It’s time once again for the Super Bowl! Eagles vs. Patriots, who will be the victor? More importantly, what food will you serve at your party?!? Impress your guests with Chicken Wing Platters from Liberty! Liberty’s famous wings are available as platters of 30, 50, or 100 wings, in hot, medium, mild, mojo, and honey sriracha flavors. Order in store at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, or call to reserve.
Hosting a Super Bowl party? Don’t miss a single minute of the game this year! Let the folks at Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill cater your bash and delight your guests. Choose from platters of tacos with all the fixins’, Mexican Cobb Salad, and Fruit Trays for 15-300 people and served buffet-style, or get individual Taco, Burrito, or Quesadilla meals. To order, call them at 803-764-1016 or go here.
This Valentine’s Day, say “Je t’aime” with some sweet French macarons! A macaron is a delicious, meringue-based cookie-type confection. They are hugely popular in France, and becoming pretty ubiquitous here in the States, as well. They make a beautiful gift, and they’re available here in Columbia, at Crêpes et Croissants restaurant, located on Sumter Street. Owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, keeps them stocked in his store for all occasions, in 8 flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate/Orange, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon. More here.
4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803-782-9665
Did you know that Tombo Grille offers great specials every day of the week? Got a case of the Mondays? Pop in to Tombo for a burger and beer for only $9! Enjoy Tombo’s famous House-Ground C.A.B. burger and seasoned fries as you listen to live music. Had a tough Tuesday? Tombo’s $5 pizzas and $15 bottles of wine will make you feel all better! Hump Day is a great day to stop in to Tombo, with more live music, by local favorite Billy Sloan from 7-10pm. Thursday nights are for dates, and Date Night at Tombo is the best, with a complete Three-Course Dinner for Two for only $49! You can join Tombo any evening until 6:30pm for Happy Hour, for $1 off all beer, $3 house liquor, $4 house wine and $5 select small bites. More here.
Thursday, February 1 | 828 Gervais St.
Join Liberty Tap Room in the Vista every Thursday for Themed Trivia! This Thursday is Seinfeld Trivia! Get your team together, come play, and yada, yada, yada, you win fabulous prizes! Enjoy $8 pizzas from 5-10pm, and $4 for most pints / $2.50 for most half pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. More here.
Need wings for your Superbowl Party? Yes, of course you do! No place better on the northwest side of town to grab ’em and go than Liberty on the Lake! Hope this picture doesn’t make you drool! Order them today: (803) 667-9715
Sunday, February 4 | 5122 Bush River Rd
Every Sunday is great fun at Home Team Tavern Bar & Grill, but Super Bowl Sunday is going to be a party! Home Team’s delicious all-American food, full-service bar, friendly staff and huge TV screens make it the perfect establishment to watch the big game! Super Bowl Specials will start at 4, with 60-cent wings as well as drink specials, and last all night! More here.
Sunday, February 4 | 736 St Andrews Rd, Ste H
WG’s Wings is the perfect place to get ready for some football this Super Bowl Sunday! WG’s is known for awesome wings and a great atmosphere. On Feb. 4, the game will be playing on all eight flat screen TVs, there will be a Tailgate Special going on, as well as all-day Happy Hour drink specials! More here.
Sunday, February 4 | 1556 Main Street
The lively atmosphere at this restaurant located downtown on Main Street, smack dab in the middle of everything, makes it a popular gathering place for sporting events, and the Super Bowl is no exception! Enjoy MSPH’s Super Game Menu, which includes Pub Chili, Clam Chowder, Beer Cheese, House Smoked Wings, Bratwurst, Honey Sriracha Chicken Sandwich, Lobster Roll, Philly Cheesesteak and more! Perfect game day food and a huge selection of game day drinks make MSPH the place to be this Sunday! More here.
Sunday, February 4 | The Grand, 1621 Main Street
Bowl your way through the Super Bowl at The Grand! Get off of the couch and enjoy bowling, drink specials, and tailgate themed food specials as you watch the Super Bowl on large projection screens and TVs. Before the game starts, put in your final score prediction and win prizes! More here.
Friday, February 9 | The Spirit of Lake Murray
During the week of Feb. 9 – 16, The Spirit of Lake Murray is holding a very special Valentine’s Week of cruises and dinners! Boarding for the Sweetheart Dinner Cruise begins at 6:30pm, with sailing from 7 – 9:30pm. Enjoy live jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his “Sax of Love” as you are served a delicious dinner in a heated cabin, with cash bar for alcohol. Also available is “Couples Only” seating in the Admiral’s Room, where limited seating makes for a more intimate dining experience. Tickets here.
Friday, February 9 | 6 – 9PM | 1231 Shop Road
Join River Rat Brewery on the Patio for another fun Oyster Roast and BBQ, where you’ll enjoy fresh steamed Carolina selects and smoked pork BBQ with sides all evening! Your $40 ticket will include admission to the event, Oysters, BBQ, baked beans, slaw, shuckers and gloves. Cold beer will be on tap as well! Event will sell out quickly so make your reservations today! Tickets here.
