Weekday Therapy: Columbia Brew Bus

The Gardener Guides crew was in search of more than just drinks on a recent Friday night; we wanted an experience, we wanted to learn something…along with drinks.

We opted for a scheduled tour with The Columbia Brew Bus!

The tour began at the designated pick-up point, Liberty Taproom. During the wait, swamp-cabbage-brewingLiberty’s hostess told us she had previously seen things like the Brew Bus in other cities, and was glad Columbia was finally getting one. We were soon met by Brew Bus Co-owner, Cam Powell, who would be our guide for the evening. Cam and his good friends Chris and Mike, all former USC students, created this venture to educate Columbia residents and tourists on our local craft beer scene since, well, we have one now! Brewing craft beer is a national trend, but only in the past few years has Columbia caught up with the likes of Swamp Cabbage Brewery.jpgother cities. Cam and company saw the scene was growing and more full-production breweries opening, and they hopped on it. Being craft beer lovers themselves, they saw a chance to give other fans a new way to enjoy it, by seeing firsthand how their favorite brews are made, behind the scenes. Even modest beer lovers can always use a new entertainment option for the weekend, for coworkers, parties, and occasions, with a safe, reliable and very comfortable method of transportation.

We would be visiting three breweries over the course of three and a half hours: Swamp Cabbage Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Conquest Brewing. All are located in large, nondescript warehouse-type facilities near Williams-Brice Stadium. Our first destination was Swamp Cabbage Brewing. Swamp Cabbage is the nickname given for the heart of the young Sabal Palmetto, South Carolina’s state tree. The river-rat-brewery-tour2tree is drought-tolerant, unlike the Brew Bus passengers. Each of us was given four tickets for four brews. The night’s selection was extensive – enough so that everyone was able to find one to their liking. Favorites were the Sabal Palm Blonde, White IPA, Harvest Amber, and Chipotle Amber. We were led on a brew tour by Doug Boyd, one of the two owners. Doug was very thorough, and spoke extensively about fermentation and yeast as we gathered among the vats.

Next stop was River Rat Brewery, named for the three rivers that run through Columbia and the men who used to work on them. River Rat has a wonderful indoor bar, but we moved out to the covered deck and beer garden, which has a big, well-lit yard on which corn hole was being played as dogs frolicked. Most of us had not eaten dinner before the tour, so we ordered some Pimento Cheese from the Tap Room Menu, which was delicious and went well with the beers that Cam continually brought out conquest-brewing-cofor us to try. Local beer, corn hole and pimento cheese – doesn’t get much more Columbia than that! The brewery tour was conducted and was again very informative. The brew masters themselves seemed to be having a great time, fielding our questions and recounting stories about River Rat’s early days.

Conquest Brewing Company was our last stop. The brewing process was again explained, and we were again delighted with the brew tasting session, this time poured into some adorable little snifters! Conquest has a fun game room in back, with large versions of Jenga and Connect Four. It was a great place to end the night, hanging out with friends and reminiscing about our three hour tour, laughing about how little we knew about the brewing process going into this night. conquest-brewing-co1

The last snifter was emptied and we returned to the bus. Cam dutifully passed out water bottles and chips to us all, as we made plans to have a late dinner at Liberty (Brew Bus tickets get you 20% off all food items before or after the tour!). We were all now craft beer enthusiasts!

Address: The Brew Bus picked us up from Liberty Taproom (828 Gervais St.)

Phone Number: 757-871-8150

Check out their Facebook Page here!

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 Tavern’s unique brand of polished casual dining features a lively bar atmosphere, upscale menu and approximately 70 TVs throughout the restaurant, bar and patio.


Tentative Grand Opening Date is February 13th, 2017!

100 Columbiana Circle, Suite 5

Dave & Buster’s is coming to Columbiana Centre! The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for February 13th, 2017.


Makers Mark BBQ Burger

Known for its legendary burgers, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place to play, eat, drink, and watch sports all under one roof. Enjoy appetizers for the whole group such as the Bar Burgers & Wings Platter, Crispy Steak N’ Cheese Tater Cakes, Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart and much, much more! D&B also features a variety of fresh salads, steaming soups and delicious entrees ranging from ribs to seafood to sandwiches to their wings. And don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Dave & Buster’s is stocked to satisfy everyone’s tastes with innovative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and over 2 dozen varieties of domestic and imported beers. They even have concoctions completely unique to Dave & Buster’s! Try out their Million Dollar Margarita and D&B TNTea, or taste their new, one-of-kind cocktails such as Crown Apple Smash, Henry’s Strawberry Nirvana and Sailor’s Spiked Root Beer. Dave & Buster’s is also giving you a blast from the past with their snow cone classics–but with your favorite liquors and liqueurs mixed in of course!


Bang Bang Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Come ready to play and let the games begin! There’s something for everyone at Dave & Buster’s, which features classics like Pop-A-Shot, Pac Man and Skee-Ball as well as the newest games in their Million Dollar Midway.
We’re excited for this new restaurant to open it’s doors! Click here to visit their website.

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 celery soup
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of shredded cheese
  • ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings
  • Season with a sprinkle of black pepper and salt

Mix well and place mixture in a 9×13 pan (glass works really well)

  • Not mixed in, but set aside an additional ½ cup of shredded cheese and a ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings for toppings.

Bake covered (works covered with Alum foil shiny side down) at 360 for 60 minutes (until center is cooked through).

Uncover, and top the potatoes with the ½ cup of French’s Fried Onion Rings and then top with the ½ cup of shredded cheese.

Cook uncovered at 350 for an additional 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Tips from my dad (who makes this recipe often):

I would not double up on the recipe because it might not cook all the way in the middle, while the edges will overcook. It is better to make two pans if you need a double recipe.

If you want a meat with the dish, it works really well with thin pork chops (not those monster thick ones). Brown both sides of the pork chops in a skillet with butter.  Line them on top of the Potatoes mixture in the 9 x 13 pan before cooking them for the 60 minutes. Everything else is the same.

My dad’s shortcut::

Mix in microwavable bowl, microwave for 10 minutes on 50% power, mix again, microwave again for 10 minutes on 50% power while preheating oven to 350 during the last 10 minute microwave round.

After the two microwave rounds, spread the mixture into a 9” x 13” pan, cover with the ½ cup of onions then cover with the ½ cup of cheese, melt in the oven for about 5 minutes, longer if you want to brown the onion/cheese layer.  This gets you a casserole in 25 minutes instead of 65 minutes. I do it all the time and folks love it either way!

Lots of love, Foodies,


Have any yummy, family recipes that you’d like to share with your fellow Foodies? Email them to miriam@gardenerguides.com with “shared recipe” in the subject line & you might just see your recipe featured. 🙂

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


Amsterdam Mule, Blueberry Dream & Twisted Oyster Shot

Twisted Cosmo: Ketel One Vodka, New Amsterdam Peach Vodka, cranberry, fresh lime and garnished with a peace slice

Afternoon Delight: Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Frangelico and cream garnished with a chocolate rim

Chocolate Covered Bourbon: Makers Mark Bourbon with creme de cocoa and butterscotch schnapps, served with a chocolate and graham cracker crumb rim

The Heminway Daiquiri: Bacardi Rum, fresh lime and splashes of grapefruit and grenadine garnished with a lime twist

Congaree Tea: Southern Comfort, Midori melon liqueur and St Germaine liqueur with pineapple and lemon juice

Spur of the Moment: Jim Beam Bourbon, fresh lemon, honey and mint, shaken and topped with a splash of soda

Twisted Maria: Espolon Tequila mixed with Bloody Mary Mix, dash of fresh horseradish, and olive juice garnished with a lime wedge

During Twisted Spur’s Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4pm – 7pm get $2 off these amazing, specialty cocktails!

Mr. Friendly’s: New to the Cocktail List

2001 Greene St. | 803.254.7828

Friendly Redemption: Redemption Rye Whiskey, Tart Apple Schrub, orange bitters,fresh lemon, Barritts Ginger Beer

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 know it definitely fit the bill.

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Left to Right: Miriam, Kathy, Virginia, Carmen & Tina (missing: Sarah who was at her banjo lesson)

It was clear from the menu that as a group of seafood lovers, we would all find something we would enjoy. Pearlz’ seafood is not only some of the Pearlz - Crab Dip.jpgfreshest in town, but has a menu curated with an imaginative and eclectic assortment of dishes. Selection of local, seasonal shellfish for the raw bar crowd? Check. Variety of regional and low country delicacies? Check. First-rate happy hour menu with an assemblage of small bites that pair well with any of Pearlz’ beers and cocktails? Check!

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Fried Oysters

Since it was the first time at Pearlz for a few in the group, our friendly waitress was extra helpful in assisting with our order. We chose options from both the Happy Hour and Main menus: Warm Crab Dip, Grilled Mahi Taco, Southern Fried Oysters and Peel & Eat Jumbo Shrimp. Since this was also a few of the Gardener gals’ first time eating fried oysters, the oyster lovers in the group were hoping to have the lion’s share to themselves. Unfortunately for them, the fried oyster novices (Tina and Miriam) enjoyed them immensely, and so we were all forced to share the deliciously seasoned, crunchy oysters, bleu cheese, celery, and buffalo sauce. All of us were impressed with the Peel & Eat Jumbo Shrimp. Miriam declared that they were the biggest shrimp she’d ever eaten! The Pearlz Oyster Bar Jumbo Shrimpoxymoronic crustaceans (JUMBO shrimp) were perfectly prepared in their beer boil, spicy with Old Bay, and were so good that a second order of another half pound was warranted (and we probably could have even tackled a third!). The Grilled Mahi Taco, one of the healthier options we chose, tasted fresh and summer-like in tandem with with the crispy cabbage, pico de gallo, and Mexican crema. Finally, the Warm Crab Dip with spinach and bacon appetizer  (Carmen: “the winner”) gave us all a wonderful excuse to fill our bellies with warm, grilled flatbread.

The lights dimmed inside Pearlz, perfectly lending to the laid back and casual mood of the cocktail hour crowd. We were comfortable, sated, yet still eating and discussing what we would most like to return and try. We’d seen and smelled other dishes coming out


Virginia enjoys the Rain Martini

of the kitchen, like the Seafood Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, and Tuna Burger, and became inspired to make another trek to Pearlz, another day. The food, drinks, prices, ambiance and amiable staff made Pearlz the perfect place to unwind after work and to meet up with friends. Next time we’ll make a night of it, with a visit to the Upstairz Lounge for some live local jazz and blues music, and maybe even walk next door to their sister restaurant, Kaminsky’s, for one of their signature desserts and sweet drinks. Until next time!

Address: 930 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Monday – Thursday: 4pm until 12am
Friday: 4pm until 2am

Saturday: 12pm until 2am
Sunday: 12pm until 12am

Phone Number: 803.661.7741

Check out their Facebook Page


Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you choose to order. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com

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 Swamp Cabbage(just a whisper of heat) in their Chipotle Amber and pumpkin pie spices for their wonderful Harvest Amber (this writer’s favorite), as well as brewing excellent traditional ales. Try a flight to get a taste of the current offerings. Bring your growlers along ~ know you’ll want to get them filled! 

The taproom’s atmosphere is laid-back, relaxed, put-your-cares-on-hold. The staff is made up of two very friendly brewer-brothers and their wives – so, depending on the day and time of your visit,  you’ll find one or more of them pouring the beer, giving tours of the brewery, tending the tanks, sweeping up… each dedicated to the idea of providing an outstanding beer-drinking experience to their patrons. Bring your kids (games in the corner), bring your pups (large outdoor covered deck with tables) and bring your thirsty self.  Swamp Cabbage Logo.jpeg

Swamp Cabbage is the perfect place for your gatherings, like holiday parties. (our company is having a holiday drop-in this Sunday, December 4th from 3pm – 7pm… feel free to drop by with family and say hi! There will be a few specialty vendors offering unique gifts… Sip and Shop!)

Stay tuned for upcoming events, such as new releases, brewery brunches, and painting/ceramics parties and classes on their Facebook page. Click here.

