Food Lover Events: Late May – early June 2017

Food Lover Events

Babysitter Night at Solstice!

Monday, June 5th | at Solstice Kitchen (841 Sparkleberry Ln #4) | Reservations required: 803.788.6966 
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Enjoy an “Adults Only” dinner while experienced babysitters take care of your little ones in their private dining room! Kiddos will be fed and entertained while you sit back, relax, and let their wonderful staff take care of you! You must call Solstice at 803.788.6966 to make a reservation. No online reservations are accepted for Babysitter Night! Reservations must be between 5:30-7 pm, and a credit card is required to hold your reservation.
The Cost is $10 per child. While, there is no age limit, children must be potty-trained & space is limited, so call 803.788.6966 today, and get your date night on!

FEAST Film Fest

Thursday, June 8th – Friday, June 9th | South Carolina State Museum 
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Hosted by The SC State Museum in conjunction with Farm to Table Event Co., this special foodie event allows you to explore South Carolina’s evolving foodways through films, delicious dishes, speakers, and more! Each night, guests choose between two film screenings about food, farming and drink traditions, then hear an informative discussion led by local farmers, chefs and historians, and finally, enjoy food and drink inspired by the films and prepared by SC chefs and local breweries and distilleries. Live music will also be featured. A luncheon on Friday will feature a catered lunch from Spotted Salamander, film screening and discussion, from noon – 1:30 p.m. See full schedule and get tickets here, or by phone at 803.898.4978.

Chateau Montelena Wine Dinner

Thursday, June 15 | at Ruth’s Chris Steak House (924-A Senate St.) |7pm | $115 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Ruth's Chris Taste Maker Dinner Ad June 2017

Known for their classically-styled wines using sun-ripe grapes, Chateau Montelena is credited with putting Napa Valley on the map.  In 1976, Chateau Montelena was one of two Napa wineries to come out on top at the “Judgment in Paris”, with its 1973 Chardonnay. Join Ruth’s Chris Steak House for an exclusive opportunity to experience five premium selections from the Chateau Montelena collection, each featuring a unique grape varietal, alongside exquisite food pairings. This is sure to be an evening your palate won’t soon forget. Call 803.212.6666 to make your reservation today! Visit website and view menu here.

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Soiree on State Street

Cayce Soiree

Saturday, June 17th | State Street between Poplar and Railroad Ave in Cayce | 5:30 – 9pm | Free Admission

It’s the first annual Soiree on State! This brand new community festival will include live music, great local food and drinks, local artists, a kids area, and plenty of shag dancing! Live bands include the Jazz Amos Huffman Trio, Sweet Soul Music and The Capital City Playboys. More here.

 

Deals on Meals: June 2017

Deals on Meals

Rosso Trattoria Italia: Manic Mondays & Wednesday Mussels!

4840 Forest Drive, Suite 7 | 803.787.3949

Rosso now has a cure for Manic Mondays, Foodies! wood fired pizzaTheir Wood-Fired Pizzas are just $10.00 each, all night long. Available for dine in only. Come in and enjoy the best wood-fired thin crust pizza around. This is a limited time special, so don’t miss out! More here. 
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Rosso also has a Wednesday night special from the sea – just $10 gets you a heaping portion of fresh-daily, delectable mussels prepared with a seasonal, special sauce chosen by their executive chef. Find out more here.

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

New to the Menu

TSpur summer menuTwisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom and leek risotto. Try Twisted Spur’s new, succulent carbonara dish, topped with juicy grilled chicken, fresh English peas, rich egg, and crispy pancetta, and tossed in a delightfully smooth Asiago cream sauce.

TSpur summer menu2More additions to Twisted Spur’s already amazing menu include thick, pan-seared grouper on a soft bed of soba noodles, Bok Choy and mushrooms alongside crisp carrots and snow peas, all surrounded by a luscious Asian-inspired broth and topped with a silky poached egg. They also have a vibrant new summer salad that brings a little sweetness with local strawberries and candied pecans, and a little tang with fresh goat cheese, shaved red onion, and balsamic vinaigrette. Like variety? Visit Twisted Spur and custom build your own charcuterie board, with your choice of two meats and two cheeses, along with chef’s selection of rotating accompaniments!

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All this talk about food got you thirsty? Check out what’s currently on tap at Twisted Spur! They’re brewing light summer favorites like Southern Belle Blonde light ale, Great White Buffalo, a white IPA with orange peel and coriander notes for a refreshing summer treat, Busshiemer Light American lager, and a Coffee Kolsch traditional German summer beer. All of these pair brilliantly with the new seasonal menu’s dishes, so make your way over to Twisted Spur and say hello to summertime with this fabulous new foodie fare!

 

Recently Opened.

Opening Open

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? Located on State Street, just beyond the train tracks, the newest outpost has been up and running since March, and is a welcome addition to the area.

The newest Henry’s is far from the hustle and bustle of Devine Street and the Northeast area (their second location), and sits like a gem in an intersection that includes the Cayce Quarry. The menu is consistent with the Devine Street location’s, featuring everything from their now-famous burgers to their now-famous brunch on Sundays! They’re family-friendly, with a kids menu, and fun, with a pool table, video games and several TVs to keep you entertained between courses.

The Foodies recently ate lunch at Henry’s in Cayce and found both the food and the service to be exceptional. Whether you’re in the area or across the Congaree, a trip to Henry’s is worth making!

 

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Coming Soon.

Duck Donuts

702 Cross Hill Rd, 100B, Columbia

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Duck Donuts got its start in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and quickly grew to add stores in almost a dozen additional states, including South Carolina, which will count Columbia as its second SC location very soon (projected in July)!

Duck Donuts is famous for its warm, delicious made to order donuts “the way YOU like”! Here’s how it works: start with one of Duck’s freshly made donuts, pick a Coating (Cinnamon-Sugar, Chocolate Icing, Maple Icing, etc.), then pick a Topping (Sprinkles, Oreos, Bacon Pieces, etc.) and finally, choose your Drizzle (Hot Fudge, Salted Caramel, Raspberry or Blackberry). And there you have it: your perfect donut! Duck also offers breakfast sandwiches, premium roasted coffee including flavored coffees and espresso, and tea and other beverages. Be sure to Like and Follow their Facebook page HERE for updates!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia

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 opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

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“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and were impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

 

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

Opening OpenEast 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 Deli in Columbia, at the Hub on Main Street back in February, and absolutely loved the authentic, New York deli-style fare we tried! See our review of the place here.

Need to eat in a hurry? Order online and in about 15 minutes your food will be ready for pickup! Can’t get away for lunch? No worries; EBD on Sunset delivers within 2.5 miles. Check out the menu here!

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EBD’s “Carnegie Deli” Cheese Cake

NewsFlash: Weekend Brunch

Good Life Cafe: Weekend Brunch

1614 Main Street | 803.726.2310 

good life cafe small logo white background.fwNothing quite like a good weekend brunch, is there? Something about that time of day, whether following a big night out, or just as a way to celebrate the weekend.  May we make a suggestion? Good Life Cafe on Main Street in downtown Columbia! Serving a delicious, weekend brunch menu on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This is a different kind of food… the kind that is absolutely GOOD FOR YOU… and that’s absolutely delicious. You don’t have to be dedicated vegan to sample this wonderful food.  Just take a trip there once in a while… your body and soul will thank you!  And if the weather cooperates, enjoy dining al fresco at their sidewalk patio tables!

View full menu here.

Brunch Entrees:

  • Organic Vegan Waffles ($8)
  • Organic Vegan Pancakes $8 (add chocolate chips for $2, add banana or strawberry for $2, or add banana, strawberry and candied pecans for $3)
  • Organic Tempeh Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Creamy Organic Local Grits, Fresh Fruit ($8)
  • Organic Scramble Platter ($10.95) tofu scramble, biscuit and gravy served with creamy local grits and fresh fruit (biscuit not GF)
  • Breakfast Bowl ($12.95) biscuit, grits, tempeh sausage, gravy, tofu scramble and hash browns (biscuit not GF)
  • Biscuits & Gravy ($8.50) 2 house-made biscuits with our signature gravy
  • Kids’ Organic Pancake or Waffle served with Fresh Fruit ($4.75) — for kids 12 and under
  • Collegiate’s Organic Pancake or Waffle served with Fresh Fruit ($7) (please show ID)

à la carte:

  • Organic Biscuit with Butter and Jelly ($3)
  • Organic Vegan Muffin ($3.75)
  • Side of Organic Local Grits ($3)
  • Side of Hash Browns ($4.50)
  • Side of Fresh Fruit ($3)

Enjoy a cold-press juice or iced coffee available in our cooler!

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Pictured: tempeh sausage, gravy, and biscuits, fruit, The Congaree Milling Company Yellow Grits, tofu scrambler, fruit juice and some Loveland Coffee, the best java in town, made with LOVE – of course!

Picture taken and consumed by @onepeachyvegan on Instagram. 

You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

Columbia certainly has come a long way in terms of taco options! These days true taco-aficionados seek out restaurants where they are made with fresh and innovative ingredients, and there’s no greater example of this than Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, which Foodie writers Miriam and Sarah recently visited for lunch.  You may not have noticed the change in signage… Sure Fire is on Gervais Street near Motor Supply.  Look for the logo on their building: Sure Fire Taco Logo

Sure Fire Tacos originated in Texas, and calls its cuisine “Tex-Mex with a twist”. The menu is full of genuine, Texas-inspired items that are influenced by exotic flavors and inventive ingredients. Flour tortillas are rolled and baked at the restaurant daily, giving each dish a foundation of freshness. Then the Signature Tacos, Burritos, Nachos and Bowls are all assembled with various fixings that you’ll only find at Sure Fire, like al Pastor pork that’s been marinated in fresh pineapple juice and spicy chorizo seasonings, slow-cooked and tender chopped Brisket, their delicious Avocado Ranch, taco, and house Queso Blanco sauces, six different scratch-made salsas, sweet and spicy mango-habanero salad, flavorful cilantro lime rice, flame-roasted black bean and corn salad, zesty Mexican slaw, and Mexican Street Corn.

Sarah ordered both the Moby Dick and Big Hass tacos, while Miriam went with the La Playa and the Hen House for her meal. Sarah is a big fan of fish tacos, and this one did not disappoint! The fried, moist, flaky white fish was topped with Sure Fire’s own house-made, spicy Mexican slaw, avocado and crunchy tortilla strips, and some added hot sauce for good measure. The real star for her though, was the Big Hass. The fresh, crispy, fried avocado was wonderful, and made more so with the addition of black beans, pico de gallo and Queso Blanco! This taco was unlike any she’d had before.

