Take a Fresh Look at Bonefish Grill!

Sometimes the best places in town are those that have been with us the longest! And they're still around for some very good reasons. Take Bonefish Grill, for example. How long has it been since you've enjoyed a meal at one of their two locations in Columbia (Forest Drive or Bower Parkway)? With all the … Continue reading Take a Fresh Look at Bonefish Grill!

Lazy Creek Taphouse to Open Soon 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 to Open Soon 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 Coming to Irmo

Devine Street's popular taproom and beer market is opening location #2 later this month (September 2019) 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 … Continue reading Craft and Draft Coming to 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

O’Hara’s Public House :: Music Calendar for September 2019

O'Hara's Public House is on Main Street in downtown Lexington SC All music from 7-10 pm unless noted 9/1      11:30 am Brunch - Mary Clare Gatch  9/5      Carroll Brown 9/6      Seldom Sober Always something from local breweries on tap 9/8      11:30 am Brunch – Bob “The Sax … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House :: Music Calendar for September 2019

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

Food & Drink Events :: September 2019

Chapin Labor Day Festival September 2 Can't wait for the State Fair to get ya' some Fair Food? Head to Chapin this Labor Day for all the elephant ears, philly cheesesteaks and corn dogs your tummy can handle. More here. Thirsty Thursdays at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co. September 5, 12, 19, 26 Starting this Thursday … Continue reading Food & Drink Events :: September 2019

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

Catering with Pizazz

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering Fancy That! is considered one of the best caterers in Columbia and with good reason. They have been working at it for 28 years. Fancy That's owner is Harvey Etheredge, who is also the Catering Director. He personally oversees every catering job, from start to finish, whether a wedding rehearsal … Continue reading Catering with Pizazz

Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Look at these amazing additions to their menu... just in time to enjoy on their expanded patio area behind the dining room! Check out their full menu here. And take a look below at some of this amazing fresh food! Tofu Ramen : agedash tofu, shitake, seaweed, scallions, fried shallot, authentic ramen noodles, red miso … Continue reading Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

You can always count on an amazing gourmet dinner at Tombo Grille... never any doubt. TripAdvisor reviews place Tombo in the Top 50 Restaurants in Columbia (out of 772!) and it's the recipient of the prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Tombo rolls out a new Spring Menu each March, and we were tripped out … Continue reading Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub

Don't you love a restaurant with history and atmosphere - exposed brick, wooden floors, tall windows, stained glass... stuff that transports you from your daily fight with traffic and Walmart and work? Where the place itself relaxes you, not just the alcoholic beverages being served (although they do help). Old Mill Brewpub is located inside … Continue reading Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub

A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

This little gem of a restaurant is on Forest Drive across the road from Trader Joe's. If you haven't been, or you haven't been there lately, you really should treat yourself to this delightful hideaway. A casual, un-fussy establishment, you'll feel comfortable whether in jeans or evening wear. This is a favorite place to head … Continue reading A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

Want to experience a working farm firsthand? Would you like your younguns to see how food is grown? Open from 10am - 2pm on the first Saturday of each month, Crazy Chic will let you see the animals (pigs, chickens, goats, honey bees, horses and cows, miniature horses and a donkey!) No admission charge but … Continue reading Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Celebrating an accomplishment or just a "got through the day"? Ruth's Chris' bar area is richly appointed, dimly lit and relaxing. What else could you need for a rewarding Happy Hour after a long day? Share an appetizer, an entree and drinks at special pricing in this area of the restaurant every day (not just … Continue reading RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Publico Kitchen & Tap

Colorful, playful, delicious, fun... that's Publico Kitchen & Tap in Five Points. When this place opened a few years ago, occupying the space held for years by Garibaldi's, you may have wondered what would come to Five Points but another student hangout... But turns out, this is a cool hip great place for everyone, even … Continue reading Publico Kitchen & Tap

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering – $7.25 Lunches!

I happened upon Fancy That! Bistro one day when I was having a hard time finding a parking spot on Sumter Street. The restaurant is tucked away beside the Marriott Hotel at 1212 Hampton Street. "What's this?" I says to meself (in mental Pirate talk), noticing a few people eating at outside tables. Hmmm. Starving, … Continue reading Fancy That! Bistro & Catering – $7.25 Lunches!

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