921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC 29201 | Swampcabbagebrewing.com

Tasting Room Hours:

Wednesday: 5pm – 8pm
Thursday: 5pm – 8pm
Friday: 5pm – 9pm
Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

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!
Smoothie King

Twin Peaks: New Menu Items

600 Gervais St. | 803.602.3667 Beer Battered Fish and Chips

Twin Peaks recently added four new items to their already hearty menu. Stop in any day, anytime between 11am and 2am to try out one of their new dishes below:

  • Alaskan Salmon (comes with fried sweet potato chunks that are delicious!)
  • Beer Battered Fish and Chips (pictured on right)
  • 13oz Ribeye (comes with asparagus & fries)
  • Blonde & Bacon Soup

View the rest of their menu here! Enjoy Foodies!

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)
  • 20oz Black Velvet (Bold Rock IPA Cider topped with Guinness)
  • 16oz Beermosa (Bold Rock IPA Cider w/ Orange Juice)
  • The Professors Brunch (Hatrick Grin (Charleston), cucumbers, lime, cane sugar, topped with cava)

The Professors Brunch Menu: Egg on bread

  • Guinness
  • Soup De Jour
  • Seasonal Fruit Cup
  • Ploughman’s Brunch (Grilled cheese planks with house made deviled eggs)
  • Rare Bit (caramelized rye bread topped with Guinness Beer cheese)
  • Dockworkers Breakfast (Fried Egg Sandwich with cheddar and house made bacon. Served on cheddar potato bread with hash)
  • Ulster Fry (house made hash and eggs with a banger and toast)

Bring your dog (who will also get a free snack!) to enjoy their pet-friendly patio and enjoy your favorite games on T.V. (they have ALL the sports packages available). Happy Weekending!


Now Open

Opening Open

Lake Murray Deli Bar

3340 Hwy 378 Leesville, SC 29070 | 803-730-3044lake-murray-deli-bar

Lake Murray Deli Bar is the newest hidden gem on Lake Murray, as they opened their doors on Wednesday, November 16th! Located at Hollow Creek Marina, the home of the Spirit of Lake Murray. Sides like the Greek Medley & Pimento Cheese are made fresh with classic recipes. The Waffleninis are hot sandwiches like you haven’t had before.  The waffle iron creates perfect little scoops for dipping in our Homemade Sauces; B-25 & House Horsey. Come warm up your insides with a cup of soup or try our Hot Wine Cider. Visit their Facebook page here.


Operating Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3:30pm

Rooftop Pizza

4478 Rosewood Drive | 803.602.5400 rooftop-pizza-pub1

Rooftop Pizza Pub opened its doors on Tuesday, November 15th in the former Moe’s Grapevine location. They are already known for their Detroit-style pizzas that are cooked in an 8×10 deep, square pan that is actually from Detroit. Their pizza is soft and airy on the inside, but crispy on the outside, plus they layer the dough edge to edge with cheeses that caramelize on the crust when hearth baked. Can you say d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s, Foodies? And because the sauce would weigh down the pizza during baking, they do not sauce them until after all of the other ingredients are laid on top and then they garnish their pizzas. If Detroit pizza is not your thing, Rooftop Pizza will also be serving a thinner crust pizza (sauce not on top), plus subs, salads and appetizers, but we highly suggest that you give it a try. From their Ultimate Taco Pie, Shrimp Scampi, to their classic cheese – you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Operating Hours:

Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday: 5pm – 11pm

Lula Drake

1635 Main Street | 803. 606.1968

The new wine bar on Main Street is celebratinglula-drake their first day of full hours on Wednesday November 30, 2016!  Stop in and raise a glass, and help Main Street welcome its newest neighbor.

Operating Hours:

Tues – Sat  Opens at 4pm

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!

From left to right: Virginia, Sarah, George (Kathy’s husband), Kathy, Miriam, Carmen & Tina

We parked in the spacious back lot and headed in. The setting was exactly what we needed: a warm, intimate-yet-open dining room with soft lighting, The Beatles (and Restaurant Picsolo John) in the background, with savory smells of a faraway place emanating from the already busy open kitchen.
We were warmly greeted by the owner, Roberta Prioleau, and shown to our seats. Roberta is the kind of hands-on owner who gives you the feeling that she genuinely wants you to sit in her dining room and try all of the food she has to offer, and wants you to love it! The waitstaff has a similarly friendly and positive countenance, checking on us often and assisting us with our drink selection. G&V is known for its wine list, but they also have a variety of micro brews, specialty cocktails and classic martinis that are also worth trying. If you are a wine enthusiast however, expect to find a very nice collection of bottles to choose from.

cheese-platterThe menu is made up of Ensalada & Sopa (Salads and Soups), Tapas Calientes (Hot Tapas), Tapas Frias (Cold Tapas), Spreads, Pizzas and Otros Acompanantes (Other Sides). The selection seemed daunting, but the great thing about the smaller tapas portions is that you can order twice (or even three times) as much food as you normally would. With that in mind, we ordered several items from each category: the Combo Platter with Three Spreads including Costa Brava (Blend of Smoked Gouda, Shrimp and Bacon), She Crab (Crab, Garlic and Sherry with Cream Cheese and Parmesan), and Warm Almond Brie, the Eggplant Fries with Honey Yogurt and Romesco Sauce, the Beef Paillards with Gorgonzola and Demi-Glace over Grilled Ciabatta, the Greek pizza with Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mediterranean Olives and Feta with Herb Infused Olive Oil, and the Amantes de


Beef Paillards

la Carne pizza with Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Ham, Bacon, Mozzarella and Marinara Sauce.

Gervais and Vine is the perfect place for a group to eat. Our large table, with its bounty of delicious foods and drink, looked like it could have just as easily been the remains of a festive evening on the Amalfi coast. Everyone was able to find a favorite dish; the Beef Paillards were a hit with everyone; about the eggplant fries Kathy assessed, “how to take a pretty tasteless veggie and turn it into something wonderful!” They were THAT good, and the Romesco sauce served alongside was just as delicious on the chewy, crusty leftover bread from our spreads

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Eggplant Fries

platter. About the spreads – though things started off civilly, with each in our group taking only a spoonful of the different dips to try, by the end of the meal it became haphazard and covetous, all of us all vying for the final bit of the spreads, especially the She Crab with its velvety texture and tang. Kudos to the waiters for keeping up with our bread and cracker needs. The two pizzas, one for the meat-lovers and one for the veggies in the group, were just enough for us to share as a sort of main course. G&V makes their pizzas in a 700° stone oven, with a plethora of premium toppings to choose from, the option to Create Your Own Pizza, and even a Pizza of the Day. Gervais and Vine may not specifically conjure “pizza” when you think about it, but it is just as good as the other tapas, and Sarah said they paired really well with the wine.

 As the night wore on, even as the dining room began to fill, we stayed. At this point it was totally dark outside but still felt pretty early inside. The mellow vibe, the well-placed lights and tables – you are among others, but can still hear your party – all lent themselves to this evening of simple pleasures and complex tastes.


Address: 620 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Monday – Thursday: Open until 10pm
Friday & Saturday: Open until 11pm
Bar opens at 4pm, kitchen opens at 5pm
*Closed on Sundays

Phone Number: 803.799.8463

Check out their Facebook Page


Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you choose to order. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com

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 ruths-chris-steak1they sizzle all the way to your table. Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest custom-aged Midwestern beef with steaks ranging from an 8 oz. Petite Filet to their 40 oz. Porterhouse for Two and anything and everything in between. An impressive array of delicious dinner dishes include barbecued shrimp, whole Maine lobster, lamb chops, stuffed chicken breasts, lobster bisque, shrimp & grits, salmon fillet and more. Click here to view their lunch menu. Click here to view their dinner menu. You will not be disappointed.

ruths-chris-dinner-imgFlavorful steak is not the only thing Ruth’s Chris is known for. Click here to view their wine list that boasts a plethora of wines ranging from white, red, sparkling, Pinot Noir, to Sommelier’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon to Proprietary blends. It may just be the largest wine list you have ever laid your eyes on! Ruth’s Chris also offers draft beers, South Carolina craft beers, lagers, ales and more – view their beer & cigars menu here. Additionally, Ruth’s Chris has a large array of cocktails & spirits – view the list here. You can round out your meal with one of their Dessert Cocktails:

-The Chrissie: Frangelico, Hangar One vodka, Chambord, and Haagen-Daaz vanilla ice cream
-Espresso Martini: Bailey’s Irish Cream, Grand Marnier, Kahlua, espresso
-Tiramisu Martini: Tia Maria, Amaretto Disaronno, Stoli vanilla vodka, and cream
-Patron XO Espresso Martini: Patron XO Cafe, Baileys Irish cream, Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka and cream
-Godiva Chocolate Martini: Godiva Dark Chocolate, Stolichnaya Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua and cream


Foodies, we also must tell you about Ruth’s Hour at the bar! They have a cozy lounge area in which you can enjoy their Sizzle, Swizzle & Swirl featuring promotionally-priced food and beverage items daily from 4pm – 6:30pm.

veal-osso-buco-ravioliDuring Ruth’s Hour you and your friends can enjoy dishes like Seared Ahi Tuna for $10 (save $7) and Veal Osso Buco Ravioli for $9 (save $6).  In the mood for something hearty? Order the All American Burger with julienne french fries for $11.50 (save $5.50) or a Crab Cake Sandwich with shoestring fries for $10 (save $6). Yum.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a premier fine dining restaurant in Columbia, SC area and is located at the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel on Senate Street in the heart of downtown Columbia. This makes it a very easy meeting spot on Thanksgiving Day! Take the stress out of hosting your holiday gathering. Celebrate the season at Ruth’s Chris and enjoy their award-winning dinner menu or savor a traditional turkey feast. Adults just $39.95 and children: $12.95. View their Thanksgiving menu here!

To make a reservation at this Columbia steakhouse, please call (803)212-6666 or click here to reserve your table! Enjoy!

See Ruth’s Chris Steak House Facebook page here.

924-A Senate Street, Hilton Columbia Center Hotel | http://ruthschris.net/

Hours: Breakfast: 7am-10:30am | Lunch Daily: 11am-3pm | Dinner: Sunday-Thursday at 3pm-10pm & 3pm-11pm

Holiday Dining


Twisted Spur Brewingdam-big-maine-oysters

803.764.0203 | 705 Gervais Street

Twisted Spur Brewing is a West Coast style brewpub that focuses on fresh unique food options and house made beers. They will be open Christmas Eve from 10am – 8pm as well as regular hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. Enjoy!

Old Mill Brewpub

803.785.2337 | 711 E Main Street, Lexington

old-mill-brewpub-2Old Mill Brewpub offers inside and outside seating, lunch, dinner, amazing drinks — they’ve got you covered! Gather together and head on over to the best restaurant in Lexington to celebrate Thanksgiving! They will serve a traditional turkey dinner plate (mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, turkey) from 11am to 5pm. Yum!

They will also be open on Christmas Eve and will have a special late night menu. Enjoy Christmas drink + beer specials 11am – 5pm. Additionally, Old Mill Brewpub will be open on New Year’s Eve during regular hours and will have food specials. More details to come, so check back.

More here….

MerryChristmasColumbia.com would love to be your go to source for everything related to the holidays! Enjoy.


East Bay Deli

1426 Main St. (in the block with The Hub) Downtown Columbia | 803.814.2277 fried-chicken-wrap

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, as well as a variety of grilled items, salads, healthy sandwiches and wraps.  The company has grown since its founding in 2001, opening new locations in Mount Pleasant and in North Charleston and now, up the road, here in Columbia! The food is fresh, deli-cious…and affordable! East Bay Deli has been voted the best deli in Charleston for 13 years, and they’re planning on impressing the heck out of us Foodies here in ColaTown.

East Bay Deli’s menu for Columbia is slightly different than other locations as they modified the breakfast menu a bit. Plus, outdoor pet seating will be available!