Saturday, February 10 – Sunday, February 18
Get ready for a whole week of non-stop craft beer fun! Your favorite craft brewers will be in town hosting 80’s parties, tastings, trivia and putt-putt tournaments! The week kicks off with Beer Wars on Feb. 10, where you can try 20 different IPAs and vote on your favorite, all while enjoying live music and food! It all wraps up with the World Beer Festival on Feb. 17 at the State Fairgrounds where there will be over 400 kinds of beer to try, and the Smoke and Beer Festival on the 18th. See all of the week’s events and more here!
Saturday, February 10 | The Spirit of Lake Murray
Love is in the air, and in the waters of Lake Murray! Take your special someone on the Spirit of Lake Murray this Valentine’s Season; it’s the perfect place for couples to celebrate together – great food, a beautiful view and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks on the Smooth Sailing Sax. Looking for a more intimate dining experience? Limited seating in the “Couples Only” Admiral’s Room might be for you and your sweetheart! More here.
Saturday, February 10 | Olde Town Hall Restaurant & Pub | 140 S Palmer St., Ridgeway
Enjoy this annual Valentine’s Day Shuck & Jive Oyster Roast in Ridgeway, with all you can eat oysters for $25 a person, local craft brews, Oyster Shooters and Chocolate Strawberry Amaretto Valentine’s Shots! Live music by D.B. Bryant and Vince McKinley. Ticket information here.
Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive
Monday, February 12 | 6:30 – 9:30PM | City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd
Enjoy a harvest feast at City Roots Farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and Farm to Table Event and Catering Co. Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Enjoy a welcome cocktail by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings by Advintage. Tickets here.
Tuesday (Fat Tuesday), February 13 | 1465 Sumter Street
Crepes & Croissants on Sumter St. in downtown Columbia is celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) with traditional house made beignets for the occasion. $1.40 each, 1/2 dozen for $8.00 and a dozen for $15.00. Visit the Crepes & Croissants website here.
Wednesday, February 14 | 2 seatings available – 5:30pm & 8pm | 921 Brookwood Dr.
Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience? Reserve your spot at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company’s annual Valentine’s Dinner, where you’ll enjoy culinary delights by Chef Jean-Louis, and some of the best beer in Columbia! Four courses of amazing fare plus an exciting variety of “Strawberry Extravaganza” desserts will make this the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Event will sell out quick – get your tickets here.
Tuesday, February 14 | The Spirit of Lake Murray
Looking for something special to do this Valentine’s Day? The Spirit of Lake Murray’s Valentine’s Cruise is one of the most sought after public events all year! This relaxing dinner cruise includes a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu, and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his Sax of Love. An experience you won’t forget! More here.
Tuesday, February 14 | 828 Gervais St. | 803-461-4677
Liberty Tap Room in the Vista is now taking reservations for their special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner with champagne toast! Reserve your spot here.
Tuesday, February 14 | 1602 Marina Rd, Suite D | 803-667-9715
Liberty on the Lake has a special menu planned for Valentine’s Day, so make plans to be there! There’s nothing more romantic than a gourmet dinner with a spectacular view! More here.
Tuesday, February 14 | 1426 Main Street & 108 Sunset Court
Cake alert! Take your Valentine out to East Bay Deli on Tuesday, February 14, and get a FREE slice of your cake of choice with the purchase of two sandwiches and two fountain drinks. East Bay Deli always has an amazing assortment of gourmet cakes, like Mile-High Chocolate, Mile-High Carrot, “Carnegie Deli” Cheesecakes, and more, with slices big enough to share! Dine In ONLY. More here.
Tuesday, February 14 | 1614 Main Street
Treat your sweetie to a unique, romantic dining experience at Good Life Cafe! Couples dinner for Valentine’s Day will feature a choice of Two Salads, Two Entrees and Two Desserts, as well as a glass of wine, for only $34.95 per person. Dishes will feature truly innovative vegan fare, like eggplant bacon, Porcini and gluten-free breadcrumb-encrusted seared Tofu, fresh made pesto ravioli, with desserts like Chocolate and Cherry Grenache Raw Cheesecake and Classic Vegan Strawberry Shortcake! More here.
Friday, February 16 | The Spirit of Lake Murray
Let Cupid be your Captain on The Spirit of Lake Murray! Celebrate your love with a romantic and memorable dinner cruise aboard a yacht. You’ll love watching the sun set over the sparkling lake, enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz with Ken Cheeks on sax, dine from a sumptuous dinner buffet, and enjoy snuggling on the bow in the moonlight. More information here.
Friday, February 16 | 322 Little Brooke Ln.
Tea for Two! This special post-Valentine’s Day event hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate will feature: Sweet Nothings White Tea with a Peach Mango Truffle, Rose Black Tea with a Blood Orange Truffle, Ripe for Romance Black Tea with a Black Raspberry Truffle, and Hugs and Kisses Rooibos Tea with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle! Get tickets here.
Sunday, February 18 | 11:30AM – 4PM | 1005 Airport Blvd
Come to City Roots Farm and see what happens when local chefs create a dish using craft beer as either the secret ingredient or as a dish pairing, then YOU get to decide the winner! Local Columbia chefs will be competing for a grand prize from KW Beverage. Breweries from the Carolinas and Georgia will be featured at cash bars, and there will be live music. More here.
