Date Night at Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803.782.9665 You and your sweet one’s perfect evening begins at Tombo in Forest Acres where, every Thursday, you can get a delicious three-course dinner for two, for just $49! Not just any dinner – Tombo is known for its innovative comfort food, fabulous collection of wine and…

Brunch Re-imagined: Kraken Gastropub

The meal was brunch, and the cuisine was inventive. We tried a bit of everything, from sangria to lattes, red velvet waffles to croque monsieur. Everything was cooked well, and plated with a professional hand by New York native Chef Bridgette Wilson.

Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers 2218 Devine Street | 803.714.3320 It’s no secret that the Midlands is exploding with new options for purchasing and consuming wine. With wine bars and flights and tours and festivals, painting parties and ubiquitous Wine Down Wednesdays, enthusiasm for the beverage has skyrocketed, and it’s become a popular part of our community’s…

O’Hara’s Public House

131 E. Main Street, Lexington | 803.785.4025 | oharas-public-house.com What differentiates a traditional Irish pub from your average bar or brewpub? A true Irish pub is more than a watering hole; it’s a gathering place for hearty food, sports, and music in a warm, convivial atmosphere. At O’Hara’s Public House, they say “Your Clan Awaits”….

Refreshing Summer Drinks

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

Summer’s Most Interesting Salads!

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

Weekday Therapy: Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Hour @ The Bar – Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl Happy Hour Daily from 4 – 6:30PM | 924-A Senate Street | 803.212.6666 We decided to go BIG for our latest Weekday Therapy session, and spend Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Ruth’s Chris is synonymous with fine dining in just about every city, with more…

You Have to Try This Place

Lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube Appropriately reminiscent of the motor oil brand, Quaker Steak & Lube is a motor-themed restaurant that boasts some of the best food and drinks around, drinks and fun for the whole family!  The ColumbiaFoodieNews.com crew headed to their Columbia location off I-77 at Bluff Road to give it a good…

929 Kitchen & Bar

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

Compton’s Kitchen :: The Best in Home Cooking

Sometimes ya’ just want to “cuddle up” to food… to rekindle memories of Mama in her kitchen, checkered apron, wooden spoon in hand, stirring that big pot of goodness.  To be able to remember so fondly weekends with pancakes drenched in yummy syrup and loads of savory bacon and eggs!  Home cooking is like nothing…

Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

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

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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

You Have To Try This Place: Good Life Café

One of the only organic, raw, vegan restaurants in Columbia, but you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their absolutely amazing meals! Good Life Café’s executive chef, Sharon Wright, has been creating natural, nutritious and delicious meals, juices and smoothies for 24 years. Take a food world tour (every foodies dream!) right from your…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Columbia Brew Bus

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…

You Have to Try This Place: Craft and Draft

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…

Grill Marks

Located in the Vista, Grill Marks is a sophisticated burger joint with a full service bar and house-made milkshakes. To begin your Grill Marks experience, start off with the Slider Trio: Pimento & Bleu, Crimini & Swiss, and Jalapeno & Pepper-Jack. Or if you and your party would like an array of appetizers go for the…

Smoothie King

You definitely have to try this place if you haven’t already, Foodies! A Smoothie King nutritional smoothie is the most delicious drink available on the market. Cool, thick and creamy – Smoothie King smoothies are custom-blended with ALL natural ingredients including real fruit and juices, making them a nutritious and convenient alternative to fast food. And…

Cock N’ Bull

Located in the heart of Rosewood, the Cock N’ Bull Pub is a British style neighborhood pub that absolutely loves soccer. Their friendly warm staff, great food and beer, and their amazing fish & chips every Friday night will make you want to keep coming back for more. Featuring 21 beers on tap including imports and craft beers from around the…

Beef Jerky Outlet

Located between Regal Cinemas and Bonefish Grill, Beef Jerky Outlet brings Columbia an incredibly wide variety of the finest jerkies available. Although they do offer amazing beef jerky, Beef Jerky Outlet’s name doesn’t begin to describe the range of gourmet foods offered inside those double doors. Beef Jerky Outlet’s unique design allows you to browse…

Rosso Trattoria Italia

Experience the casual delight of Italian trattoria dining at Rosso! Tucked in the back corner of Trenholm Plaza, friends gather over seasonal menus of locally farmed produce, succulent artisan meats and handmade pastas all hand-prepared over an open top wood-fired grill or in the searing heat of a wood-burning oven. Accent meals and conversation with a…

HuHot Mongolian Grill

Create your own unlimited stir fry at Huhot Mongolian Grill, located in Harbison right next to Regal Cinemas Columbiana Grande 14! Start your incredible HuHot experience with one of their four delicious appetizers. We recommend ordering “A Taste of the Bounty,” because why not just get to have a taste of all of the appetizers…

Twin Peaks

Have you noticed the impressive bronze elk standing at attention on the corner of Gervais and Pulaski Streets and the “Twin Peaks” sign on the building behind it? Their tongue-in-cheek moniker and the slogan “Eats… Drinks… Scenic Views” belie the fact that behind the facade lives a culinary giant and an incredible entertainment experience.  If I was…

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

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

Dining Al Fresco: Sitting Outside

The weather is so gorgeous in April and there isn’t much reason to be inside.  Choose one of these Greater Columbia favorites, each offering outdoor seating. Mr. Friendly’s: Great patio umbrella tables where you can sit above Five Points and chill out with a wine from their award-winning selection and some absolutely fine Southern eats.  Check out…

You Have to Try This Place!

  M Kitchen 340 Columbiana Drive, Columbia | 803.764.0558 If you ask Michelle Wang, principal of the M Gourmet Group, what food means to her, she answers, “It means a lot to me.  Preparing good food for others is an expression of love.” And with this in mind, Michelle sets out to make every dish, every detail…