Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy's is different from most other fast-casual restaurants in that nothing is prepared ahead of time. You order it - they make it - just for you. From steakburgers to sundaes, it's all made fresh. Plus you'll dig the throwback diner decor... very fun and different. Original Double The Original Double comes with two steakburger … Continue reading Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy’s Offers Fish and Chips For Limited Time!

Best Fish and Chips in Columbia SC! Two fillets of premium wild-caught Alaska cod, a slice of American cheese, and classic Freddy’s sauce on a perfectly toasted bun. Or hold the bun and try their traditional fish and chips with Freddy’s famous shoestring fries.  Come in and get it now... for a limited time only! … Continue reading Freddy’s Offers Fish and Chips For Limited Time!

Review: Epworth Ice Cream

Epworth Ice Cream's Four Flavors: Original Peanut Butter, Vanilla Chocolate Swirl with Peanut Butter Cups, Vanilla Bean and Caramel-Filled Chocolate Delicious, decadent full flavor ice cream... every bite supports a great cause! Did you know that Epworth Children's Home in Columbia has been making or selling ice cream since the Great Depression of the 1930's? … Continue reading Review: Epworth Ice Cream

O’Hara’s Public House’s Musical Guests Feb. 2020

O'Hara's Public House in Lexington not only offers an incredible menu for lunch and dinner, but each week, there are musical guests, trivia nights, game day events and more! Plus the best bar in town, the best pub food in town, and the friendliest folks around! Follow them on Facebook to keep up! February 2020 … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House’s Musical Guests Feb. 2020

A Very Sweet Valentine – East Bay Deli

Are your New Year's resolutions leaving you wanting something healthy, but your heart is asking for dessert too? How about both! While we offer a variety of healthy options here at East Bay Deli, they also have a great array of more decadent options to choose from too.  Valentine's Day Special! If you’re looking for something sweet for Valentine’s … Continue reading A Very Sweet Valentine – East Bay Deli

Best Romantic Restaurants in Columbia and Lexington

Ruth's Chris Steak House Ruth's Chris Steak House A throwback to elegant dining with impeccable table service and white linens. If you are looking for a sophisticated Valentine's Day dinner, you won't be disappointed with Ruth's. Sizzling steaks, fresh seafood and a fabulous wine list. Ambient lighting and a rich decor. It's one of the … Continue reading Best Romantic Restaurants in Columbia and Lexington

Belgian Waffle Truck Chef to Prepare Awesome Valentine’s Day Dinner!

So why recommend a waffle truck at a brewery for Valentine's Day? Because the folks at Belgian Waffle Truck and Swamp Cabbage are ALWAYS coming up with fun and interesting ways to celebrate holidays, and Valentine's Day in NO exception! Here's a Valentine's Day to remember - 1st course includes cured salmon, crispy wonton with … Continue reading Belgian Waffle Truck Chef to Prepare Awesome Valentine’s Day Dinner!

February Food and Drink Events

Cousins Maine Lobster at Craft and Draft Saturday, February 1, 2020 5 PM - 9 PM Craft and Draft (Devine St.) welcomes Charlotte's Cousins Main Lobster for a special night of lobster themed menu items featuring real Maine lobster. Lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese, lobster tots, and more. Lobster fans can't miss this opportunity. Kid … Continue reading February Food and Drink Events

Weekly Bar Specials at 929 Kitchen & Bar

929 Kitchen & Bar has one of the best happy hours in the Vista plus specials Monday - Thursday that go on all day and evening! Monday: 1/2 Off All Cocktails... let their barkeep fix you one of their original recipes. They look as good as they taste! Beautiful cocktails... half off on Mondays! Tuesday: … Continue reading Weekly Bar Specials at 929 Kitchen & Bar

8 of the Best Burgers in Columbia and Lexington

I am the chef at Storybook Cottage. I really am quite the cook, the baker and candlestick maker, and am certain that if I had the time to participate, could win most TV competitions (except that one for "candlestick making". I am a second-rate candlestick maker). Despite the wide breadth of my culinary skills, there … Continue reading 8 of the Best Burgers in Columbia and Lexington