Operating Hours:

*Nov. 17 – Nov. 20th open from 11am – 9pm

Sunday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm

*They also deliver and their delivery hours are from 11am – 8:30pm

Website: EastBayDeli.com

Papa Gios

7210 Broad River St. 
Papa Gios opened another location on November 10th

Papa Gio's Pasta!at 7210 Broad River Road operating the same hours & boasting the same menu as the other Lexington location. In addition another location plans to open its doors on December 16th at Cherokee Lakes Plaza where Allstar Pizza formally was (1965 Augusta Road, Lexington). This new location will have the same hours as the Lexington location, but have an expanded menu! Mr. Giovanni also plans to open a 3rd Columbia location downtown and all the Foodies cheered. View Papa Gio’s menu here. Savor wings, gourmet pizza, burgers, Strombolis, Calzones, Paninis, hot subs, traditional pasta dishes, cold subs, wraps, seafood, and more.

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 


  • 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 powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

Make dough:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Toast almonds in a shallow baking pan in oven until skins split and nuts are pale golden, about 10 minutes. Cool nuts completely. Pulse nuts with granulated sugar in a food processor until finely chopped.

Melt chocolate in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water or in top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth. Remove bowl from heat and set aside.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Beat together butter and brown sugar in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in melted chocolate until combined. Add milk and vanilla, beating to incorporate. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Stir in nut mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough until firm, 2 to 3 hours.

Form and bake cookies:

Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Sift confectioners sugar into a bowl. Halve dough and chill 1 half, wrapped in plastic wrap. Roll remaining half into 1-inch balls, placing them on a sheet of wax paper as rolled. Roll balls, 3 or 4 at a time, in confectioners sugar to coat generously and arrange 2 inches apart on lined baking sheets.

Bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until cookies are puffed and cracked and edges feel dry (but centers are still slightly soft), 12 to 18 minutes total. Transfer cookies (still on parchment) to racks to cool completely.

While first batch is baking, roll remaining dough into balls. Line cooled cookie sheets with fresh parchment, then coat balls with confectioners sugar and bake in same manner.

note: Cookies keep, layered between sheets of parchment or wax paper, in an airtight container at room temperature 5 days

Never-ever-fail chocolate fudge

Quantity: Approximately 8 dozen pieces Image result for fudge


  • 12 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups toasted walnut, pecan, macadamia, or other nuts, chopped, optional
  • 10 tbsps unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 5-oz cans evaporated milk

Combine the chocolate pieces, nuts (if using), butter, and vanilla in a large heatproof bowl. Set aside.

Place the marshmallows, sugar, and evaporated milk in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Continuing to stir, boil for exactly 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and immediately pour the marshmallow mixture into the chocolate mixture; beat constantly until creamy. Quickly pour into the prepared pan or platter, pushing slightly with the back of a wooden spoon to spread the fudge evenly.

Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into pieces. Serve at room temperature.

Hot Cocoa Cookies cookies


  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 20 oz. Chocolate (12oz chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (packed) light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 30 marshmallows

Method of Preparation:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chopped chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium heat. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, eggs and vanilla at low speed until smooth, 2 minutes. Mix in the cooled chocolate mixture just until blended. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, mixing on low speed until just combined. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour. (If making the dough a day ahead, let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before shaping.)
  4. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees . Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough and roll between your palms to form 1-inch balls. Arrange about 16 balls 2 inches apart on each cookie sheet, flattening slightly. Bake until the tops of the cookies crack, about 12 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, snip 8 marshmallows in half crosswise and stick 1 square of chocolate onto each of the cut sides.
  6. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven; gently press a marshmallow half, chocolate side down, into each cookie. Bake until the marshmallows are just softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pans to racks to cool for 5 minutes; grate the remaining chocolate over the hot cookies. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to the racks; let cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough, marshmallows and chocolate. Bake each batch on a clean sheet of parchment.

Eggnog Bourbon Balls


  • 1 cup crushed Vanilla wafer cookies (grind in food processor)
  • 1 cup powdered confectioners sugarChristmas cookies and cocktail
  • 1 cup ground pecans
  • 1/4 cup Bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • 10 ounces egg nog flavored candy melts such as Wilton Eggnog Candy Melts
  • pinch of ground nutmeg


  1. In a medium bowl, add the ground wafer cookies, powdered sugar, pecans and cocoa powder. Stir to combine well. Add the bourbon and corn syrup and stir until the mixture comes together and is well incorporated. Using a small hinged scoop or a teaspoon, make balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining mixture and place the baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  1. Using a double boiler, add the egg nog candy melts to the top and melt slowly. Stir the candy melts just to combine. Drop one chilled bourbon ball in the candy and using a fork flip it over to coat. Tap the fork on the side of the double boiler to remove excess candy and place back on the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the wet candy with a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg. Repeat with the remaining bourbon balls. Refrigerate or consume immediately.

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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 fredhead-at-freddysparts of the country, and we are setting our sights (and tastebuds) on checking this out in February 2017!  This family-friendly eatery has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations.   No “hamburgers” here.  We’ve heard that Freddy’s steakburgers are often voted “best burger” in competitions across the country… the company uses premium quality lean beef in its steakburgers.  “Every Freddy’s Steakburger starts with premium, lean, American, 100% pure ground beef – no additives or fillers. We press the patties thin to create deliciously crispy edges and always cook them to order so they’re steaming hot. Freddy’s way may take a little longer, but that’s what makes Freddy’s Steakburgers so special. Top two patties with Freddy’s Famous Seasoning, two slices of melting cheese, mustard, onions and crunchy pickle planks, all on a fresh, perfectly toasted bun and you have our one and only Freddy’s Original Double!”  Sounds great, eh?  Choose sides from baked chips, fries or applesauce.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard isn’t your average ice cream parlor. In fact, it isn’t ice cream at all! Thanks to a time-tested churning process that minimizes ice crystals and air, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is smoother and richer than ice cream and frozen yogurt.  Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook and watch for more details about an opening date: click here.

Famous Toastery

119 Sparkleberry Lane | 2 more locations to come!

The FIRST location of Famous Toastery that is coming to Columbia, SC is expected to open mid-January! The building that used to be a McAllisters, is under construction right now. How exciting!

Famous Toastery is a North Carolina-based eatery that serves fresh ground coffee, breakfast famous-toasterysandwiches, omelets, stuffed french toast, hash browns, grits, biscuits & gray and more for breakfast. View their full breakfast menu here. They are also open for lunch, Foodies! Savor their BLT, Grilled chicken sandwich, meatloaf, Tuna salad, & blackened chicken Caesar wrap. View their full lunch menu here. You can order breakfast or lunch at any time in the day.

I spoke with Kim Kenney, franchisee, on the phone last week and now can’t wait to taste items off of their menus. Famous Toastery spent 7 years perfecting their model before they began to franchisee it out. They have a special service concept that I had never heard of before. It is called, “Every Server is your Server,” so essentially you will never have to look for a server. It is a team effort and every server is there to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible.

Famous Toastery is also famously known for their FRESH ingredients that are made every morning. Nothing is frozen. Kenney raved about their fresh squeezed orange juice! Plus, they serve fresh lobster rolls on the weekends and every table can expect fresh corn bread on their tables with homemade apple butter. Weekends and Famous Toastery go hand in hand.

Now what is very exciting about Famous Toastery is that they will have another location at 1301 Main Street Suites 200 & 300, as they are taking over the space of the Atlanta Bread Company and the Columbia News Stand. It is a neat spot along Main Street. Something unique that will be offered at the Main Street location, according to CEO, Robert Maynard, is that this downtown location will offer a “Grab n’ Go” system, as well as their normal dine in experience. This way if you are in a time crunch you can easily place your order online and pick it up! This Main Street location is expected to open the first of the summer or late spring of 2017.

This franchise requires 10 weeks of intense training, so you can be sure that your experience will be identical to that of the original location in North Carolina. Cool fact: CNBC named Famous Toastery in their article, “6 hot restaurant franchises to watch” in December 2015 and where it is based in Charlotte they have won MANY awards. The New Year can’t get here soon! Stay tuned.

Operating Hours: 

7 days a week! 7am – 3pm


2400 Devine St.

Tallulah is expected to open mid-December, as renovation on the former Dianne’s on Devine is coming along! Tallulah, a modern American restaurant, will in part boast a seasonal menu that will change weekly. They plan on serving medium sized dishes that will allow each person to order 2-3 plates. Your palette will not be limited in savory experiences, Foodies! Build your meal however you would like! You could even just grab one plate for a snack. This sounds like this is the perfect restaurant for the person that struggles with picking just one dish when they go out to eat. Tallulah

The restaurant will be divided into sections and will have a bar/lounge area where you will be able to walk in (no reservations) and a more formal dining room that will take reservations, as well as a glass enclosed patio area. On nice days they can open the windows, but on cold, rainy, or humid days the windows will be closed, yet you will still have a view.

I spoke with Russell Jones on the phone last week. Jones is a Columbia native and has been in the restaurant business for about 19 years! He moved away from South Carolina 12 years ago and while away worked at Jack Rose Dining Salon for about 2.5 years as their executive chef. Jones will be the executive chef at Tallulah and we can’t wait to taste Tallulah’s amazing dishes. Visit their Facebook page here for updates on opening!

Operating Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm (dining); 5pm – close (bar)

Columbia Brew Bus

Columbia Brew BusColumbia 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 Columbia Brew Tour allows you to experience Columbia’s craft beer scene! This ride includes a brewery led tasting session and facility tour at Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery and Swamp Cabbage Brewing. This is a 21 and over tour. At each stop you get at least 16 oz. of beer samples, a facility tour led by a brewery staff member, a Q&A with brewery staff, and the chance to buy brewery merchandise.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture

On the Wine and Spirits tour, experience the best way to visit and taste Columbia’s great distilleries and wine selection. The current tour stops include Copper Horse Distilling, Crouch Distilling and The Vino Garage. At each distillery, you get to sample at least three different craft spirits, enjoy a curated tasting of at least four different wine samples at Vino Garage, take a tour of the distilleries led by master distillers, and have a Q&A with the distillery and wine bar owners.columbia-brew-bus-tour-picture-2

The bus will have PLENTY of coolers all iced down and ready to keep your growler and bottle purchases cool until you take them home. Light snacks and water will be given out between brewery stops. Enjoy the sight seeing, trivia, and prizes along the way!

Columbia Brew BusColumbia Brew Bus offers all kind of deals! Whether it’s a birthday party, bachelor(ette) party, office get away, reunion or just a night out with your friends, they offer price breaks for groups of eight people or more. Columbia Brew Bus also offers military discounts, student discounts, and senior discounts. If you are the designated driver of the group, Columbia Brew Bus will gladly take the price of the beer provided out of the overall ticket price.

Book your tour today or see Columbia Brew Bus’s Facebook page.

Hop on with some friends and let the good times and bus roll!

Columbia Brew Tour Start Location: Liberty Taproom {828 Gervais St}; Columbia Wine & Spirits Tour Start Location: Bourbon {1214 Main Street}  |  columbiabrewbus.com

Tour Times: Fri 5:30 – 9pm; Sat 3 – 6:30pm; Sun 2 – 5:30pm

Autumn Cocktails at Mr. Friendly’s

Mr. Friendly’s welcomes the fall season with a fresh menu of creative cocktails!

The Boxcar
The Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur,arnold-palmer-with-mint
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 Bourbon, elderflower lemonade,
sweet tea, mint
Friendly Redemption
Redemption Rye Whiskey, Tart Apple Schrub, orange bitters,
fresh lemon, Barritts Ginger Beer
Harvest Punch
our house blend of red wine, Copper Horse Rum, peach schnapps,
seasonal fruit & fruit juices

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 as you want, or take home a variety of beers featured in their inventory of six packs, big bottles and cans!  They also have some cool custom swag for sale!

Dog friendly and wi-fi access

They strive to keep you up to date with new releases and what’s coming soon to our Draft Wall in order to continuously offer only the best selection possible. Check our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram below for the latest additions to our continuously-rotating taps


2706 Devine Street

Monday – Thursday: 11 AM to 8 PM

Friday : 11 AM to 9 PM
Saturday : 11 AM to 8 PM
Sunday: 1 PM to 7 PM


BBQ and Beer… Coming Soon

The Pot Smoker BBQ

931-A Senate Street pot-smoker-bbq

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 the original Pot Smoker BBQ location in North Augusta and we can’t wait to try this place out. 

