Recently Opened

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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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.

Food Lover Events: July 2017

Food Lover Events

Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market

Saturday, July 1 | 8:30 – 11am | 100 Clark Street, Chapin

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Visit the monthly Chapin Downtown Farmer’s Market as we welcome local growers, artisans, bakers, crafts people and others to create a community-friendly atmosphere to promote, support and encourage local production while educating citizens on the benefits of eating local, fresh produce, dairy and meats. We also support our local artists, the Certified SC Grown program and activities that encourage an active community environment. The July 1 market will feature The Justin Pepper Foundation as the Non-Profit of the Month, Palmetto Party Faces, musician Shelby Raye-Solo, Chapin Yoga Center with a health & wellness demo and much more! More here.

Swamp Cabbage: Pups and Pints

Sunday, July 2 | 2 – 5pm | Swamp Cabbage Brewery (921 Brookwood Drive)

swamp pupEvery first Sunday of the month, bring your cute furry, canine family member(s) and join us for a pint or three! Donate an item or two on the Humane Society’s Wish List and get a $1 off your pints. More here.

Ride the Columbia Brew Bus

brew busThe Columbia Brew Bus is the best way to tour and taste Columbia’s craft breweries and distilleries! Enjoy their Wine & Spirits Tour or their Columbia Brew Tour…or both! 🙂

Wine & Spirits Tour: Every other Saturday from 2:30pm – 6pm! Current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. Tour begins at Bourbon, located at 1214 Main St. You’ll get at least 3 different craft spirit samples at distilleries and a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage.

Columbia Brew Tour: This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. Tours begin at Liberty Taproom located at 828 Gervais St. Enjoy at least 16 oz. of beer samples at each stop, a Q&A with brewery staff, a facility tour led by a brewery staff member, and a chance to buy brewery merchandise. This is a 21 and over tour.

Little Pigs BBQ

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All-American BBQ for the 4th of July? Yes, please!

Lexington County Peach Festival | Gilbert Community Park

Tuesday, July 4 | 9am – 11pm | Gilbert Community Park, Rikard Circle, Gilbert, SCian-baldwin-27931

Grab your friends and family and head to the Gilbert Community Park in Lexington for the 59th Annual Lexington County Peach Festival! From 9am – 11pm enjoy Peach Recipe Contest, Car Show, Live Entertainment, Peach Parade, Lunch in the Park, and fireworks! More here.

Latin Night at RiozLatin Night | Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

Friday, July 7 | Rioz, 410 Columbiana Drive | 803.708.3151 

Join Rioz for Latin Night every Friday, beginning on July 7 (through July 28th)! Includes free salsa lessons from 10:30 – 11:30pm! No cover charge. Party ends at 2am. More here.

Craft and Draft Turning three

Craft And Draft Is Turning Three!

Saturday, July 8 | 12 – 7pm | 2706 Devine St.

cdIt’s hard to believe that it’s been three years! Craft and Draft will be featuring several local breweries on tap from Columbia’s very own Bierkeller, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Conquest Brewing Co, and River Rat Brewery, as well as an all-local lineup with beers only from the Carolinas and Georgia! We will have representatives from some of our local breweries, and Comer Distributing Company, Inc. will be featuring an outdoor beer trailer where we’ll be pouring local beers for you all day! We’ll also have food trucks and live music, so come hungry and stay a while! More here.

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Family Ag Day at the SC State Farmers Market

Saturday, July 8 | 10 am – 2 pm | 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia

Join us for our 4th annual Family Ag Day at the SC State Farmers Market! From 10 am – 2 pm you can shop for fresh produce, sample some great Certified SC products, enjoy a fun kids’ area, look at the great tractor exhibit and enjoy music and food from vendors. More here.

Cellar On Greene

Saturday, July 8 | 12 – 2pm | 2001-D Greene Street

Three red wine glasses.Cellar On Greene’s Giant Wine Sale and Tastings are the ultimate Saturday afternoon experience! Taste over 30 new wines for only $5 per person (waived with 2 bottle purchase). Wines will be marked down to the lowest prices possible, so DO custom build a case (or two!). For the summer season, Cellar on Greene is also offering a $27 Three Course Menu of fresh, delicious, seasonal, local, Chef-created dishes every Monday–Saturday night. They are also featuring the following themed nights: $15 Bottle features every Monday, Champagne Tuesdays, where bubbly is half-off, Wednesday night ever-changing Flight Nights, and, for a limited time, Thursday Nights get one free Oven Baked Flatbread from the Nightly Menu (always 5 different options) when you buy a bottle of wine from their By-the-Glass list! More here.

SBP’s Flood-Lanthropy Week

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14 | Multiple venues

SBP is a national disaster recovery non-profit, with the goal of shrinking the time between disaster and recovery for disaster-impacted homeowners. They have been operating in the Columbia area since the October 2015 floods, helping low-to-moderate income homeowners repair flood damage. During each day of the week, SBP will be partnering with a local restaurant for fundraising events, including Cool Beans Coffee Co., Yoghut, Chipotle, Moe’s on Devine and Village Idiot Pizza. Friday will feature a raffle. More here.

Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Liberty Tap Room

Sunday, July 16 | 828 Gervais St.

Winter is finally here! Come out every Sunday at 8:30pm July 16-August 20 to watch Season 7 of Game of Thrones in Liberty Tap Room’s Beer Garden. Great drink specials! More info coming here.

Gervais & Vine Tequila Dinner

Thursday, July 20 | 620-A Gervais St. (Free Parking in our Rear Lot!)