The Local Buzz Moves to Five Points: Now Open

Get cozy in their new digs on Harden St.! Opened in the Fall of 2015 on Rosewood Drive, The Local Buzz became a favorite meeting spot for local residents and business owners, coffee lovers and everyone who enjoyed fresh sandwiches and desserts! That location closed last year, and a new The Local Buzz has opened … Continue reading The Local Buzz Moves to Five Points: Now Open

New Restaurants in Lexington and Columbia… Now Open and Ready to Serve You!

Here are 3 recently opened restaurants in Greater Columbia we're dying to try! Give each one a try, and let me know how you like them! kathy@gardenermedia.com Nooch & Lalo Nooch & Lalo A unique concept, Lexington's new Nooch & Lalo bills itself as a Mix-Mex fusion restaurant, and their menu reflects just that. Mama's … Continue reading New Restaurants in Lexington and Columbia… Now Open and Ready to Serve You!

Starting Anew in 2020 with East Bay Deli

With the new year arrived, it’s always nice to start out fresh. Resolutions abound and hope is rekindled.  Here at East Bay Deli, we pride ourselves on the variety of choices we have available. Whether you’d like a great burger, sandwich or sweets; we have all of that. Nonetheless, if healthier choices are your thing … Continue reading Starting Anew in 2020 with East Bay Deli

O’Hara’s Public House Serves Undeniably Delicious Food!

O'Hara's Public House is one more example of why you don't have to head downtown to get absolutely incredible food. This shining star on Main Street in Lexington opened less than two years ago, and has become a dining destination whether you live in Lexington, Chapin, Irmo or (yes, let's say it) downtown Columbia! I … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House Serves Undeniably Delicious Food!

929 Kitchen & Bar’s New Winter Menu

Korean Fried Chicken! Unbelievably Crunchy! I had heard from a Korean friend of mine that Korean Fried Chicken is better than any other fried chicken because it stays crunchy from start to finish. He was right! 929 Kitchen & Bar has added Korean Fried Chicken to its menu and it is amazing. You can hear … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar’s New Winter Menu

East Bay Deli Takes the Chill From the Air

Fall Does Happen In South Carolina...EventuallyDespite the first day of fall maybe feeling like summer never missed a beat, with November now here the cold will eventually be too! Check out the temperatures for this upcoming weekend! Brrrrr. While the weight concerns aren’t exactly here yet since it’s not January, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying … Continue reading East Bay Deli Takes the Chill From the Air

The Best Croissants in Columbia SC!

Bacon, Brie and Fig Croissant - New to the Menu! A melt-in-your-mouth croissant with crunchy thick bacon, a generous slab of brie and a sweet spread of fig preserves... ooh-la-la! Looking for a unique breakfast or lunch in downtown Columbia? Over on Sumter Street is a darling little French cafe, where they make delicious savory … Continue reading The Best Croissants in Columbia SC!

Tombo Grille Tempts You Out of the House Weeknights!

Find yourself needing a little weekday therapy? Grab your spouse or significant other, book a sitter and escape to Tombo Grille! So what if it's a school night, work night, whatever night? This Forest Acres eatery offers delightful entertainment and menu items that are fun, delicious and easy on the wallet. WEEKLY SPECIALS Happy hour … Continue reading Tombo Grille Tempts You Out of the House Weeknights!

BurgerIM Open Now!

The wait is over: BurgerIM is now open in northeast Columbia at 1033 Roberts Branch Parkway (Killian Road). BurgerIM (rhymes with "team") will open every day from 11-9pm, seven days a week. This is the only location in South Carolina. BurgerIM, Hebrew for “many burgers”, is one of the nation’s fastest growing fast casual restaurant … Continue reading BurgerIM Open Now!