Saturday, February 24 | Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St.
Join Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society for the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off, and bring your appetite! This fundraiser features open beer and wine bar, live music by The Reggie Sullivan Band and Blocker, and all you can eat chili, as local cooks and restaurants compete for the best chili in town! Think YOURS is the best? The Palladium Society is looking for competitors! Deadline to enter is 5pm on Feb. 2. All proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Tickets here.
Sunday, February 25 | 4 – 7PM | River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
The Saluda Shoals Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser is back! Enjoy delicious oysters, hot chili, chicken bog, beer, wine and more at this event! Cost is $65/Person for Foundation Members, and $75/Person for Non-Members. Call 803-213-2035 for tickets. More here.
Thursday, March 1 | 6:30PM | 924-A Senate Street
Known for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards and appellations across California, The Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking team consistently produces unique blends that are both captivating and approachable. As part of this special evening that kicks off Ruth’s Chris’ 2018 wine dinner series, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-star lineup of wines from one of their favorite modern wineries. Make your reservation today! More here.
Love is in the Air!
By Andrew Johnson, Co-Founder of Craft And Draft and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com contributor
I’m usually not a romantic person – ask my wife – but since I do enjoy a quality date night with her whenever possible, I view Valentine’s Day as a great excuse for us to enjoy some fine dining in our city. There is certainly no shortage of top-notch restaurants in Columbia, and there are several quality styles and options, which naturally brings me to make this about beer. There is some great beer being produced in this town at some fine establishments which are more than deserving of a V-Day visit. Here are some beer related dates that you and your Valentine are sure to enjoy.
“Valentine at the Brewery” at Swamp Cabbage, Wednesday, February 14th: Join Yvette and Jean-Louis, the fine folks behind the Belgian Waffle Truck, at Swamp Cabbage as they offer a four-course meal paired with beer for only $30 (beers extra). There are seatings at 5:30 and 8, so grab your tickets before they sell out!
“Romancing the Stone” at The Whig, Wednesday, February 14th all night: Low-lit? Check. Small and comfortable? Check. Great beer? Triple check. Not many folks do tap takeovers better than The Whig, especially when it comes to beers made by Stone. If you’re hitting Main Street or The Vista for dinner, do yourself a favor and stop by before or after (or both) and treat yourself!
“Pick a brewery, pick a flight,” any brewery in town: Have your date pick the brewery to visit, and once your there YOU pick the flight! Enjoy beers from Columbia Craft, Conquest, Hunter-Gatherer, Old Mill Brewpub, River Rat, Swamp Cabbage, or Twisted Spur! Most breweries allow at least four samples, which leaves the two of you plenty of room to try something new and exciting! Remember, flights are only four to five ounce samples, so don’t be scared to venture out of your normal flavor boundaries! You and your date will certainly appreciate it!
These are just a few suggestions I have to satisfy both you and your V-Day companion. If you’ve already made dinner plans, I suggest stopping by your local craft beer bar (I know a pretty damn good one on Devine Street) and enjoy a pint or two of your favorite before or after the big night and raise a toast to you and your Valentine! Cheers, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sunday, February 4 | 921 Brookwood Dr | (803) 939-2589
Join Swamp Cabbage for a great time! Every first Sunday of the month, bring your furry dog family member(s) and have a pint or two! If you bring an item from the Humane Society’s wish list you will get a $1 off your pints! See Wish List and more here.
Sundays through June 3, 2018 | 947 S Stadium Rd.
Enjoy one hour of yoga at Conquest Brewery, with a pint to enjoy after, for just $10! Let yoga instructor Jean Boiteau help you relax and get your groove back. Extra yoga mats are available. Get tickets here.
Friday, February 16 | Liberty Tap Room Vista, 828 Gervais St.
Sponsored by Michelob Ultra and Bud Light, this First Annual Mardi Gras Bar Crawl will begin at Liberty Tap Room, then head to Moriartys Irish Pub, World of Beer and Tin Roof. Wear your best Mardi Gras outfit, get your Mardi Gras beads and masks at check-in, and enjoy drink specials throughout the night! Raffles will take place throughout the event, with prizes going to the winners. More here.
Thursday, February 22 | 2706 Devine St.
Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this Cider and Chocolate Pairing will feature decadent, handmade artisan chocolates paired with Bold Rock’s great craft hard ciders for a totally unique tasting experience! At Craft And Draft, Columbia’s premier craft beer store and growler shop. More here.
Saturday, February 24 | 2 – 10PM
Join hundreds of bar crawlers dressed up in their best Onesies, PJ’s, Sweatpants, or Snuggies! Your ticket to the event includes a Onesie Bar Crawl T-Shirt, Koozie & Map, and you’ll enjoy great drink specials during the crawl, along with DJ’s spinning tunes, a professional photographer on hand, Snapchat filters at every bar to help capture the moment, and an end-of-the-line epic onesie after party! Bars include Carolina Ale House – Vista, Vista Union, Flying Saucer Columbia and Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, with more to come! More here.
