Under the Foam: June 2017

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company 921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589 Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you're an IPA fan, you'll really enjoy this one! More here. … Continue reading Under the Foam: June 2017

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted 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 … Continue reading New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

Recently Opened.

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

Coming Soon: Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts 702 Cross Hill Rd, 100B, Columbia 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 … Continue reading Coming Soon: Duck Donuts

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

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

NewsFlash: Weekend Brunch

Good Life Cafe: Weekend Brunch 1614 Main Street | 803.726.2310  Nothing 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 … Continue reading NewsFlash: Weekend Brunch

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 … Continue reading You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks added 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 Marks Nacho Daddy ($9.99): Fresh Corn  … Continue reading New to the Menu: Grill Marks

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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Little Pigs BBQ

New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

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 CHICKEN FLORENTINE: (a house specialty small plate) grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, hot bacon & onion spread, Yukon gold mashed potatoes … Continue reading New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

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 … Continue reading You Have to Try this Place: Lima Peruvian Cuisine

From the Vine: May 2017

Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303  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 … Continue reading From the Vine: May 2017

Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

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

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 … Continue reading NewsFlash: Project PB&J

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, South Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum … Continue reading Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

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, … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Tombo Grille

Weekday Therapy: East Bay Deli

The Gardener Guides team wanted a midday meal that would satisfy the hungriest of us,have 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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: East Bay Deli

Recently Opened!

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

Under the Foam: March 2017

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 … Continue reading Under the Foam: March 2017

NewsFlash: Taking Orders for Easter Hams

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 … Continue reading NewsFlash: Taking Orders for Easter Hams

New to the Menu!

Freddy'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 … Continue reading New to the Menu!

Now Open!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Rd., Columbia 29203  TODAY FEBRUARY 14TH - COLUMBIA'S FIRST FREDDY'S OPENS! Freddy’s is a family-friendly eater that has a retro-50's feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy's has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so … Continue reading Now Open!

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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Crêpes & Croissants

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 casual environment using only the freshest ingredients. In fact every … Continue reading You Have to try this Place: Mr. Friendly’s

Weekday Therapy: Grill Marks

On 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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Grill Marks

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 spinach, and lemon Tabasco beurre … Continue reading New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

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 … Continue reading You Have to Try this Place: East Bay Deli

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 … Continue reading NewsFlash: Smoothie King’s Challenge

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 … Continue reading Coming Soon: Hickory Tavern and Dave & Buster’s

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 … Continue reading Shared Recipe: Potatoes O’Brien

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 Twisted Cosmo: Ketel … Continue reading Creative Cocktails

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 … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Pearlz Oyster Bar

You Have to Try this Place: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

This family-owned brewery and taproom is located just a stone’s throw from Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia South Carolina, and is one of the newest breweries on the city’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Swamp Cabbage likes to mix it up by using interesting ingredients like chipotle peppers (just a whisper of heat) in their Chipotle … Continue reading You Have to Try this Place: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

New to the Menu

Smoothie King: Dark Chocolate Smoothies Foodies! Guess what? Smoothie King now offers Dark Chocolate Smoothies just in time for the holidays. Say what?? Yes really! Blended with Ghirardelli 100 percent cocoa (heavenly) and they available in three flavors - mint, strawberry and cherry. Enjoy! Twin Peaks: New Menu Items 600 Gervais St. | 803.602.3667  Twin Peaks … Continue reading New to the Menu

News Flash: Moriarty’s Has Brunch!

Moriarty's Irish Pub 902 Gervais St. | 803.888.6462 Foodies, Moriarty's has a food and spirits based brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am - 1pm! Enjoy these Potent Potables: Candadian Breakfast Irish Breakfast Jameson 20oz Guinness Cava Mimosa House Bloody Mary (with chilled Dills pickle vodka, housemade vinegar, chalula, zing zang topped with Guiness) … Continue reading News Flash: Moriarty’s Has Brunch!

Weekday Therapy: Gervais & Vine

Recently, the Gardener Guides team again crossed the Congaree River into the Vista in search of some Weekday Therapy. With clocks turned backward and dusk rapidly approaching, we were eager to find someplace warm and cozy to unwind. Found it: Gervais and Vine Mediterranean Wine and Tapas Bar! We parked in the spacious back lot … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Gervais & Vine

You Have to Try This Place: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House is synonymous with excellence in dining. Their mouthwatering steaks are USDA Prime and broiled exactly the way you like it at 1800 degrees to lock in their delicious corn-fed flavor, plus they are topped with fresh butter so they sizzle all the way to your table. Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place: Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Openings!

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

Shared Recipes!

From the CATE Center's Holiday Baking Class below you will find four mouthwatering, holiday recipes. Chocolate Almond Crinkle Cookies Makes about 7 dozen cookies  Ingredients: 2/3 cup almonds 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (no more than 60% cacao if marked), finely chopped 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa … Continue reading Shared Recipes!

Win a Gourmet Gift Box!

Click here to subscribe. Subscribe to Columbia Foodie News Updates & Enter To Win!  Beef Jerky Outlet in Harbison (on Bower Parkway next to Bonefish Grill) offers gourmet selections of cheeses, sauces, rubs, candies, and an amazing array of delicious jerky meats. A MUST-GO for all party-planners and gift-shoppers! And just in time for the … Continue reading Win a Gourmet Gift Box!

Coming Soon

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Road  | Columbia SC The very first area Freddy's is under construction on Killian Road in northeast Columbia, just off I-77.  Never heard of Freddy's?  You certainly will... and soon.  Freddy's has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, and we are setting our sights … Continue reading Coming Soon