Enjoy appetizers like crispy smoked wings, red neck nachos, smoked mushroom cap (vegetarian option), plus entrees like pork sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, their pulled pork plate, rib & pork combo plate, 1/2 a chicken plate & more. They will also have many sides to choose from – hash and rice, loaded potato, mac-n-cheese, baked beans, Cole slaw, and black eyed peas to just name a few. Round out your meal with one of their mouthwatering desserts – Carnegie Deli New York Cheesecake, Bomb Diggity Brownie, Rosemarie’s Pound Cake, Pecan Pie or Buttermilk Pie. The menu will be the same as the original location – click here to view it. Except for one small thing. Because they have a pizza oven in the restaurant, they may have something unique from the original Augusta location. Barbecue Pizza!!

The Pot Smoker BBQ will have fountains out front and the largest porch in the Vista area. Renovations are coming along – follow them on Facebook to keep track of progress & to know exact opening date closer to.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm

Columbia Craft Brewing Company

790 Huger Street/520 Greene Street

A microbrewery will open at 790 Huger Street aka 520 Greene Street, Foodies! This new craft brewing production company is coming to town & we are pretty excited!

Interior of Craft Brewing Co

Existing building interior – going to be renovated! Picture from the City of Columbia.

According to documents filed with the city, Columbia Craft Brewing Co. will occupy a converted warehouse and would be considered a production brewery. The microbrewery will include a 3,500-square-foot 15-barrel brewing facility, an 1,800-square-foot tap room and an outdoor beer garden.

They would have a tour-tasting room onsite that will allow for seating & consumption of beer onsite. Their outdoor area, labeled as a beer garden, could be made pet friendly, so this could be quite the hang out spot.

Their tasting room would be large enough to accommodate group tours, beer tour stops, special events and general walk-in traffic. They do not plan on having an elaborate menu, but may have an area for a hot dog cooker and pre-packaged items such as nuts, crackers, pretzels, etc. We will see!  This place is definitely about the beer.

The company has already trademarked the phrase “craft beer famously hopped” and a logo, according to a letter their CPA sent the city. “We have also protected names such as … ‘Famously Pale,’ ‘Famously Gold,’ ‘Famously Stout,’ and ‘Famously Red’ for an initial lineup of beers,” the letter reads. Columbia Craft has also hired “an award-winning professional brewer.”

We can’t wait to see this place be developed and renovated & we will update here when we know more information.

Weekday Therapy: Twin Peaks

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Twin Peaks: Happy HourTwin Peaks Appetizers

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, with their “Girl Next Door” charisma. We wondered if the food would be just as good…

Twin Peaks RestaurantIt was a relief to not have to worry about parking meters in the busy district; Twin Peaks has plenty of parking onsite. The first thing you notice upon entering the expansive bar and dining areas is the lodge-like feel of the place. The wood-paneled walls, vintage signage, big game-mounted trophies, suspended canoe and handmade, rustic dining chairs all added to the unique vibe. Of course, this is a sports lodge within a city, and so those features stand in contrast to the ubiquitous large-screen HD televisions, which is just perfect for anyone who wants to get away from civilization for a few hours, but not too far away! Carmen rightly observed that this is definitely THE place to catch a game, but yet it was not so loud that we couldn’t talk, noted Kathy.

Twin Peaks says every seat has a knockout view, and we did – sitting right near the mozzarella-biteslarge, garage door-type windows to enjoy the late day breeze and great people-watching on Gervais Street. We were warmly welcomed by Bri, our Twin Peaks Girl. Bri helped us choose a few appetizers and we finally decided on the Triple Play (3 dips and tortilla chips), Mozzarella Cheese Bites and chicken wings. Virginia was a big fan of the Triple Play’s fresh avocado smash and chipotle queso dip. Kathy really enjoyed the extra thin, crispy tortilla chips with homemade fire roasted salsa, its chargrilled tomatoes and peppers lending a good dose of heat. The Cheese Bites were Tina and Carmen’s fave – hand cut and breaded to order, with just the right amount of seasoning and served in camp-style cookware, these were not your kids’ mozzarella sticks!

Kathy and Virginia at Twin Peaks

Kathy & Virginia

At Twin Peaks, you can build “the perfect chicken wing” with their options of Bone-In Naked, Bone-In Breaded, Boneless Fried wings, or Smoked and Grilled “Better for you Wings”. Choose from several sauces or rubs, and you’ve got your perfect wings, your way. We opted for the Bone-In Naked Classic, Smoky Sweet BBQ, Garlic Parmesan and Spicy Thai Chili sauces and everyone was able to find a favorite. Miriam is our group’s chicken wing aficionado. Miriam. Loves. Wings. She was excited to see so many options. She is also the writer of our Foodie News, and mentioned Twin Peaks’ wing discount – Buy 6 Wings, Get 6 Wings Free with Purchase of a Beverage…perfect! (click here for link to offer!) Speaking of beverages, Twin Peaks has always prided itself on serving the  coldest beer in town, at a bone-chilling 29-degrees. Indeed, the frosty mugs of Twin Peaks’ Dirty Blonde brew that Bri quickly brought out were so cold, they had Kathy and Sarah shivering!

Twin Peaks Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

By the end of the hour, Twin Peaks’ cold drinks, fiery wings and warm and friendly service had us all in good spirits and making plans to return for another adventurous dining experience!

Address: 600 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

Hours: Everyday 11am – 2am

Phone Number: 803.602.3667

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TwinPeaksColumbiaTheVista/?fref=ts


Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you choose to order. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com

NewsFlash: City Roots Launches Farmers Market!

This Thursday City Roots launches their own Farmers MarketCity Roots 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 City Roots’ farm, pasture-raised pork, lamb and poultry, free range eggs, artisan breads, organic maize products, fresh milk and butter, cheese, honey and a selection of craft beer and wine. Each week, Farm to Table Event Company will prepare seasonal, farm-driven food for purchase, and they’ll offer tastings, live acoustic music and a farm tour at each market. On Oct. 20, enjoy music by the Tom Hall and the Plow Brothers!

City Roots has partnered with other local, sustainable farmers to offer a fun, alternative shopping experience, as well as the chance to get to know the farmers and producers responsible for your food. The market is designed to be a one-stop shop for locally-sourced, CSA-driven meals, in a relaxed farm environment.

Want to know what farms are participating? Click here!

Visit their launch Facebook page here. Enjoy Foodies!

Grill Marks

Located in the Vista, Grill Marks is a sophisticated burger joint with a full service bar andFries 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 $8.99 “Three Way” option that allows you to enjoy pick any three of these apps: Skinny Fries, Fat Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, White Truffle Parmesan Fries, Bleu & Pimento Cheese Fries, Fried Pickles, Fried Green Tomatoes, Onion Rings, White Truffle Parmesan Chips, or Bacon and Bleu Chips w/ cracked pepper.

Certified Angus BeefNext comes the Burgers and UnBurgers. All Grill Marks burgers are freshly ground from a custom blend of only the finest 100% Certified Angus Beef. Try the Hot Mess Burger, which includes two beef patties, a grilled hot dog, chili, cheddar, swiss, American applewood smoked bacon, onion straws, fried pickle, lettuce, and tomato. We’d love to see someone try to take a bite out of that monster! Or try the Hawaiian Punch burger: grilled pineapple, bacon, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño pesto, lettuce, and tomato. Let’s get tropical! Choose from over ten burgers – ALL #mouthwatering…you can’t go wrong.

Not into Beef? Grill Marks also has amazing veggie burgers, turkey burgers, fresh salmon, and marinated chicken sandwiches! Order the Heavenly Veggie, which is Grill Marks’ special blend of roasted veggies, black beans, herbs, and spices combined into a mouth-watering patty with pepper jack cheese, jalapeño pesto, lettuce, and tomato. The Foghorn Leghorn Game Clucker is also amazing, featuring grilled chicken breast, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle aioli.

Halloween FreakshakeFollow that Mouthwatering Burger with a Sweet Treat! You simply can’t leave Grill Marks until you’ve ordered dessert – it’s THAT good! We recommend The Tower, which is a bed of brownies with a mattress of ice cream, topped with a hard chocolate shell and pretzel rods. Or if you want to share, order the Sundae Fundae, which is Grill Marks MEGA dessert. You’ll love very large spin on a classic favorite!

They have a large variety of desserts and drinks. From Floats, Marks Famous Milkshakes, Spiked Floats, Shaketails (milkshakes minus the milk. Add liquor!), Beer Shakes (spun with homemade vanilla ice cream) to Freakshakes the possibilities seem to be endless. So whether you feel like a brownie or a beer milkshake you are in the right place.

Grill Marks has even crafted a special FreakShake in the spirit of Halloween. Wow! It is a nerds shake topped with ice cream and green whipped cream. They smothered it with monster gummies, oreoes, sprinkles, then drizzled with chocolate and strawberry puree and topped with a creepy gummy EYEBALL! Ask your server about it today.

View their ENTIRE menu here!! It will leave your taste buds forcing you to visit asap.

Grill Marks is also a favorite brunch spot. They serve brunch on Saturdays & Sundays from 11am – 3pm. It’s the perfect chance to try out their Ultimate Bloody Mary (pictured on left below) or a yummy Benedict burger with a couple of Bellini’s! You just can’t go wrong when given those two choices.

This past Thursday I ate at Grill Marks with my boyfriend for the first time and LOVED it. I had a foster puppy with me and they have a wonderful “outdoor dining” area, though I was still “in” the restaurant which was neat. From where I was sitting I could see the moon in the sky and a few tables over Governor Nikki Haley was dining too.  I felt like it was a very relaxed atmosphere and our waitress was great too. I ordered from their special menu for Restaurant Week Columbia – get 3 for $15! I enjoyed their homemade Chocolate Milk shake, delicious BCB burger, and a side of skinny fries. And oh my goodness – I was NOT disappointed. They had mayo, ketchup, and mustard on the table, so my burger was messy and amazing! My boyfriend did not order off the special menu for Restaurant Week and ended up with a generous side of onion rings (we devoured them together!) and their Hawaiian Punch Burger – Applewood Smoked bacon, pepper-jack cheese, grilled pineapple, jalapeño pesto, lettuce, & tomato. The onion rings tasted really good to me and I liked dipping them in the sauce that was served with them. Our foster pup slept under my chair the entire time and enjoyed the bowl of water they brought out for her. They also sell dog treats (Grill Barks) that a dog shouldn’t have to go without;) It was a great night and we enjoyed walking along Gervais Street after our meal. View the special menu that I ordered off of here. Officially a fan of Grill Marks!! Enjoy, Foodies!

See Grill Marks’ Facebook page here.

711 Gervais St.  |  grillmarks.comgrillmarks.com

Hours:  Mon – Thurs 11am – 10pm; Fri & Sat 11am – 11pm; Sun 11am – 9pm

Shared Recipes!

Oven Roasted Quail With Lime Glaze

By: Manchester Farms (a local farm producing quail meat, eggs and products)

A wonderful way to serve roasted quail, Foodies!
  1. 4 raw quail (about 1 pound in weight)
  2. All purpose flour for dredging
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1½ tablespoon bacon drippings
  5. 2 tablespoons lime juice
  6. 4 tablespoons maple syrup. Honey, or agave
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly dredge quail in flour, then lightly salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium, ovenproof skillet, heat bacon drippings, then pan fry quail over medium heat, skin side down, for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn over, then fry for an additional 3 minutes. Pour lime juice and maple syrup into the bottom of the skillet from the side, not over the quail.
  5. Transfer to the oven, and roast for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove, cut each quail in half, then serve immediately, pouring the maple lime glaze over the top.

More of Manchester Farm’s recipes here.

Rose Sangria

By: Bobby Flay

Need a new drink recipe that reminds you of summer days that have passed? From the T.V. show “Chew” this recipe serves 4-6 people and is divine. rose-sangria


  • 1 bottle of good quality rosé wine (chilled)
  • 1 cup peach nectar
  • 1/4 cup raspberry brandy
  • 1 gala apple (cored and thinly sliced)
  • 1 large ripe peach (halved and finely diced)
  • 1 soccarat raspberries
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • raspberry club soda or seltzer (chilled)
  • fresh mint sprigs (for garnish)
  • ice cubes (to serve)


  • Combine the wine, nectar, brandy, apple, peach, raspberries and blackberries in a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 8 hours to chill and let flavors meld. 
  • Serve over ice and top off with a splash of club soda and garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.