Sundays in February | 930 Gervais Street
Great news: Kaminsky’s Sundae Fundays have been extended through the month of February! That means you have FOUR more chances to get yourself to the Vista for an incredible sundae from Kaminsky’s, Columbia’s favorite dessert café, for just $5!
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 poodle skirts!
The decor is retro, but the menu is full of contemporary favorites, whether you’re an all-day breakfast kind of person or you love a great burger! Soups and salads, Chicken and Waffles, Hog ‘n’ Hash – classic diner dishes and Southern home-style cooking all in one! Hampton St. also offers daily specials, like their famous Famous Tandoori Chicken Wrap.
Stop by and check out this new addition to Columbia’s dining scene, and don’t miss The Big Belly Burger Contest, happening March 3; contestants will vie for cash and the title of “Big Belly Champion”, as they attempt to finish a giant Diner burger made with 5 lbs. of 100% Certified Angus Beef, 1/2 lb. of pepper jack cheese, and a jar of pickles, in addition to a basket of fries and two milkshakes! Learn more about Hampton St. Diner here.
Cafe Strudel, the popular dining spot located in West Columbia, has announced that they are working to open a second location in early 2018. The new establishment will be located in the town of Lexington, at 309 S. Lake Drive. Maybe you’ve tried Strudel’s famous Hangover Hash Browns, Duck Fat Fries, Heart Attack Wrap or house-made Horseradish Pimento Cheese? The food is casual/elegant, with imaginative ingredient pairings and a distinct southern flair. Strudel, which has been around for 20 years, does EVERY meal well, as evidenced by the line of customers you’ll see snaking around the building at their West Columbia spot! Stay tuned to Foodie News for more on Cafe Strudel’s opening date. More here.
Brisket-Stuffed Mac & Cheese, Dill Vinegar-Brined Fried Chicken, Pimento Cheese Drop Biscuits, Burnt End Baked Beans, Oyster Pie, Pulled Pork Cobbler…these are just a few of the fantastic creations that have come out of Chef and Owner Scott Hall’s Bone-In Artisan Barbeque on Wheels Food Truck. A new permanent location for Bone-In will open in the spring of 2018, in the historic Ensor Building in the growing BullStreet neighborhood. The restaurant is anticipated to become one of the area’s premier Southern dining experiences. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more information! More here.
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, as well as customizable salads, oven-baked wings and meatballs. Firenza Pizza is planning to open another store at 1270 Bower Pkwy. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more information! More here.
924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666
Celebrate the best flavors of the season with Ruth’s newest seasonal menu, where you’ll get a complete meal, with your choice of starter, entree and personal side, served alongside a featured dessert duo, all starting at only $44.95! The new menu features exciting seasonally inspired dishes as well as Ruth’s Chris favorites. See menu and more here.
Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive
Wednesday, February 14 | 5:30 – 8PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and making plans for that special someone! During Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s “Valentine’s at the Brewery” event, you’ll enjoy four exceptional dinner courses, dessert, and optional special beer pairings! Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 9, so don’t delay! Get tickets here.
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 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
- Bring broth to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots, celery, ginger and garlic; cook, uncovered, over medium heat until vegetables are just tender, about 20 minutes.
- Add noodles and chicken; simmer until the noodles are just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in dill and lemon juice.
Above is the recipe as it was found in Eating Well magazine. It’s really yummy.
- Tip: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes. Or buy a rotisserie chicken at the store and cut it up. The thighs make it more flavorful.
Best & Easiest Crock-Pot Beef Stew
- 3-4 lb. beef roast (the worse the cut, the better. I usually try to find a chuck roast on sale. Trim off any huge chunks of fat.)
- 3 lbs. of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 5 carrots, sliced into bite sized pieces
- 5 celery stalks, sliced into bite sized pieces
- 5 small onions, peeled and quartered
- 1.5 cups of water or beer
Put the ingredients in the crock-pot, then salt and pepper on top. Close the lid and turn on low and cook for 8 hours. After cooking, I take the ingredients and put in a warm place. Then I pour the liquid from the crock-pot into a sauce pan. I turn the heat on to boil and I mix up about a tablespoon of corn starch with .75 cup of water and pour in when the liquid is boiling. Add a little Kitchen Bouquet and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then mix the gravy with the meat and veggies from the crock-pot. You’re gonna love it.
Wednesday, February 14 | 5:30 – 8PM
It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and making plans for that special someone! During Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s “Valentine’s at the Brewery” event, you’ll enjoy four exceptional dinner courses, dessert, and optional special beer pairings! Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 9, so don’t delay! Get tickets here.
222 Timberlake Drive, Chapin | 803-345-9909
Timberlake Country Club, the only golf course on Lake Murray, offers tennis, swimming, challenging golf and great views of the lake, and now, offers dining as well! The Purple Martin Grille and Cellar invites you to try their new menu: Bourbon Bacon Scallops, French Onion Soup, the Purple Martin Burger (fried egg, beer-soaked gruyere, bourbon bacon, dijonaise), Pan Seared Scottish Salmon and Bone In Pork Chop are among the many delicious items that can be found on their menu. Enjoy Members’ Monday specials, a Children’s Menu, and their new Saturday night tradition – Prime Rib Night! More here.
