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

National Days

Yes, there is a day for everything... so much so, that now there are multiple themes for every single day of the year. With that in mind, look ahead and plan to celebrate at least one or two food-themed days in the weeks ahead! May 15th NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield … Continue reading National Days

Providence Cooks! Veggies Galore

Tuesday June 4, 2019 6pm - 8pm With spring's harvest underway, what's not to love about fresh vegetables? Find new and interesting ways to prepare them! The event provides guests with a deliciously healthy multi-course gourmet meal, plus instruction and live Q&A with chefs and a registered dietitian. The event is $25, which includes the multi-course meal! … Continue reading Providence Cooks! Veggies Galore

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

Live Music at Tombo Grille :: May 2019

Mondays Every Monday (except Memorial Day) :: Live Music, a Burger and a Beer for just $10!And Billy Sloan every Wednesday! GRILLED NORWEGIAN SALMON sesame jasmine rice, snow peas, ginger carrot butter SMOKED & FRIED HEN collards, cracklin’ cornbread black-eyed peas, Alabama white bbq sauce

Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

Before it gets too hot and humid, enjoy dining outside at one of the sidewalk tables at Miyo's Harbison! You'll be out of the sun and in the shade when you sit in their portico - where you can relax with your favorite cooling beverage from the bar... and some of their extraordinary food! Then … Continue reading Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

May 2019 Food and Drink Events

THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY TASTEMAKER DINNER Exclusive five-course dinner! Thursday May 2 Known for its bold wine blends and thought-provoking wine label designs, Prisoner Wine Company has developed a cult following. Join Ruth's Chris Steak House for an exclusive five-course dinner featuring signature cuisine paired with favorites from the Prisoner portfolio. Blending traditions and challenging … Continue reading May 2019 Food and Drink Events

Now Open: Home Team BBQ – Columbia

With three locations in Charleston, and one in Colorado, Home Team BBQ didn't really need another restaurant to up its reputation. Their smoky, dry-rub BBQ, and delicious wings did a lot of the talking. But, when long-time Five Points eatery Harper's closed it's doors, they saw it as too good of an opportunity to pass … Continue reading Now Open: Home Team BBQ – Columbia

Graduation Party Planning?

We have a few ideas when it comes to caterers for that extra special graduation party your youngun' will remember fondly forever... and you will too! Why should you cook, clean, and entertain? Leave the cooking and serving to one of these fine Columbia caterers: Fancy That! Catering When you start planning your event, ordering … Continue reading Graduation Party Planning?

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

Live at O’Hara’s

O'Hara's in downtown Lexington reached the anniversary of its first year in business on April 14, 2019, and what an amazing trip it's been. Building quickly on a foundation of great architecture (the handsome interior and exterior mirrors a Dublin or Galway pub), delicious and creative dishes, an enormous selection of libations including many Irish … Continue reading Live at O’Hara’s

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

M Vista

What makes each restaurant in the M Gourmet Group the same, yet unique? Each one has a distinct personality, yet shares the same or similar menu and high level quality of service. Lunch at M Vista M Vista is always bustling. Guests enjoy the convenience of its Lady Street location and the ability to park … Continue reading M Vista

Discover: Purple Martin Tours on Lake Murray

Roosts can be a spectacular sight with tens or even hundreds of thousands of birds descending at dusk.  (photo: Spirit of Lake Murray) You may have heard about one of the largest roosts of Purple Martins (swallows) in the United States... on Lake Murray, just outside Columbia, SC. When can you see them flocking up … Continue reading Discover: Purple Martin Tours on Lake Murray

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

The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

by Ethan Hanson The cake window at Kaminsky's gives the Hope Diamond exhibit a run for its money. Now, everything that Kaminsky's produces is simply sublime, but these seven pies are truly their PIEce de résistance (see what I did there?). I've taken it upon myself to rank them, but it's your job to choose … Continue reading The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

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


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

Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

Being invited to lunch at any Miyo's location is a treat... but being invited to lunch at Miyo's on Bower Parkway turned out to be truly an honor. What an absolutely wonderful experience, dining in the casual but classy large dining room, and feasting on some of the most wonderful, fresh Asian food in the … Continue reading Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

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!

Willie Jewell’s Catering :: Old School Bar-B-Q with Old Fashioned Service

Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q offers its world class barbecue, sides and desserts – served with the warm, gracious hospitality of South Carolina – to your next company lunch meeting, your upcoming church dinner, your neighborhood block party.... wherever and whenever you need outstanding food partnered with outstanding service. Willie Jewell's dedicated team brings the … Continue reading Willie Jewell’s Catering :: Old School Bar-B-Q with Old Fashioned Service

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

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!