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Miriam very much enjoyed the Hen House taco, with its perfectly grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and Queso Blanco, especially as it was topped with Sure Fire’s unique Avocado Ranch sauce. The La Playa ended up as her favorite, though. How could it not be, with plump, grilled shrimp, Mexican slaw, and Pico. Even the freshly fried tortilla chips and salsa bar were outstanding! The two also found the decor to be really pleasing; lots of open space, tastefully designed and with live plants adding a fresh, summery feel. The bar is an inviting one, and on warm days, Sure Fire also has outdoor patio seating available. Drinks are another thing Sure Fire does right; their signature drinks are hand made using no mixes, but instead fresh fruits and even house-made cane sugar flavorings for a sweet and refreshing taste with every sip!

The quality of the food is what you notice most of all at Sure Fire. Our tacos were a steal at $3.99 each, and easily filled us up. On Taco Tuesdays at Sure Fire you can get two tacos, small chips and their fabulous queso for just $8, and on Thirsty Thursdays they have $2 drafts with the purchase of Nachos or a Bowl. Plus, on Sundays, kids 10 years and younger get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of a Bowl, Burrito, Nachos or Quesadilla and drink!

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.1016 | Open daily 11am – 10pm | Visit website HERE

 

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

New to the Menu

Grill Marks grill marks logoadded new, yummy drinks & dishes to their menu just in time for the hot days of summer. Enjoy…

Blood Orange Manhattan: Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Solerno, Bitters

Blue Skies: Blueberry vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, white cranberry juice

Short Rib Sliders ($9.99): Short Rib, Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onion

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Marks Nacho Daddy ($9.99): Fresh Corn  Tortilla Chips, Chili, Cheddar Cheese, Black Bean Corn Salsa, Jalapeño, Sour Cream, Guacamole
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Marks “Gives you Wings” ($9.99): Choice of Buffalo Marinated (Dry), MARKS Carolina Gold BBQ or MARKS Buffalo Sauce, with Ranch or Bleu Cheese
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“Everyone wants some” Poutine ($9.99): Skinny Fries topped with Slow roasted short rib in red wine demiglace with roasted garlic, Brie Cheese and Onion Straws
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Chowder Head Fries ($7.99): Fat Fries, Marks Chicken Corn Chowder, Cheddar Cheese, Chopped apple wood smoked bacon, Parmesan and parsley
*Ultimo Sangriento Maria ($14): Our Ultimate Bloody made with Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932 | Website

New to the Menu: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

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Freddy’s has two new limited-time offers this spring: the Spicy Chicken Sandwich and the Peanut Butter Crunch Concrete made with Snickers®! Both items are available at Freddy’s on Killian Rd. and will remain on the menu through mid-June or while supplies last. The Spicy Chicken Sandwich is a tender chicken breast filet with a cayenne pepper kick, cooked to a crispy golden brown and topped with crunchy pickles, all on a toasted bun. The Peanut Butter Crunch Concrete blends fresh and creamy vanilla frozen custard with Snickers® candy bar pieces, roasted peanuts, peanut butter, whipped cream and garnished with even more Snickers® pieces. Get one of each before they’re gone!

457 Killian Road | 803.661.8170 | Website

Weekday Therapy: Little Pigs BBQ

For this installment of Weekday Therapy, the Gardener Guides team decided to travel Northeast, to Little Pigs Barbecue on Alpine Road. We arrived at the perfect time; the lunch rush seemed to be over with. As most of us hadn’t been to the restaurant before, we were trying to behave like regulars, by following the rules that were posted around the entryway and buffet. Little Pigs Barbecue has learned a lot in its over 50 years in business! The signs are both an effort to maintain crowd control during peak hours, and to remind you to avoid overfilling your plate and wasting food. This is helpful, because your first instinct at the buffet is to try organizing your plate to accommodate some of everything! This is impossible, and you’re better off going back often instead of trying to pile it on in one fell swoop. Besides, it can’t hurt to get a little exercise in between servings!

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A collection of pigs, porcelain and otherwise, that are displayed throughout the restaurant, give the place a homey feel while showing reverence for its main ingredient source. The buffet is full of mouth-watering mains and sides, both hot and cold. Meats include barbecue (tomato-based, mustard-based, vinegar-pepper), pork chops, brisket, fried whiting, fried chicken, BBQ chicken, chicken wings, and ribs – a point of pride since Little Pigs is Columbia’s only BBQ buffet that features ribs. Sides include green beans, collards, beans, white rice, dirty rice, mashed potatoes, hash gravy, cole slaw, potato salad, candied yams, macaroni & cheese, corn on the cob, tomato pie, fried okra, rolls, waffle chips, and hush puppies. Across from the buffet, a smaller sideboard housed the banana pudding and chocolate delight desserts, while another station contained a huge cut of meat, but we were too focused on the main buffet to explore much else. Sarah said that as soon as she got home she regretted that, when her husband asked, “So, what did you think of the shoulder?” What shoulder? She said his eyes then grew big and he looked at her incredulously, shaming her for overlooking the pull-your-own smoked pork shoulder that Little Pigs is famous for! She had to promise to try it the next time.

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In addition to the extraordinary dine-in buffet, Little Pigs offers a few take-out options as well. You can get a BBQ sandwich or a Meat-and-Three to go, or, if you’re feeding a crowd, The Little Pigs Bulk Menu features favorites from the buffet in larger quantities. Their outstanding catering services can customize a menu with you for any occasion.

The food and the atmosphere at Little Pigs is southern comfort at its best and we can’t wait to return!

Address: 4927 Alpine Road, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.788.8238

Hours:

Wednesday: 11am – 2pm
Thursday: 11am – 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm

Visit their website here!

New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

New to the Menu

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista and Liberty on the Lake have added some new, delicious menu items to their already wonderful menu.

DUCK BLT: applewood smoked bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato, garlic-rosemary aioli, Hawaiian bread

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CHICKEN FLORENTINE: (a house specialty small plate) grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, hot bacon & onion spread, Yukon gold mashed potatoes

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CHICKEN NACHOS: corn tortilla chips, green chile-lime marinated chicken, black beans, poblano queso, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapenos

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SEARED ATLANTIC SALMON: (a house specialty small plate) roasted red pepper – almond romesco sauce, warm farro salad

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ROASTED  BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS PIZZA: goat cheese, garlic, truffle oil, herb puree, baby spinach & pickled onion salad garnish

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Liberty Tap Room (vista): 828 Gervais St. | 803.461.4677

Liberty on the Lake: 1602 Marina Rd., Irmo | 803.667.9715

Cellar on Greene has added three new bright and beautiful dishes to their already mouthwatering menu! They have been taste-tested and approved and our perfect for spring fever! Foodies, stop in and enjoy Margherita Flatbread, Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella” and Pan Seared Sea Scallops. Can you say delicious?

Margerita Flatbread
herb pesto, vine-ripe tomatoes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan
Stuffed Tomato “Panzanella”
Pan Seared Sea Scallops

Cellar on Greene New Menu Items April 2017

2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303

You Have to Try this Place: Lima Peruvian Cuisine

The first time I tried Lima Peruvian Cuisine (on Rosewood Drive inside the Jim Casey Fireworks complex), I felt a bit uneasy as I read the menu. Nothing sounded familiar, and although I consider myself fairly adventurous, and the menu had a photo of each dish, I didn’t know what to expect.  I hadn’t looked on a map of South America lately to know where Peru is located (I have since then!) and didn’t know if I should expect something similar to Mexican food or what.  Peruvian food is very different from Mexican food.  Not a taco in sight.  Peru is a country on the Pacific coast of South America, and hence, has many traditional dishes made with seafood.  That was fine by me.  I love seafood.

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I asked Ruth, the congenial smiley owner of Lima Peruvian Cuisine, what she would suggest I try, considering I had not eaten this type of food.  She pointed to Causa and to Choros a la Chalaca.  I chose them both.  Causa is made in a mold and is quite a beautiful little dish.  Two layers of mashed potatoes seasoned with Peruvian spices and a hint of lemon are on either side of a delicious filling made with, your choice, of tuna, chicken, shrimp or vegetable salads. I tried the shrimp salad.  Served cold, it was refreshing.  I couldn’t believe that cold mashed potatoes could taste this good!  The Choros a la Chalaca were mussels served on the half shell, marinated in lime juice.  They came topped with a yummy combination of tomatoes, cilantro, onions and fresh corn.  Hands down, the best mussels ever.
I was so excited about this wonderful lunch experience, I raced home that evening, gushing with enthusiasm.  My husband said he’d like to try it, so we went that night!  He 20170314_123345tried the Lomo Saltado – thin strips of beef sauteed with fresh onions and tomatoes, and served with rice and french fries.  I asked Ruth if that was traditional… rice and french fries, and she said yes, that french fries are very popular in Peru.  The potato is very popular, served many ways. I tried the Leche de Tigre… I am afraid if I tell you the ingredients you won’t try it, but you should!  Okay, here goes: ground fish marinated in lime juice, onion, Peruvian rocoto chilies, ginger, garlic and cilantro, and accompanied with shrimp.  It was wonderful – like ceviche! And I had a salad along with it.  Their salads are different from what we’ve come to expect here in the USA –  they contain potatoes, beets and avocado, and other items (depending on the salad).  All is served fresh and made to order.  We loved it for dinner too!
The atmosphere is bright and cheerful with traditional woven cloths adorning the tables.  Peruvian souvenirs are for sale in a case near the entrance.  Ruth has applied for a liquor license so hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail with our next meal there.  You really have to try this place! — Kathy Gardener
3830 Rosewood Drive | 803.851.3646 | Visit FB page here

From the Vine: May 2017

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Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting

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Mark your calendars…Cellar on Greene’s next GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING is Saturday, May 20th! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 25 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock up your home cellar! Cost is $5 per person, waived with 2 bottle purchase. Enjoy!

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807 Gervais St. | 803.832.7468

Thursday, May 18th from 7-10pm. Enjoy a great selection of wines during Casual Pint’s Wine Flight Night! More details coming soon!

New to the Menu: Ruth’s Chris

New to the Menu

Celebrate spring at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a multi-course dining experience that boasts steakhouse favorites as well as exciting new dishes such as Butter Lettuce BLT Salad with a refreshing basil-cucumber ranch dressing, Almond Crusted King Salmon and Cream of Sweet Corn. Enjoy a complete meal that includes a starter, entree, personal side dish and dessert without breaking the bank. Prix Fixe menus starting at just $44.95 per person. Click here to see their new Spring Seasonal Classic menu, Foodies!

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Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Opening Open

Poke Bros

2009 Greene St. #102 | 803.764.5567 Poke Bros dishes

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. Located behind Indigo Rose Tattoo at 2009 Greene Street, Poke Bros offers folks the chance to build their own dish or choose from one of their Signature Poké Bowls, including sushi grade tuna, fresh salmon, authentic snow crab, exotic octopus, and a slew of fresh, delicious veggies. Click here to view their menu! “What’s a poké ?” you ask. A poké is a raw fish salad that is very popular in Hawaiian cuisine. If you like sushi and seafood, then this is a new place that you definitely have to try! One of the most enticing elements of poké cuisine is the use of fresh, wholesome ingredients that fill you up but don’t slow you down. Poke Bros uses only the highest quality, sushi-grade fish and farm fresh veggies in their authentic Hawaiian poké bowls, delivered to their restaurant daily. Enjoy!

