One of Columbia’s Best Happy Hours!

Hang with friends after a hard day at work or to get a great night started... and enjoy Quaker Steak & Lube's great Happy Hour specials - 3pm - 7pm Monday - Friday. Check out the $3 specialty cocktails! During Happy Hour and also during Late Night (9pm - close) enjoy your choice of Bar … Continue reading One of Columbia’s Best Happy Hours!

929 Kitchen & Bar, with Emphasis on the Bar.

929 Kitchen & Bar opened last February (2018) with a bang and has been banging ever since. This super cool, friendly hangout in the Vista pairs trendy and traditional Korean foods with industrial-vibe decor and lots of smiling faces. Walk in on any given night and you'll see the talkative happy crowd that's gathered there. … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar, with Emphasis on the Bar.

Caterer Extraordinaire :: Crepes and Croissants

Crepes and Croissants | 803-462-4779 Are you in charge of ordering the catering for company functions? For church get-togethers? For reunions? Want to make your event REALLY memorable? It's the food, my friend, that they'll remember. And maybe one sentence of your boss's speech. May I recommend my friend Laurent, owner and chef at Crepes … Continue reading Caterer Extraordinaire :: Crepes and Croissants

Happy Hour :: Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

 "Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour/That may give furtherance to our expedition..."  William Shakespeare Okay, lords and ladies, lest we lose out on our expedition, we MUST hurry ourselves to Happy Hour! And where better, my dearies, than Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe - where mixing adult beverages and heavenly sweets is their specialty! New happy … Continue reading Happy Hour :: Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

M Kitchen :: Beyond Special

Looking for a high-quality Asian dining experience? Well-crafted, authentic dishes await you at M Kitchen, a beautiful, upscale dining space located just north of Columbiana Centre Mall on Columbiana Drive. Relax in comfort at M Kitchen in Harbison A member of the M Group (Miyo's, M Vista), this stunning Harbison restaurant is spacious, clean and … Continue reading M Kitchen :: Beyond Special

Fresh & Fun :: Miyo’s on Forest Drive

How long has it been since you visited this Forest Acres institution? I'm guessing it was about 20 years ago for me, until yesterday. Wow! You're gonna love it! I hope when you visit you get to meet the new General Manager, Coty. This guy exudes Southern hospitality and charm... he'll make you feel right … Continue reading Fresh & Fun :: Miyo’s on Forest Drive

Sake :: Why You Should Try It!

Today I have a new alcoholic beverage on my radar - sake (pronounced sah-kay). All I knew about sake before yesterday was that it is a drink popular in Japan and made from rice. Today, thanks to Michelle Wang of the M Gourmet Group (Miyo's, M Kitchen, M Vista) and a bit of research, I … Continue reading Sake :: Why You Should Try It!

East Bay Deli Now Open in Irmo

Exciting news, folks! Everyone's favorite New York style deli is now open in Irmo! This is the Charleston-based third Columbia location, following successes in downtown Columbia at 1426 Main Street on the first floor of The Hub, and in West Columbia at 108 Sunset Court across from Lexington Medical Center. 7688 Broad River Rd, Suite … Continue reading East Bay Deli Now Open in Irmo

Little Pigs Barbecue

When a friend of mine told me that her dad relocated to a Northeast Columbia neighborhood from Texas so that he could live near Little Pigs Barbecue, I wasn't surprised. Little Pigs Barbecue is one of those places you'd expect to see on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network.  Owned by Champ McGee, … Continue reading Little Pigs Barbecue

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q Daily Specials

Smoked for hours. Served in minutes. That's what Willie Jewell's promises and delivers. Have you tried this amazing little barbecue joint in Lexington off Sunset Boulevard (378) near I-20. It's definitely worth a drive and you'll love the deep smoked flavor these folks deliver no matter the meat.  And here are some daily specials you'll … Continue reading Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q Daily Specials

Hall’s Chophouse Now Open

Halls Chophouse Columbia OPEN DECEMBER 17, 2018 Halls Chophouse opens Monday, December 17, in downtown Columbia (in The Oak Table's former location).  This family-owned restaurant is part of a successful group out of Charleston. Considered one of the top restaurants in Charleston by many, it's exciting to see an established steakhouse like Halls open a … Continue reading Hall’s Chophouse Now Open

Columbia Craft :: Brewery Tours!

The brewers at Columbia Craft Brewing Company are going to begin offering tours of their facility in December! They'll give them on Thursdays and Saturdays at a nominal  $10 per person, and that includes a glass of beer! So let them explain the brewing process, show you through, answer your questions and then Wa-La! Drink … Continue reading Columbia Craft :: Brewery Tours!

