Two Winners from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California

by Rocky Menge    September 18, 2018   I recently had the pleasure of tasting 7 wines from Morgan Vineyards in California. The vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Close to Monterey and the Pacific, Morgan is the highest altitude vineyard in California. This gives these wines an intense flavor with well balanced acidity….

Ripe for the Picking

Fall’s bounty is here! Get farm fresh produce or pick your own at the following South Carolina destinations. Learn more by clicking on farm/orchard’s name: Apples Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill | Pick Your Own 1860 Black Highway, York, SC | 803.684.0690 Bryson’s Apple Orchard | You Pick or They Pick 1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Mountain…

Festiv-FULL September

Fall is finally here, and with it comes Columbia’s perennial festivals! First up is the Sweet Tea Festival in Summerville, on Thursday, September 20. It is to be held in conjunction with Summerville’s monthly Third Thursday, when Downtown Summerville shops, restaurants, art galleries and more extend their hours and run specials. The festival will feature…

Let Freddy’s Help Your Organization!

Let Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers host a Give Back or Spirit Night for your organization! These fundraising events can be held any night or day of the week, and Freddy’s gives back 15% of its sales! Freddy’s is home to premium Steakburgers, cooked to order and pressed thin to create deliciously crisp edges. They have…

Date Night at Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803.782.9665 You and your sweet one’s perfect evening begins at Tombo in Forest Acres where, every Thursday, you can get a delicious three-course dinner for two, for just $49! Not just any dinner – Tombo is known for its innovative comfort food, fabulous collection of wine and…

Brunch Re-imagined: Kraken Gastropub

The meal was brunch, and the cuisine was inventive. We tried a bit of everything, from sangria to lattes, red velvet waffles to croque monsieur. Everything was cooked well, and plated with a professional hand by New York native Chef Bridgette Wilson.

Game Day Game Changers

Little Pigs Barbecue 4927 Alpine Road | 803.788.8238 With September comes football, with football comes tailgating, and with tailgating comes BBQ and wings! This season, enjoy the best of both when you order your gameday feast from Little Pigs Barbecue and WG’s Wings. Little Pigs’ Take-Out options include BBQ sandwiches and Meat-and-Threes from their famous buffet….

Coming Soon

Palmano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 4350 Augusta Rd., Lexington | www.facebook.com/LexingtonPizza Palmano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant will open in front of KJ’s Market on Highway 1, just down from The Barnyard Flea Market in Lexington. With an opening date TBA, they are currently renovating the building. Palmano’s will serve pizza, pasta, salads, subs and more, and will offer delivery,…

Openings

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q 105 Saluda Pointe Court, Lexington | 803.490.2862 Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q just opened in August, and Lexington ‘Q lovers couldn’t be happier! Willie Jewell’s brings their classic and creative “smoked for hours, served in minutes” dishes to the Midlands, seven days a week, from 11am – 9pm. Everything at Willie Jewell’s…

Deals on Meals

Labor Day Deals at Quaker Steak & Lube 2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905 Tombo Grille Daily Specials As a compliment to their regular menu, Tombo Grille offers specials that change nightly, showcasing our chef’s culinary creativity, including nightly featured wines and beers. These are updated daily around 5pm. Visit this page or follow them…

New to the Menu

What’s New at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista 828 Gervais St | 803.461.4677 Fans of Liberty Tap Room & Grill love its creative menu, comprehensive beer list and awesome happy hour deals. This fall, they are offering even more, with new Daily Features, 8 new $8 Lunch Specials, a new Game Day Menu and…

Cheers

Paddle and Pint Friday, September 7 Enjoy paddling the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Saluda Shoals Park. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook. Ages 21 and up. Register here. Sunset on the Shoals Friday, September 21…

Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers 2218 Devine Street | 803.714.3320 It’s no secret that the Midlands is exploding with new options for purchasing and consuming wine. With wine bars and flights and tours and festivals, painting parties and ubiquitous Wine Down Wednesdays, enthusiasm for the beverage has skyrocketed, and it’s become a popular part of our community’s…

O’Hara’s Public House

131 E. Main Street, Lexington | 803.785.4025 | oharas-public-house.com What differentiates a traditional Irish pub from your average bar or brewpub? A true Irish pub is more than a watering hole; it’s a gathering place for hearty food, sports, and music in a warm, convivial atmosphere. At O’Hara’s Public House, they say “Your Clan Awaits”….