Visit their Facebook page here.

Coming Soon.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 

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 opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and where impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.freddys-orginial-double

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

NewsFlash: Project PB&J

Foodies, did you celebrate National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day on April 2nd? If not – it isn’t too late! Which Wich Superior Sandwiches celebrates PB&J year-round as part of their Project PB&J initiative to help those in need. When you buy a $3 PB&J sandwich you are helping someone locally, but also nationally. During the October Floods last year our local Which Wich pulled from the national fund, as they donated over 1,000 sandwiches to those serving in the area.

 

LIMITED TIME ONLY. In April, you have the chance to make a big difference in the lives of those right here in our community as we celebrate PB&J all month long with National PB&J Month. Running through all of April, PB&J’s will be sold for just $2! At the end of the month, the matching number of sandwiches will be donated to the Salvation Army. Yes, it is true: a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can change the world. Project PB&J brings comfort food to those in the world who need it, from those affected by natural disasters to local organizations (like the Boys & Girls Club or Oliver Gospel Mission) who could use a little help. Project PB&J is making the world a better place, one PB&J at a time! Join the effort. Learn more about Project PB&J here.
Never eaten at Which Wich before? Here’s a preview of their to go menu: (click hereclick here for full!)
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Shared Recipes

From the CATE Center – a few delicious recipes for Spring, with a wee bit o’ Irish in ’em!

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Serves: 16

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. Corned Beef Brisket (with seasoning packet)
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 2 Russett Potatoes
  • 1 head Savoy Cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • salt

Method of Preparation: Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

  1. Place corned beef and spice packet in a large pot filled with water.
  2. Bring water to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer for 4 hours.
  3. Once meat is fork tender drain water and shred meat.
  4. In another large pot boil carrots, parsnips, and potatoes until they are soft.
  5. Drain water from pot and roughly mash the vegetable together. Add butter and salt to taste.
  6. Peel leaves from the head of cabbage and steam them for 2­3 minutes until they are just beginning to get tender.
  7. Lay each leaf out and pat it dry before adding a layer of mash and a layer of corned beef.
  8. Roll the leaf up like a small burrito.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°F
  10. Spread extra mash in the bottom of a casserole dish and place cabbage rolls on top of it. Fill any space around the edges with more mash if you have it.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until everything is warmed.

Shepherd’s Pie Potatoes

Makes 12, multiply as necessary

Ingredients: Sheperd's Pie

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds ground lamb/beef
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • black pepper
  • 12 Idaho potatoes
  • 1/2 grated cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil

Method of Preparation:

Prepare the filling:

  1. In a large sauté pan oven, melt the butter. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and lamb/beef and cook until all the meat is browned. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkle with the flour and stir to coat.
  1. Pour into the beef stock, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and add the fresh rosemary. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover, and let cook for about 15 minutes until sauce thickens. Remove the rosemary sprigs and stir in the frozen peas and fresh parsley. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Then remove from heat and let cool completely (can be chilled in fridge overnight).
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the Idaho potatoes and then use a knife to slice off about 1/4 of the potato lengthwise–almost like removing a lid. Coat lightly with vegetable or olive oil and arrange in a baking dish, cut side up. Bake about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender. Cut potatoes into large chunks and combine in a large pot of salted water.
  1. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then use a spoon to scoop out potato centers to make a hollow potato with thick sides.
  1. Use a potato ricer or masher to mash the potatoes right in the pot. Add the milk, cream, and butter, and continue to stir and mash until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then let cool.
  1. Fill each potato to the top with the lamb/beef filling. Top with a generous layer of the mashed potatoes on top. Arrange in baking dish again. Sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes, until filling is hot and potatoes are heated through and golden on top (you can also turn on the broiler for the last few minutes to create the golden crust.)

Colcannon Cakes (Irish bubbles and squeak)

Ingredients:

Colcannon: Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage

  • 2 1/2 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped collards (chard, kale, spinach, or cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup of green onion greens, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or cream

Colcannon cakes:

  • About 3 cups of colcannon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • Lemon for garnish

Method of Preparation:

  1. Boil the potatoes: Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by at least an inch. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender (15 to 20 minutes). Drain in a colander.
  1. Cook the greens and the green onions with butter:Return the pot to the stove and set over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot and once it’s hot, add the greens.
  1. Cook the greens for 3-4 minutes, or until they are wilted and have given off some of their water. Add the green onions and cook 1 minute more.
  1. Mash the potatoes with milk or cream, add greens:Pour in the milk or cream, mix well, and add the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium. Use a fork or potato masher and mash the potatoes, mixing them up with the greens.
  1. Mix with egg, flour, salt, and chill: Mix the egg, flour and salt in with the colcannon. You may want to chill the mixture for 15 minutes or longer to make it easier to shape the patties.
  2. 3 Form into patties: Form into little cakes of whatever size you want, but make them flat so they will cook through without burning. If the mixture is too wet, add more flour until the mixture is easy to shape.
  1. 4 Fry until golden: Heat the butter or vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the formed patties in the pan so they are not touching. Lower the heat to medium and gently fry until golden, about 3-4 minutes.
  1. Turn and cook the other side. Let the cakes rest on a paper towel while you cook the others. Serve with slices of lemon.

Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

Greetings Spirits Fans!

In early April, Columbia’s own Crouch Distilling released their Cane Juice and Cane Syrup Rums.  Both are distilled from sugar cane grown on the Bair family farm in St. George, Crouch DistillingSouth Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum is distilled from sweet sugar cane syrup after the cane juice has been reduced.  Both Rums are unaged and distinct.

The interesting thing is that nothing in this rum is from outside the Palmetto State. Their Cane Juice Rum is fresh and complex with a sweet and grassy flavor.  SC greatness in a glass, this spirit is the purest expression of this locally grown sugar cane.  Their Cane Syrup Rum has a silky mouth feel and smells and tastes like earth and molasses.

The prices for these new products are as follows:

Cane Syrup Rum: $45.00
Cane Juice Rum: $45.00

Crouch Distilling: 947 S Stadium Rd, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 764-6839

Tasting Room & Retail Hours:
Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7pm
Saturday 1pm-7pm

Weekday Therapy: Main Street Public House

The Gardener Guides team was sending off our favorite graphic designer, Carmen, for an 8 week hiatus as she delivers and tends to her new baby daughter, Lailah.  Carmen chose to try a new kid on the culinary block –  Main Street Public House for our lunch last week. MSPH occupies the first floor in the old McCrory’s dime store building, and has a laid back atmosphere – new industrial decor with an elevated dining area and a large bar with communal tables gathered around the front of the restaurant.

Carmen Going Away Lunch at Main St. Public House

Kathy, Carmen, Tina, Sydney, Sarah, & Virginia

We were lunching late, so parking and seating weren’t much of a problem. At MSPH we got a table in the back, near the stage, which was empty but transforms at night into a venue for live jazz, local DJ’s and regional music acts. The HD TVs throughout the restaurant were all tuned to the NCAA basketball game – MSPH is a great place to get your March Madness on – go Gamecocks! Our server was very helpful and pleasant and worked with us to get our food preferences right.

We started with House Smoked Crispy Fried Wings for the table. We hadn’t intended on ordering a starter, but our waitress’ description of the wings – smoked for hours, rubbed with special seasonings, then smoked some more, convinced us to try them. We weren’t disappointed; the wings were moist, full of flavor, with just a touch of heat. Tina loved her Southern Sriracha Honey Crispy Chicken sandwich, which she said was tender, and had a spicy kick to it that was tempered by sweetness – not unlike the Gamecocks’ Head Coach Frank Martin. Carmen really enjoyed her Slider Trio, a triple threat of Pulled Pork, Shaved Brisket, and Pulled Chicken. Sarah’s BLT Grilled Cheese was two amazing sandwich ideas in one – another slam dunk, as were the House Fried Potato Chips that it came with. Virginia’s Buffalo Chicken “Cobb” salad was excellent, and so big that she had leftovers. Kathy and Sydney both ordered pizzas, the Bianca and the Margherita, respectively. MSPH cooks their delicious New York-Style pizzas in a custom brick oven, and serves each 10-inch pie for just $10 apiece!

Our team considered this meal a complete win. No flagrant fouls, no bricks and no air balls. The lunch was Jordanesque! However, there was no hang time to be had; we were almost in lunch OT…

PS: Kathy and her husband have eaten dinner here before and they HIGHLY recommend the fried oyster appetizer. A generous serving of melt-in-your-mouth oysters…

Address: 1556 Main St.

Phone Number: 803.834.3409

Hours: Daily 11am – 2am

Visit MSPH’s Facebook Page here!

 

Deals on Meals: April 2017

Deals on Meals

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse

410 Columbiana Dr. | 803.708.3151

Dining in a Brazilian Steakhouse has been compared to having a well orchestrated ballet serve guests dinner. From the moment guests are seated they are welcomed to Rioz’s extensive salad bar of hot and cold seasonal favorites, which features seafood and sushi. A continuous table side service of savory choices of more than 15 different cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry is prepared and presented by their Gauchos. Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse Churrascaria is proud to serve the finest dishes in the flavorful tradition of the Brazilian Gauchos by offering quality food with excellent service. Rioz features a full-service bar with a wide selection of wines that complement the meal. Foodies, now every Sunday in April enjoy an early bird special at Rioz. Your taste buds (and wallets) won’t want to miss this.

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Rosso Trattoria Italia: Manic Mondays

4840 Forest Drive, Suite 7 | 803.787.3949

Rosso now has a cure for Manic Mondays, Foodies! Their Wood-Fired Pizzas are just $10.00 each, all night long. Available for dine in only. Come in and enjoy the best wood-fired thin crust pizza around. This is a limited time special, so don’t miss out!   Rosso’s website here.

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Smoothie King: $5 Fridays

All Smoothie flavors/kinds (32oz.) are ONLY $5.00 on Fridays…ALL DAY. It’s a nutritional meal that you don’t want to miss. Visit Smoothie King’s website here.

Kaminksy’s Dessert Cafe: 2nd Anniversary Celebration

930 Gervais St. | 803.550.9979

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The Woody: Drink Specials

808 Lady St. | 803.779.9663
Wednesday night is Salsa Night with dance lessons starting at 7pm with Corona and Corona Light for $3 & house tequila for $4. Thursday night Shag Night lessons start at 6pm and $4 House bourbon, $2.25 Yuengling and $5 Fireball. Friday nights $1.50 Natural Light, $4 House Rum, $2 Jello Shots and $5 Fireball. Saturday Night $2.25 Coors Light, $4 House bourbon, $5 Fireball and $2 Jello shots. They sell a quarter pound Nathan’s hot dog with your choice of mustard, ketchup, onions, relish, kraut or slaw served with chips for just $5!  Visit The Woody here.

