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…

Under the Foam: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur Brewing: Newest Summer Sour! 705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203 Twisted Spur Brewing added blueberries, oranges, and vanilla to their already wonderful Berliner Weiss to bring you a new refreshing brew. Come join them today and give it a try!

New to the Menu: August 2017

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos 916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203 Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat! Twisted Spur Brewing: The…

Recently Opened

Blaze Pizza 471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235 Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t be taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how…

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

Monday mornings can be difficult, and to start the week off right, we decided a good breakfast was in order. As it was approaching Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, French fare seemed appropriate, so we stopped in to one of Columbia’s favorite continental restaurants, Crêpes and Croissants. C&C’s owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, was…

News Flash: Tailgating Spots at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Are you looking for a Tailgate spot? Less than a mile from Williams-Brice Stadium, Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company is the perfect pre-game spot! Season parking is available for $285 and includes a growler with the home schedule printed on it, one fill of your favorite Swamp Cabbage brew at every home game, use of indoor…

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus 757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com Beat the summer heat on the Columbia Brew Bus as you compete for trivia supremacy! You and your friends will be pitted against other teams in a traveling trivia battle through Columbia’s craft beer scene as you test your knowledge to win great prizes from local…

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…

Visit the SC State Farmers Market

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture works hard to promote the business of feeding us. The agency aids farmers in many aspects of food production and marketing, and the State Farmers Market on US Highway 321 in West Columbia is a big marketing tool for South Carolina’s small farmer. Depending on what’s in season,  you’ll…

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop with a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce! Brain Freeze held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2nd and since then has been filling the area with a little more laughter & deliciousness. Brain Freeze has been serving Italian ice & ice cream from its food truck at events and festivals, and to the…

NewsFlash: Brewmaster Mondays at The Casual Pint

Every Monday is Brewmaster Monday at The Casual Pint ALL day for club members! For $20/month (3 month membership minimum), club members get $9 select growler fills every Monday! Club members also receive a free German or stainless steel growler when you join, a free Casual Pint hat or t-shirt when you join, one free…

New Happy Hour at Rosso!

Monday – Friday 5 – 6:30 PM Rosso fans will be delighted to hear that Rosso Trattoria Italia has a new Happy Hour! Happy Hour at Rosso features all menu wood-fired pizzas for just $10 (excluding the pizza of the day), delicious $8 House-made Meatballs, and $6 Roasted Olives. Also enjoy a $15 Meat and…

August Cooking Class

Providence Cooks! Carolina Grown and Made Tuesday, August 1 | 6 – 8pm | Providence Health Northeast, 120 Gateway Corporate Blvd An award-winning event that provides guests with a deliciously healthy multi-course meal, instruction and conversation. Each month, registered dietitian Kay MacInnis and her team of chefs from Providence Health host a themed healthy cooking class, with a sophisticated…

From the Vine: July 2017

Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10 Gervais & Vine 620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463 Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music…

Deals on Meals: July 2017

SC Pedal Parlor … Prize Parlor Tuesday!  Come ride, help pedal and experience Columbia from the seat of a huge bicycle! Tuesday nights are PRIZE PARLOR nights, where Pedal Parlor swag including T-Shirts, coasters, cups and more will be given away during the 6pm and the 8:30pm tours. Bar crawl rides include visits to three…

New to the Menu: June

Tombo Grille has a new summer menu, and it’s HOT! If you haven’t been to Tombo lately, you will love what they’re cooking up. Small Bites include Fried Brussels Sprouts, Mac N’ Cheese with Smoked Pork Shoulder, Crab & Avocado Tower, and Fried Chicken Livers, while summer salads include an Heirloom Tomato Salad and Strawberry Salad. Entrees…

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….

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…

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?…

Under the Foam: June 2017

Craft and Draft | Uinta Brewing Tap Takeover Pairing 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Thursday, June 1: Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this event will feature a pairing of delectable chocolates with wonderful Uinta Brews from 6 – 8pm. Check the Craft and Draft Facebook page for updates. More details coming soon!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

Under the Foam: May 2017

Craft and Draft 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575  Saturday, May 20th: Join Craft and Draft for the release of New Holland Brewing’s Hoptronix IPA! This innovative Double IPA features “eye-popping bitterness”, yet finishes smooth and crisp. Thursday, May 25th: Pups and Pints Night! 4pm – 8pm. Grab your pups and friends and join Craft and Draft for a fun “Pups…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Recently Opened Restaurants!

The Pot Smoker BBQ 931-A Senate Street, Columbia | 803.400.2251 If you love real pit-smoked BBQ and traditional southern sides, make your way over to Pot Smoker BBQ in the Vista! The name “Pot Smoker” came about from the owner’s original cooking method, which involved using a ceramic pot to smoke premium meats. Their very original…

New to the Menu: Ruth’s Chris

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

New to the Menu: Cellar on Greene

Cellar on Greene has added three new delicious items to their already mouthwatering menu! They have been taste-tested and approved, so swing by sometime this week and give these three new items a try: Citrus-Snow Pea Salad, Pan Seared Sea Scallops with curried bok choy and Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread! Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread with fried eggplant,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Coming Soon

Quaker Steak and Lube  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…

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…

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…

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…

Recently Opened.

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…

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…