929 Kitchen & Bar’s Excellent Cuisine

There are 8 Korean restaurants in Columbia, six of them are on Decker Blvd., one on Two Notch Rd. and only one in downtown Columbia, specifically at 929 Gervais St. in the Vista. 929 Kitchen & Bar steps away from the "International Corridor" of Decker Blvd. and brings Korean food and drink to the trendy … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar’s Excellent Cuisine

Lazy Creek Taphouse Now Open in Chapin!

Folks in the Chapin area have been limited in places to just hang out and share a craft beer... Nothin' against the Tipsy Toad, or Zorba's or Pompeii Oven but it can get pretty crowded on the weekends at those indoor places. So two friends, Dillon and Connor, decided that the timing was right for … Continue reading Lazy Creek Taphouse Now Open in Chapin!

A Burger from a Deli?? Absolute Burger Heaven!!

We get it. A deli might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about a quality burger... At first glance, our burger might not seem the biggest or the thickest, but make no mistake that once you take a couple bites...you’ll be in absolute burger heaven! Everyone talks about quality. … Continue reading A Burger from a Deli?? Absolute Burger Heaven!!

The New Asian Kid on the Block :: Suishaya

Opened 3 weeks ago, this lovely little Asian oasis is located in Northeast Columbia off Killian Road... about the only non-chain, non-fast food spot on Killian. I know the folks in Cobblestone Park, Longcreek Plantation and neighborhoods nearby must be ecstatic. Finally a high caliber restaurant comes to this part of Northeast Columbia. Welcome Suishaya … Continue reading The New Asian Kid on the Block :: Suishaya

Dog-Friendly Dining (and Drinking) :: Columbia and Lexington SC

Let's face it. Your pooch doesn't want to sit home while you're out frolicking with your friends, now does s/he? Here is a list of dog-friendly places you can take Fido with you, when dining out or enjoying a pint: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company :: In the taproom and under the pergola, dogs are welcome! … Continue reading Dog-Friendly Dining (and Drinking) :: Columbia and Lexington SC

Craft and Draft Now Open in Irmo

Devine Street's popular taproom and beer market has opened location #2 in Irmo. Craft and Draft has been a beer-lover's go-to retailer for locating the hard-to-find labels from craft breweries around the country. It's also a cool place to just hang with neighbors and friends. They pour from 12 taps featuring craft beers from around … Continue reading Craft and Draft Now Open in Irmo

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint Coming to North Main

"When we open a new Martin’s, we're always looking for a community vibe in a neighborhood setting. " And they found what they went looking for in the 2203 North Main Street location. An application was made to the City of Columbia in July to remodel the old A&F Body Shop into the bbq restaurant. … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint Coming to North Main

PROOF Alcoholic Ice Cream :: Made in the Midlands

From the company's website: "An artisan ice cream company in Columbia, South Carolina, PROOF is changing the way people think about dessert. Using proprietary formulas and production techniques, PROOF is handcrafted daily using top-shelf liquor as a key ingredient to create a savory end-product with an unmatched creamy consistency.  Combining quality spirits and popular ice cream flavors, PROOF delivers a modern, … Continue reading PROOF Alcoholic Ice Cream :: Made in the Midlands

When Eating 12 Wings Makes You a Royal

Shirt You May Wear After You Are Inducted into the Wall of Flame 12 Wings. Yes, they are hot. Spicy hot. Burning hot. So hot the chef wears gloves when handling. But if you're tough enough... and willing to sign the liability waiver, you may order them. You may try and eat them. But beware... … Continue reading When Eating 12 Wings Makes You a Royal

Publico’s Patio :: Biggest Pet Friendly Patio in the 803!

Love to take Max or Bella with you when out with friends? Head to Publico Kitchen + Tap in Five Points for their rockin' pet friendly patio! Treat your pup to something from the VIP (Very Important Puppy) Menu - they'll love the Peanut Butter Bacon Biscuits for starters, then choose either the Tempting Turkey … Continue reading Publico’s Patio :: Biggest Pet Friendly Patio in the 803!