Sure Fire Tacos: Tuesday & Thursday Deals!Sure Fire Tacos Thursday Deal.JPG

916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tuesday: For $8 enjoy two delicious tacos, a drink, plus chips + queso
Thursday: $2 drafts ALL day!!! with the purchase of a burrito or bowl. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Cheers to $2 beers, Foodies!  More here.

Grill Marks: Student Days & Nightly SpecialsGrill Marks Cocktail

711 Gervais St. | 803.661.8932 

Enjoy STUDENT NIGHT every SundayThursday at Grill Marks from 6-8pm. Students can present their ID’s and get a Grill Marks burger, small fry and a tea for just $8.99. Grill Marks has one of the BEST burgers in the Midlands (click here to see!), so it will be a good homecoming! Also, don’t miss out on any of these delicious nightly specials: More info here.
  • Margarita Mondays – special recipe each week
  • Tito’s Tuesday – $4 Tito’s Vodka drinks
  • PBR Wednesday – $2.50 PBR 16oz. cans
  • Thursday – Pint Night from 4-10pm, $2.50 craft drafts

Lima Peruvian Cuisine: Lunch Special! Lunch chicken with mussels in bkgd

3830 Rosewood Drive – Suite A | In the Casey’s Fireworks Shopping Center  | 803.851.3646

For just $8.95 enjoy a delicious lunch special at Lima..the new Peruvian restaurant that opened its doors last month on Rosewood. Their lunch special rotates daily, but can be ordered anytime between noon and 4pm Tuesday – Friday.

Lima Peruvian Cuisine: Weekend Special

3830 Rosewood Drive Suite A | 803.851.3646pollo-a-la-braza

Friday – Sunday get a WHOLE chicken, 4 sides, and 2 liters of soda for just $16.95 at Lima Peruvian Cuisine. Your taste buds don’t want to miss out on this deal. Visit their Facebook page here.

Twisted Spur Brewing: Nightly Specials

705 Gervais St. | 803.764.0203flight-night

Twisted Spur Brewing is a microbrewery and full-service restaurant located in Downtown Columbia that focuses on fresh, unique food options and house made beers. Enjoy their delicious, daily specials:

Monday: flight night! They offer four signature sliders with the freshest and highest quality meats, seafood, and produce paired with a flight of four of our craft beers
Twisted Tuesday: 1/2 off all wine by the glass
Wednesday: SIN night (service industry folks get 35% off of their bill!)
Thursday: Tequila and tacos! (what could be wrong with that?!) Enjoy half off tequila from Beef Carne Asada street taco7pm-10pm and $1.50 tacos!
Twisted Spur offers a 10% discount to all surrounding businesses and hotel guests with a room key or office badge! Also, they offer a 10% discount to anyone that attends a local event and brings a ticket stub (concerts, sporting events, etc).
Enjoy Happy Hour Monday – Friday from 4pm – 7pm, plus they also offer bourbon flights with over 30 bourbon options including Pappy Van Winkle 20 and 12 year, Bookers, Blantons, Belle Meade, WL Weller, and so many more. Visit their website here.

Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe: Happy Hour DealsKaminsky's Dessert Cafe

930 Gervais St. | 803.550.9979
Kaminsky’s entices visitors into its cozy atmosphere with a rotating selection of delectable desserts made in house daily, in addition to heaping milkshakes, specialty coffees and cold beverage creations. Located right next door to Pearlz Oyster Bar, this dessert cafe has an amazing NEW happy hour menu- check it out below.  Use it for your excuse to try their Draft Wine – the only Draft Wine Bar in Columbia!  More information here.

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: Nightly Drink Specials

902-B Gervais St. | 803.888.6462bar2

As you can see from the photograph on the right – Moriarty’s Irish Pub is a charming restaurant & bar. Enjoy on

Monday: $3 House Bourbon & Vodka
Tuesday: Pint Night (starts at 7pm)! At least a dozen draft beers are reduced to $3; Tuesday is also TRIVIA NIGHT starting at 7pm (WIN $100 CASH PRIZE!!)
Wednesday: $5 Irish Car Bombs
Thursday: $3 Fireball
Sunday: $12 Miller Lite/Coors Lite Buckets  – visit Moriarty’s FB page here.

Tombo Grille: $5 Pizza & $15 Wine on Tuesdays

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive | 803.782.9665

Tombo Grille is the tried-and-true hotspot for incredible food, new-favorite wines, high-gravity beers and desserts too good to be missed. Tombo Grille’s friendly, knowledgeable servers stand ready six days a week in a quiet corner of Forest Drive. It’s the ultimate neighborhood restaurant and they have great deals, too! Enjoy $15 wine/$5 pizzas on Tuesdays! Visit them online here!

Coming Soon

East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803.791.1150

One of our favorite restaurants in Columbia, East Bay Deli, is opening up a second location in the old Atlanta Bread Company across from EBD Dixie Darling Sandwhich.jpgLexington Medical Center! YAY! They will offer the same menu and same hours (daily; 7am – 9pm) as their first Columbia location (located at 1426 Main Street). There is no definite opening date, but they are aiming for around May 1st, but definitely stay tuned for more details. Here’s a picture of their progress so far:

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This NEW location of East Bay Deli is currently hiring!! Offering flexible hours, competitive pay, and a fun working environment with opportunities for career advancement. Visit their “Employment” page on their website here.

The Aristocrat

1001 Washington Street (first floor) The Aristocrat

The Vista will soon have a NEW upscale fine wine and craft cocktail establishment, as the Aristocrat is expected to open its doors on March 30th in the old Kelly’s Deli and Pub that closed in August. Mo and Ashley Garcia, owners of the Aristocrat, have a lot of experience in the service industry. They recognize how much Columbia’s food scene is growing and hope that the Aristocrat will bring a certain upscale element to Columbia! The Aristocrat is beautifully decorated with chandeliers, copper bar tables, and custom booths and is dressed with framed paintings of aristocrats on the walls. One entire wall in the ballroom,  which is called the “haint blue art wall” is a spot for local artists to be able to display their work. The Aristocrat also features a bar room and a ball room. The ball room houses a stage for live music, specifically from throw back bands (think Sinatra) such as Ross Holmes Band who is playing at their Grand Opening on April 7, 2017 (grand opening is from 4pm – 2am; cocktail attire encouraged). Additionally, they have an outdoor seating area, with an area for smokers off to the side.

The Aristocrat has a rather large global wine selection, by the glass and bottle and they try to source as many sustainable, eco-friendly, organic, and/or vegan wines as possible. Their craft cocktail menu is very unique, fresh, and interesting, with names that reflect the aristocratic theme; The Court Jester, The Guillotine, and Ashley’s personal favorite The Aristocrat champagne cocktail (their signature cocktail). Additionally, the Aristocrat has a small menu that is representative of flavors of SC; like Coastal Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Brisket Sandwich with Piedmont BBQ sauce served with Superfood Shred tossed in Vidalia Onion dressing, and a rotating selection of desserts.

Valet parking will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at a minimum, but potentially the rest of the week. They will have happy hour and a weekly Wine Tasting Wednesday too! We can’t wait for them to open their doors! Visit their FB page here.

News Flash!

The Casual Pint’s Huge TV Screen Adds a New Dimension to Brewski Heaven

Have you been to The Casual Pint lately? If not, you should stop by and grab a beer for game night or date night!  Their new HUGE big screen is 106″ HD brought to you on a 4K projector.  You won’t find a better spot to watch in town!
The Casual Pint big screen

Mondays are Movie Nights, where you can order outstanding pub fare like Bavarian Pretzels and Beer Cheese, Handcrafted Flatbreads and Pizzas, Hamburgers, Pork Sliders and more… and of course choose your beverage from their Tap List (see current list here) as well!

What movie plays each week?  You decide!  You and other patrons vote on Facebook for the flick that will play on Monday… the poll posts on the weekend.  Follow their FB page to get updates – link here.

Address: 807 Gervais St.

Phone Number: 803-832-7468

Weekday Therapy: Tombo Grille

One recent Hump Day, the Gardener Guides went looking for a dining spot – something unique and exciting, yet casual and welcoming. We decided to head over to Forest Acres, which fits that description as well! Forest Acres’ is known as “a city within a city”, and its residents enjoy a wonderful assemblage of restaurants, both large and small.

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Miriam turned 21 recently, so she is happy about that!

Tombo Grille has become something of an institution in Forest Acres. Since 2002, when it opened, the modern American bistro has served up a fresh, varied menu made up of local and seasonal ingredients, to people from all over the Midlands. Despite knowing this, only one of us had ever been to Tombo, and so we were unsure about what to expect. It was early for dinner and we were able to sit where we wanted, so we chose a small, tucked-away table surrounded by soft lighting and local art.

Thomas, our wonderful and attentive waiter, helped us with our drink order, relaying the day’s specials and taking our preferences into consideration. Tombo is all about daily specials – featured wines and beers, pizzas, soups, small bites, entrees, as well as deals like Monday Night $9 Burgers, Beer and Live Music, Tuesday Night $5 Pizza & $15 Bottles of Wine, and Thursday Night 3-Course Dinner for 2 for $49. Thomas knew the menu inside and out, and suggested the Smoked Salmon Terrine, Charcuterie and Cheese Plate, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon as best bets, and Virginia insisted that we order the Fried Brussels Sprouts as one of our dishes.

The Charcuterie and Cheese Plate included Thomas Hoe Leicestershire Red, Carr Valley Shepard’s Blend and Irish Porter Cheddar cheeses, Trois Petite Cochon Paté, Olli Toscana and Calabrese Hot salamis, seasonal fruit, a selection of peppers, onions and olives, Tombo Grille meat and cheese platterwhole grain mustard and baguette slices. Everything went well together, so you could mix and match items off of the plate and add them to your baguette slice for a perfect bite each time. The Smoked Salmon Rangoon were salmon, scallion and cream cheese-filled wontons, fried and served with a Mandarin chili glaze – an upscale (and better) version of the Chinese food menu staple, crab rangoon. The Smoked Salmon Terrine was accompanied by capers, onions, cornichons, flying fish roe, and crackers, and would be delicious as any meal of the day! The Fried Brussels Sprouts came in a large bowl, with herbed buttermilk dressing. These warm little gems were crispy yet soft, caramelized and sweet; like vegetable candy! We ate the entire bowl and felt great about it, because they’re vegetables. (Also, let it be known that Virginia got a whole bowl of them to go because they were that good!)

The next day, we all remarked how nice Tombo had been, with such a friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. The food selection was unexpected, yet comforting and satisfying. It’s no wonder the place has become such an invaluable part of the Forest Acres dining landscape!