Learn better through seeing? Click here to view a clip from their show and see the deliciousness for yourself.

Restaurant Week Columbia

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association announces a special edition of Restaurant Week… beginning October 13th and ending October 23rd.  Special offers from some of our favorite restaurants! Check these out:grill-marks-burger1

Grill Marks :: 3 for $15 includes choice of beverage (any non-alc beverage including drinks like a Salted Caramel Milkshake or an Orange Crush Float!) a delicious, fresh burger (they have 4 different types offered with the deal) and a side (white truffle parmesan fries for me, please!).  See the Restaurant Week menu here.

Mr. Friendly’s :: Enjoy a three course dinner for only $30 per person. Start off with any soup or salad on their menu and then move onto your main course, as you get to choose from a selection of 6 different entrees. Finally, round your meal with dessert! Yum. See their Restaurant Week menu here.

Gervais & Vine :: $48 per couple or $26 single plus $15 off any bottle of wine.  Share an appetizer, choose a salad or soup, share wonderful tapas and desserts! See the Restaurant Week menu here.

Solstice Kitchen :: Enjoy a three course dinner for only $30 per person. Start off by choosing any salad from their regular menu, butternut squash bisque, heritage farms pork belly tacos, peel & eat Atlantic white shrimp or fried green tomatoes…and that’s just your options for your first course! See their full Restaurant Week menu here.

Tombo Grille :: Enjoy a three course dinner for just $29 per person. For your main entree savor Palmetto Farms Cornish Hen, Shrimp and Grits, Braised Short Rib, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, or Seared Salmon…the choice is yours! View their full Restaurant Week menu here.

Cellar on Greene :: Enjoy a special dinner menu for only $22 per person. Enjoy three delicious courses of your choosing. For your second course you can choose pan seared lane snapper, citrus-ginger seared sea scallops, pan seared flat iron steak, bronzed pork tenderloin, or bucatini primavera! Yum. See their full Restaurant Week menu here.

M Kitchen :: $50 per couple INCLUDES a bottle of wine!  Share an appetizer (bring on the Fried Avocado!), choose 2 entrees (love they included Jumbo Shrimp in the menu), and then share a signature dessert like Green Tea Cheesecake! See the Restaurant Week menu here.

View all participating restaurants here!

Weekday Therapy: Twisted Spur Brewing

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Twisted Spur Brewing Happy Hour

Monday-Friday 4-7 PM
Discounts on beer, liquor and wine
25% off oysters-9 varieties available
Discounts on select appetizers

WHO: The Gardener Guides gals recently got a firsthand look at one of the Vista’s newer dining establishments – Happy Hour at Twisted Spur Brewing. As it was a lovely September day in the Midlands, we decided to sit outside on the covered patio. Carmen was impressed with the relaxed feel of the outdoor area and said it was perfect for gathering at the end of the day. We were all pleasantly surprised by the unexpected quiet of a restaurant on busy Gervais Street during rush hour. The outdoor seating is off the main drag and runs along the east side of the historic building.


Carmen, Virginia, Miriam, Sarah & Tina. Photo Cred: Kathy

We loved our server, the inimitable Matt, who doubles as a pastry chef (his own creation is featured on the Twisted Spur menu – Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with a Raspberry and Carolina Peach Sauce!) and was super-informative and helpful. Matt immediately knew what to ask us in order to determine what to select from their list of house-made beers. With Kathy and Sarah’s requests of “not hoppy” and “pale”, Matt was off to the twisted-spur-nachosbrewmaster. He returned with two Southern Belle Blondes, which fit the bill splendidly. Virginia chose the Sleeping Beauty, a lavender and chamomile pale ale with slightly sweet notes.

WHAT: Having received our drinks, it was on to the food! Jacob, Twisted Spur’s manager, recommended some of the more unusual starters: Yellowfin Tuna and Watermelon Nachos, the Twisted Charcuterie plate, Stuffed Portobello mushrooms, and the P.E.I. mussels special. Tina was bowled over by the nachos’ unique mix of flavors: seared tuna, Jack and Feta cheeses, pickled jalapenos, ginger, lime, cilantro and watermelon poke, with citrus sour cream, over tortilla chips. Even Miriam, who had never eaten Yellowfin tuna before and isn’t “that big into fish”, deemed it amazing! Virginia also loved the tuna nachos, and added that she had a tough time choosing a favorite as “everything was delicious” – that coming from a self-described picky eater!


Stuffed Bellos

Carmen so enjoyed the panko-fried mushroom caps loaded with shrimp, cheese, basil, pesto and red pepper coulis that she’s planning to go back for dinner and Kathy, who is typically not a fan of mussels, called them one of her favorite dishes that day. She especially loved the sauce they came in – a rich, garlicky broth made with the same Southern Belle Blonde she was currently drinking, and went on to say that if they were added to the menu, she would order them regularly. The Twisted Charcuterie plate, featuring the Chef’s rotating selection of aged cheeses and cured meats (we had prosciutto, hard salami, smoked gouda, manchego and Danish blue cheeses) was Sarah’s favorite, more for the innovative condiments served along with it – beer mustard, a seeded honey spread made with walnuts, poppy seeds and sesame seeds, and pickled red onions.

The dishes we had all suggested a freshness, which was backed up by Matt’s vast knowledge about the food he serves and where it comes from. He informed us that the food is made from scratch and with local ingredients, and that many of the dishes are also made in concert with the house brews (see Bourbon Bacon Aioli, Beer Mac & Cheese, Hefeweizen Vinaigrette and Blonde & Cheddar soup). He went on to say that Twisted Spur is the only restaurant in Columbia to get grass fed, grain finished steak from the Myers Farm’s Beef Program, which they cut in house, and said their oyster raw bar features several varieties of fresh oysters daily.

The pairings of fantastic food with well-crafted beers were great examples of the creativity of the chef at Twisted Spur, especially for these seasoned Happy Hour-goers who are wary



of the usual bar offerings we frequently encounter. We will be back!

WHERE: Address: 705 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201


Monday – Friday: 4pm – 12am
Saturday: 10am – 2am
Sunday: 10am – 12am

Phone Number: 803.764.0203

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/twistedspurbrewing/


Wanna join us on our next one? Every other Tuesday our office gets together to try out a new or tried & true restaurant in Greater Columbia for adult beverages and appetizers….it’s a great way to relax and enjoy each other outside the office. Join us! Send us your email address…we’d love to meet you and get your take on the dishes & drinks you try. Send your email address to kathy@gardenerguides.com

NewsFlash: The Final Door

Foodies. We have a fun idea for you! If you like beer or wine…or mysteries…or clue games…or a challenge. Or all of the above – the Final Door is for you.final-door-drinks1

The Final Door located at 930 Knox Abbot Drive in Cayce, is a fun alternative to a bar if you are looking for something a little different for your next date night or group hang out. The Final Door, Columbia’s Ultimate Escape Room Game, is the only escape room in Columbia that serves beer and wine!

They have a cozy lobby with games, beer and wine. Arrive at least 30 minutes early for some pre-gaming & liquid courage in their lounge before your escape room experience. Or purchase beverages to be hidden in your room that you can find while you are playing!! How cool is that? Find drinks throughout your adventure! Also, you can stay afterwards and watch the next group play, while enjoying your beer/wine/non-alcoholic beverage. They have a variety of rotating options from low to high end wines. Andre and Line 39’s Pinot Noir (if you’re on a budget) to Chateau Montelena (bottles only) & 2010 Merlot by Broken Earth Winery. They also offer non-alcoholic drinks such as coke, Gatorade, root beer, red bull, etc.

Lounge AreaAt the Final Door, sixty minutes will fly by as you attempt to unlock the door to your escape – leave your high heels at home. Their escape room called The Sacrifice goes something like this: You’ve been captured by the Sisterhood of the Eastern Star! Use your wit to solve puzzles and escape your captors. Can you escape the room before one of your team members are sacrificed by the cult? Up to 8 people in the room, restraints used for part of the game, must be 18+ to play without parental consent, uneven floors.

Opening in just a few weeks, Blackout will be a brand new room built for 2-4 people, making it great for a thrilling date night. Are you afraid of the dark? You awaken to find yourself trapped in a pitch black cellar. Will you be able to overcome your fear and escape before your kidnapper returns? Pitch black conditions for portions of the game, uneven floors.

And then Zombie Apocalypse is opening later in October – just in time for the Halloween scares!  There is 1 hungry zombie chained to the wall in this room and you only have 60 minutes to escape. Every 5 minutes a buzzer sounds & the chain is released another foot from the wall! Ahh!

Although their rooms are known to claim many victims, visitors of all ages are sure to have a great time! The Final Door is the most challenging fun you’ll ever have in sixty minutes. So, gather up a group of friends, family, or co-workers for happy hour or after dinner drinks and see if you can work together to solve puzzles, find clues, and ultimately escape one of their rooms. Book your room here!!!

The Final Door

The Final Door is 100% locally owned and operated. These two sisters, Lexie and Tracy, have a passion for giving you the highest quality experience – have fun, Foodies!


Opening Open

New eateries, bars, & restaurants, new jobs, growth….NEW FOODS, new recipes, new creations, neat concoctions! Its all a happening! When we find out that a new eatery or drinkery will be opening its doors here in Cola – our taste buds are a back flippin’.

Smoothie King Smoothie King

1205 Lincoln St.

This brand new location of Smoothie King opened its doors a few weeks ago & we are pretty elated about it. Now it is even easier to enjoy smoothies with a purpose! Stephen Kuhnau created the Smoothie King smoothie (the original nutritional smoothie) in the late 1960’s and since 1989, Smoothie King has been named #1 franchise in their category 20 times. History, purpose, flavor, + healthy ingredients – their smoothies have it all. Read our latest review of the restaurant here!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 7am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Arepazo Latin Food 



904 Knox Abbott Drive | 954.696.5986

On September 24th Arepazo Latin Food opened their doors & began serving fresh + authentic Venezualan food in Cayce. Siblings Jorge Barboza and Marisol Barboza are excited to meet the demand for this delicious and healthy food. Enjoy Cachitos (hand filled crescent shaped rolls), Tequeños (cheese sticks), Pan de Bono (colombian cheese bread), Arepas (a corn flour disc stuffed with meats, cheeses, beans, eggs or veggies! — see picture on right), Empanadas Venezolanas, Colombianas y Argentinas! & Cachapas (a panckaes made from sweet corn and served with handmade cheese). Venezuelan soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast plates & more! Yum!! Give them a try, Foodies.

Hours of operation:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Clean Eatz

5225 Sunset Blvd. | 803.490.2657 

Clean Eatz

Good for you Nachos

Imagine new meals every week that you don’t have to put together! Clean Eatz has been opened for about 6 weeks and says that Clean Eating is not a diet. It is a lifestyle approach to eating food in its most natural state. They give you the tools needed by preparing properly portioned sized meals with a balance of protein, carbs, and fats. Their meals eliminate the guessing, temptation, and lack of being prepared due to a busy lifestyle. Clean Eatz Meal Plans offers you the opportunity to have a personal chef prepare every meal for you at a cost you can afford. Costs: 5 meals- $38; 10 meals- $68; 15 meals- $98; 21 meals- $128. Meal Plans can be picked up every Monday & placed Thursday – Sunday. Click here to learn more about their meal plans. Also, Clean Eatz has a freezer out front stocked with grab n’ go meals and they have a cafe menu. No grease, no sodium & no processed foods! They have a variety of options, so stop in and check them out.

Hours of Operation: 

Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm


1305 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce | 803.828.4520
Bayou Chicken

Bayou Chicken

This new location of Schlotzsky’s opened its doors on September 15th. Enjoy amazing sandwiches galore – they take variety to a whole new level. View their menu here! They also serve artisan flat breads, soups, salads, gourmet pizzas, desserts, kidz meals, and oven-baked pastas such as bayou chicken (canestrelli pasta in their Andouille cream sauce, with roasted red peppers, hand-carved chicken, Italian sausage, Applewood smoked bacon, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese) & tomato-basil Canestrelli (canestrelli pasta tossed in tomato-basil sauce with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese). You can’t go wrong giving this place a try.