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. From Sandwich/Wrap Trays to giant Chef, Caesar and Greek Salads, to soups, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies, East Bay has you covered for your party of up to 28 people! Or, treat your guests to something different – East Bay’s Baked Potato, BBQ or Hot Dog Bar – giant Baked Potatoes, pulled pork BBQ or premium Hot Dogs with ALL the fixins, so no one will go home hungry. More here.
Thanksgiving Turkeys from Little Pigs Barbecue
4927 Alpine Road | 803-788-8238
Serve your family an unforgettable Thanksgiving turkey or ham this year by ordering it in advance from Little Pigs Barbecue! Little Pigs is known for its real Carolina barbecue and mouthwatering southern sides dishes, so you know their hams and turkeys will be just as delectable! Get a Small, Baked, Fried or Smoked Turkey, a Large Baked or Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, or a 1/4, 1/2 or Whole PIT Ham for your feast. Order by December 16, 2017. Call them at 803-788-8238 today!
Thursday, November 23 | 924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving! Join them for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides. You’ll even get leftovers to take home with you and enjoy the next day! The 3 course Turkey Dinner is $39.95 for adults, with a Children’s Menu priced at $12.95. Ruth’s is open 11am – 10pm on Thanksgiving Day.
If you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, do it right – pre-order a Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes or Creamed Spinach side as a complement to your turkey! They’ll love Ruth’s classic Sweet Potato Casserole – whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust, their velvety Mashed Potatoes with hints of roasted garlic, and Ruth’s original recipe Creamed Spinach – chopped spinach in a New Orleans-style cream sauce. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12. Sides to go are available for pick-up November 16 through November 22. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant directly, 803.212.6666, at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up. Full menu and more here.
Thursday, November 23 | 410 Columbiana Drive | 803-708-3151
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
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon ground cumin.
**How to Make it**
Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours. Then top it off with your favorite Beef Jerky Outlet jerky! Yum!
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 fill each month, FREE pints (after purchase of 10), FREE growler fill (after purchase of 10), 10% off package beer, 10% off retail merchandise, and invitations to special promotions. More here.
Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court
Smoothie King Locations: 4601 Forest Drive | 945-G Lake Murray Blvd. | 718 Fashion Drive | 1205 Lincoln St.
Help support your immune system with SK’s Immune Builder Smoothies, available in Mixed Berry, Orange and NEW Pumpkin Spice! Pumpkin Spice smoothies are made with organic pumpkin, carrots and super grains. With more than 300% of your daily vitamin C, plus iron and calcium, you’re all set for fall. More here.
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 beer, or glass of wine while you hang out with the coolest cats in Columbia! This Friday, don’t miss your chance to come and welcome Columbia’s newest furry friends to State Street! Read more about Catitude here.
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 Tacos, Pho, and Thai Sausage on a Stick! The Noodle Bar menu features selections of proteins, noodles and broths that you choose, to create your own custom-made soup! The Spice Level for the menu ranges from 1-5, so you can choose to bring the heat to your dish, or not. More here.
2736 North Lake Drive | 803.781.9814
Alodia’s Cucina Italiana is famous for Italian comfort food, fresh sauces and homemade pastas! The restaurant will open a second location on Main Street in Lexington, in January 2018. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Current location: 900 Main Street | 803-748-0540
The Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is a laid back pub with house-brewed beers and an exceptional menu, with ever-revolving specials. Now, after 22 years in business on Main Street, Hunter-Gatherer will be opening a second brewery in the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field very soon. Hoping for a November opening. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more updates! Main Street location menu and information can be found here.
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 them on Twitter or Facebook for the latest and tastiest selections. Reservations are recommended 782-9665 or use Open Table. More here.
Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court
EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall season! Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them today! More here.
705 Gervais St | (803) 764-0203
Twisted Spur is updating all of their menus; brunch, lunch, and dinner! They now have half sizes of some of their most popular appetizers, like Tuna Pineapple Nachos, Soda City Market Dip, and Brewhouse Chips. They have also added an Oyster Po’ Boy to the lunch menu as well as a few other brand new additions to the dinner menu. Twisted Spur’s menu changes seasonally, to provide the freshest ingredients for each season. Did you know, Twisted Spur also offers a fantastic Tailgate Menu that features in house smoked pulled pork, Brats, Wings, lots of shareables and of course sweet tea! It’s available every weekend, so if it’s college or professional football that requires a spread, they can help! Twisted’s brewers are in Colorado right now at the Great American Beer Festival. Hundreds of breweries from all around the country go to compete for best beer in each category, and Twisted Spur brought their Fraulein Hefeweizen, Lemongrass Kolsch, Dead Head Red, and Wheat Fight to represent them, and South Carolina! Wish them luck! More here.
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama
Wings BOGO, fish tacos, baby why don’t we go into Irmo, for nachos….*
Unseasonably warm temperatures (even for Columbia) had the Gardener Media team wanting to experience one last taste of summer for their Weekday Therapy outing. What could be more perfect than a big, shaded deck, sparkling blue water and cold drinks? The place for that is Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, where, they say, “The only thing better than our food is the view”!