Tombo Grille Weekday TherapyAddress: 4517 Forest Drive

Phone Number: 803.782.9665

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm; bar opens at 4:30pm

Visit Tombo Grille’s Facebook Page here!

Weekday Therapy: East Bay Deli

The Gardener Guides team wanted a midday meal that would satisfy the hungriest of us,order-areahave enough options for all our tastes, and be reasonably priced. Columbia has recently seen an uptick in the number of delicatessens on its dining scene. The latest addition is East Bay Deli, downtown on Main Street. Billing itself as “a New York style deli but with a distinctive southern flair”, East Bay has all of the hallmarks of a great deli – sandwiches piled high with fresh, quality meats and cheeses, soups and chili for cooler days, hot dogs with a variety of toppings, giant spuds and awesome desserts. We all agreed, we wanted to check it out!

New York Yankee.jpgWith locations in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, the franchise decided to expand to Columbia this past fall and
this coming spring, into Lexington. The Main Street location is a sizeable establishment, dressed up in retro, diner-style signs and decor that go perfectly with the black and white
checkered floor tile. Just as in classic NYC delis, you’ll find

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Sarah, our staff writer and restaurant reviewer, at the self-serve drink stand

such fare as East Bay’s Famous Chili Dog, Homemade Chicken and Tuna salads, Hot Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches, Ham “Gabagool” (Capicola), and even authentic “Carnegie Deli” cheesecake! Here you will also find a southern influence in items like the Piggy Potato, Southern Dog, and Southern Style BBQ sandwich.

The team went with some of East Bay’s standards: Roast Beef sandwich, Turkey Reuben on rye, the triple-decker New York Yankee sandwich, Homemade Chicken Salad, and Homemade “Lite” Tuna Salad. Their food is made-to-order, and they make it fast! We found one of the highlights of the meal to be East Bay’s incredible salad bar, stocked with veggies, cheeses, meats, olives, marinated mushrooms, mini muffins, chicken, tuna, broccoli and pasta salads and much more! The salad bar offerings were so fresh, diverse
and filling that we had very little room left for the rest of our food, much less anything from the dessert case up front!

At the end of our meal we walked the busy downtown streets, picking up a copy of the Times from the newsstand as we went, past the food carts smelling of hotdogs and pretzels, past the flashing marquees, the bodegas, trashcan bonfires, graffiti and on through the long shadows of the skyscrapers. The music playing in the speakeasies poured out into the streets, as a Gray’s Papaya customer was handed a slice and an egg cream. When we couldn’t get a taxi cab we decided to just hoof it through the park to the subway, through the Meatpacking and Fashion districts, near the NYSE. We threw on our ice skates and glided across 30 Rock, then sprinted past the Naked Cowboy in Times Square and across the Brooklyn Bridge, back to our offices…in West Columbia. In our heads we had just had lunch in the Big Apple!

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Sarah order their Turkey Reuben and LOVED it!

Address: 1426 Main Street

Phone Number: 803.814.2277

Hours: Open daily 7am – 9pm

COMING SOON: NEW LOCATION ACROSS FROM LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER OPENS IN APRIL 2017!!

Recently Opened!

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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 lima-peruvian-logoPeruvian 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 sea” section! View menu on their FB page here.

lima-peruvian-meat-dishDid you know that Lima is known as the culinary capital of the Americas? Peruvian cuisine is celebrated for its unique fusion of indigenous Inca staples with foods and flavors brought by immigrants from Africa, Europe, and Asia. The menu at Lima Peruvian Cuisine is filled with dishes that taste of these multicultural influences, like Empanadas, Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and desserts such as Alfajores and Suspiro a la Limeña. Don’t forget an Inca Kola to wash it all down with! Give this new place a try, Foodies!

Take note: Lima Peruvian offers 10% off with military ID!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar

1710 Main St. | 803.764.2316

For thousands of years, indigenous people called Daufuskie Island (located between Hilton
Head Island and Savannah) home. Later, when West Africans arrived as slaves, they ran to the island for freedom where they mingled with those indigenous peoples, increasing the population and creating a new culture.  A two bedroom school house is still standing, along with an early church (built in the 1700s).

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DaufusKEYS focuses on the native foods of the island and they each have a West African, creole, native american, or Caribbean twist. Why Caribbean you ask? Their chef, Shawn Martin, is from Jamaica and he is a graduate culinary chef. His mother is a dessert baker in Jamaica and his father is a restaurant owner, so food expertise runs in the family. DaufusKEYS boasts a mouthwatering menu with starters like fried calamari, fish rolls, and fried okra and entrees such as roasted BBQ chicken, filet, rib eye, brine pork chops, pan-fried spiced salmon, and more! Our office tried Daufuskey Shrimp and Grits – grilled shrimp with sauteed spinach on seasoned creamy grits with Andouille Gravy – we LOVED it! They have three different soups and salads to choose from too, along with a lengthy list of sides. Round out your meal with one of their four desserts (bourbon bread pudding, lemon crud cake, & more!).

On top of a delicious menu, Daufuskey’s has a full bar upstairs and a downstairs moonshine jelly bar (where you can also have mixed drinks, wine, beer and food) is in the works! Carla Goodson, the marketing and catering manager, told me that they will be featuring both classical and jazz musicians too.

Hours: 

Monday – Friday: 11am – 3pm; 4pm – 8pm

Visit their Facebook page here!

Under the Foam: March 2017

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Mr. Friendly’s: Seasonal Beers

River Rat “My Morning” Stout 
wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla,
plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA
Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA 
specially selected hops reveal tangy notes of stone fruit, grapefruit and
floral notes with subtle malt accents and a touch of honey for a balanced body

The Casual Pint: March Beer Events the-casual-pint-beer

  • March 1st: RJ Rockers Brewing Tap Takover starting at 6pm
  • March 3rd: Devils Backbone Release Party 4:30pm – 7pm
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Party ALL day
  • March 23rd: Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 6pm

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: March Madness Tournament

BEER vs. BEER!! Make sure your favorite beer makes it to the finals, so that you can sip it on happy hour prices ALL YEAR long! Draft Madness ’17 top 25 update coming soon.

Moriarty's Irish Pub1.jpgStay tuned for further updates before Moriarty’s reveals the final field of 32 on Selection Sunday (March 12th). Tournament begins March 14th & the championship is on April 4th.

NewsFlash: Taking Orders for Easter Hams

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Foodies! Why go through the hassle and end up with something less than stellar? Little Pigs Barbecue located at 4927 Alpine Road is the place to purchase your smoked Easter ham!

Get a whole ham, a half of ham, or a quarter of a ham. HURRY! You must order by Thursday, March 16th by calling 803.788.8238 or emailing Champ at champ@littlepigs.biz

Planning your wedding? A family reunion? An office get-together? Need to feed a small group or a huge crowd? Little Pigs Barbecue takes on the task and you’ll be sooo happy you called them! They’ll customize any of the menus you see below… they are true culinary geniuses and it’s NOT ALL BARBECUE!   More here.

Menu #1
BBQ Pork
Fried Chicken
Rice w/ Hash
Cole Slaw
Green Beans
Rolls and Banana Pudding

Menu #2
Marinated Chicken Breast
Rice Pilaf
Broccoli Casserole
Stir-fry Vegetables
Rolls
Brownies or Cake

Menu #3
Baked Ham
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Sweet Corn
Rolls
Chocolate D’light

Menu #4
Smoked Turkey or Chicken
Special Rice
Crowder Peas
Italian Green Beans
Rolls
Assorted Cakes

Menu #5
Pot Roast
New Potatoes
Green Beans
Peas
Rolls
Assorted Cobblers

Menu #6
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
Glazed Carrots
Rolls
Lemon D’light

Menu #7
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Linguine Alfredo
Squash Casserole
Peas
Rolls
Turtle Brownies

Menu #8
Country Fried Steak
Rice
Stir-Fry Vegetables
Black-Eyed Peas
Corn Bread
German Chocolate Cake

Menu #9
Fried Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese
Green Breans
Field Peas
Rolls
Carrot Cake

To place your order, click here.

Coming Soon

Quaker Steak and Lube lube-burger

2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905

Quaker Steak and Lube, a national chain is set to open a new location on Wednesday, March 15th. It’s on South Beltline near the I-77 interchange.  Moms and dads will love the family-feel to their menu, including a kid’s section for 8 years and under called Kids Lube Cruisers which are served with a FREE fountain beverage, apple juice, or low-fat milk and choice of carrots, Jell-O, applesauce, crispy fries, apple wedges, or baked Cheddar Goldfish!  View local menu here; featuring a superabundance of delicious menu items including seafood, baby back ribs, steak dinners, specialty salads & soups and more! By the way the building will also have a kids arcade center, a bowling alley, and a Starbucks.

Pelican’s SnoBalls

1912 Rosewood Drive | 919.614.2080

Snoballs.jpgOpens for the warmer months beginning on March 1st, 2017. They are moving from 1900 Rosewood a few blocks down to 1912 Rosewood, so enjoy their plethora of flavors there Foodies!

Other locations set to open on March 1st: 

202 Graces Way, Columbia (Northeast)
517 North Lake Drive, Lexington

Coming Soon:

Irmo – 6165 St. Andrews Rd.

More location information here.

Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 10pm

New to the Menu!

New to the Menu

mint-oreo-freddysFreddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is now offering a delightful concoction – their “Mint ‘N Oreo Concrete” is available through April, so swing by and give it a try! Back by popular demand, Freddy’s Mint n’ Oreo Concrete blends creamy frozen custard with cool mint and crunchy Oreo cookies. Topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreo cookie crumbs, the Mint n’ Oreo Concrete is a dessert treat that satisfies Freddy’s guests of all ages. Located at 457 Killian Road. More locations coming soon! Visit their website here.

 

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 we are so excited to say that they have opened their doors here in Columbia as of TODAY.  freddys-orginial-double

No “hamburgers” at Freddy’s. We’ve heard that Freddy’s steak burgers are often voted “best burger” in competitions across the country…the company uses premium quality lean beef in its steak burgers. “Every Freddy’s Steak burger starts with premium, lean, American, 100% pure ground beef – no additives or fillers. We press the patties thin to create deliciously crispy edges and always fredhead-at-freddyscook them to order so they’re steaming hot. Freddy’s way may take a little longer, but that’s what makes Freddy’s Steak burgers so special. Top two patties with Freddy’s Famous Seasoning, two slices of melting cheese, mustard, onions and crunchy pickle planks, all on a fresh, perfectly toasted bun and you have our one and only Freddy’s Original Double!”  Sounds great, eh?  Choose sides from baked chips, fries or applesauce.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard isn’t your average ice cream parlor. In fact, it isn’t ice cream at all! Thanks to a time-tested churning process that minimizes ice crystals and air, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is smoother and richer than ice cream and frozen yogurt.  Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dave & Buster’s

Columbiana Centre Mall | 803.576.4800

Now open!  Media Day was Thursday February 9th, and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com was invited to come out and see the new Dave & Buster’s in Columbiana Centre mall.  What a treat!