Holiday Hours at Ruth’s Chris

Open for the Holidays! - Ruth’s Chris Steak House is the perfect place to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season. Whether you are looking to indulge in a winter feast with bone-in steaks and seafood selections from their award-winning dinner menu, cheers with friends or co-workers during their daily happy hour or host a … Continue reading Holiday Hours at Ruth’s Chris

Seasonal Menu Now at Ruth’s Chris

Celebrate the best flavors of the season with our newest Seasonal Classics menu at Ruth's Chris Steak House inside the beautiful Hilton hotel in the Vista.  Featuring exciting seasonally inspired dishes – such as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Blackened Coconut Snapper and Sweet Potato Fritters –  as well as Ruth’s Chris favorites, we invite you … Continue reading Seasonal Menu Now at Ruth’s Chris

O’Hara’s Public House is Best New Restaurant of 2018!

Readers of The State Newspaper have awarded the Best New Restaurant accolade to downtown Lexington's Irish pub, O'Hara's Public House. Haven't tried this place yet? Let me give you 5 reasons you should plan on it, even if you have to drive across town... it's WELL worth it. Reason #1 :: The Place. You feel … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House is Best New Restaurant of 2018!

Thursdays are Date Night at Tombo!

Tombo Grille 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803.782.9665 Your perfect date night starts at Tombo Grille in Forest Acres where, on Thursdays, you'll get a delicious three-course dinner for two, for just $49! That includes your choice of one small bite to share, two entrees, and one dessert to share from the regular menu, … Continue reading Thursdays are Date Night at Tombo!

Wines for the Holidays

Turkey Day Vino Guest post by Rocky "The Wine Guy" Menge, of Palmetto Wine Sellers Friends, we are now at that time of year where holiday mayhem begins. That time of year where mental and physical exhaustion does battle with the fun of being with family and friends. Even though Christmas commercials started playing on TV … Continue reading Wines for the Holidays

Comfort Food for Chilly Days

  Ruth's Chris Steak House 924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666  A gorgeous sizzling filet presented in all its glory is a true warmer-upper!  And enjoy Ruth's Chris' new Fall Seasonal Prix Fixe Classics Menu! Featuring exciting seasonally inspired dishes as well as Ruth’s Chris favorites. An elegant, heavenly four-course dinner is yours - a Starter, … Continue reading Comfort Food for Chilly Days

New! Sour Ales from Columbia Craft

Columbia Craft Brewing Company 520 Greene Street | 803-799-6027 Now pouring! Columbia Craft Brewing Company has two new fantastic sour ales for you to choose from! The first is Stuck in Port, a 5.1% ABV sour ale with peach and coconut notes. With cold temperatures outside, you'll definitely appreciate this new brew's warm island flavors! … Continue reading New! Sour Ales from Columbia Craft

Groceries to Your Doorstep

More and more grocery stores in the Midlands are making convenient delivery services available to local customers. Check out what each has to offer!: Walmart To order, visit Walmart.com/grocery and place your grocery order. Walmart's personal shoppers will then pick up your items and deliver, according to your preferred time. Publix Just shop at Publix Super … Continue reading Groceries to Your Doorstep

New Chick-fil-A Delivery Service

Newsflash! Chick-fil-A has announced that they will partner with DoorDash restaurant delivery service, so now you can get your Original Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Fries, Nuggets and more brought to you! That's not all; Chick-fil-A and DoorDash will be giving away up to 200,000 free sandwiches (one per customer in participating cities) now through November 20, … Continue reading New Chick-fil-A Delivery Service

Miyo’s’ Sushi Lovers Club

Miyo’s | M Kitchen | M Vista Visit any Miyo’s, M Vista or M Kitchen and get $10 off any bottle of wine with the purchase of 2 entrees! Voted Best Chinese Restaurant by readers of The State Newspaper and Best Asian Restaurant by readers of Free-Times, everyone loves the delicious dishes created by the … Continue reading Miyo’s’ Sushi Lovers Club

You Don’t Have to Try This Place: Carolina Strip Club

It's not often that we write bad reviews.  They have to be REALLY bad for us to do it. But the owner of this place is Mark Segal and he is a notorious short-changer - on food, on cleanliness and more. Don't waste your money on this dive. Poor food served with little creativity, filthy … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Try This Place: Carolina Strip Club

You Have to Try This Place: Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers 2218 Devine Street | 803.714.3320 Gardener Media recently attended a wine tasting at Palmetto Wine Sellers on Devine Street. Palmetto Wine Sellers provides the Midlands with a unique, modern, and more personal way to buy wine. Rocky "The Wine Guy" Menge is the establishment’s founder. He'll act as your own personal sommelier, by consulting with … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place: Palmetto Wine Sellers

New! Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Columbia Craft Brewing Company is an independent locally owned brewery in downtown Columbia.  If you haven't gotten a chance to visit this place since it opened last year, you have been missing out... if you like craft beer, you will LOVE Columbia Craft. Their brew master is so creative, he has brewed almost 50 different … Continue reading New! Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Fall Menus: O’Hara’s & Quaker Steak & Lube

O'Hara's Public House 131 E. Main Street, Lexington | 803.785.4025 O'Hara's is a traditional Irish pub where locals gather for hearty food, sports, music and good cheer in a warm, genial atmosphere! While O'Hara's' menu includes a large selection of everything from awesome wings to custom beef blended burgers, the arrival of cooler temperatures makes it a … Continue reading Fall Menus: O’Hara’s & Quaker Steak & Lube

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q

There's a new barbeque joint in town, folks, and it's got what it takes to compete for the South Carolina barbeque lover's business! Introducing Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q, a fresh taste from Jacksonville, Florida. Barbeque enthusiasts who have traveled to Florida may have eaten at a Willie Jewell's as there are a number of … Continue reading Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q

Dinner at your Doorstep

Whether you're a busy parent or student, sometimes it seems there's not enough time in the day to get it all done! The Midlands now has several services available to help you get dinner on the table, with delivery from some of your favorite Columbia restaurants: Uber Eats Uber Eats Crepes & Croissants, Pitas, Five … Continue reading Dinner at your Doorstep

Funnel Cake Sundaes

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Three Columbia Locations! 457 Killian Rd | 10611 Broad River Rd | 2879 Sunset Blvd | freddysusa.com Don't worry if you can't make it over to the SC State Fair this month, Freddy's has the Funnel Cakes you're craving! What's even better than a Funnel Cake? A Funnel Cake Sundae, made … Continue reading Funnel Cake Sundaes

Mondays at Tombo

Mondays at Tombo Grille 4517 Forest Drive | 803-782-9665 Monday nights at Tombo are for burgers, beer and live music! Just $10 gets you one of Tombo’s amazing house-ground C.A.B. burgers, fries and a beer, along with local live music. Don’t miss out on this fun weekly tradition at Tombo! Located in the heart of Forest Acres. Reservations recommended. Call 803-772-9665 … Continue reading Mondays at Tombo

O’Hara’s for Lunch

O'Hara's Public House 131 E. Main Street, Lexington | 803.785.4025 | oharas-public-house.com O'Hara's Public House is an authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant in the heart of historic downtown Lexington that serves classic Irish fare and American comfort food, as well as rotating lunch specials. Everyday, their chef creates an incredible dish that will have you … Continue reading O’Hara’s for Lunch

Zinfandel Reserve

From Rocky, The Wine Guy (Palmetto Wine Sellers) For the longest time I believed the last wine I would every offer to my clients is a big alcohol fueled jammy red Zinfandel. I have long felt these wines were the antithesis of what a good wine should taste like. Yesterday, I was proven wrong when I … Continue reading Zinfandel Reserve

Pumpkin Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Ingredients: 1 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt 1 can of pumpkin 2 eggs 1/3 cup canola oil or olive oil 2 apples - peeled then diced 1 cup walnuts For streusel topping: 1 tbsp cold butter 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed … Continue reading Pumpkin Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

Seasonal Red Wines

Palmetto Wine Sellers Palmetto Wine Sellers on Devine Street is not your typical wine store; they don’t have a large retail space or lots of inventory. Instead, they search various outlets for wines that are unique and not commonly available, then offer them to you through tastings and on their website. PWS' Head Wine Guy, … Continue reading Seasonal Red Wines

Newsflash!

M Gourmet Group Introduces Sushi Lovers Club! Do you and your soul mate love to treat yourselves to the elegance of a night of Sushi? Sushi is perfect for date nights... it's a sexy food... there's something kind of dangerous and sensual about taking in the cool subtle taste of raw fish ... and it's … Continue reading Newsflash!

Cheers

Bierkeller at the Riverfront Tuesday, October 2 The Tuesday series at the Riverfront continues! Join Bierkeller from 5 - 9pm for Kölsch, Kellerbier, and Festbier. This event is at Riverfront Park, across the pedestrian bridge at 312 Laurel St. It's kid- and dog-friendly, and you're encouraged to bring out your favorite mug or glass -- although … Continue reading Cheers

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. … Continue reading Two Winners from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California

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 … Continue reading Date Night at Tombo Grille

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. … Continue reading Game Day Game Changers

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 … Continue reading Openings

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 … Continue reading Palmetto Wine Sellers

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”. … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House

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 … Continue reading Openings

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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Ruth’s Chris

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 … Continue reading Newsflash

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 … Continue reading Newsflash

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 … Continue reading New to the Menu

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 … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place

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 … Continue reading New to the Menu