate) grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, hot bacon & onion spread, Yukon gold mashed potatoes

Liberty Tap Room CHICKEN FLORENTINE

CHICKEN NACHOS: corn tortilla chips, green chile-lime marinated chicken, black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos

Liberty Tap Room Chicken Nachos

SEARED ATLANTIC SALMON: (a house specialty small plate) roasted red pepper – almond romesco sauce, warm farro salad

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ROASTED  BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS PIZZA: goat cheese, garlic, truffle oil, herb puree, baby spinach & pickled onion salad garnish

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Liberty Tap Room (vista): 828 Gervais St. | 803.461.4677

Liberty on the Lake: 1602 Marina Rd., Irmo | 803.667.9715

Cellar on Greene has added three new bright and beautiful dishes to their already mouthwatering menu! They have been taste-tested and approved and our perfect for spring fever! Foodies, stop in and enjoy Margherita Flatbread, Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella” and Pan Seared Sea Scallops. Can you say delicious?

Margerita Flatbread
herb pesto, vine-ripe tomatoes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan
Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella”
Pan Seared Sea Scallops

Cellar on Greene New Menu Items April 2017

2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303