Altos Tequila will be the featured spirit in this celebration of the popular beverage from south of the border! Altos, a tequila created by bartenders for bartenders, is one of the highest-regarded tequilas on the market today.  Gervais & Vine will be pairing Altos Bottle with Cocktailtraditional Mexican fare (with a gourmet G&V twist!) with refreshing summer cocktails made with Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata. The last distilled spirit dinner was an absolute sell-out, so get your reservations in today!  Call now: 803.799.VINE (8463)

Palmetto Palate 2017

Thursday, July 20 | 6 – 9pm | 701 Whaley Street

For the 10th year, some of the finest chefs in the Midlands will pair with local farmers in an adventure in good taste! This will be an evening of fun and food, as you go around the room and taste each Chef’s creation, then stick around to find out which chef takes the prize of Top Chef! Don’t leave without taking home some awesome silent auction items donated from local county Farm Bureau’s in South Carolina. More here.

Swamp Cabbage Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, July 21 | 6 – 9pm | 921 Brookwood Dr

Swamp Cabbage Beer and Chocolate PairingEvolution Through Chocolate is back for another Beer & Chocolate Pairing! On tap will be Sabal Palm Blonde with a Loquat Strawberry Truffle, a Mystery Firkin with a Mystery Truffle, Chipotle Amber with a Bacon Truffle, and Bald Cypress Porter with a Black Raspberry Truffle. Tickets are $16 and seats are limited! To RSVP or get more information, call 939-2589, Facebook message Swamp Cabbage, or contact Swamp Cabbage through their website.

Babysitter Night at Solstice Kitchen

Solstice will be CLOSED from Saturday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 5, but will reopen for normal business hours Thursday, July 6.

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Monday, July 24 | 5:30-7pm | 841 Sparkleberry Lane, Suite 4

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

Swamp Cabbage Brunch at the Brewery

Sunday, July 30 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Dr | $25 per person (beverages not included)

Swamp Cabbage Brunch at the BreweryHead to Swamp Cabbage for a delicious Sunday Brunch at the Brewery (catered by the Belgian Waffle Truck) and enjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette! Here’s the incredible menu:

  • First Course: Prosciutto & Brie “Croque-Monsieur” Waffle, Mushroom Gravy (Vegetarian: Same with no Prosciutto)
  • Second Course: Cantaloupe & Avocado Cold Soup, Spicy Corn & Diced Tomato Chutney (Vegetarian: Same)
  • Third Course: Mac & Cheese Pulled Pork “Croquette”, Petite Salad Vinaigrette, Sriracha BBQ Drizzle (Vegetarian: Same with no pork)
  •  Fourth Course: Citrus Marinated Fresh Salmon Filet, Asparagus “Al Dente”, Dried Cranberry Risotto, Lemon Butter (Vegetarian: Same)
  • Dessert Course: Dark Belgian Chocolate Mousse

Beer pairings with all five courses are available for just $10.00! Make sure you save your spot by Friday, July 28th. Get tickets here.

August Cooking Class

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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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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

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!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia

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 to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

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“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and were impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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

 

 

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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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

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Marks Nacho Daddy ($9.99): Fresh Corn  Tortilla Chips, Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Black Bean Corn Salsa, Jalapeño, Sour Cream, Guacamole
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Marks “Gives you Wings” ($9.99): Choice of Buffalo Marinated (Dry), MARKS Carolina Gold BBQ or MARKS Buffalo Sauce, with Ranch or Bleu Cheese
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“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
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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

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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

You Have to Try this Place: Lima Peruvian Cuisine

The first time I tried Lima Peruvian Cuisine (on Rosewood Drive inside the Jim Casey Fireworks complex), I felt a bit uneasy as I read the menu. Nothing sounded familiar, and although I consider myself fairly adventurous, and the menu had a photo of each dish, I didn’t know what to expect.  I hadn’t looked on a map of South America lately to know where Peru is located (I have since then!) and didn’t know if I should expect something similar to Mexican food or what.  Peruvian food is very different from Mexican food.  Not a taco in sight.  Peru is a country on the Pacific coast of South America, and hence, has many traditional dishes made with seafood.  That was fine by me.  I love seafood.

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I asked Ruth, the congenial smiley owner of Lima Peruvian Cuisine, what she would suggest I try, considering I had not eaten this type of food.  She pointed to Causa and to Choros a la Chalaca.  I chose them both.  Causa is made in a mold and is quite a beautiful little dish.  Two layers of mashed potatoes seasoned with Peruvian spices and a hint of lemon are on either side of a delicious filling made with, your choice, of tuna, chicken, shrimp or vegetable salads. I tried the shrimp salad.  Served cold, it was refreshing.  I couldn’t believe that cold mashed potatoes could taste this good!  The Choros a la Chalaca were mussels served on the half shell, marinated in lime juice.  They came topped with a yummy combination of tomatoes, cilantro, onions and fresh corn.  Hands down, the best mussels ever.
I was so excited about this wonderful lunch experience, I raced home that evening, gushing with enthusiasm.  My husband said he’d like to try it, so we went that night!  He 20170314_123345tried the Lomo Saltado – thin strips of beef sauteed with fresh onions and tomatoes, and served with rice and french fries.  I asked Ruth if that was traditional… rice and french fries, and she said yes, that french fries are very popular in Peru.  The potato is very popular, served many ways. I tried the Leche de Tigre… I am afraid if I tell you the ingredients you won’t try it, but you should!  Okay, here goes: ground fish marinated in lime juice, onion, Peruvian rocoto chilies, ginger, garlic and cilantro, and accompanied with shrimp.  It was wonderful – like ceviche! And I had a salad along with it.  Their salads are different from what we’ve come to expect here in the USA –  they contain potatoes, beets and avocado, and other items (depending on the salad).  All is served fresh and made to order.  We loved it for dinner too!
The atmosphere is bright and cheerful with traditional woven cloths adorning the tables.  Peruvian souvenirs are for sale in a case near the entrance.  Ruth has applied for a liquor license so hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail with our next meal there.  You really have to try this place! — Kathy Gardener
3830 Rosewood Drive | 803.851.3646 | Visit FB page here

From the Vine: May 2017

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Mark your calendars…Cellar on Greene’s next GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING is Saturday, May 20th! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 25 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 $5 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

The Casual Pint: Wine Flight Nighthenry-fournier-68573

807 Gervais St. | 803.832.7468

Thursday, May 18th from 7-10pm. Enjoy a great selection of wines during Casual Pint’s Wine Flight Night! More details coming soon!

