Bang Back Pinball Lounge in Five Points Now Open

We're all trying to maintain our sanity, and what better way to work off a little angst than a trip to Five Points to play pinball and sample foods from a very interesting Funky Fresh Food Truck menu (see below)! Bang Back Pinball Lounge opened its doors a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant/gaming establishment … Continue reading Bang Back Pinball Lounge in Five Points Now Open

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! 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!

Scott Benny’s in Blythewood Now Open!

The successful Scott Benny's Food Truck now has its very own brick and mortar location at 420 McNulty St. in Blythewood (behind Exxon station). Stop in for Happy Hour 3-7 and enjoy discounted drink prices and food specials or come by on Taco Tuesday for $2 tacos and $2 Margaritas! Catch all their latest deals … Continue reading Scott Benny’s in Blythewood Now Open!

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!

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

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?

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


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


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


The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar 3340 Highway 378, Leesville | 803-730-3044 The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar is officially open for the season! The "Always Casual, Hardly Traditional" spot is the best way to spend a casual day on Lake Murray! The menu features ice cold beer, and the best pimento cheese … Continue reading Openings

929 Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a trendy, fun place for a drink and a bite in the Vista? You've found it at 929 Gervais Street. 929 Kitchen & Bar is owned by young, hip partners Karen and Sean and their silent partners who have dreamed for a long time of serving up authentic Korean food with a modern … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar


Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening 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 … Continue reading Openings

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 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 … Continue reading Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse 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, … Continue reading Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 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 … Continue reading Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Recently Opened

Blaze Pizza 471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235 Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire'd”, so you won’t be taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how … Continue reading Recently Opened

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop with a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce! 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 … Continue reading Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

Recently Opened.

Henry's Restaurant and Bar 2108 State Street | 803.661.8494 You probably already know about Henry's: a local favorite that started on Devine Street, was featured in a Southern Living piece about Carolina's Best Burgers, and aired on the Food Network show Ginormous. But, did you know that Henry’s has just opened a THIRD location in Cayce? … Continue reading Recently Opened.

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli in West Columbia 108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803-791-1150 East Bay Deli, across from Lexington Medical Center on US 378, is now open! East Bay features "deli-cious" breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and an exceptional salad bar! We at Foodie News know what we're talking about; we visited the first East Bay … Continue reading Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

Recently Opened Restaurants!

The Pot Smoker BBQ 931-A Senate Street, Columbia | 803.400.2251 If you love real pit-smoked BBQ and traditional southern sides, make your way over to Pot Smoker BBQ in the Vista! The name “Pot Smoker” came about from the owner’s original cooking method, which involved using a ceramic pot to smoke premium meats. Their very original … Continue reading Recently Opened Restaurants!

Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Poke Bros 2009 Greene St. #102 | 803.764.5567  The latest in fast casual dining, Poke Bros officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 1st to offer Hawaiian style fresh fish to Columbia, SC! Poke Bros is based out of Columbus, Ohio, and their location in Five Points is just their third, and their first franchise. … Continue reading Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Recently Opened!

Lima Peruvian Cuisine 3830 Rosewood Drive (Suite A) | In Casey's Fireworks Shopping Center |  803.851.3646  If you've always wanted to try authentic Peruvian cuisine now is your chance, as Lima Peruvian Cuisine opened its doors on January 24th! Their menu boasts a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, Peruvian classic dishes, and even an entire "from the … Continue reading Recently Opened!

Now Open!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Rd., Columbia 29203  TODAY FEBRUARY 14TH - COLUMBIA'S FIRST FREDDY'S OPENS! Freddy’s is a family-friendly eater 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 … Continue reading Now Open!


East Bay Deli 1426 Main St. (in the block with The Hub) Downtown Columbia | 803.814.2277  East Bay Deli, a newcomer from Charleston, plans to open its doors on Thursday, November 17th. Boy are we glad they're here! East Bay Deli is a New York-style deli with a distinctive southern flair; it offers traditional deli favorites, … Continue reading Openings!


New eateries, bars, & restaurants, new jobs, growth....NEW FOODS, new recipes, new creations, neat concoctions! Its all a happening! When we find out that a new eatery or drinkery will be opening its doors here in Cola - our taste buds are a back flippin'. Smoothie King  1205 Lincoln St. This brand new location of Smoothie King … Continue reading Openings!

Openings/Coming Soon: Fall 2016

Blue Flour Bakery  Coming in November 2016 to 1210 Main Street!! Blue Flour Bakery has been opened in Irmo, SC for 7 years, but will be opening a NEW location this November. Focusing on decorated sugar cookies, brownies, big cookies!, muffins, quiche, and lots of homemade items like pimento cheese. At their new location they will be expanding … Continue reading Openings/Coming Soon: Fall 2016


Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina 114 Afton Ct. | 803.764.3111 Conveniently located across from the Columbiana Centre mall near Carmike Cinemas, Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina recently opened and now offers an impressive variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas and burritos. However, Don Tequilas is not your typical, cookie-cutter Mexican … Continue reading Openings

Newly Opened

The Casual Pint 807 Gervais St.   |  803.832.7468 The Casual Pint recently opened its doors at 807 Gervais St. in the Vista.  A craft beer market, The Casual Pint offers customers beer-to-go or a pint right in the store.  They have a number of draft beer selections on tap, and they sell pints and … Continue reading Newly Opened

Recently Opened or About To:

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli  2617 Devine St. | 803.465.4947 Having opened their doors about 4 weeks ago, we've been delighted by their DEVINE Cinnamon rolls ever since! What makes their cinnamon rolls so special, eh? Their dough is made in house everyday from a special Hawaiian sweet bread recipe and this combined with their special cinnamon sugar … Continue reading Recently Opened or About To:

New Restaurant Coming Soon

Coming Soon: 1616 Gervais Bistro Opening in the former Back Porch location, 1616 Gervais Bistro is slated to open by early July. Will offer a unique open air dining experience with a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere. Enjoy their laid back atmosphere, two outside dining areas (and indoor!), plus delicious, traditional American cuisine. They will take reservations and will also … Continue reading New Restaurant Coming Soon

You Have to Try This Place: Moriarty’s Irish Pub

When James Pickle (great name for a restaurant proprietor!) met with his chef, Devin Maes, to develop a menu for the all new Moriarty's Irish Pub, he told Devin that one of his top priorities was serving Moriarty's patrons the BEST BURGERS in Columbia.  That's a tall order in a town known for great burgers.  Undaunted, Devin worked tirelessly, … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place: Moriarty’s Irish Pub