3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070
Urban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out, and why it’s become so popular around here. Will told us that UC prides itself on everything being prepared from scratch and with care – from the dry rubs and sauces they use, to the hand-chopped veggies and meats they grill on their Big Green Egg (“Farm-To-Fire-To-Table”). In additional to being made to order, dishes are affordable, with most items priced under $10 to start with.
You won’t find fried food on the menu, but instead excellent sandwiches, salads, wraps and homestyle entrees. They have a few specialty items you’ll love as well, like the warm Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls served as sides, or the Half Baked Cookie dessert, which Will indicated was a definite customer favorite. In the coming weeks, UC will begin adding special, South Carolina favorites like Beaufort Stew/Lowcountry Boil to the menu.
Will said people particularly appreciate UC’s kid friendly details, like an area for children to play in and a children’s menu. Will has two daughters, and knows that anything that buys adults 7-10 minutes of uninterrupted dining time is a good thing. UC also has a wonderfully convenient drive up window, so you can call in an order from their Take It To The House menu (eventually order online), and pick up dinner for the whole family without leaving the car. They can also cater your special events, for 10 people or for 1,000.
In addition to serving great food, UC is all about promoting local businesses to benefit the community. A small merchandise area in the restaurant displays local wares, soaps, artwork and homemade dog treats, and next year, UC will coordinate and manage a farmer’s market to give local growers another venue in which to sell. Visit them soon and check out this excellent addition to our local dining scene. More here.