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….

Ripe for the Picking

Fall’s bounty is here! Get farm fresh produce or pick your own at the following South Carolina destinations. Learn more by clicking on farm/orchard’s name: Apples Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill | Pick Your Own 1860 Black Highway, York, SC | 803.684.0690 Bryson’s Apple Orchard | You Pick or They Pick 1011 Chattooga Ridge Rd., Mountain…

Festiv-FULL September

Fall is finally here, and with it comes Columbia’s perennial festivals! First up is the Sweet Tea Festival in Summerville, on Thursday, September 20. It is to be held in conjunction with Summerville’s monthly Third Thursday, when Downtown Summerville shops, restaurants, art galleries and more extend their hours and run specials. The festival will feature…

Let Freddy’s Help Your Organization!

Let Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers host a Give Back or Spirit Night for your organization! These fundraising events can be held any night or day of the week, and Freddy’s gives back 15% of its sales! Freddy’s is home to premium Steakburgers, cooked to order and pressed thin to create deliciously crisp edges. They have…

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…

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….

Coming Soon

Palmano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 4350 Augusta Rd., Lexington | www.facebook.com/LexingtonPizza Palmano’s Pizzeria & Restaurant will open in front of KJ’s Market on Highway 1, just down from The Barnyard Flea Market in Lexington. With an opening date TBA, they are currently renovating the building. Palmano’s will serve pizza, pasta, salads, subs and more, and will offer delivery,…

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…

Deals on Meals

Labor Day Deals at Quaker Steak & Lube 2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905 Tombo Grille Daily Specials As a compliment to their regular menu, Tombo Grille offers specials that change nightly, showcasing our chef’s culinary creativity, including nightly featured wines and beers. These are updated daily around 5pm. Visit this page or follow them…

New to the Menu

What’s New at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista 828 Gervais St | 803.461.4677 Fans of Liberty Tap Room & Grill love its creative menu, comprehensive beer list and awesome happy hour deals. This fall, they are offering even more, with new Daily Features, 8 new $8 Lunch Specials, a new Game Day Menu and…

Cheers

Paddle and Pint Friday, September 7 Enjoy paddling the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Saluda Shoals Park. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook. Ages 21 and up. Register here. Sunset on the Shoals Friday, September 21…

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…

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”….

Newsflash

Host the Event of the Season at Ruth’s Chris Steak House! 924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666 Enjoy a night that everyone will remember when you host your holiday celebration at Ruth’s. Book a private dining or off-site catered event now and receive a $50 bonus card for every $500 spent (see details). When it comes…

Food Lover Events: September

South Carolina Apple Festival Tuesday, September 4 | Westminster, SC Beginning the day after Labor Day and running through the following weekend, the South Carolina Apple Festival celebrates the beginning of apple harvest season in Oconee County, the largest apple-producing area in the state. Whether you enjoy whitewater rafting, shopping for arts and crafts, browsing antique shops,…

Best Happy Hours in Greater Columbia SC

It’s Happy Hour! Drink Specials, Beer, Wine, and Appetizers! Our Recommendations: 929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803.764.3825 Monday-Friday, 5 pm -7 pm Drinks: $1 off All Draft Beers $1 off All Wine $3 Soju Shooters $1 Soju Cocktails Bites: Beer & Fried dumpling combo, $8   Liberty on the Lake 1602 Marina…

Coming Soon – Citta’ del Cotone

Citta՜ del Cotone Get excited, pizza-lovers! We will soon be savoring authentic Neapolitan pizza at this new pizzeria in Cottontown at 2150 Sumter Street, one block up from Elmwood Avenue. Following the rules of authentic Neapolitan pizza-making, pizzas will be made using Caputo 00 flour – the best flour in the world, milled to a…

Newsflash

Little Pigs Barbecue Open Labor Day Good news – Little Pigs Barbecue will be open on Labor Day from 11am – 6pm! That means you can get their delicious pulled pork, flavored with 3 different sauces – red, mustard and pepper/vinegar, ribs, and house-made country sides and desserts for your Labor Day festivities! More here. New Menus…

New to the Menu

New Wing Flavor in August at Quaker Steak & Lube 2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905 Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Rd | 10611 Broad River Rd | 2879 Sunset Blvd Freddy’s’ new Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger is their spiciest steakburger yet! Available for a limited time, the Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger is…

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…

Refreshing Summer Drinks

It’s August in Columbia and the sippin’ is easy! Try these thirst-quenching cocktails as you enjoy the final days of summer: Kaminsky’s Summer Sippers 930 Gervais Street These specialty cocktails are available from Kaminsky’s throughout the summer! The Watermelon Punch includes Captain Morgan Watermelon Rum, Watermelon Pucker, and Sour & Soda Water. The Patron XO…

Summer’s Most Interesting Salads!