4 Incredible Cocktails… 929 Kitchen & Bar in the Vista!

Don't think of 929 Kitchen as just the place to get the best Korean dishes in town (although it is)... their bar is equally impressive. The name 929 Kitchen & Bar contains the word "BAR" for good reason! With Corey Norrell as head bartender (formerly of Bourbon... read more here), the staff has created new … Continue reading 4 Incredible Cocktails… 929 Kitchen & Bar in the Vista!

Biggest Pet-Friendly Patio in the 803!

Publico Kitchen + Tap Five Points' favorite restaurant and bar, Publico, invites dog-owners to bring their pooches and hang with them out back! Their newly expanded patio area is straight fire! Order drinks from the Airstream Bar parked in back! Play games with family and friends: Family-friendly games at your favorite neighborhood pub - Publico! … Continue reading Biggest Pet-Friendly Patio in the 803!

Weekly Specials at Publico Kitchen + Tap!

Something Fun is Happening at Publico All Week Long! Sunday Funday Brunch :: Every Sunday, 10:30am - 3pm, Publico serves from an extraordinary brunch menu. Libations: SPICY GRAPEFRUIT JALAPENO MARY RED SANGRIABLOOD ORANGE MIMOSA CUCUMBER LIME MARY PUBLICO SPICY MARGARITA YOU WANT S’MORE COLD BREW COFFEE Brunch Items I Want To Try: PLANTAIN PANCAKES STEAK … Continue reading Weekly Specials at Publico Kitchen + Tap!

The Best Restaurants for Foodies in Greater Columbia

What does it mean to be a "foodie"? I'm sure that you have some idea, since you are, after all, reading ColumbiaFoodieNews.com. Foodies, to me, are people who absolutely adore good food... they relish it, they savor it, they dream about it, they make plans for eating it... they know the difference between Beurre Blanc … Continue reading The Best Restaurants for Foodies in Greater Columbia

Best Ice Cream in Greater Columbia

Why complain about the heat? Do something to cool off your innards and get an ice cream cone, sundae, shake or treat! Here are some of our contenders for Best Ice Cream in Columbia! Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe :: Their shakes are made with Greenwood Vanilla Bean, the Atlanta ice cream maker's finest, made with pure … Continue reading Best Ice Cream in Greater Columbia

Best Salad Bar in Columbia! East Bay Deli

Anyone who's visited an East Bay Deli can tell you that they offer the best salad bar in Columbia, no contest needed. The company established at its founding in Charleston, a policy that they'd always give their customers FRESH everything, and so they have... and their amazing, super-duper, califragilistic, ex-pi-alli-docious salad bar reflects that philosophy … Continue reading Best Salad Bar in Columbia! East Bay Deli

Successful Columbia Brewery Began with Home Brewing

How Swamp Cabbage Brewery began: Douglas Boyd and Edward Boyd, two Columbia brothers, started home brewing over 15 years ago. They found that they LOVED craft beer - brewing it and drinking it! In 2012, they saw an opportunity to build their own commercial brewery, because there were no craft breweries in Columbia at that … Continue reading Successful Columbia Brewery Began with Home Brewing

Robots Serving Frozen Yogurt Treats :: Coming Soon

Would you care to be served by a Decepticon or Autobot? Are you endeared to Clunk, Yod or Boilerplate? Then Reis & Irvy's might be something you'll like. No human interaction... just you and the robots (Reis and Irvy). And yogurt. Coming soon to the Columbia market, these robot-run yogurt stations will be placed in … Continue reading Robots Serving Frozen Yogurt Treats :: Coming Soon

Cooling & Delicious Summer Cocktails at Tombo Grille

The creative team at Tombo Grille in Forest Acres comes up with new ideas for pleasing the palate OFTEN. So when you venture through their doors, you're usually in for a brand-new experience. Based on the season and the availability of local, fresh ingredients, the chef and head barkeep come up with entrees, accompaniments and … Continue reading Cooling & Delicious Summer Cocktails at Tombo Grille