Dave & Buster’s offers a complete sensory overload.  A $3 Million Midway is center stage with the coolest, newest adult games – the Walking Dead encounter, We were greeted by some very friendly folks, including Robert Spargal, general manager.  Robert enthusiastically gave us a personal tour – beginning with the Midway.  All I can say is “wow”.  You have to see it, hear it and feel it (yes, the place VIBRATES!) to believe it.

Since you are reading Columbia Foodie News, I will move on to what y’all are keenly interested in. Let’s allow the pictures to do the talking:

The state-of-the-art restaurant offers mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with items including the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, Carnivore Pizzadilla and legendary Buffalo Wing Burger. Dave & Buster’s Columbia will also feature Dave & Buster’s newly released dishes like Crispy Nashville-Style Hot Chicken and the BBBacon Burger featuring three different types of bacon.  This opening is the 94th for the restaurant and entertainment concept, and the second in South Carolina joining the Greenville location. “Dave & Buster’s could not be more excited to call Columbia, SC home,” said General Manager, Robert Spargal. “We are proud to be joining this amazing community, and we look forward to adding a fun and vibrant environment for locals to cheer on their teams while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and hundreds of the latest games!”  Not-to-be-missed specials include Happy Hour (Monday – Friday 4:30 – 7pm), Two For Tuesday, which includes $2 select beers, $2 Tacos and 2 Free Game Plays (4 – 8pm), and Half-Priced Games every Wednesday (open – close).

Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including Tailgate Toss, The Walking Dead Arcade Game and Star Trek. Those hard-earned tickets can be redeemed with a trip to the Winner’s Circle for a variety of prizes, including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia and much more!

Dave & Buster’s Columbia is in the area where the old Sears store was in Columbiana Centre located at 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, SC 29212. Have fun Foodies!

Hours of operation:

Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Weekday Therapy: Cock N’ Bull Pub

 

Having been a fortnight since our last outing, the Gardener Guides team fancied a pint and maybe a good nosh up, when someone made the brilliant suggestion to try Cock N’ Bull Pub in Rosewood!

 

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Buffalo Grouper

Visiting Cock N’ Bull is like hanging out at your best mate’s flat. The car park was already full with the pub regulars. The cozy house, tucked away on the side of Rosewood Drive and South Edisto Avenue, is filled with memorabilia and keepsakes from across the pond, of footballers and ales that most of us were unfamiliar with. A game was on at the bar, but we were more interested in the menu, being absolutely Hank Marvin for some grub! We went through the list of Appetizers and Smaller Plates and the Pub Sandwiches, and decided on the Scottish Nachos, Black Bean Quesadilla, Sweet Potato Fries and a Buffalo Grouper Sandwich to split. The Scottish Nachos, with thick sliced potatoes, bacon, grilled onion and cheddar cheese, were the bee’s knees

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Black Bean Quesadilla

and the first to go! We were also gobsmacked by the Buffalo Grouper Sandwich — not too spicy, but with a great taste, and by the Sweet Potato Fries and Black Bean Quesadilla. Miriam loved the Shrimp Po Boy, which she ordered as her dinner, and said the shrimp was large, fresh, and delicious…the remoulade sauce was a perfect amount…absolutely scrummy! It was served with a side of onion strings that were unique and very good. The food, along with selections from Cock N’ Bull’s 21 beers on tap including imports and craft beers, had us all feeling hunky-dory!

 

Despite feeling a bit knackered at the end of the workday, we were glad we’d made the trip across the river, to Rosewood. Cock N’ Bull takes the biscuit when it comes to pubs in the area and we’re all looking forward to our next happy hour at Cock N’ Bull, which will have to be on a Friday so we can all try their Fish and Chips special. Until then, cheerio!

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Left to right: Molly, Kathy, Sarah, Virginia, Tina, Miriam & Carmen

Hours & Info:

Happy Hour: Tues. – Fri. 2:30pm – 7pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Lunch served Weds. – Sat. 11am – 2:30pm

Dinner served Mon. – Sun. 5pm – 1opm

Address: 326 S Edisto Ave, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.251.4474

Coming Soon

Hunter – Gatherer Brewery at Rosewood Hangar

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

According to City documents, “The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building to be built at Columbia’s Owens Field Municipal Airport in 1929. The hangar was built by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and was officially opened in April 1930 with a large celebration, dedication, and air show. Although the hangar was initially used for passenger and airmail service, it was eventually also used for flight training, airplane storage, and airplane maintenance and repair. Of the approximately 35 hangars built by Curtiss-Wright Flying Service by the 1930s, Columbia’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar is one of the last to remain standing and is largely unaltered from its original design.”

We were so excited when we heard that Hunter – Gatherer Brewery would be expanding into such a neat, historical place from their current location at 900 Main St.

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Image from City Documents

The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s for its contributions to air transportation in Columbia and throughout the state and today the hangar is undergoing a big renovation and is expected to open this summer. How exciting! Kevin Varner, brewer and owner of Hunter-Gatherer brew pub announced that in celebration of their 20th anniversary (Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia on Oct. 7, 1995) they will be opening this second location at Owens Field that will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brew house, a bottling and kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. Foodies, the Hunter-Gatherer at 900 Main Street will stay the same so no worries if you’re a regular.

Renovation is well underway. There were many painted signs on the hangar. One sign, above the sliding hangar doors, originally said “Curtiss Wright” and “Flying Service.” This Curtiss-Wright sign is in the process of being re-painted to match the original and another sign will be painted (on the opposite side of the building) saying “Hunter – Gatherer” and “Brewery & Alehouse.” It’s going to look awesome! We can’t wait to dine at this historical establishment, as we watch planes fly overhead.

Recently Opened.

Tallulah

2400 Devine St. | 803.400.2300 tallulah-food-dish

Foodies, Tallulah officially opened its doors on Thursday, January 12th and we are pretty excited about it! Open nightly, Tuesday – Saturday, Tallulah will be taking reservations in their dining room, while their bar/lounge area will be available for walk – ins.

Tallulah presents an upscale dining experience in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The full dinner menu (click here to view it!) will be available at the bar and the bar menu will be available until the bar closes. Their dinner menu is unique in that it is divided into four sections that reflect the distinct regions of South Carolina, in addition to a separate dessert menu: Lowcountry focuses on seafood; Sandhills focuses on meat, poultry, and game; Piedmont focuses on vegetables; and Appalachia focuses on food preservation. The cuisine will reflect Chef Jones’ mix of classic French and modern American style, presented as fully composed, mid-sized plates. Enjoy!

Dining Room: 5:30pm – 10pm

Bar/Lounge: Open Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 11pm; & Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 12am (midnight)

Lima Peruvian

3830 Rosewood Dr. | 803.851.3646 lima-pervuian

A NEW Peruvian restaurant opened on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Jim Casey’s Fireworks complex on Rosewood Drive, Foodies! Lima Peruvian features standard Peruvian favorites such as pollo a la braza and lomo saltado. Yummy!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes & Croissants

The Gardener Guides team was craving something new, something international, for lunch. Ooo la la oui oui!  We headed to Crepes and Croissants on Sumter Street.

The dining room features French-inspired photos, goods, and reading material, with a case up front containing creme brulee and sweet croissants of the day. Laurent, the owner and chef, took our orders and patiently answered our questions about the food. The menu works great for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, whether you’re looking for savory or sweet. The crepe selection alone is a voyage to distant lands – Paris, Greece, Italy, Greenland, Norway, and Texas. You can also create your own crepe from the list of fillings. Other offerings include quiche, croissant sandwiches, omelettes, French toast, sweet crepes and desserts. We wanted to order across the board, to taste a little of everything.

Crepes and Croissants.jpgLaurent and his assistant quickly went to work making the food. It was fun to watch as Laurent made the crepes – he’s very fast, and made it look so easy! When he brought the dishes out, each looked lovely in its presentation. Carmen and Sarah went for crepes. Carmen enjoyed the “Italy”, with melted mozzarella, Provence herbs, sliced tomatoes and marinated chicken, and Sarah was a huge fan of the “Greece”, with goat cheese drizzled with honey, spinach and sauteed leeks. “It was really good,” said Carmen, “the chicken was warm and seasoned well…I would definitely love to go back and try one of the sweet crepes!” The crepes themselves were warm, light, with a wonderful soft texture.

Miriam and Molly went for Croissant Sandwiches – Miriam got the Bacon sandwich and Omlette.jpgMolly got the Salmon, with smoked salmon, fried egg and spinach. One bite later, Molly proclaimed, “It was everything I had hoped it would be! All of the ingredients pulled together to make a well balanced flavor.”

Kathy and Tina both enjoyed the Chicken Salad Croissant sandwich, “not heavy with overkill mayonnaise. Light and lovely”, Kathy remarked, as Virginia opted for the Omelette. With chips or a spinach salad as a side (drizzled with Laurent’s excellent homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, sold there), it seemed that everyone was pleased with what they’d ordered. It was Sydney’s order of the sweet S’mores smores-crepecrepe, though, that brought out the oohs and aahs. The
Nutella and the marshmallows nestled inside the beautifully folded crepe looked and, according to Sydney, tasted heavenly.

The lunch was a success. We were all satisfied, but not overly full, and had each tried something new. Laurent impressed us with the speed at which he delivered perfectly-made crepes and more to our table of eight people. A la prochaine fois, Crepes et Croissants!

Address: 1465 Sumter St.

Phone Number: 803-462-4779

Check out their website here!

NewsFlash: Shower Beer

Dear Beer Lovers,

In the name of keeping you up on current beer trends we have something to new to share with you….especially if you find the civic duty of showering to be a bore. Showering (the kick start to your day…or night!) can now be combined with another kick starter: shower beer. Yep, the Swedish beat us to it…suds has a whole new 2 in 1 meaning for me.

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Snask + PangPang’s SHOWER BEER —ahh! What a potentially great gift if it comes to the USA.

Created as a collaboration between Swedish craft brewery PangPang and creative agency Snask, Shower Beer is a sweet but strong pale ale. I hear you, I hear you….you can drink any beer while in the shower (and it’s true), but this is a beer specifically designed for shower consumption! At only 18 centiliters, about 6 ounces, Shower Beer is half the size of your typical bottled or canned brew. To make up for its size, Shower Beer is greatly ramped up in alcohol content: 10 percent ABV or double the ABV of a Budweiser. So you would essentially be drinking a beer that has all of the alcohol of a normal beer, but it would be in half the size (because sadly you can’t stay in the shower forever!).

PangPang brewery founder Fredrik Tunedal told Munchies, “I let the Shower Beer sit longer in the primary fermenter before dry hopping and cold crashing it, compared to other PangPang beers. This lets it develop a soapy flavor that in some beers is considered an ‘off’ flavor, but is just on point for the Shower Beer. The beer is heavily hopped with Citra [hops], and has a citrusy, soapy, and somewhat herbal profile.”