Tired of settling for boring salads when you go out to eat? Try these innovative leafy offerings from some of your favorite local restaurants for a change of pace: Ruth’s Chris Steak House Fresh Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomato Salad features heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, aged balsamic glaze, and extra virgin olive oil, beautifully presented  (Note: Ruth’s…

Cheers :: Beer, Wine, Whiskey and Fun!

Paddle and Pint at Saluda Shoals Park Friday, August 3 | 5:30 – 7:30pm Paddle the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife! Enjoy the views, have fun, and meet new friends. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook inside…

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…

Best Places to Take Kids

Where Kids Eat Free (or cheap!) Restaurant prices and promotions are subject to change at any time. Please call the restaurant to verify pricing! Sunday: Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill — Get one FREE kids meal with the purchase of a bowl, burrito, nacho or quesadilla & a drink! Applies to kids 10 years &…

Openings

Firenza Pizza 5232 Sunset Blvd, Lexington | Mon – Thurs: 11am – 9pm | Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm Firenza Pizza just opened in Lexington on Tuesday, January 9. Experience “Pizza Like Never Before” at Firenza, which specializes in handcrafted, made-to-order, stone hearth-baked pizzas that can be customized with nearly 40 fresh toppings! Firenza offers eight signature pies,…

A Soup & a Stew To Love

Go-To Chicken Noodle Soup for Feeling Better 10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 medium carrots, diced 1 large stalk celery, diced 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 6 cloves garlic, minced 4 ounces whole-wheat egg noodles, (3 cups) 4 cups shredded cooked skinless chicken breast, (about 1 pound; see Tip) 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1…

News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150 Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love….

Beef Jerky Outlet’s Chili

Beef Jerky Outlet has a new contest, where you can win a $100 Beef Jerky Outlet Prize Pack! Just use their jerky in a recipe to enter, and for a chance to win. Here we have chili made with Beef Jerky Outlet Honey BBQ Jerky **Ingredients ** 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion,…

New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista 807 Gervais St, STE 100 Join the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler…

Openings

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…

Openings

Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar 904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455 This brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi…

New To The Menu

Tombo Grille‏ 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | (803) 782-9665 Tombo Grille has a great new fall menu that includes lobster pot pie! Tombo prides itself on using fresh, regionally-grown ingredients in their delicious dishes. Plus, As a compliment to the regular menu, Tombo offers specials that change nightly, showcasing their chef’s culinary creativity, updated daily around 5pm. Follow…

Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya to Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama Wings BOGO, fish tacos, baby why don’t we go into Irmo, for nachos….* Unseasonably warm temperatures (even for Columbia) had the Gardener Media team wanting to experience one last taste of summer for their Weekday Therapy outing. What could be…

Beer Pairing Tips

Having the gang over to watch some football? Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party.  Here are some ideas on what goes with what… Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is…

Apple Pasties to Fry

Happy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation!  This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion. This…

Craft and Draft

  Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St. Join Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food…

New To The Menu: Twisted Spur

Special Tailgate Menu | Twisted Spur Brewing It’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much…

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…

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,…

From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303  Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock…

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at…

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…

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks: New Brunch Items 711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932 Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items…. The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns…

NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli 108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers… Chicken…

Shared Recipes: August 2017

Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink 620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463 Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup boiling water 3 cups flour 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice,…

NewsFlash: Tasty Tomato Festival Winners

Dear tomato loving Foodies, Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners! Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson Forest Jinkins…

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

SC Pedal Parlor Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun…

Under the Foam: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur Brewing: Newest Summer Sour! 705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203 Twisted Spur Brewing added blueberries, oranges, and vanilla to their already wonderful Berliner Weiss to bring you a new refreshing brew. Come join them today and give it a try!