Recently Opened Restaurants!

Opening Open

The Pot Smoker BBQ

931-A Senate Street, Columbia | 803.400.2251

If you love real pit-smoked BBQ and traditional southern sides, make your way over topot-smoker-bbq Pot Smoker BBQ in the Vista! The name “Pot Smoker” came about from the owner’s original cooking method, which involved using a ceramic pot to smoke premium meats. Their very original and humorous slogan? “You can smell our butts a mile away!” One thing they don’t joke about is food. Pot Smoker’s pulled pork is slow-smoked for 13 hours and can be enjoyed with any of their four scratch-made sauces – mustard, hot barbecue, vinegar, or “Brenda’s Yummy”. They also have delicious smoked chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, Texas-style brisket, and crispy smoked wings on the menu, Southern sides made from family recipes that have been passed down for generations, and irresistible desserts!

Visit their FB page here!


1801 Grille

700 Lincoln Street, Ste. 200 | 803.777.1801

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 in Columbia. Columbia’s newest tavern, 1801 Grille, celebrates the wonderful culture and character of the school and the area by offering an innovative menu full of favorite regional flavors and new takes on traditional pub fare. The communal dining experience at 1801 is an elegant yet welcoming one, where you can choose between smaller plates for yourself, or shareable plates for the table. Sophisticated comfort food shares space on the menu with unique twists on pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, all made with the very best locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s bar features local craft beers, inventive cocktails, and interesting wines and spirits, and save room for 1801’s “Soda Shop” desserts!

New to the Menu: Ruth’s Chris

New to the Menu

Celebrate spring at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a multi-course dining experience that boasts steakhouse favorites as well as exciting new dishes such as Butter Lettuce BLT Salad with a refreshing basil-cucumber ranch dressing, Almond Crusted King Salmon and Cream of Sweet Corn. Enjoy a complete meal that includes a starter, entree, personal side dish and dessert without breaking the bank. Prix Fixe menus starting at just $44.95 per person. Click here to see their new Spring Seasonal Classic menu, Foodies!

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Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Opening Open

Poke Bros

2009 Greene St. #102 | 803.764.5567 Poke Bros dishes

The latest in fast casual dining, Poke Bros officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 1st to offer Hawaiian style fresh fish to Columbia, SC!

Poke Bros is based out of Columbus, Ohio, and their location in Five Points is just their third, and their first franchise. Located behind Indigo Rose Tattoo at 2009 Greene Street, Poke Bros offers folks the chance to build their own dish or choose from one of their Signature Poké Bowls, including sushi grade tuna, fresh salmon, authentic snow crab, exotic octopus, and a slew of fresh, delicious veggies. Click here to view their menu! “What’s a poké ?” you ask. A poké is a raw fish salad that is very popular in Hawaiian cuisine. If you like sushi and seafood, then this is a new place that you definitely have to try! One of the most enticing elements of poké cuisine is the use of fresh, wholesome ingredients that fill you up but don’t slow you down. Poke Bros uses only the highest quality, sushi-grade fish and farm fresh veggies in their authentic Hawaiian poké bowls, delivered to their restaurant daily. Enjoy!

Visit their Facebook page here.

Coming Soon.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 

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 to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and where impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.freddys-orginial-double

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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

NewsFlash: Project PB&J

Foodies, did you celebrate National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day on April 2nd? If not – it isn’t too late! Which Wich Superior Sandwiches celebrates PB&J year-round as part of their Project PB&J initiative to help those in need. When you buy a $3 PB&J sandwich you are helping someone locally, but also nationally. During the October Floods last year our local Which Wich pulled from the national fund, as they donated over 1,000 sandwiches to those serving in the area.

 

LIMITED TIME ONLY. In April, you have the chance to make a big difference in the lives of those right here in our community as we celebrate PB&J all month long with National PB&J Month. Running through all of April, PB&J’s will be sold for just $2! At the end of the month, the matching number of sandwiches will be donated to the Salvation Army. Yes, it is true: a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can change the world. Project PB&J brings comfort food to those in the world who need it, from those affected by natural disasters to local organizations (like the Boys & Girls Club or Oliver Gospel Mission) who could use a little help. Project PB&J is making the world a better place, one PB&J at a time! Join the effort. Learn more about Project PB&J here.
Never eaten at Which Wich before? Here’s a preview of their to go menu: (click hereclick here for full!)
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Shared Recipes

From the CATE Center – a few delicious recipes for Spring, with a wee bit o’ Irish in ’em!

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Serves: 16

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. Corned Beef Brisket (with seasoning packet)
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 2 Russett Potatoes
  • 1 head Savoy Cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • salt

Method of Preparation: Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

  1. Place corned beef and spice packet in a large pot filled with water.
  2. Bring water to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer for 4 hours.
  3. Once meat is fork tender drain water and shred meat.
  4. In another large pot boil carrots, parsnips, and potatoes until they are soft.
  5. Drain water from pot and roughly mash the vegetable together. Add butter and salt to taste.
  6. Peel leaves from the head of cabbage and steam them for 2­3 minutes until they are just beginning to get tender.
  7. Lay each leaf out and pat it dry before adding a layer of mash and a layer of corned beef.
  8. Roll the leaf up like a small burrito.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°F
  10. Spread extra mash in the bottom of a casserole dish and place cabbage rolls on top of it. Fill any space around the edges with more mash if you have it.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until everything is warmed.