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 10:30am – 10pm

Chickadees Diner Chickadees Diner

1729 Marshall St. | 803.661.7098
With breakfast served all day, 20th-century decor, and waitresses clad in red-and-white-striped dresses complete with high white socks, red tennis shoes, and jaunty paper hats, Chickadees Diner would fit right in in the 1950s. But on closer look, it reveals itself to be more than a classic diner. Creative eats such as a grouper sandwich drizzled with salted maple butter, fried-green-tomato burgers, and the Velvet Elvis french toast–with chocolate, blackberry jam, bananas, marshmallows, and peanut butter–cater to a more modern crowd. Chickadees Diner has moved from Irmo to downtown Columbia! Check out their brand new restaurant behind Palmetto Richland Hospital at 1729 Marshall Street. Open 7 Days a Week! Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Dine In or Carry Out – Catering & Box Lunches – Online Ordering…they’ve got it all.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am-3pm

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 smoothie-king-fall-picthem a nutritious and convenient alternative to fast food. And they are available in over SEVENTY choices to suit a wide variety of needs.

Fitness Blends. Slim Blends. Wellness Blends. And even Blends to Take a Break. Smoothie King has a wide variety of smoothies to meet your unique purpose & needs.

Fitness blend? Try the Hulk smoothie – made with Butter Pecan Ice cream, Bananas, Weight Gain Blend, Non-Fat Milk, Turbinado, Wheat Germ, Whey Protein & Vanilla. Yum! This is just one of many blends designated to help you in your fitness journey!

Smoothie KingSlim blend? Try their Angel Food smoothie made with strawberries, bananas, non-fat milk, vanilla & turbinado or Island Impact blend made with pineapple, mango juice blend, papaya juice blend, protein blend, & mango sorbert.

Wellness blends?
 Enjoy their Green Tea Tango smoothie crafted with matcha green tea, choice of one fruit, protein blend, vanilla frozen yogurt & turbinado or their Acai Adventure smoothie made with acai sorbert, apple juice, blueberry juice blend, protein blend & turbinado.
Don’t know which smoothie you should order to meet your purpose? Visit their website here (scroll down and look on the left side) & fill in the blanks “I want to…” & “so I can…” and a list of recommended smoothies for YOU will appear. Start blending with Smoothie King, Foodies!


4601B Forest Drive, Columbia | 803.401.5340

945 Lake Murray Blvd Suite G, Irmo | 803.407.2555

1205 Lincoln St.

New to the Menu

Smoothie King: New Coffee High Protein Smoothies New Coffee High Protein Smoothies

Love coffee, but wish it where better for you? We have a solution for you – Smoothie King.

Start your mornings off right with one of Smoothie King’s NEW Coffee High Protein Smoothies. Blended with handcrafted New Orleans-style cold brew coffee, protein and almonds, each Smoothie is a delicious and convenient way to shift your purpose into high gear. Almond Mocha, Vanilla, Raspberry Mocha, and Cinnamon Latte – all the flavors for all the taste buds. Enjoy, Foodies!

Twisted Spur Brewing: New Breakfast Burrito & Sweet Potato Pancakenew-breakfast-burritos

Enjoy brunch at Twisted Spur on Saturday or Sunday From 10am – 2pm! Quench your thirst with a $5 Mimosa or Bloody Mary, as you give their two new menu items a try.

Their Breakfast Burrito is made with scrambled eggs, peppers & onions, black beans, cheddar cheese & peppered bacon and is wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. Deliciousness! Its already been quite the hit. Also, give their NEW Sweet Potato Pancakes (made with local Adluh flour) a try. You can’t go wrong with brunch at Twisted Spur. Yummm!  Check out more about them on Facebook here.

Twisted Spur Brewing

Fall Cocktails!

Sidle up to the bar and request that the barkeep create one of these refreshing drinks! Don’t forget to tip ’em!

Mr. Friendly’s New Cocktails: (good names, great taste!)

The Boxcar: The Brothers Vilgalys Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur, Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, organge bitters, lemon juice, giner beer Mr. Friendly's cocktail

Rosemary Salty Dog: Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, grapefruit juice, rosemary, grapefruit bitters, soda, salt rim

The Carolina Golfer: Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon, elderflower lemonade, sweet tea, mint

711 Gervais St. | 803.661.8932Grill Marks Cocktail

Grill Marks has over 10 different cocktails on their menu that are just waiting to be sipped on, Foodies! We suggest you give them all a try to find your favorite, but here are a few super creative ones:

Apple of My Pie: Spiced rum, cinnamon, apple juice, lemon juice

MARKScow Mule: Reyka vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer, agave

Fresh MARKarita: 1800, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, lime

MARK-n-stormy: Gosslings rum, ginger beer, fresh lime, agave

Cock N’ Bull

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 United States, bottled domestic and imported beers, their large selection of ales extends from pales to porters!
saladWhen dining at the Cock N’ Bull Pub, we recommend beginning by ordering the Black Bean Nachos: fresh corn tortilla chips with queso, jalapenos, pico de gallo and sour cream. You can even add chicken! In the mood for wings? Give their Tavern Wings (10 wings, choice of house sauce, Buffalo or Thai sweet chili) a try.

Now for the main dish, you can get the Pan Fried Shrimp Burger, which is a shrimp patty with Philly Cheese Steakremoulade, lettuce and tomato. Yes, please! Or you could order a B.L.T salad that is topped with grilled chicken, tomato, crumbled bacon, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese. If you’re looking for more common pub fare, order the Bull Burger, which is perfectly seasoned & hand pattied with lettuce, tomato, mayo & mustard. Their Philly Cheese steak is also amazing…you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu!

Mixed DrinkNow this restaurant is LOADED with daily specials, Foodies! Monday is Trivia and Pint night ($3 pints), Tuesday is Taco Night ($2 rotating flavors every week), Thursday brings Curry specials, Friday means Fish & Chips, and Saturday is Soccer Saturday, which means rotating beer specials during games! See the Cock N’ Bull Pub’s Facebook page here.

Cock N' Bull Pub

A warm welcome awaits you at the Cock N’ Bull Pub!

326 South Edisto Avenue  |  803.251.4474



Lunch: Wed – Sat 11am – 2:30pm

Sunday Brunch: 11am – 2:30pm

Dinner: Mon – Sun 5 – 10pm

Happy Hour: Tues – Fri 2:30 – 7pm

Outside the City Limits: Greenville

Hey, hey hey, Foodies! We have a Food Lover Event, Fall for Greenville, to share with you that is actually happening in Greenville, SC, so it is definitely outside our city limits. A great reason to get away for the weekend.

Fall For Greenville: Indulge in a weekend full of flavor

October 14 – 16, 2016 | Main St. of Greenville

Discover a world of tempting tastes, sights and sounds, as mouthwatering aromas
carry you along Greenville’s Main Street. With over 40 restaurants featuring over
250 menu items, free entertainment on six stages, beer/wine, & culinary demonstrations -Greenville invites you to enjoy the Southeast’s most popular outdoor festival. Click here to view the eats!

Times of event:

Kick-Off Concert Thursday, October 13: 6:30 p.m – 10 p.m.
Friday, October 14: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, October 15: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 16: Noon to 7 p.m.

Also, while you are in town here are 2 restaurants that we like:

Grill Marks grill-marks-burger

209 S. Main St. | 864.233.5825
Grill Marks has amazing, mouthwatering burgers, yes, but what we also have to rave about their milkshakes. OUT OF THIS WORLD!!
Grill Marks has a new concoction called Freakshakes and this is basically a milkshake with super powers – each starts with a milkshake, topped with ice cream (made fresh daily!), whipped cream and
Grill Marks' FreakshakesLOTS of toppings. Here are the 3 different options of freakshakes: (all amazing…you can’t go wrong!)

*Cookies & Cream Dirt: Cookies & Cream Milkshake, Oreos, Scoop of Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Gummy Worms, Oreo Crumbles

 *Chocolate Brownie Crack: Vanilla Milkshake, Scoop of Ice Cream, Chocolate Crack, Chocolate Chips, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Crack Dipped Brownie
*Salted Caramel & Heath Bar Crunch: Salted Caramel Milkshake, Scoop of Ice Cream, Caramels, Heath Bar Crunch, Caramel Sauce, Pinch of Salt

Larkin’s on the River

318 S Main St. | 864.467.9777 

Larkin’s on the River – a foodie’s paradise.Whether your taste buds are in the mood for Veal Osso Bucco (braised veal shank, red wine sauce, mushroom mashed potatoes), Larkin's on the River in Greenville SCChilean Sea Bass (Julienne vegetables, risotto, tomato coulis, burre blanc), or their NEW Signature Seafood Tower – you have chosen to dine at the right place. Round out your meal with their Bourbon Bread Pudding (Bourbon caramel sauce, raisins and dried cranberries) or their house-made ice cream and you’ll be set to conqueror the world. Click here to view their perfect endings too — you can’t go wrong. Lots of great drinks, food, and good times await.

New to the Menu

New to the Menu

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe: New Lunch Menu Items

2001 – A Greene St. | 803.254.7828

Low Country Grilled Chicken “Stack”
fried green tomatoes, applewood bacon pimento cheese,
molasses-mustard bbq sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes,
your choice of speckled butterbean succotash or creole slaw
Blackeye Pea Salad
sweet pepper confit, cumin-coriander sour cream,
pickled okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, shaved onions,
croutons, our famous new southern bbq vinaigrette
Southwest Grilled Chicken Sandwich
monterey jack cheese, molasses-mustard bbq sauce,
jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, shaved onion, chips, pickle

Crepes et Croissants

1465 Sumter St. | 803.462.4779

Located in the heart of beautiful Cola, Crepes et Croissants offers sweet and savory French crêpes as well as other French specialties for breakfast and lunch. And guess what? They now serve WEEKEND Brunch which means that your weekend just got a whole lot more delicious. (Opened Saturdays: 8am – 2pm and Sundays: 10am – 2pm). Crepes et Croissants recently added a new item to their savory menu – French Toast, the ultimate brunch item! All under $6 here are your FOUR delicious options….. full menu here.

Types of french toast

Meet OMB’s Chef

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Jeniffer Sturgis (delightfully, she goes by her last name “Sturgis”), chef at Old Mill Brewpub in Lexington is behind each phenomenally tasting dish at OMB and we were happy to catch up with her! From their long list of huge, mouthwatering burgers to seasonal beers on tap…..full menu here!

Foodie News: Where did you grow up and what influenced you to become a chef?
Sturgis: I grew up in Darlington, SC. I have always enjoyed cooking. Even as a small child, cooking shows were my go-to, over cartoons. As many children do, I learned a lot about the basics from spending time with my grandmother. I am very artistic and inquisitive and I feel that being a chef allows me to incorporate these two attributes into my daily life better than any other profession would.
Foodie News: Did you attend culinary school or learn on the job?
Sturgis: I have no formal culinary training, but I also do not feel that this is necessary in order to be a great chef.  Most of my knowledge has come from on the job training as well as reading and television shows.  We are living in a time where food/cooking is such a popular culture topic…it is exciting to be able to literally learn more about your job from simply watching TV. I actually plan my vacations around restaurants. My last vacation was in NYC, where I went to Morimoto’s and actually got to meet him – what a chef-fy thing to do!
OMB's Chocolate Stout Braised Brisket

Chocolate Stout Braised Brisket Sandwich

Foodie News: Old Mill Brewpub offers special seasonal dishes like Eggplant Parmesan Alfredo & Chocolate Stout Braised Brisket Sandwich. What goes into developing these new dishes?
Sturgis: Being an actual Brewpub, we try to incorporate as much beer into our food menu as we can.  The chocolate stout braised brisket is one of our menu items that does just that.  The brisket is braised in Holy City Pluff Mud Porter and then finished with caramelized onions, white cheddar horseradish-chive cheese, and a citrus hop mayo. We also try to make sure we have several vegetarian and/or gluten free options on our menu for our customers who may have special dietary needs.  The Eggplant Parmesan Alfredo is an example of one of these items. The eggplant is panko breaded, then beer battered and fried. It is then smothered in marinara and parmesan and baked before being placed on top of Alfredo penne and served with garlic toast.
Foodie News: What kind of cooking do you most enjoy?
Sturgis: If I had to pick a cuisine that I enjoy cooking most, it would be Northern Italian because it is very similar to southern cuisine…very much seafood, game, and vegetables.  It is easy to incorporate the things I have learned about cooking while growing up in the south with the principles involved in Northern Italian cooking.
Foodie News: What is your favorite part of your job at Old Mill Brewpub?
Sturgis: My favorite part of my job at OMB is being able to be creative when developing our weekly specials….essentially, “playing with food”.  Not only is it important for our regulars who get to enjoy something new each week, it gives all of our customers something different to try as our specials are usually a little outside of the box, so to speak.