Liberty’s Sunset Happy Hour drink specials include $3 Liberty Brews, $3 Domestic Drafts, and $2 PBR cans, as well as $1 off House Wines, $3 Sangria, and $1 off Well Liquors. With 48 beers on tap, unique draft beers and craft brews and Liberty’s own microbrews, they will always have a brew for you! Our server, Jessica, was very patient and helpful as we pored over the various menus and made our selections.
Team member Carmen loves sangria, and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet Berry Sangria she ordered – a perfect summertime beverage! We chose several appetizers to share: Southern Fried Shrimp, Crispy Calamari, Baked Pretzels, and Chicken Nachos. The shrimp were large, fresh, and crispy, with a tangy/spicy Bonfire Sauce that would work with just about anything!
The calamari were perfectly seasoned and breaded, and came with their own Citrus-Curry Aioli sauce. Team member Lynn was a huge fan of the Baked Pretzels we got, with their salty, garlic butter-basted flavor coming through. It came with both lager-grain mustard and cheddar-beer cheese for dipping.
The Chicken Nachos didn’t disappoint either, the green-chile-and lime-marinated chicken deliciously complemented by black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream and jalapenos.
Miriam opted for an entree, Liberty’s Freedom Burger – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, lettuce and tomato.
We then did something we almost never do: we ordered dessert! Key Lime Pie and Bananas Foster Cheesecake were decadent, but we told ourselves we deserved it! All of this food illustrated to us what we already knew, that you really can’t go wrong ordering at Liberty!
Liberty on the Lake is always a fun time. In addition to their great Sunset Happy Hour specials, they also have some brand new Daily Specials you’ll want to check out that include BOGO Wings on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wine Down Wednesdays (featuring Lowcountry Boil), Thursdays are Burgers and Brews, Fish Fridays, and for the weekend, it’s Tap Into Football game day fare and drink specials. Liberty’s Game Day Menu boasts Bleu Cheese Chips, Roasted Red Pepper Black Bean Hummus, Southwest Eggrolls, Big Pig Biscuits and much more. Do check it out!
*To the tune of The Beach Boys’ “Kokomo”
Having the gang over to watch some football?
Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party. Here are some ideas on what goes with what…
Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is a very pale or golden colored lager beer. Flavors are subtle, with no one traditional beer ingredient dominating the others. Lightness of body is essential. This makes the beer work well with foods that are more subtle in flavor as well. Favorites: Mecklenburger (available on tap right now at The Casual Pint), Pilsner Urquell, Alpine Wiesen Oktoberfest (currently found on tap at Craft and Draft – get a growler-fill)
Fish, chicken and cheeses: Light Beer. Today’s light beers are no where nearly as flavorless or watered down as light beers of the past. People who are watching their calorie intake or alcohol consumption prefer to drink light beer and will appreciate a host offering good light beer. Favorites: Corona Light, Michelob Ultra Amber, Heineken Light
BBQ, blackened chicken, Mexican foods: Ale. Ales are sweet, full-bodied and fruity in taste. When pairing with food, think about tastes that complement each other. Sweet and savory, salty and sweet, sweet and spicy… ales work well with strong tasting foods. Favorites: Chocolate Brown (brewed locally at Swamp Cabbage Brewing and available on tap at the brewery), Coast Brewing Kolsch (available at Craft and Draft), Oberon Ale (on tap now by the growler at The Casual Pint)
Desserts: Since desserts can vary wildly in character and level of sweetness, no one beer style works with every dessert. Pair these common desserts with these beers – Carrot cake, caramel cheesecake or crème brulée: Double/Imperial IPA like Stone Ruination Double IPA | Caramel apple tart, ginger spice cake, rice pudding: India Pale Ale… our favorite is Rubrum Red IPA from Swamp Cabbage Brewing, available on tap at the brewery here in Columbia or sold in stores | Dark chocolate desserts like truffles or chocolate raspberry mousse cake: Stout, like Founders Brewing’s Breakfast Stout found at Craft and Draft
Happy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation! This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion.
This recipe is for a large crowd… or a VERY large family!
Pare and quarter apples, and boil them in sugar and water, and a stick of cinamon, and when tender, put in a little white-wine, the juice of a lemon, a Piece of fresh butter, and a little ambergrease or orange-flower water; stir all together and ’tis cold, put it in a Puff-paste and fry them.
Paste for Pasties
Rub six pounds of butter into fourteen pounds of flour; put to it eight eggs, whip the whites to snow and make it in a pretty stiff paste with cold water. (you might want to take those amounts down a tad… like 2 sticks of butter rubbed into 3 cups of flour and one egg instead of 8 – for that amount you should cut up 7 or 8 apples). Fry in hot oil at 375 degrees after filling.
Tuesday, October 10 | 6 – 8pm | 1614 Main Street, Ste A
In this class, you’ll learn how to make delicious vegan foods with an Asian flare with David Wright, creator of many things vegan at the cafe. He will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and styles to live your very best life as well as show you how easy flavorful plant-based cooking can be! David will show how to make Sweet and Sour Tempeh over Udon Noodles with Grilled Veggies, Crisp and Crunchy Asian Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing, Coconut Mango Spring Rolls, and Homemade Fortune Cookies. Seating is limited, so hurry and register here.
Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St.
Join Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food Truck! Begins at 4pm. More here.
It’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much more! Pre-ordering is required prior to game day. More here.
Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850
BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was once home to Romano’s Macaroni Grill near the corner of Harbison and Bower, in Columbiana Station.
BJ’s has a huge menu that includes everything from Handcrafted Burgers, to delicious salads, to sandwiches and tacos. They offer 11 award-winning signature beers and ciders on tap, and release seasonal beers throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information on this new dining hotspot! Click here to learn more about BJ’s.
4517 Forest Drive Columbia | 803.782.9665
Tombo Grille in Forest Acres, has a special Summer Menu you’ve got to try! Featuring fresh, seasonal Entrees like Grilled Salmon with Parmesan Risotto, Asparagus, Marinated Tomatoes and Salsa (pictured). Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Crab & Avocado Tower, Braised Short Rib, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon, and don’t forget about Tombo’s gorgeous Salads. Enjoy the perfect, summer’s-end meal at Tombo Grille! More here.
930 Gervais St | 803.550.9979
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe debuted new cocktail menus in August, with brand new floats, martinis and dessert drinks for you to try! Kaminsky’s has a selection of draft wines, along with Dessert Mule Floats (like Lemon Meringue, Framboise, and Apple Pie), Martinis (like Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Samoa Cookie and Starburst), Cocktail Floats (Limoncello Champagne, Not Your Father’s Root Beer), and Cocktails (Gin & Jam, Dragonberry Sangria). See even more new flavors at their Facebook page, here.
1205 Lincoln St., 4601 Forest Drive, 945-G Lake Murray Blvd., 718 Fashion Drive
Supercharge your day with one of Smoothie King’s new Hydration Smoothies! If you have an active lifestyle, you’ll love these new blends, made with naturally hydrating Zico brand coconut water and real whole fruit to help you power through your activities. Zico coconut water has five electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus) to help your body hydrate. It is naturally fat free and cholesterol free. With no added sugar and more than 5 times the potassium of the leading sports drink, SK’s new Hydration Smoothies will keep you hydrated AND energized. Choose from three delicious flavors: Dragon Fruit Lemon Green Tea, Lemon Green Tea Watermelon Hibiscus, and Watermelon Hibiscus. More here.
3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070
Urban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out, and why it’s become so popular around here. Will told us that UC prides itself on everything being prepared from scratch and with care – from the dry rubs and sauces they use, to the hand-chopped veggies and meats they grill on their Big Green Egg (“Farm-To-Fire-To-Table”). In additional to being made to order, dishes are affordable, with most items priced under $10 to start with.
You won’t find fried food on the menu, but instead excellent sandwiches, salads, wraps and homestyle entrees. They have a few specialty items you’ll love as well, like the warm Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls served as sides, or the Half Baked Cookie dessert, which Will indicated was a definite customer favorite. In the coming weeks, UC will begin adding special, South Carolina favorites like Beaufort Stew/Lowcountry Boil to the menu.
Will said people particularly appreciate UC’s kid friendly details, like an area for children to play in and a children’s menu. Will has two daughters, and knows that anything that buys adults 7-10 minutes of uninterrupted dining time is a good thing. UC also has a wonderfully convenient drive up window, so you can call in an order from their Take It To The House menu (eventually order online), and pick up dinner for the whole family without leaving the car. They can also cater your special events, for 10 people or for 1,000.
In addition to serving great food, UC is all about promoting local businesses to benefit the community. A small merchandise area in the restaurant displays local wares, soaps, artwork and homemade dog treats, and next year, UC will coordinate and manage a farmer’s market to give local growers another venue in which to sell. Visit them soon and check out this excellent addition to our local dining scene. More here.
Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting
Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $8 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!
Liberty Taproom Vista: Wine Down Wednesday
Wednesdays | at Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais Street)
Half priced wine by the bottle or glass every Wednesday at Liberty Taproom in the Vista. And
Gervais & Vine: Wednesday Wine Tastings
620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463
Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wines and a small plate for just $10. Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music at 6:30pm. Deals on bottles and $6 glasses too!
Love jerky in all of its varieties? From Aug. 16 until Black Friday, select jerky flavors will be 20% off at Beef Jerky Outlet in Columbia! For August:
- Day 1 (Aug. 16): Original Smoked
- Day 2 (Aug. 17): Honey BBQ Turkey
- Day 3 (Aug. 18): Australian Outback
- Day 4 (Aug. 19): Sweet & Spicy
- Day 5 (Aug. 20): Moonshine
- Day 6 (Aug. 21): Original Dehydrated
- Day 7 (Aug. 22): Alligator
- Day 8 (Aug. 23): Teriyaki Smoked
- Day 9 (Aug. 24): Fireball
- Day 10 (Aug. 25): Venison
- Day 11 (Aug. 26): Ol’ Smokey
- Day 12 (Aug. 27): Prime Rib
- Day 13 (Aug. 28): Duck
- Day 14 (Aug. 29): Honey Peppered Bacon Sausage Sticks
- Day 15 (Aug. 30): Roasted Garlic
- Day 16 (Aug. 31): Cajun BBQ Brisket
In store purchases only, cannot be combined with another specials. More here.