Shepherd’s Pie Potatoes

Makes 12, multiply as necessary

Ingredients: Sheperd's Pie

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds ground lamb/beef
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • black pepper
  • 12 Idaho potatoes
  • 1/2 grated cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil

Method of Preparation:

Prepare the filling:

  1. In a large sauté pan oven, melt the butter. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and lamb/beef and cook until all the meat is browned. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkle with the flour and stir to coat.
  1. Pour into the beef stock, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and add the fresh rosemary. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover, and let cook for about 15 minutes until sauce thickens. Remove the rosemary sprigs and stir in the frozen peas and fresh parsley. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Then remove from heat and let cool completely (can be chilled in fridge overnight).
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the Idaho potatoes and then use a knife to slice off about 1/4 of the potato lengthwise–almost like removing a lid. Coat lightly with vegetable or olive oil and arrange in a baking dish, cut side up. Bake about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender. Cut potatoes into large chunks and combine in a large pot of salted water.
  1. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then use a spoon to scoop out potato centers to make a hollow potato with thick sides.
  1. Use a potato ricer or masher to mash the potatoes right in the pot. Add the milk, cream, and butter, and continue to stir and mash until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then let cool.
  1. Fill each potato to the top with the lamb/beef filling. Top with a generous layer of the mashed potatoes on top. Arrange in baking dish again. Sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes, until filling is hot and potatoes are heated through and golden on top (you can also turn on the broiler for the last few minutes to create the golden crust.)

Colcannon Cakes (Irish bubbles and squeak)

Ingredients:

Colcannon: Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage

  • 2 1/2 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped collards (chard, kale, spinach, or cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup of green onion greens, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or cream

Colcannon cakes:

  • About 3 cups of colcannon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • Lemon for garnish

Method of Preparation:

  1. Boil the potatoes: Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by at least an inch. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender (15 to 20 minutes). Drain in a colander.
  1. Cook the greens and the green onions with butter:Return the pot to the stove and set over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot and once it’s hot, add the greens.
  1. Cook the greens for 3-4 minutes, or until they are wilted and have given off some of their water. Add the green onions and cook 1 minute more.
  1. Mash the potatoes with milk or cream, add greens:Pour in the milk or cream, mix well, and add the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium. Use a fork or potato masher and mash the potatoes, mixing them up with the greens.
  1. Mix with egg, flour, salt, and chill: Mix the egg, flour and salt in with the colcannon. You may want to chill the mixture for 15 minutes or longer to make it easier to shape the patties.
  2. 3 Form into patties: Form into little cakes of whatever size you want, but make them flat so they will cook through without burning. If the mixture is too wet, add more flour until the mixture is easy to shape.
  1. 4 Fry until golden: Heat the butter or vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the formed patties in the pan so they are not touching. Lower the heat to medium and gently fry until golden, about 3-4 minutes.
  1. Turn and cook the other side. Let the cakes rest on a paper towel while you cook the others. Serve with slices of lemon.

Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

Greetings Spirits Fans!

In early April, Columbia’s own Crouch Distilling released their Cane Juice and Cane Syrup Rums.  Both are distilled from sugar cane grown on the Bair family farm in St. George, Crouch DistillingSouth Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum is distilled from sweet sugar cane syrup after the cane juice has been reduced.  Both Rums are unaged and distinct.

The interesting thing is that nothing in this rum is from outside the Palmetto State. Their Cane Juice Rum is fresh and complex with a sweet and grassy flavor.  SC greatness in a glass, this spirit is the purest expression of this locally grown sugar cane.  Their Cane Syrup Rum has a silky mouth feel and smells and tastes like earth and molasses.

The prices for these new products are as follows:

Cane Syrup Rum: $45.00
Cane Juice Rum: $45.00

Crouch Distilling: 947 S Stadium Rd, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 764-6839

Tasting Room & Retail Hours:
Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7pm
Saturday 1pm-7pm

Weekday Therapy: Main Street Public House

The Gardener Guides team was sending off our favorite graphic designer, Carmen, for an 8 week hiatus as she delivers and tends to her new baby daughter, Lailah.  Carmen chose to try a new kid on the culinary block –  Main Street Public House for our lunch last week. MSPH occupies the first floor in the old McCrory’s dime store building, and has a laid back atmosphere – new industrial decor with an elevated dining area and a large bar with communal tables gathered around the front of the restaurant.

Carmen Going Away Lunch at Main St. Public House

Kathy, Carmen, Tina, Sydney, Sarah, & Virginia

We were lunching late, so parking and seating weren’t much of a problem. At MSPH we got a table in the back, near the stage, which was empty but transforms at night into a venue for live jazz, local DJ’s and regional music acts. The HD TVs throughout the restaurant were all tuned to the NCAA basketball game – MSPH is a great place to get your March Madness on – go Gamecocks! Our server was very helpful and pleasant and worked with us to get our food preferences right.