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Coming to Forest Acres

Word on the Street (and on WLTX) is that Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, a successful chain from Charlotte, has agreed to lease a spot in the new Cardinal Crossing on Forest Drive (where old Cardinal Newman HS used to stand). Bad Daddy's menu features lots of burger offerings, non-burgers, salads and a create-your-own menu that … Continue reading Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar Coming to Forest Acres

The Market Restaurant & the South Carolina Farmers Market

Here's a fun way to spend a couple hours and enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch while you're at it. The Market Restaurant is located on the SC State Farmers Market grounds in West Columbia. It's locally owned and operated, and it offers a breakfast menu of traditional fare (eggs, meats, combination platters, omelets, biscuits, … Continue reading The Market Restaurant & the South Carolina Farmers Market

Refreshing Fruity Cocktails

Watermelon Paloma Picture and Recipe Courtesy Watermelon Board  Ingredients 3 ounces silver tequila1/4 cup grapefruit juice1/2 cup cubed watermelon1 cup watermelon juice, frozen in ice cube tray (optional)2 teaspoons agave nectar1 tablespoon lime juicevaried amount club sodavaried amount kosher saltsprigs mint or basil for garnishtwo wedges watermelon for garnish  Instructions Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Line the rims of two … Continue reading Refreshing Fruity Cocktails

Spirit of Lake Murray to Operate as Dockside Party Venue

The next time you are planning a get-together, you have a new unique option! The Spirit of Lake Murray (formerly a cruising yacht) will now be permanently anchored dockside on the Lexington side of the lake, and will offer itself as a floating party and events venue... right on Lake Murray, with outstanding water views … Continue reading Spirit of Lake Murray to Operate as Dockside Party Venue

Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

Sunday is a great day, isn't it? It's not just the traditional Christian Sabbath where we are told by God to "relax, put your feet up... it's been a long week. I need you to focus on what's important in life..." (paraphrasing, of course). It's the day we spend with family and friends, enjoying the … Continue reading Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

Picnic Time! Best Places in the Midlands

SESQUICENTENNIAL STATE PARK | Northeast Columbia Located in Northeast Columbia on Two Notch Road, "Sesqui" is a beloved 1400 acre park that offers many activities for visitors including a 30-acre lake with fishing boat, kayak/canoe, SUP and pedal boat rentals, 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, a splash pad for cooling off, a playground … Continue reading Picnic Time! Best Places in the Midlands

Savage Craft Ale Coming to West Columbia

West Columbia Adds River District Excitement with Sale of Property to Craft Brewery West Columbia, SC (May 14, 2019, at 1:30 PM) – The City of West Columbia is excited to announce the sale of the property for the future Savage Craft Ale Works in West Columbia’s River District area. The new brewery is scheduled … Continue reading Savage Craft Ale Coming to West Columbia

Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

Mimosas are served daily at Fancy That! Bistro A mimosa is one of the most refreshing cocktails, especially in warm weather. It is the perfect beverage served with brunch. The combination of orange juice and sparkling wine, usually champagne, has been around for centuries... but perfected at Fancy That! Bistro in downtown Columbia! Order one … Continue reading Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

Why So Crabby?

Have you noticed the number of new crab houses around Columbia? "What's with that?", you may ask. I sure did. The first one I saw was coming to Bower Parkway, called the Wild Crab. It's since opened and it offers a seafood menu of traditional fried seafood, but its specialty is crab boils... bags of … Continue reading Why So Crabby?

O’Hara’s Public House for Lunch

Restaurants across the Midlands offer lunch specials to help build that part of their business, a slower time of day for most. O'Hara's Public House in Lexington pulls out all the stops! Each day their chef comes up with a tasty, beautiful lunch special... to find out what they are offering each day, turn to … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House for Lunch