But what is pretty awesome is what Tunedal told Munchies next, “I designed the recipe so that it can also be used as a conditioner, so if you are into looking good rather than feeling good, I’ve thought of you too!” Beer + conditioner….you’ve sold me Tunedal (easily)! The only thing is this beer is bottled as a glass, so don’t drop it Foodies!beer-soap

Our fingers are crossed that it will make its way to the USA, but until then give Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s homemade beer soap a try! Choose to lather yourself with their Sabal Palm Blonde, Chocolate Brown or Swamp Cabbage Stout beer soap. Made with Oil blend – Olive, Coconut, Avocado, Sun Flower, Hemp Seed, Castor Oil, Essential Oils and Beer – Sabal Palm Blonde or Swamp Cabbage Stout, or Chocolate Brown. They tend to sell out quickly, but they are constantly restocking. Enjoy!

You Have to try this Place: Mr. Friendly’s

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe, located in historic Five Points, was founded in the early ’80s as a sandwich and cookie shop and it has evolved into so much more, yeah? Since 1995, Mr. Friendly’s has been serving New Southern Cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casualmr-friendlys-dish environment using only the freshest ingredients. In fact every day they update their website with their daily lunch and dinner specials. Click here!

It seems that every time we stop in there, they are having ocean-fresh fish and seafood specials and they always have innovative meat, poultry, and wild game dishes. If you happen to dine with them on a Monday night enjoy their famous Meatloaf & half price wines & lunar pies! Plus, everyday at lunch enjoy $15 bottles of wine and $5 wines by the glass. Their wine list is very extensive and has won “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence” ten times. Click here to view their wine list. They also have a wide variety of micro-brew beer, small batch Bourbon, flavored Vodkas and single-malt Scotch.

Both their lunch and dinner menus boast a plethora of delicious dishes, plus they have a vegetarian entree that changes daily. Click here to view lunch menu. Click here to view dinner menu.

Whether you are in the mood for one of their classic plates on your lunch break or their “Friendly Burger” they’ve got you covered. From Low Country Shrimp & Grits or Pecan Mr. Friendly's Salad.jpgMustard BBQ Glazed Salmon to their Southwest Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Charleston Chicken Salad…the possibilities are endless. And that’s just their lunch menu.

For supper share a delicious starter with your table – gulf select oysters, seared salmon croquettes, buttermilk shrimp….need we name more? Then onto their dinner entree selections. From their famous bacon-wrapped 7 oz. Angus Filet Mignon (“french quarter” pimento cheese, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sauteed veggies) to their Low Country Grilled 7 oz. Pork Tenderloin (applewood bacon pimento cheese, molasses-mustard bbq sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, ham hock stewed collard greens), both dishes will have you coming back for more.

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Mr. Friendly’s concept is simple: Great food, Great service and Great wine! and my oh my do they live up to it. You have to give this place a try next time you go out!

Lunch Hours : Monday-Friday 11:30-2:30pm
Dinner Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-Until
2001-A Greene St., Columbia, SC 29205 | 803.254.7828

NewsFlash: January is National Soup Month!

Foodies, enjoy the ultimate winter comfort food! “Wintry mixes” aka SNOW (or sleet) are around the corner for us here in Cola and we have the answer for those of you who want to stay warm: soup. Why? Well, soup warms the heart!

east-bay-deli-january-national-soup-monthEast Bay Deli

1426 Main St. | 803.661.8932

East Bay Deli carries four delicious soups including:

  • Broccoli Cheese
  • Tomato Bisque
  • Mushroom Brie Bisque
  • Chili

Plus, they always have a featured soup. Call them at 803.661.8932 for details on their “Soup of the Day.” Order all of their soups in a cup or a bowl.

 

More delicious soups in town:

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

Whether you visit their location on the lake in Irmo or the one in the Vista, we highly suggest you give their “She Crab Soup” a try as it is just $5.95.

Twin Peaks twin-peaks-soup-specials

600 Gervais St. | 803.602.3667

Fresh ingredients. Made-from-scratch recipes. Crave able dishes. Here are Twin Peaks delicious soups:

  • Venison Chili: pepper jack/red onions
  • Green Chile Chicken Soup: grilled chicken, New Mexico green chiles, onions, tomatoes, roasted corn, pico de gallo, lime, smoked paprika
  • Blone Bean & Bacon Soup: northern white beans, bacon, Twin Peaks’ Dirty Blonde Ale, fresh herbs

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Ln. #4 | 803.788.6966

Dining with Solstice for lunch or dinner? Try out their Soup of the Day that is always different, with a tasty topping too! Check out today’s lunch special here. Cup: $4; Bowl: $6.50

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

924 – A Senate St. | 803.212.6666

Yes, they are known for their sizziling steaks, but did you also know that you can get their Lobster Bisque soup for just $9 at lunch and $10.50 at dinner. Or give their soup of the day a try!

ENJOY NATIONAL SOUP MONTH, Foodies!

Under the Foam: January 2017

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Twisted Spur Brewing: Great White Beer Tapping

twisted-spur-brewing-beerTuesday January 17, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm | at the Twisted Spur (705 Gervais St.)

Stop in at Twisted Spur tonight after work to enjoy the tapping of their new batch of our White IPA “Great White Buffalo.” Drink, Eat and be Merry as we taste the fruits of the Brewers labor! Also, $2 of every beer sold will be donated to a local charity.

The Casual Pint: Legal Remedy Tap Takeoverlegal-remedy-coconut-beer

Thursday January 19, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm | at the Casual  Pint (807 Gervais St.)

Thirsty for something different? Join KT from Legal Remedy Brewing for a tap takeover at the Casual Pint on Thursday, January 19th!

Tap list: 
Jury Panel Jalapeño Pineapple Ale
-World Court White Chocolate Mocha Blonde Stout
Malice Maple Bacon Russian Imperial Stout
Conundrum Coconut Dark Ale

Craft and Draft: Snafu Brewing Launch

Thursday January 19, 2017 | 4-9pm | at Craft and Draft (2706 Devine St.) snafu-brewing-company

Join Craft and Draft on Thursday, January 19th, as they welcome one of the newest South Carolina breweries to Columbia: SNAFU! They’ll have several of their flagship beers available on tap, and they’ll feature a few specialty beers and seasonal beers as well! Plus, they will have a food truck on site all night, too, so come early and make it a night! Cheers!

Mr. Friendly’s: New Seasonal Beers

River Rat My Morning Stout: wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla, plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA

Westbrook “Two Claw” Rye Pale Ale: notes of orange and grapefruit on the nose, with spicy rye and stone fruit on the palate

Twisted Spur Brewing: New Additions & Returning Favorites

Twisted Spur Brewing, located at 705 Gervais Street has recently added some old favorites back to the taps! Their returning favorites include the Twisted IPA, Hefeweizen, and the Dead Head Red. Have you tried all three yet? If not – what are you waiting on? It’s time to clear your plans for the rest of the evening! Plus, don’t miss their two NEW additions:

  • White Hazelnut Imperial Stout
  • Sweet Imperial Red

Weekday Therapy: Grill Marks

img_2059On a recent December weekday after work, with temperatures dipping, the Gardener Guides team, cold and hungry, was in search of some comfort before the holidays. We headed over to see if the good people at Grill Marks could help us out.

We were immediately excited to see a cozy area with soft lighting, great decor and a fireplace, and placed our drink order. Grill Marks’ bar offers a huge selection of wines, “Now” craft beers and scratch-made cocktails, as well as a range of ice cream concoctions such as Floats, Milkshakes, Freakshakes, and alcoholic-infused Spiked Floats, Shaketails and Beer Shakes. Unfortunately, we were just too chilly to try those, but will definitely be back for them once the weather warms!

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Food requests from the team ranged from burgers, for which Grill Marks is famous, to any of their potato offerings, of which there are many: Skinny Fries, Fat Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, White Truffle Parmesan Fries, Bleu & Pimento Cheese Fries, as well as White Truffle Parmesan Chips and Bacon and Bleu Chips w/Cracked Pepper. The decision was difficult,img_2062 but we settled on the Slider Trio which included a Pimento & Bleu Cheese slider, Crimini & Swiss slider and Jalapeno & Pepper-Jack slider. We also ordered the Marks Pimento Cheese Poppers, and for the pick-3 appetizer option chose White Truffle Parmesan Chips with Dijonnaise dipping sauce, Fried Green Tomatoes with Chipotle Ranch and Sweet Potato Fries with Orange Cinnamon sauce.

We can report that the rumors are true; Grill Marks’ burgers really are incredible! Everything from the degree of doneness of the fresh, custom blended burger patties to the buns (each one baked daily and individually branded) to the toppings, were superior. In fact, our only regret was that we hadn’t ordered our sliders off of the Happy Hour menu, as they would have been a tad larger and therefore led to less infighting among the gals, but, live and learn! The other appetizers were wonderful as well, and really brought up a notch with the housemade dipping sauces that came alongside.

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At the end of the hour we were ready to venture back out into the cold streets of the Vista with the knowledge that we’d found a real gem of a Happy Hour venue, one that we could count on to provide us with the atmosphere, food and drink that makes for the best kind of Weekday Therapy!

Address: 711 Gervais St.

Phone Number: 803-661-8932

Check out their Facebook Page here!

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur has finalized their menu and now offers a condensed lunch menu Monday – Friday from 11am – 4pm, as well as brunch from 10am -2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Some of their new menu items include:
  • Grilled center cut Swordfish with cilantro jasmine rice and crispy lardons, creamed
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    Twisted Spur’s Smoked corned beef

    spinach, and lemon Tabasco beurre blanc

  • Braised Durac Farms volcano pork shank served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Pork Confit Eggrolls
  • House smoked corned beef Reuben with house prepared peppered bacon sauerkraut and Russian dressing with swiss cheese on Pumpernickel sourdough.
  • Twisted Wedge salad, cobb salad, cajun chicken caesar salad, spinach salad, and Ahi Tuna salad
& MORE!
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Twisted Spur Brewing also offers Chef’s Creation specials every weekend (Friday –
Sunday) that you don’t want to miss! Some of their recent specials have been house made smoked ribs with warm german potato salad and beer-braised collard greens (pictured above), smoked tomato bisque with Parmesan crisps, Rainbow Trout, and Pan seared duck breast with crispy prosciutto. Is your mouth watering yet? Don’t miss this weekends special chef creations!

You Have to Try this Place: East Bay Deli

This New York style deli with a distinctive southern flair will delight your taste buds with their made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads, in addition to a variety of hotdogs and giant potatoes. The fresh salad bar features a TON of tasty items to choose from and the dessert case is full of giant cakes and cheese cake shipped direeast-bay-deli-1ctly from Carnegie Deli in New York City.