We started with House Smoked Crispy Fried Wings for the table. We hadn’t intended on ordering a starter, but our waitress’ description of the wings – smoked for hours, rubbed with special seasonings, then smoked some more, convinced us to try them. We weren’t disappointed; the wings were moist, full of flavor, with just a touch of heat. Tina loved her Southern Sriracha Honey Crispy Chicken sandwich, which she said was tender, and had a spicy kick to it that was tempered by sweetness – not unlike the Gamecocks’ Head Coach Frank Martin. Carmen really enjoyed her Slider Trio, a triple threat of Pulled Pork, Shaved Brisket, and Pulled Chicken. Sarah’s BLT Grilled Cheese was two amazing sandwich ideas in one – another slam dunk, as were the House Fried Potato Chips that it came with. Virginia’s Buffalo Chicken “Cobb” salad was excellent, and so big that she had leftovers. Kathy and Sydney both ordered pizzas, the Bianca and the Margherita, respectively. MSPH cooks their delicious New York-Style pizzas in a custom brick oven, and serves each 10-inch pie for just $10 apiece!

Our team considered this meal a complete win. No flagrant fouls, no bricks and no air balls. The lunch was Jordanesque! However, there was no hang time to be had; we were almost in lunch OT…

PS: Kathy and her husband have eaten dinner here before and they HIGHLY recommend the fried oyster appetizer. A generous serving of melt-in-your-mouth oysters…

Address: 1556 Main St.

Phone Number: 803.834.3409

Hours: Daily 11am – 2am

Visit MSPH’s Facebook Page here!

 

News Flash!

The Casual Pint’s Huge TV Screen Adds a New Dimension to Brewski Heaven

Have you been to The Casual Pint lately? If not, you should stop by and grab a beer for game night or date night!  Their new HUGE big screen is 106″ HD brought to you on a 4K projector.  You won’t find a better spot to watch in town!
The Casual Pint big screen

Mondays are Movie Nights, where you can order outstanding pub fare like Bavarian Pretzels and Beer Cheese, Handcrafted Flatbreads and Pizzas, Hamburgers, Pork Sliders and more… and of course choose your beverage from their Tap List (see current list here) as well!

What movie plays each week?  You decide!  You and other patrons vote on Facebook for the flick that will play on Monday… the poll posts on the weekend.  Follow their FB page to get updates – link here.

Address: 807 Gervais St.

Phone Number: 803-832-7468

Weekday Therapy: Tombo Grille

One recent Hump Day, the Gardener Guides went looking for a dining spot – something unique and exciting, yet casual and welcoming. We decided to head over to Forest Acres, which fits that description as well! Forest Acres’ is known as “a city within a city”, and its residents enjoy a wonderful assemblage of restaurants, both large and small.

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Miriam turned 21 recently, so she is happy about that!

Tombo Grille has become something of an institution in Forest Acres. Since 2002, when it opened, the modern American bistro has served up a fresh, varied menu made up of local and seasonal ingredients, to people from all over the Midlands. Despite knowing this, only one of us had ever been to Tombo, and so we were unsure about what to expect. It was early for dinner and we were able to sit where we wanted, so we chose a small, tucked-away table surrounded by soft lighting and local art.

Thomas, our wonderful and attentive waiter, helped us with our drink order, relaying the day’s specials and taking our preferences into consideration. Tombo is all about daily specials – featured wines and beers, pizzas, soups, small bites, entrees, as well as deals like Monday Night $9 Burgers, Beer and Live Music, Tuesday Night $5 Pizza & $15 Bottles of Wine, and Thursday Night 3-Course Dinner for 2 for $49. Thomas knew the menu inside and out, and suggested the Smoked Salmon Terrine, Charcuterie and Cheese Plate, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon as best bets, and Virginia insisted that we order the Fried Brussels Sprouts as one of our dishes.

The Charcuterie and Cheese Plate included Thomas Hoe Leicestershire Red, Carr Valley Shepard’s Blend and Irish Porter Cheddar cheeses, Trois Petite Cochon Paté, Olli Toscana and Calabrese Hot salamis, seasonal fruit, a selection of peppers, onions and olives, Tombo Grille meat and cheese platterwhole grain mustard and baguette slices. Everything went well together, so you could mix and match items off of the plate and add them to your baguette slice for a perfect bite each time. The Smoked Salmon Rangoon were salmon, scallion and cream cheese-filled wontons, fried and served with a Mandarin chili glaze – an upscale (and better) version of the Chinese food menu staple, crab rangoon. The Smoked Salmon Terrine was accompanied by capers, onions, cornichons, flying fish roe, and crackers, and would be delicious as any meal of the day! The Fried Brussels Sprouts came in a large bowl, with herbed buttermilk dressing. These warm little gems were crispy yet soft, caramelized and sweet; like vegetable candy! We ate the entire bowl and felt great about it, because they’re vegetables. (Also, let it be known that Virginia got a whole bowl of them to go because they were that good!)

The next day, we all remarked how nice Tombo had been, with such a friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. The food selection was unexpected, yet comforting and satisfying. It’s no wonder the place has become such an invaluable part of the Forest Acres dining landscape!

Tombo Grille Weekday TherapyAddress: 4517 Forest Drive

Phone Number: 803.782.9665

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm; bar opens at 4:30pm

Visit Tombo Grille’s Facebook Page here!

New to the Menu: Cellar on Greene

New to the Menu

Cellar on Greene has added three new delicious items to their already mouthwatering menu! They have been taste-tested and approved, so swing by sometime this week and give these three new items a try: Citrus-Snow Pea Salad, Pan Seared Sea Scallops with curried bok choy and Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread!

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Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread with fried eggplant, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato marinara & basil   $11

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops with curried bok choy “salad”, lemongrass-coconut broth, ginger-lime rice cake & crispy wontons  $18

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Citrus-Snow Pea Salad with mixed greens, ruby red grapefruit, orange, carrots, crushed peanuts, crispy wontons & miso-honey vinaigrette  $10

Cellar on Greene is located at 2001 Greene St. Call them at 803.343.3303 with any questions.