Shared Recipes from Peach Recipe Contest Winners!

Winning FIRST place at the Lexington County Peach Festival for the salad/main dish category, this Peach Taco Salad recipe is gold – try it out for yourself!

Peach Taco Salad — Prepared by Clyde Sanders peach salsa
Bake 4 large flour tortillas at 400 degrees for 5 – 8 minutes by placing each flour tortilla in oven-proof bowl or metal tortilla pan to create the taco salad bowl shape.
Put a Tbsp of olive oil in a pan.  Add shrimp (1 pound to 1 ½ pounds) and a Tbsp. of taco seasoning mix.  Saute until done.  Set aside.
Peach Salsa:
4 large peaches chopped small
1 cup of lime juice
2 Tbsp of sugar
1 medium chopped Vidalia onion
2 cups of bell pepper (red, yellow, green)
2 jalapenos chopped
4 cloves of garlic chopped
½ cup of chopped cilantro
Put in heavy saucepan and cook until thickened.
Assembly of tacos:
Put lettuce in bottom of each and then shrimp and more shrimp.  Garnish with tomatoes, radishes, and your homemade peach salsa on top!
Love desserts? This recipe for Peach Cheesecake Filo Shells won FIRST place at the festival in the dessert category.

Peach Cheesecake Filo Shells — Prepared by Sonja Lumpkin Peach recipe

3 – 4 boxes of Mini Filo Shells
2 – 2 ½ cups fresh peaches
1 large jar of Peach Jam/Preserves (will need ¼ cup plus 1 cup)
2 eggs
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat eggs & cream cheese together.  Add sugar and vanilla, beating until well blended.  Add ¼ cup peach jam/preserves and mix until incorporated.  Teaspoon mixture into prepared shells and bake approximately 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool.
Mix 1 cup jam/preserves with 2 – 2 ½ cups peaches finely diced or chopped in blender.
Spoon about ½ – ¾ teaspoon on top of filled, baked shells.  Refrigerate for at least an hour or freeze until serving.

Openings/Coming Soon: Fall 2016

Opening Open

Blue Flour Bakery Blue Flour Bakery

Coming in November 2016 to 1210 Main Street!! Blue Flour Bakery has been opened in Irmo, SC for 7 years, but will be opening a NEW location this November. Focusing on decorated sugar cookies, brownies, big cookies!, muffins, quiche, and lots of homemade items like pimento cheese. At their new location they will be expanding their hours and expanding their menu! Get ready to enjoy their breakfast sandwiches and fun new retail items like local teas, honeys, and coffee. You can visit their current location at 7703 St. Andrews Rd. or call them at 803.407.3603, but get ready for this exciting new addition to downtown life.

Midwood Smokehouse

803.764.1231 | Cross Hill Market {702 Cross Hill Rd., Cola}

Calling all BBQ lovers! Midwood Smokehouse has made its way from North Carolina down to savory South Carolina and our barbecue culture is better for it. Near Whole Foods Market off Devine Street, Midwood Smokehouse (opened this year!) is a welcome addition to the food scene. Their pit masters burn hickory wood 24 hours a day, seven days a week to bring you the juiciest, freshest barbecue that you are craving, but this restaurant serves more than just barbecue!

Their menu drools. Literally! We started off with their Pimento Cheese Fries (crinkle-cut fries topped with homemade pimento cheese) and their Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos – hickory smoked jalapeno filled with Monterrey Jack cheese wrapped in bacon (served with buttermilk ranch). YUM!Midwood Smokehouse

With 10 different sandwiches on their menu it might take you awhile to try them all, Foodies, but their Texas Style Brisket sandwich screams d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s and it’s just $9.99. Made with chopped brisket, tossed with Midwood sauce on Texas toast with smoked red onions and your choice of Cheddar, Swiss, Pimento or Blue Cheese, plus a choice of one side item — there are 12 sides to choose from (Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos being one of them!). Their menu also boasts an assortment of tacos…who woulda guessed? Get their “El Fuego” Tacos (served in flour tortillas) – slow smoked shredded chicken, pico de gallo, guacamole, stuffed with a bacon wrapped jalapeno and drizzled with ranch. Served in two and three taco portions served with slaw and your choice of side. So good.

Having a gathering soon? Try one of their Large Classic BBQ Plates. One that sounds amazing is their Hickory Smoked Salmon for just $18. Feast on 10oz Hickory Smoked Salmon Fiet served on a bed of bbq buttered corn and topped with an avocado & tomato pico. Served with your choice of two side items and garnished with hush puppies and pickled onions.

Or try one of their Small Classic BBQ Plates, such as their Carolina Pork for $10. Enjoy hickory smoked chopped pork, lightly dressed in our Eastern NC vinegar sauce. Served with your choice of one side item and garnished with hush puppies and pickled onions.

Rounding out the menu, savor their Banana Pudding and Pecan Cobbler. Plus, we should note that they also have a kids menu for your littles – BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, and Chicken Tenders! Enjoy, Foodies!

Hours of operation:

Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Ally and Eloise: New Bakeshop Location! Ally & Eloise Bakeshop

Aleka Selig, owner of Ally and Eloise, is opening a retail spot on Main Steet in downtown Cola. The beautifully renovated space is right next door to Something Special Florist and is in the same building as the Main Street Public House…a recently opened restaurant! Known for their wide array of desserts – macaroons, cupcakes, cakes, cookies and more! Your taste buds are sure to have easier access now to their delicious desserts. Enjoy!

Beef Jerky Outlet

Beef Jerky OutletLocated 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 DisplayBeef Jerky Outlet’s unique design allows you to browse and sample for yourself 32 of their jerkies as well as their assortment of flavored popcorns, candies, veggie chips, and cheese curds (imported from Wisconsin!). Try their many flavors of salmon jerky, sausage, bacon & ham jerky, turkey jerky, game jerky, and of course — beef jerky! Beef Jerky Outlet offers not only the basics, but also some truly unique and interesting flavors. Their Crawfish Flavor Beef Jerky combines two of your favorite things- beef jerky and a down home crawfish boil. The beef used for all the jerky is eye of the round and is from grass & U.S. grain fed cattle..no antibiotics, gluten free & slower in sodium!

Beef Box Gift (200 x 300)If you are a die hard fan of jerky, then you absolutely NEED the MegaBeef Box, which includes a stunning array of 1 lb Traditional Prime Rib, 8 oz Smoked Cherry Beef, 8 oz Smoked HBBQ Beef, 4 oz Traditional Slap Ya Mama Crawfish, 4 oz Traditional Roasted Garlic, 4 oz Smoked Teriyaki Beef, and 4 oz Smoked Reaper. It’s time to treat yourself!

Sauces and Rubs (200 x 314)Check out their massive selection of BBQ & hot sauces (collegiate labeling – every SEC, ACC and Big Ten school represented!), spices, jams, fresh cheeses, and pickled products — not to mention the hilariously sarcastic meat loving t-shirts for sale. Get their 3 Beer BBQ Rub (brown sugar sweet with mild heat), which really flavors Pork, Beef, Chicken and Fish. It can also spice up Baked Beans, Corn, Squash and Other Dishes. Try their Frostbite Hot Sauce (if you dare): the world’s first white hot sauce. WARNING. Nothing frosty here. Extremely hot. Ingredients: Vinegar, Water, Salt, and Aqua-resin of Capsicum. Beef Jerky Outlet even offers you the chance to easily grow your own Ghost Chili Pepper plant or your own Trinidad Scorpion Pepper plant! How awesome can one store be?! Shop for Beef Jerky Outlet products online here.

Rounding out the menu if you are feeling adventurous, you can try some exotic game meat jerky such as alligator, kangaroo, ostrich, and more. Oh my! Sample delicacies such as the Wild Boar BBQ Stick, the Peppered Elk Stick, or the Original Antelope Stick (just to name a mere few!). If you just can’t decide between the many choices, then check out the Wild Side Game Sample Pack: a 16-piece collection of 6 game jerky strips and 10 game meat sticks, comprised of no less than 9 different animals.

Head on down to Beef Jerky Outlet to experience a friendly, family store environment which definitely has something for everyone!

1260 Bower Parkway Suite A-5, Columbia, SC 29212  |  columbiasc.beefjerkyoutlet.com

Hours: Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm; Sun 12 – 6pm

New to the Menu

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Liberty Tap Room in the Vista – NEW Lunch Menu

828 Gervais St. | 803.461.4677

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista has launched a NEW $7 lunch menu that can be enjoyed Monday – Friday from 11am – 3pm. Enjoy 7 delicious items that are all $7! (Beverage, tax & gratuity not included)

Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and 1000 island on wheatberry bread Flank Steak Quesadilla

Greek Pita Wrap: grilled chicken or steak, lettuce, tomato, goat cheese, kalamata olives, and greek dressing wrapped in a warm pita

Bonfire Po-Boy: fried shrimp tossed in bonfire sauce, lettuce, tomato, and 1000 dressing on a toasted hoagie

Flank Steak Quesadilla: marinated flank steak, red and green peppers, onions, and cheddar cheese folded in a warm tortilla shell

Find out what their other new dishes are HERE!! #mouthwatering

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe: New Dinner Menu Items

2001-A Greene St | 803.254.7828
The Down South Salad 
mixed greens, grilled SC peaches, bacon lardons,
candied pecans, pickled vidalias, blue cheese, bbq vinaigretteMr Friendlys Window
Buttermilk Fried Shrimp
wasabi honey, grilled SC peaches, toasted almonds, cilantro
Grilled Country Ham & Blackeye Pea Cake
molasses-mustard bbq sauce, sweet pepper confit,
pickled okra
Butter Pecan Glazed 12oz Heritage Farms Pork Chop
smoked bacon-wild berry jam, buttermilk mashed potatoes,
ham hock stewed Southern greens


Twin Peaks: 10 New Menu Items

600 Gervais St. | (803) 602-3667

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Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad

They’ve taken their menu to a whole new elevation! With added menu items like their Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad, BBQ Burger, Chicken Green Chili Soup, Turkey Avocado Smash Burger, Greek Salad and more – your taste buds will be soaring.

Twisted Spur Brewing: New Brunch Items

705 Gervais St. | 803.764.0203

WTwisted Spur Brewing Brunch Chicken & Wafflese were so excited for July 30th to arrive because Twisted Spur Brewing launched a weekend brunch menu! We wrote a little about it here. And guess what? It’s even better than we imagined…in fact this weekend is your 2nd chance to see what all the Foodies in town are raving about. Here’s 2 of the newly released menu items:

Chicken & Waffles, Twisted style!

House made buttermilk Belgian-style waffle with crispy, all natural chicken, dressed with toasted walnut, peppered bacon, and bourbon sauce and sunflower micros. Try it with a signature brew, Bloody Mary or Mimosa.

Twisted Spur Brewing BrunchSteakhouse Bennie

Made with grass-fed filet, house-made Hollandaise sauce and crispy shallots, served with smash browns. Have it with a Valencia OJ Mimosa!

Visit them to see what else is on the menu!

Rosso Trattoria Italia

Rosso WineExperience 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 collection of Italian varietal wines, signature spirits, craft beers and craveable desserts in a refined, enjoyable atmosphere.