Newsflash

Host the Event of the Season at Ruth’s Chris Steak House! 924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666 Enjoy a night that everyone will remember when you host your holiday celebration at Ruth’s. Book a private dining or off-site catered event now and receive a $50 bonus card for every $500 spent (see details). When it comes…

Food Lover Events: September

South Carolina Apple Festival Tuesday, September 4 | Westminster, SC Beginning the day after Labor Day and running through the following weekend, the South Carolina Apple Festival celebrates the beginning of apple harvest season in Oconee County, the largest apple-producing area in the state. Whether you enjoy whitewater rafting, shopping for arts and crafts, browsing antique shops,…

Best Happy Hours in Greater Columbia SC

It’s Happy Hour! Drink Specials, Beer, Wine, and Appetizers! Our Recommendations: 929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803.764.3825 Monday-Friday, 5 pm -7 pm Drinks: $1 off All Draft Beers $1 off All Wine $3 Soju Shooters $1 Soju Cocktails Bites: Beer & Fried dumpling combo, $8   Liberty on the Lake 1602 Marina…

Coming Soon – Citta’ del Cotone

Citta՜ del Cotone Get excited, pizza-lovers! We will soon be savoring authentic Neapolitan pizza at this new pizzeria in Cottontown at 2150 Sumter Street, one block up from Elmwood Avenue. Following the rules of authentic Neapolitan pizza-making, pizzas will be made using Caputo 00 flour – the best flour in the world, milled to a…

Newsflash

Little Pigs Barbecue Open Labor Day Good news – Little Pigs Barbecue will be open on Labor Day from 11am – 6pm! That means you can get their delicious pulled pork, flavored with 3 different sauces – red, mustard and pepper/vinegar, ribs, and house-made country sides and desserts for your Labor Day festivities! More here. New Menus…

New to the Menu

New Wing Flavor in August at Quaker Steak & Lube 2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905 Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Rd | 10611 Broad River Rd | 2879 Sunset Blvd Freddy’s’ new Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger is their spiciest steakburger yet! Available for a limited time, the Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger is…

Openings

Lowes Foods 4711 Forest Drive, Ste 1 Lowes Foods on Forest Drive is now open! This unique supermarket has a huge selection of locally grown produce, a variety of beers ready for taste testing at the store’s Beer Den, a Sausage Works station and Chicken Kitchen. Stop by and check it out! More here. Rocket Fizz…

Refreshing Summer Drinks

It’s August in Columbia and the sippin’ is easy! Try these thirst-quenching cocktails as you enjoy the final days of summer: Kaminsky’s Summer Sippers 930 Gervais Street These specialty cocktails are available from Kaminsky’s throughout the summer! The Watermelon Punch includes Captain Morgan Watermelon Rum, Watermelon Pucker, and Sour & Soda Water. The Patron XO…

Summer’s Most Interesting Salads!

Tired of settling for boring salads when you go out to eat? Try these innovative leafy offerings from some of your favorite local restaurants for a change of pace: Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fresh Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato Salad features heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, aged balsamic glaze, and extra virgin olive oil, beautifully presented  (Note: Ruth’s…

Cheers :: Beer, Wine, Whiskey and Fun!

Paddle and Pint at Saluda Shoals Park Friday, August 3 | 5:30 – 7:30pm Paddle the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife! Enjoy the views, have fun, and meet new friends. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook inside…

Weekday Therapy: Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Hour @ The Bar – Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour Daily from 4 – 6:30PM | 924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666 We decided to go BIG for our latest Weekday Therapy session, and spend Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Ruth’s Chris is synonymous with fine dining in just about every city, with more…

New to the Menu

929 Kitchen & Bar for Lunch and Brunch 929 Gervais St | 803-764-3825 There’s ALWAYS something new on the menu at 929 Kitchen & Bar! 929 in the Vista is THE place for authentic Korean food with a modern twist. Their new Korean Bento-Style Lunch Boxes are a MUST-TRY, with meal combinations that will give you a taste…

Newsflash

Tunes at Tombo Grille Closed July 2-5, Reopens for Dinner July 6 | 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803-782-9665 Tombo’s casual yet elegant fare, extensive wine and beer offerings, and exceptional desserts make it the perfect restaurant for every occasion! Did you know that Tombo also features a great selection of live, local music on Monday…

2018 Farmers Markets

South Carolina State Farmers Market ~ open 24/7 April through October. November through March the market is open from 6am-9pm, 7 days a week at 3483 Charleston Highway in West Columbia Cayce Farmer’s Market ~ Monday – Friday from 9am-8pm, Saturdays 8am-8pm and Sundays 10am-7pm, Closed January – March, at 2329 Charleston Hwy in Cayce Blythewood…

Openings

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers Grand Opening: July 17 | 10611 Broad River Rd This diner-style burger joint serves up amazingly juicy Steakburgers and hotdogs served on buttery toasted buns, shoestring fries, and, to top it all off, frozen custard sundaes! Tasty specials like the Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger, and the Funnel Cake Sundae make…

Newsflash

Beef Jerky Outlet 1260 Bower Parkway Suite A5 | 803-661-9015 Need a gift for someone special or a neat way to say thank you? Beef Jerky Outlet’s new gifting program includes gift boxes in four different sizes, and they’re perfect for jerky lovers! The Personal Gift Box includes 3 Bags of Jerky and one Bag of Peanuts; the Professional…

New to the Menu

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Locations: 457 Killian Rd. 2879 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia Coming late June to Irmo at 10611 Broad River Rd. Food made Freddy’s Way begins with premium, fresh ingredients. Steakburgers are cooked to order and pressed thin to create deliciously crisp edges, and the Frozen Custard is made with only the finest dairy…