Weekday Therapy: East Bay Deli

The Gardener Guides team wanted a midday meal that would satisfy the hungriest of us,order-areahave enough options for all our tastes, and be reasonably priced. Columbia has recently seen an uptick in the number of delicatessens on its dining scene. The latest addition is East Bay Deli, downtown on Main Street. Billing itself as “a New York style deli but with a distinctive southern flair”, East Bay has all of the hallmarks of a great deli – sandwiches piled high with fresh, quality meats and cheeses, soups and chili for cooler days, hot dogs with a variety of toppings, giant spuds and awesome desserts. We all agreed, we wanted to check it out!

New York Yankee.jpgWith locations in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, the franchise decided to expand to Columbia this past fall and
this coming spring, into Lexington. The Main Street location is a sizeable establishment, dressed up in retro, diner-style signs and decor that go perfectly with the black and white
checkered floor tile. Just as in classic NYC delis, you’ll find

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Sarah, our staff writer and restaurant reviewer, at the self-serve drink stand

such fare as East Bay’s Famous Chili Dog, Homemade Chicken and Tuna salads, Hot Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches, Ham “Gabagool” (Capicola), and even authentic “Carnegie Deli” cheesecake! Here you will also find a southern influence in items like the Piggy Potato, Southern Dog, and Southern Style BBQ sandwich.

The team went with some of East Bay’s standards: Roast Beef sandwich, Turkey Reuben on rye, the triple-decker New York Yankee sandwich, Homemade Chicken Salad, and Homemade “Lite” Tuna Salad. Their food is made-to-order, and they make it fast! We found one of the highlights of the meal to be East Bay’s incredible salad bar, stocked with veggies, cheeses, meats, olives, marinated mushrooms, mini muffins, chicken, tuna, broccoli and pasta salads and much more! The salad bar offerings were so fresh, diverse
and filling that we had very little room left for the rest of our food, much less anything from the dessert case up front!

At the end of our meal we walked the busy downtown streets, picking up a copy of the Times from the newsstand as we went, past the food carts smelling of hotdogs and pretzels, past the flashing marquees, the bodegas, trashcan bonfires, graffiti and on through the long shadows of the skyscrapers. The music playing in the speakeasies poured out into the streets, as a Gray’s Papaya customer was handed a slice and an egg cream. When we couldn’t get a taxi cab we decided to just hoof it through the park to the subway, through the Meatpacking and Fashion districts, near the NYSE. We threw on our ice skates and glided across 30 Rock, then sprinted past the Naked Cowboy in Times Square and across the Brooklyn Bridge, back to our offices…in West Columbia. In our heads we had just had lunch in the Big Apple!

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Sarah order their Turkey Reuben and LOVED it!

Address: 1426 Main Street

Phone Number: 803.814.2277

Hours: Open daily 7am – 9pm

COMING SOON: NEW LOCATION ACROSS FROM LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER OPENS IN APRIL 2017!!

Recently Opened!

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Lima Peruvian Cuisine

3830 Rosewood Drive (Suite A) | In Casey’s Fireworks Shopping Center |  803.851.3646 

If you’ve always wanted to try authentic Peruvian cuisine now is your chance, as Lima lima-peruvian-logoPeruvian Cuisine opened its doors on January 24th! Their menu boasts a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, Peruvian classic dishes, and even an entire “from the sea” section! View menu on their FB page here.

lima-peruvian-meat-dishDid you know that Lima is known as the culinary capital of the Americas? Peruvian cuisine is celebrated for its unique fusion of indigenous Inca staples with foods and flavors brought by immigrants from Africa, Europe, and Asia. The menu at Lima Peruvian Cuisine is filled with dishes that taste of these multicultural influences, like Empanadas, Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and desserts such as Alfajores and Suspiro a la Limeña. Don’t forget an Inca Kola to wash it all down with! Give this new place a try, Foodies!

Take note: Lima Peruvian offers 10% off with military ID!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar

1710 Main St. | 803.764.2316

For thousands of years, indigenous people called Daufuskie Island (located between Hilton
Head Island and Savannah) home. Later, when West Africans arrived as slaves, they ran to the island for freedom where they mingled with those indigenous peoples, increasing the population and creating a new culture.  A two bedroom school house is still standing, along with an early church (built in the 1700s).

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DaufusKEYS focuses on the native foods of the island and they each have a West African, creole, native american, or Caribbean twist. Why Caribbean you ask? Their chef, Shawn Martin, is from Jamaica and he is a graduate culinary chef. His mother is a dessert baker in Jamaica and his father is a restaurant owner, so food expertise runs in the family. DaufusKEYS boasts a mouthwatering menu with starters like fried calamari, fish rolls, and fried okra and entrees such as roasted BBQ chicken, filet, rib eye, brine pork chops, pan-fried spiced salmon, and more! Our office tried Daufuskey Shrimp and Grits – grilled shrimp with sauteed spinach on seasoned creamy grits with Andouille Gravy – we LOVED it! They have three different soups and salads to choose from too, along with a lengthy list of sides. Round out your meal with one of their four desserts (bourbon bread pudding, lemon crud cake, & more!).

On top of a delicious menu, Daufuskey’s has a full bar upstairs and a downstairs moonshine jelly bar (where you can also have mixed drinks, wine, beer and food) is in the works! Carla Goodson, the marketing and catering manager, told me that they will be featuring both classical and jazz musicians too.

Hours: 

Monday – Friday: 11am – 3pm; 4pm – 8pm

Visit their Facebook page here!