2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575
Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at C&D every night from Thursday through Sunday, through the end of September. Trucks will vary each night, and will operate from around 5pm to close!
Sunday, August 20th | 1pm – 6pm | at Swamp Cabbage (921 Brookwood Drive) | Free admission and kid friendly
Join Swamp Cabbage in celebrating THREE years!! There will be live music, food trucks, misters to keep you cool, plus enjoy special release beers all day! The live music will be featuring Whiskey Bears and The Black Bottom Biscuits. Random Taste and Ludicrous Foods will be there serving up some great food too, plus Swamp Cabbage will have a commemorative glass for sale celebrating their 3 year anniversary and commemorating the solar eclipse! Visit event FB page here!
Monday, August 21st | 1pm – 10pm | at the Casual Pint Vista (807 Gervais St.) or Lexington (217 Saluda Springs Rd. Suite A, Lexington) | $75 per person
Where are you going to watch the eclipse? Does it offer all of the beer that you can drink? Casual Pint in the Vista and their second location in Lexington do! Enjoy half off food specials, all you can drink beer and receive a free viewing glass too! Get your ticket(s) here for Vista location. Get your ticket(s) here for Lexington location.
2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964
Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled that their SECOND location opened last week!
Sunday – Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932
Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items….
The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns sandwiching our Signature Patty, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, and fried egg
Morning’ Poutine: Our “Everybody Wants Some” Poutine topped with 2 fried eggs and bacon
Mimosa Carafes: 1 liter of Mimosa (6-7 glasses)
108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia
East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers…
Chicken Caesar Salad – A bed of fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, & our special Caesar dressing.
Fabulous French Toast – A breakfast classic. House made French toast sprinkled with powder sugar. Served with a choice of breakfast meat; butter and syrup on the side.
Pete’s Famous Chili Dog – A Certified Angus Beef hot dog topped with chili, diced onions, slaw and mustard. Served with chips & a pickle spear.
Breakfast Sandwich – Build your own DELIcious breakfast sandwich! Two eggs scrambled or fried on your choice of bread with cheese. Add your favorite breakfast meat for a small up charge. Served with fruit.
Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Not your traditional buffalo wrap. Deli style buffalo chicken, diced romaine and blue cheese dressing on a sun-dried tomato wrap. Buffalo sauce served on the side.
Citadel – A house favorite. Oven Roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar cheese piled high toasted wheat.
Authentic Italian – A classic deli favorite. Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on French loaf.
Fried Chicken Wrap – Fried chicken, romaine, diced tomato, cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a sun-dried tomato wrap.
Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink
620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463
Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice, nutmeg and ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- Raisins and candied fruit add to the goodness!
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cream sugar and butter. Stir in molasses.
- Dissolve soda in boiling water and mix into butter mixture.
- Combine flour with spices and salt and sift into shortening mixture. Stir well.
- Beat eggs well and add to batter. Add raisins and candied fruit if desired. Pour into greased 9-inch square pan and bake about 35 mintues until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool before cutting.
Dear tomato loving Foodies,
Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners!
Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee
Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson
Forest Jinkins Best Purple: Cherokee Purple
Connelly-Anne Ragley Best Unusual, Chocolate Amazon
Izzy Rich (four years old) Best Tomato Grown by a Child : Husky Red Cherry
Ashley Rich Best Small Other: Yellow Cherry Sun-gold
Carr Farms Best Small Red: Husky cherry
Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com
The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun way…from the seat of a moving bar stool! Two-hour long pub crawls include visits to up to 2-4 bars or restaurants, based on your group’s preference.
Started in 2015, the Pedal Parlor offers tours through the Vista daily, at scheduled times, and Five Points tours can be accommodated as well. Tuesday nights are Prize Parlor nights, where Pedal Parlor swag is given away, and they also do special events! Take the Pedal Parlor for a spin the next time you’re celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, or have a corporate team-building event and your guests will not be disappointed!
Pedal Parlor Tours require 6 people minimum, however the Private Party option allows you to have the whole bike, which seats up to 16 people! Want a night of fun to remember? Reserve the bike for a special event of your own, at the daily rate of $1400 (includes travel and associated costs). Check here for special discounts and updates, and check the SC Pedal Parlor Facebook page for that, as well as amazing videos of past tours! To reserve your spot(s), click ‘Book Now’ on their website, or give them a call at 803.302.7750.
Twisted Spur Brewing: Newest Summer Sour!
705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203
Twisted Spur Brewing added blueberries, oranges, and vanilla to their already wonderful Berliner Weiss to bring you a new refreshing brew. Come join them today and give it a try!
Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos
916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203
Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!
Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger
705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203
Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!
The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies!
471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235
Monday mornings can be difficult, and to start the week off right, we decided a good
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.
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!
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
Weekdays: 7am – 2pm
Saturdays: 8am – 2pm
Sundays: 10am – 2pm
Are 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
SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus
757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com
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!
One 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 Dip 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.
Finally, 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.
If 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
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!
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.
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!
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 flavors, 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!
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
Every 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
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.
Drink 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.