Coming Soon

Halls Chophouse, The Columbia Steakhouse Future location: 1221 Main St. It has been announced that Charleston’s premier steakhouse, Halls Chophouse, has purchased Columbia’s The Oak Table restaurant, and plans to open in that space on October 15, 2018. Family-owned and operated Halls Chophouse is part of the Hall Management Group, which owns several popular, well established…

You Have to Try This Place

Lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube Appropriately reminiscent of the motor oil brand, Quaker Steak & Lube is a motor-themed restaurant that boasts some of the best food and drinks around, drinks and fun for the whole family!  The ColumbiaFoodieNews.com crew headed to their Columbia location off I-77 at Bluff Road to give it a good…

New to the Menu

New Items at Liberty Vista & Liberty on the Lake! 828 Gervais St | 1602 Marina Rd, Suite D Liberty Vista and Liberty on the Lake both launched new menus recently, and they include some seriously exciting and delicious new items! TOMMY TEXAS CHEESE TOTS: tater tots, ranch dressing, mixed cheese, applewood smoked bacon and…

Openings

The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar 3340 Highway 378, Leesville | 803-730-3044 The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar is officially open for the season! The “Always Casual, Hardly Traditional” spot is the best way to spend a casual day on Lake Murray! The menu features ice cold beer, and the best pimento cheese…

929 Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a trendy, fun place for a drink and a bite in the Vista? You’ve found it at 929 Gervais Street. 929 Kitchen & Bar is owned by young, hip partners Karen and Sean and their silent partners who have dreamed for a long time of serving up authentic Korean food with a modern…

Compton’s Kitchen :: The Best in Home Cooking

Sometimes ya’ just want to “cuddle up” to food… to rekindle memories of Mama in her kitchen, checkered apron, wooden spoon in hand, stirring that big pot of goodness.  To be able to remember so fondly weekends with pancakes drenched in yummy syrup and loads of savory bacon and eggs!  Home cooking is like nothing…

Now Open

929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803-764-3825 The food at 929 Kitchen & Bar is inspired by ancient Korean traditions. Items range from authentic favorites, like Katsu, Korean BBQ Short Ribs and Bibimbap, to new twists on Korean fare, like Kimchi Nachos and Beef Bulgogi Tacos. It will be open for lunch, dinner and…

Newsflash

  Late Night Offerings and New Daily Features at Liberty Liberty in the Vista is now offering Late Night Munchies for all you night owls! With few places open or offering much in terms of food after dinner hours, Liberty’s new menu of appetizers and pizzas is just what the Vista needed! See the menu here. Liberty…

Best Places to Take Kids

Where Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) Restaurant prices and promotions are subject to change at any time. Please call the restaurant to verify pricing! Sunday: Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill — Get one FREE kids meal with the purchase of a bowl, burrito, nacho or quesadilla & a drink! Applies to kids 10 years &…

Openings

Hampton St. Diner 1840 Hampton Street | 803-862-1064 Visit the newly opened Hampton St. Diner and go back in time! The black and white checkered tile floors, candy apple red and white walls with chrome accents, and 50’s music playing in the background will have you reminiscing about the good ol’ days of bobby socks and…

Openings

Firenza Pizza 5232 Sunset Blvd, Lexington | Mon – Thurs: 11am – 9pm | Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm Firenza Pizza just opened in Lexington on Tuesday, January 9. Experience “Pizza Like Never Before” at Firenza, which specializes in handcrafted, made-to-order, stone hearth-baked pizzas that can be customized with nearly 40 fresh toppings! Firenza offers eight signature pies,…

A Soup & a Stew To Love

Go-To Chicken Noodle Soup for Feeling Better 10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 medium carrots, diced 1 large stalk celery, diced 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 ounces whole-wheat egg noodles, (3 cups) 4 cups shredded cooked skinless chicken breast, (about 1 pound; see Tip) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1…

Openings

The Grand 1621 Main Street | 803-726-2323 |  The Grand is now open on Main Street! This boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is the perfect place for fun, food and activities. The Grand celebrated its Grand Opening on Thursday, December 7th, so if you haven’t had a chance to get there… now’s the time!  Have fun,…

News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150 Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love….

Beef Jerky Outlet’s Chili

Beef Jerky Outlet has a new contest, where you can win a $100 Beef Jerky Outlet Prize Pack! Just use their jerky in a recipe to enter, and for a chance to win. Here we have chili made with Beef Jerky Outlet Honey BBQ Jerky **Ingredients ** 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion,…

New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista 807 Gervais St, STE 100 Join the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler…

Openings

Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening Friday, November 10 | 118 State St., West Columbia Catitude Cat Cafe is coming, and will be the first Cat Cafe in the Columbia, SC area! They have partnered with Pets Inc. in West Columbia, to provide 100% adoptable kitties! At Catitude, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a…

Openings

Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar 904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455 This brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi…

New To The Menu

Tombo Grille‏ 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | (803) 782-9665 Tombo Grille has a great new fall menu that includes lobster pot pie! Tombo prides itself on using fresh, regionally-grown ingredients in their delicious dishes. Plus, As a compliment to the regular menu, Tombo offers specials that change nightly, showcasing their chef’s culinary creativity, updated daily around 5pm. Follow…