Under the Foam: March 2017

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Mr. Friendly’s: Seasonal Beers

River Rat “My Morning” Stout 
wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla,
plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA
Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA 
specially selected hops reveal tangy notes of stone fruit, grapefruit and
floral notes with subtle malt accents and a touch of honey for a balanced body

The Casual Pint: March Beer Events the-casual-pint-beer

  • March 1st: RJ Rockers Brewing Tap Takover starting at 6pm
  • March 3rd: Devils Backbone Release Party 4:30pm – 7pm
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Party ALL day
  • March 23rd: Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 6pm

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: March Madness Tournament

BEER vs. BEER!! Make sure your favorite beer makes it to the finals, so that you can sip it on happy hour prices ALL YEAR long! Draft Madness ’17 top 25 update coming soon.

Moriarty's Irish Pub1.jpgStay tuned for further updates before Moriarty’s reveals the final field of 32 on Selection Sunday (March 12th). Tournament begins March 14th & the championship is on April 4th.

NewsFlash: Taking Orders for Easter Hams

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Foodies! Why go through the hassle and end up with something less than stellar? Little Pigs Barbecue located at 4927 Alpine Road is the place to purchase your smoked Easter ham!

Get a whole ham, a half of ham, or a quarter of a ham. HURRY! You must order by Thursday, March 16th by calling 803.788.8238 or emailing Champ at champ@littlepigs.biz

Planning your wedding? A family reunion? An office get-together? Need to feed a small group or a huge crowd? Little Pigs Barbecue takes on the task and you’ll be sooo happy you called them! They’ll customize any of the menus you see below… they are true culinary geniuses and it’s NOT ALL BARBECUE!   More here.

Menu #1
BBQ Pork
Fried Chicken
Rice w/ Hash
Cole Slaw
Green Beans
Rolls and Banana Pudding

Menu #2
Marinated Chicken Breast
Rice Pilaf
Broccoli Casserole
Stir-fry Vegetables
Rolls
Brownies or Cake

Menu #3
Baked Ham
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Sweet Corn
Rolls
Chocolate D’light

Menu #4
Smoked Turkey or Chicken
Special Rice
Crowder Peas
Italian Green Beans
Rolls
Assorted Cakes

Menu #5
Pot Roast
New Potatoes
Green Beans
Peas
Rolls
Assorted Cobblers

Menu #6
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
Glazed Carrots
Rolls
Lemon D’light

Menu #7
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Linguine Alfredo
Squash Casserole
Peas
Rolls
Turtle Brownies

Menu #8
Country Fried Steak
Rice
Stir-Fry Vegetables
Black-Eyed Peas
Corn Bread
German Chocolate Cake

Menu #9
Fried Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese
Green Breans
Field Peas
Rolls
Carrot Cake

To place your order, click here.

Coming Soon

Quaker Steak and Lube lube-burger

2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905

Quaker Steak and Lube, a national chain is set to open a new location on Wednesday, March 15th. It’s on South Beltline near the I-77 interchange.  Moms and dads will love the family-feel to their menu, including a kid’s section for 8 years and under called Kids Lube Cruisers which are served with a FREE fountain beverage, apple juice, or low-fat milk and choice of carrots, Jell-O, applesauce, crispy fries, apple wedges, or baked Cheddar Goldfish!  View local menu here; featuring a superabundance of delicious menu items including seafood, baby back ribs, steak dinners, specialty salads & soups and more! By the way the building will also have a kids arcade center, a bowling alley, and a Starbucks.

Pelican’s SnoBalls

1912 Rosewood Drive | 919.614.2080

Snoballs.jpgOpens for the warmer months beginning on March 1st, 2017. They are moving from 1900 Rosewood a few blocks down to 1912 Rosewood, so enjoy their plethora of flavors there Foodies!

Other locations set to open on March 1st: 

202 Graces Way, Columbia (Northeast)
517 North Lake Drive, Lexington

Coming Soon:

Irmo – 6165 St. Andrews Rd.

More location information here.

Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 10pm

New to the Menu!

New to the Menu

mint-oreo-freddysFreddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is now offering a delightful concoction – their “Mint ‘N Oreo Concrete” is available through April, so swing by and give it a try! Back by popular demand, Freddy’s Mint n’ Oreo Concrete blends creamy frozen custard with cool mint and crunchy Oreo cookies. Topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreo cookie crumbs, the Mint n’ Oreo Concrete is a dessert treat that satisfies Freddy’s guests of all ages. Located at 457 Killian Road. More locations coming soon! Visit their website here.

 

Now Open!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

457 Killian Rd., Columbia 29203 

TODAY FEBRUARY 14TH – COLUMBIA’S FIRST FREDDY’S OPENS!

Freddy’s is a family-friendly eater 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 are so excited to say that they have opened their doors here in Columbia as of TODAY.  freddys-orginial-double

No “hamburgers” at Freddy’s. We’ve heard that Freddy’s steak burgers are often voted “best burger” in competitions across the country…the company uses premium quality lean beef in its steak burgers. “Every Freddy’s Steak burger starts with premium, lean, American, 100% pure ground beef – no additives or fillers. We press the patties thin to create deliciously crispy edges and always fredhead-at-freddyscook them to order so they’re steaming hot. Freddy’s way may take a little longer, but that’s what makes Freddy’s Steak burgers so special. Top two patties with Freddy’s Famous Seasoning, two slices of melting cheese, mustard, onions and crunchy pickle planks, all on a fresh, perfectly toasted bun and you have our one and only Freddy’s Original Double!”  Sounds great, eh?  Choose sides from baked chips, fries or applesauce.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard isn’t your average ice cream parlor. In fact, it isn’t ice cream at all! Thanks to a time-tested churning process that minimizes ice crystals and air, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is smoother and richer than ice cream and frozen yogurt.  Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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

Dave & Buster’s

Columbiana Centre Mall | 803.576.4800

Now open!  Media Day was Thursday February 9th, and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com was invited to come out and see the new Dave & Buster’s in Columbiana Centre mall.  What a treat!

