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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 … Continue reading Coming Soon.
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
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 … Continue reading Shared Recipes
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
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 … Continue reading News Flash!
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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 … Continue reading Coming Soon
Tallulah 2400 Devine St. | 803.400.2300 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 … Continue reading Recently Opened.
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
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 … Continue reading NewsFlash: Shower Beer
Pearlz Oyster Bar 936 Gervais St. | 803.661.7741 Pearlz had added FIVE new menu items to their already delectable menu! Now enjoy their NEW menu items & daily features, Foodies! Pearlz Oyster Bar also recently added their NEW Calamari with sriracha pickled cabbage and cilantro lime aioli! Just look at this deliciousness...
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
Twisted Spur Brewing: Great White Beer Tapping Tuesday 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 … Continue reading Under the Foam: January 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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
Columbia Brew Bus provides the only all-inclusive guided brewery tasting and tour bus experience in Columbia! Columbia Brew Bus is passionate about the service they provide and want to help see Columbia’s craft beer scene continue to grow. Columbia Brew Bus offers two types of tours: the Columbia Brew Tour and the Wine & Spirits Tour. The … Continue reading Columbia Brew Bus
Mr. Friendly’s welcomes the fall season with a fresh menu of creative cocktails! The Boxcar The Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur, Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, orange bitters, lemon juice, ginger beer Old Tom's Hound Hayman's Old Tom Gin, pear liqueur, rhubarb bitters, grapefruit juice, brown sugar bruleed pears The Carolina Golfer Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused … Continue reading Autumn Cocktails at Mr. Friendly’s
Craft And Draft Craft And Draft is Columbia’s premier craft beer store and growler shop! Sample a beer or drink a few pints (yes, you can consume beer there) from one of twelve taps that continually feature premier craft beers from all over the country as well as local favorites from here in the Carolinas! Fill as many growlers … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place: Craft and Draft
The Pot Smoker BBQ 931-A Senate Street Expected to open in January, this is the first franchise of the Pot Smoker BBQ. Phillip Pye, owner, has experience with opening restaurants in Cola, as he opened Takosushi on Assembly Street in 2010 and later sold it in December 2014. Phil has spent a lot of time training at … Continue reading BBQ and Beer… Coming Soon
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Twin Peaks: Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7pm $2 Off Drafts $1 Off Wells The Gardener Guides gals made an expedition to the Vista on a recent Tuesday to check out Happy Hour at Twin Peaks. This wildly successful chain sports bar and restaurant is known for cold beer, sports watching, and especially for their waitresses, … Continue reading Weekday Therapy: Twin Peaks
This Thursday City Roots launches their own Farmers Market! Located at 1005 Airport Blvd., City Roots Farm will host a farmers market every Thursday from 4pm - 7pm on-site. This Thursday - October 20th will be the first Thursday it is opened, so don't miss it! The market will feature a selection of local products: fresh, organic produce grown at … Continue reading NewsFlash: City Roots Launches Farmers Market!