East Bay Deli features mouthwatering options for breakfast, lunch and dinner! For breakfast, the deli offers a range of breakfast wraps, omelets and more. When stopping in for lunch or dinner, start off with the tasty Broccoli Cheese Soup or try the soup of the day. Next, warm up with their DELIcious chili and a Dixie Darling, a triple decker sandwich with roast beef, turkey, and swiss with coleslaw, pepper relish, lettuce and tomato on toasted rye bread. Or try the Rajun Cajun, which is cajun turkey on Texas Toast with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and spicy creole sauce. Oh my!

Make sure to check out Easy Bay Deli’s Facebook page to stay up to date on daily east-bay-deli-2specials, such as the mouthwatering “Mexicana Spud,” a GIANT spud stuffed with Chili, cheddar cheese, onions, & sour cream. Yum!

With its eclectic menu and healthy options, East Bay Deli appeals to all, which explains why they have won Best Deli 13 years in a row! You can even bring you pup to the deli, as outdoor pet seating is available.

Hours: 7am – 9pm, Delivery Hours: 11am – 8:30pm | 1426 Main Street, 803.814.2277 | eastbaydeli.com

NewsFlash: Smoothie King’s Challenge

Foodies, are you ready for a challenge? Smoothie King has one for you — the Change a Meal Challenge! This is a self-challenge to encourage guests to hit their goal weight in the New Year. Smoothie King is asking guests to replace just ONE meal a day with a CAMC Meal Replacement Smoothie (plus sensible diet & exercise), and stick with it! Foodies, we believe in you.

Change a Meal Challenge.jpgEnjoy more of a good thing with Meal Replacement Smoothies, including NEW Lean1™ Pineapple Mango — a refreshing pineapple and mango blend. All under 400 calories, with filling 10+ grams of protein and energizing, quality carbs. Healthy never tasted so good, yeah?

As an incentive to share your journey with Smoothie King they are giving away up to $500 in Smoothie King gift cards, Fitbits and a brand new bike. All guests have to do to enter is post about their CAMC experience on their social media channel with the hashtag #changeameal or you can submit your success story here!

Coming Soon: Hickory Tavern and Dave & Buster’s

New Hickory Tavern Slated to Open Late January

Hickory Tavern®, the casually social neighborhood restaurant acclaimed for its sports passion, will be opening a second location in the Columbia area, slated to open late this month. The new location will in the Woodhill Shopping Center in southeast Columbia. The company’s Vista location opened in December 2014. Hickory Tavern’s unique brand of polished casual dining features a lively bar atmosphere, upscale menu and approximately 70 TVs throughout the restaurant, bar and patio.

 

Tentative Grand Opening Date is February 13th, 2017!

100 Columbiana Circle, Suite 5

Dave & Buster’s is coming to Columbiana Centre! The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for February 13th, 2017.

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Makers Mark BBQ Burger

Known for its legendary burgers, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place to play, eat, drink, and watch sports all under one roof. Enjoy appetizers for the whole group such as the Bar Burgers & Wings Platter, Crispy Steak N’ Cheese Tater Cakes, Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart and much, much more! D&B also features a variety of fresh salads, steaming soups and delicious entrees ranging from ribs to seafood to sandwiches to their wings. And don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Dave & Buster’s is stocked to satisfy everyone’s tastes with innovative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and over 2 dozen varieties of domestic and imported beers. They even have concoctions completely unique to Dave & Buster’s! Try out their Million Dollar Margarita and D&B TNTea, or taste their new, one-of-kind cocktails such as Crown Apple Smash, Henry’s Strawberry Nirvana and Sailor’s Spiked Root Beer. Dave & Buster’s is also giving you a blast from the past with their snow cone classics–but with your favorite liquors and liqueurs mixed in of course!

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Bang Bang Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Come ready to play and let the games begin! There’s something for everyone at Dave & Buster’s, which features classics like Pop-A-Shot, Pac Man and Skee-Ball as well as the newest games in their Million Dollar Midway.
We’re excited for this new restaurant to open it’s doors! Click here to visit their website.

Shared Recipe: Potatoes O’Brien

My Grammy Rice found this recipe a long time ago and my family has been enjoying it ever since, as it’s our favorite potato side dish. Because my love for fellow Foodies runs deep…enjoy!

Pre-heat your oven to 360 degrees.

Mix in a large bowl:

  • 1 frozen bag of Ore-Ida O’Brien Potatoes
  • 1 can Campbell’s celery soup
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of shredded cheese
  • ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings
  • Season with a sprinkle of black pepper and salt

Mix well and place mixture in a 9×13 pan (glass works really well)

  • Not mixed in, but set aside an additional ½ cup of shredded cheese and a ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings for toppings.

Bake covered (works covered with Alum foil shiny side down) at 360 for 60 minutes (until center is cooked through).

Uncover, and top the potatoes with the ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings and then top with the ½ cup of shredded cheese.

Cook uncovered at 350 for an additional 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Tips from my dad (who makes this recipe often):

I would not double up on the recipe because it might not cook all the way in the middle, while the edges will overcook. It is better to make two pans if you need a double recipe.

If you want a meat with the dish, it works really well with thin pork chops (not those monster thick ones). Brown both sides of the pork chops in a skillet with butter.  Line them on top of the Potatoes mixture in the 9 x 13 pan before cooking them for the 60 minutes. Everything else is the same.

My dad’s shortcut::

Mix in microwavable bowl, microwave for 10 minutes on 50% power, mix again, microwave again for 10 minutes on 50% power while preheating oven to 350 during the last 10 minute microwave round.

After the two microwave rounds, spread the mixture into a 9” x 13” pan, cover with the ½ cup of onions then cover with the ½ cup of cheese, melt in the oven for about 5 minutes, longer if you want to brown the onion/cheese layer.  This gets you a casserole in 25 minutes instead of 65 minutes. I do it all the time and folks love it either way!

Lots of love, Foodies,

Miriam


Have any yummy, family recipes that you’d like to share with your fellow Foodies? Email them to miriam@gardenerguides.com with “shared recipe” in the subject line & you might just see your recipe featured. 🙂

Creative Cocktails

Twisted Spur Brewing: Twisted Cocktails

705 Gervais St. | 803.764.0203

Amsterdam Mule: New Amsterdam Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime

Twisted Oyster Shot: Absolut Peppar, our house made Bloody Mary Mix, and the fresh oyster of the day.

Blueberry Dream: Stolichnaya Blueberry Vodka, fresh lemon garnished with fresh blueberries and a sugared rim

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Amsterdam Mule, Blueberry Dream & Twisted Oyster Shot

Twisted Cosmo: Ketel One Vodka, New Amsterdam Peach Vodka, cranberry, fresh lime and garnished with a peace slice

Afternoon Delight: Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Frangelico and cream garnished with a chocolate rim

Chocolate Covered Bourbon: Makers Mark Bourbon with creme de cocoa and butterscotch schnapps, served with a chocolate and graham cracker crumb rim

The Heminway Daiquiri: Bacardi Rum, fresh lime and splashes of grapefruit and grenadine garnished with a lime twist

Congaree Tea: Southern Comfort, Midori melon liqueur and St Germaine liqueur with pineapple and lemon juice

Spur of the Moment: Jim Beam Bourbon, fresh lemon, honey and mint, shaken and topped with a splash of soda

Twisted Maria: Espolon Tequila mixed with Bloody Mary Mix, dash of fresh horseradish, and olive juice garnished with a lime wedge

During Twisted Spur’s Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm get $2 off these amazing, specialty cocktails!

Mr. Friendly’s: New to the Cocktail List

2001 Greene St. | 803.254.7828

Friendly Redemption: Redemption Rye Whiskey, Tart Apple Schrub, orange bitters,fresh lemon, Barritts Ginger Beer

Weekday Therapy: Pearlz Oyster Bar

The latest Gardener Guides gathering took place at Pearlz Oyster and Raw Bar in the Vista. For an after work destination, our team knew we wanted someplace casual enough where we could relax and grab a cold beer, yet exceptional enough to find high quality food. As everyone who’s been to Pearlz’ happy hour, you know it definitely fit the bill.

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Left to Right: Miriam, Kathy, Virginia, Carmen & Tina (missing: Sarah who was at her banjo lesson)

It was clear from the menu that as a group of seafood lovers, we would all find something we would enjoy. Pearlz’ seafood is not only some of the Pearlz - Crab Dip.jpgfreshest in town, but has a menu curated with an imaginative and eclectic assortment of dishes. Selection of local, seasonal shellfish for the raw bar crowd? Check. Variety of regional and low country delicacies? Check. First-rate happy hour menu with an assemblage of small bites that pair well with any of Pearlz’ beers and cocktails? Check!

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Fried Oysters

Since it was the first time at Pearlz for a few in the group, our friendly waitress was extra helpful in assisting with our order. We chose options from both the Happy Hour and Main menus: Warm Crab Dip, Grilled Mahi Taco, Southern Fried Oysters and Peel & Eat Jumbo Shrimp. Since this was also a few of the Gardener gals’ first time eating fried oysters, the oyster lovers in the group were hoping to have the lion’s share to themselves. Unfortunately for them, the fried oyster novices (Tina and Miriam) enjoyed them immensely, and so we were all forced to share the deliciously seasoned, crunchy oysters, bleu cheese, celery, and buffalo sauce. All of us were impressed with the Peel & Eat Jumbo Shrimp. Miriam declared that they were the biggest shrimp she’d ever eaten! The Pearlz Oyster Bar Jumbo Shrimpoxymoronic crustaceans (JUMBO shrimp) were perfectly prepared in their beer boil, spicy with Old Bay, and were so good that a second order of another half pound was warranted (and we probably could have even tackled a third!). The Grilled Mahi Taco, one of the healthier options we chose, tasted fresh and summer-like in tandem with with the crispy cabbage, pico de gallo, and Mexican crema. Finally, the Warm Crab Dip with spinach and bacon appetizer  (Carmen: “the winner”) gave us all a wonderful excuse to fill our bellies with warm, grilled flatbread.

The lights dimmed inside Pearlz, perfectly lending to the laid back and casual mood of the cocktail hour crowd. We were comfortable, sated, yet still eating and discussing what we would most like to return and try. We’d seen and smelled other dishes coming out

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Virginia enjoys the Rain Martini

of the kitchen, like the Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, and Tuna Burger, and became inspired to make another trek to Pearlz, another day. The food, drinks, prices, ambiance and amiable staff made Pearlz the perfect place to unwind after work and to meet up with friends. Next time we’ll make a night of it, with a visit to the Upstairz Lounge for some live local jazz and blues music, and maybe even walk next door to their sister restaurant, Kaminsky’s, for one of their signature desserts and sweet drinks. Until next time!

Address: 930 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

Hours: 

Monday – Thursday: 4pm until 12am
Friday: 4pm until 2am

Saturday: 12pm until 2am
Sunday: 12pm until 12am

Phone Number: 803.661.7741

Check out their Facebook Page

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Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you choose to order. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com