Dave & Buster’s offers a complete sensory overload.  A $3 Million Midway is center stage with the coolest, newest adult games – the Walking Dead encounter, We were greeted by some very friendly folks, including Robert Spargal, general manager.  Robert enthusiastically gave us a personal tour – beginning with the Midway.  All I can say is “wow”.  You have to see it, hear it and feel it (yes, the place VIBRATES!) to believe it.

Since you are reading Columbia Foodie News, I will move on to what y’all are keenly interested in. Let’s allow the pictures to do the talking:

The state-of-the-art restaurant offers mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with items including the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, Carnivore Pizzadilla and legendary Buffalo Wing Burger. Dave & Buster’s Columbia will also feature Dave & Buster’s newly released dishes like Crispy Nashville-Style Hot Chicken and the BBBacon Burger featuring three different types of bacon.  This opening is the 94th for the restaurant and entertainment concept, and the second in South Carolina joining the Greenville location. “Dave & Buster’s could not be more excited to call Columbia, SC home,” said General Manager, Robert Spargal. “We are proud to be joining this amazing community, and we look forward to adding a fun and vibrant environment for locals to cheer on their teams while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and hundreds of the latest games!”  Not-to-be-missed specials include Happy Hour (Monday – Friday 4:30 – 7pm), Two For Tuesday, which includes $2 select beers, $2 Tacos and 2 Free Game Plays (4 – 8pm), and Half-Priced Games every Wednesday (open – close).

Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including Tailgate Toss, The Walking Dead Arcade Game and Star Trek. Those hard-earned tickets can be redeemed with a trip to the Winner’s Circle for a variety of prizes, including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia and much more!

Dave & Buster’s Columbia is in the area where the old Sears store was in Columbiana Centre located at 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, SC 29212. Have fun Foodies!

Hours of operation:

Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Weekday Therapy: Cock N’ Bull Pub

 

Having been a fortnight since our last outing, the Gardener Guides team fancied a pint and maybe a good nosh up, when someone made the brilliant suggestion to try Cock N’ Bull Pub in Rosewood!

 

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Buffalo Grouper

Visiting Cock N’ Bull is like hanging out at your best mate’s flat. The car park was already full with the pub regulars. The cozy house, tucked away on the side of Rosewood Drive and South Edisto Avenue, is filled with memorabilia and keepsakes from across the pond, of footballers and ales that most of us were unfamiliar with. A game was on at the bar, but we were more interested in the menu, being absolutely Hank Marvin for some grub! We went through the list of Appetizers and Smaller Plates and the Pub Sandwiches, and decided on the Scottish Nachos, Black Bean Quesadilla, Sweet Potato Fries and a Buffalo Grouper Sandwich to split. The Scottish Nachos, with thick sliced potatoes, bacon, grilled onion and cheddar cheese, were the bee’s knees

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Black Bean Quesadilla

and the first to go! We were also gobsmacked by the Buffalo Grouper Sandwich — not too spicy, but with a great taste, and by the Sweet Potato Fries and Black Bean Quesadilla. Miriam loved the Shrimp Po Boy, which she ordered as her dinner, and said the shrimp was large, fresh, and delicious…the remoulade sauce was a perfect amount…absolutely scrummy! It was served with a side of onion strings that were unique and very good. The food, along with selections from Cock N’ Bull’s 21 beers on tap including imports and craft beers, had us all feeling hunky-dory!

 

Despite feeling a bit knackered at the end of the workday, we were glad we’d made the trip across the river, to Rosewood. Cock N’ Bull takes the biscuit when it comes to pubs in the area and we’re all looking forward to our next happy hour at Cock N’ Bull, which will have to be on a Friday so we can all try their Fish and Chips special. Until then, cheerio!

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Left to right: Molly, Kathy, Sarah, Virginia, Tina, Miriam & Carmen

Hours & Info:

Happy Hour: Tues. – Fri. 2:30pm – 7pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Lunch served Weds. – Sat. 11am – 2:30pm

Dinner served Mon. – Sun. 5pm – 1opm

Address: 326 S Edisto Ave, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.251.4474

Coming Soon

Hunter – Gatherer Brewery at Rosewood Hangar

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

According to City documents, “The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building to be built at Columbia’s Owens Field Municipal Airport in 1929. The hangar was built by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and was officially opened in April 1930 with a large celebration, dedication, and air show. Although the hangar was initially used for passenger and airmail service, it was eventually also used for flight training, airplane storage, and airplane maintenance and repair. Of the approximately 35 hangars built by Curtiss-Wright Flying Service by the 1930s, Columbia’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar is one of the last to remain standing and is largely unaltered from its original design.”

We were so excited when we heard that Hunter – Gatherer Brewery would be expanding into such a neat, historical place from their current location at 900 Main St.

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Image from City Documents

The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s for its contributions to air transportation in Columbia and throughout the state and today the hangar is undergoing a big renovation and is expected to open this summer. How exciting! Kevin Varner, brewer and owner of Hunter-Gatherer brew pub announced that in celebration of their 20th anniversary (Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia on Oct. 7, 1995) they will be opening this second location at Owens Field that will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brew house, a bottling and kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. Foodies, the Hunter-Gatherer at 900 Main Street will stay the same so no worries if you’re a regular.

Renovation is well underway. There were many painted signs on the hangar. One sign, above the sliding hangar doors, originally said “Curtiss Wright” and “Flying Service.” This Curtiss-Wright sign is in the process of being re-painted to match the original and another sign will be painted (on the opposite side of the building) saying “Hunter – Gatherer” and “Brewery & Alehouse.” It’s going to look awesome! We can’t wait to dine at this historical establishment, as we watch planes fly overhead.