Their ever-changing menu of rustic Italian foods featuring  wood-fired pizza, pastas, risotto, seafood, and beef, changes frequently due to the use of seasonal ingredients from local farms such as Anson Mills, Sea Eagle Seafood, and Wil-Moore Farms.

To start your Rosso experience, order their Scampi di Rosso, made up of pan-seared SC Rosso Trattoria Italiashrimp, fire-roasted tomatoes, capers, white wine, lemon, garlic, bread crumbs, and gremolata. Or their Pesce al Forno, featuring the fish of the day, grilled scallion aioli, roasted tomato jam, Congaree Mills parmesan polenta, and wood-grilled asparagus. To round off your delicious meal, order one of their signature cocktails such as the “Cosmopolitano”: CatHead Honeysuckle Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Ligqueur, a splash of Pom-Cran Juice & a twist of lime, served up. Or enjoy the cocktail “An Offer He Can’t Refuse”: Bulliet Rye, Nardini Amaro, Angostura Bitters & an orange expression, served over a king cube. It’s Rosso’s rendition of a Rock n’ Rye!

See Rosso’s full menu here. To check out Rosso’s weekly featured menu items, check out their Facebook pagRosso Lobster Taile.

And Foodies, check out this deal happening right now! For just $26, enjoy a Wood-Grilled Lobster Tail topped with savory Clarified Herb Butter, served over creamy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Local Vegetable Succotash. Add a glass of the Nightfall Chardonnay for $5!

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From Monday – Thursday you can also take advantage of their amazing pizza deal from 5 – 6pm, when all pizzas (excluding the pizza of the day) are only $10! These thin crust pizzas are baked in their hardwood – burning brick oven at 700 °F. Try their mouthwatering BLT Pizza that is made with their house-smoked bacon, fried field greens, tomatoes, creamy Gorgonzola vinaigrette, mozzarella, and crushed tomato sauce. Yum! Or their Prosciutto con Fichi pizza that is made with heirloom prosciutto, mozzarella, goat cheese crumbles, fig puree. And don’t forget about their Happy Hour Monday – Thursday from 4:30pm – 6pm – enjoy their house wines and liquors at reduced prices!


At Rosso Trattoria Italia, there’s never a doubt that you will enjoy memorable handcrafted Italian cuisine created for friends, by friends.


Trenholm Plaza, 4840 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206  |  rossocolumbia.com

Hours: Monday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:30pm, Friday – Saturday 5:00 – 10:30pm

HuHot Mongolian Grill

HuHot Mongolian GrillCreate 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 on one plate?! A Taste of the Bounty includes each of the other three appetizers: Crispy Eggrolls, Asian Potstickers, and Krab Rangoons, all served with sweet & sour sauce. The Crispy Eggrolls are filled with pork and veggies and lightly fried, while the Asian Potstickers are filled with chicken and veggies. The Krab Rangoons are stuffed with krab, scallions, and cream cheese. Yum!

HuHot Mongolian GrillNext is HuHot’s famous All-You-Can-Eat Grill Meal. Head to their fresh food bar and fill your bowl from the bountiful selection of meats, seafood, noodles, and veggies. Ladle on one of HuHot’s many Signature Sauces or get creative and blend some of the provided sauces to make your own unique flavor. Spice up your dish with sauces such as Mongol Mustard Sauce, a flavorful sauce with some kick containing mustard, lemon, sesame, & Asian spices. If spice isn’t your thing, then no worries! HuHot has several yummy sauces with no spice at all such as the Samurai Teryaki sauce, a mild, slightly sweet traditional Asian favorite made with soy sauce, sugar, sherry, and sesame oil. If you dare, try their sauce named Khan’s revenge, a rich BBQ flavor with intense heat from spicy habañero peppers–consider yourself warned! Finally, watch as HuHot Mongolian Grillyour chosen ingredients are cooked before your eyes on their grill of epic proportion. After enjoying your food, head back and fill another bowl because the grill is ALL YOU CAN EAT! We may be loosening our belts a little after this heavenly meal!HuHot Pic 6

You’ll want to save room for dessert at HuHot for sure! Relish their Cheesecake Rangoons: decadent, rich cheesecake-filled rangoons served with ice cream and your choice of topping. We recommend their savory Sweet Victory S’mores, allowing you to prepare traditional S’mores right at your table–with your own campfire!

HuHot offers all kinds of deals, foodies! Both Sundays and Thursdays are Student nights, during which grill meals are 50% off HuHot Mongolian Grillif you bring your student ID. Mondays and Wednesdays are Shrimp Nights, so get your unlimited shrimp on the food line! Tuesdays are Kids Nights, so bring those kiddos after 4 PM to get them some free dinner. See HuHot’s full menu here.

At HuHot, the bowls are bottomless, and the possibilities are endless!

1260 Bower Parkway A8, Columbia, SC 29212 | huhot.com

Lunch: 11 AM – 4 PM; Dinner Sun – Thurs: 4 PM – 9:3o PM; Dinner Fri/Sat: 4 PM – 10:30 PM


News Flash: Win a Cupcake!

Love those little delicious puffs of moist cake topped with mounds of sugary sweetness? If your first name is chosen as the Name of the Day at either Sweet A Cupcake Company in the Village at Sandhills or at Cupcake Paradise in Irmo, you win!

Pick from a wide variety of cupcake flavors including the seemingly too good to exist “Breakfast Cupcake” which includes French Toast cake with maple buttercream topped with bacon! If you’re into more traditional flavors, these cupcake bakeries have offer lovely Red Velvet, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Lemon Drop.

To see if your first name is chosen, use social media. Both cupcake shops post daily: Sweet A Cupcake Company and Cupcake Paradise.


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Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina

114 Afton Ct. | 803.764.3111

Conveniently located across from the Columbiana Centre mall near Carmike Cinemas, Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina recently opened and now offers an impressive variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, encDon Tequilas Calamari Locohiladas and burritos. However, Don Tequilas is not your typical, cookie-cutter Mexican restaurant, as its menu features many truly innovative seafood dishes with a south-of-the-border twist, while also serving creative chicken, sausage, and beef dishes. While dining at Don Tequilas, also enjoy a refreshing variety of margaritas, mojitos, wine, and beer at their huge bar!

We started off with an interesting appetizer “Calamari Loco” a mound of deep fried tender calamari topped with pico de gallo, chipotle cream sauce, and chili limey tajin. We then shared a dish know as “Fajitas Tropicales,” which included marinated chicken, jumbo shrimp and chorizo, cooked with pineapple, bell peppers, and onions. It was huge and amazing!  But we managed to save room for classic Mexican desserts – churros and flan. Magnifico! Visit their Facebook page here!

Lunch: Mon – Fri 11 AM – 4 PM (lunch specials!)

Dinner: All day Saturday and Sunday and weekday evenings 4pm til close

Hours of Operation:

Mon. – Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 9:30pm

Main Street Public House

1556 Main St. | 803.834.3409
Main St Public House meat dishDowntown Columbia has a new face on the block, Foodies!  Located on the corner of Main Street and Taylor sits the Main Street Public House. Specializing in refined casual cuisine, the Main Street Public House is open 7 days a week serving lunch & dinner as well as brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Main Street Public House’s menu is designed in‐house and almost entirely from scratch. Complementing their seasonal menus, Main Street Public House also serves premium, NY style pizza in their custom brick oven throughout the day as well as into the evening.

Main Street Public HouseEnjoy their rustic bar, which serves up hand crafted cocktails, unique wines and a wide variety of quality brews on tap. Later in the evening the Main Street Public House transforms from restaurant to a more festive environment with live music from regional musicians and DJ’s. Keep up to date on events, deals, and live music on their Facebook page.

Hours of Operation:

Mon – Fri 11 AM – 2 AM
Sat & Sun 10 AM – 2 AM

Lunch Menu:  11 AM – 4 PM
Dinner Menu: 5 PM – 10 PM
Pizza Menu: All Day
Sat & Sun Brunch: 11 AM – 2 PM

News Flash: HHG’s Loyalty Club

HaHHG Loyalty Cardve you heard about Homegrown Hospitality Group’s new Loyalty Club? It’s free to join, and you can start earning credits right away!  Here in the Columbia area, the group operates Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe, Liberty Tap Room & Grill, Liberty on the Lake, Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse and Pearlz Oyster Bar!  Not far away (in places like Charleston and Myrtle Beach) you’ll find other members of the group like TBonz Gill & Grill, Liberty Brewery & Grill and Flying Fish Public Market & Grill.  Visit the company’s website here.

Here’s how it works, foodies. For every $1 you spend (discounts, tax & gratuity excluded) at any one of these restaurants, you earn 1 point on your card. Every time you accumulate 100 points you will automatically earn $10 on your loyalty card! Having a loyalty card will help you stay on top of all that’s happening at HHG, as you will be informed of special events, latest activities, and BONUS point opportunities.

Start “earning as you enjoy” by heading to any of the participating Homegrown Hospitality Group restaurant locations (listed above) to get your loyalty card! See more information on Homegrown Hospitality Group’s Loyalty Card system here.

Summer Cocktails!

Sidle up to the bar and request that the barkeep create one of these refreshing drinks!  Don’t forget to tip ’em!

Mr. Friendly’s New Cocktails: (good names, great taste!)Mr. Friendly's lemondae

Rosemary Salty Dog
Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, grapefruit juice, rosemary,
grapefruit bitters, soda, salt rim
The Carolina Golfer
Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon, elderflower lemonade,
sweet tea, mint
Southern Peach Lemonade
Jim Beam Bourbon, Peach Schnapps, peach bitters,
elderflower lemonade, soda, lemon, lime


Moriarty’s: Olympic Cocktail

Caipirinha: Brazil’s National Cocktail
Made with cachaça (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime. Cachaça, is Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage.

News Flash: Download Old Mill Brewpub’s App

Old Mill Brewpub BurgerFoodies, we are all about getting your taste buds the best deals that we can…and this is an AWESOME deal you don’t want to miss.

Download Old Mill Brewpub’s App and start saving instantly. Just go to your App store provider and enter “Old Mill Brewpub” to receive weekly coupons, a rewards card, and updated menus and specials! Also use the app to keep up to date with special events at Old Mill Brewpub.

So download the app, and enjoy just another reason to spend your evening at the Old Mill Brewpub! Click here to download the app for Androids and here for Apple products.

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 able, through the written word, to shout really, really loudly “you’ve gotta try this place!” I would do it.

I was absolutely blown away by Twin Peaks’ food and drink.

Chicken sliders Twin Peaks.pngThe apps. We started by splitting an order of Buttermilk Chicken Sliders, a pair of battered fried chicken sandwiches, served on house made buttermilk black pepper biscuits. These fat little biscuits are to-die-for.  Layers of warm goodness, buttered and toasted. The moist little chicken breast offered up crunchy texture and was topped with an amazing combination of hollandaise, jalapeno gravy (both house made) and American cheese, along with a slab of their signature “Billionaire Bacon”.  Billionaire Bacon is thick cut, spiced just right and caramelized in the Twin Peaks’ oven every morning. Two hands needed to eat these babies!

Before we could finish the sliders, our sweet little server brought out a basket of thin and crispy warm tortilla chips along with a trio of house-made dips, knownTwin Peaks nachos.jpg as the “Triple Play.  Amazing. My fave, the “smashed avocado”, is a delicious combination of chopped avocado, tomato, onion and a blend of spices that makes this truly the best guacamole ever.  That’s why they don’t call it “guacamole”… it’s in a class by itself.  Another dip was the home-made salsa, a flavorful sauce made daily with chargrilled tomatoes and peppers and just the right amount of spices – you can taste more than just the heat.  Wonderful. The third dip was a chipotle queso… house-made from scratch.  Finally the mozzarella bites.  I NEVER order these as they are always a frozen then fried cruddy breaded cheese in the shape of a stick.  I definitely will be ordering the Twin Peaks’ Mozzarella Bites again.  Lightly breaded with panko bread crumbs and made-to-order, they’re nice-sized cubes of high quality mozzarella served with homemade ranch dressing and marinara sauce.  You’ll fall in love after one bite.  Click on this ad and get a special offer – buy 6 wings and get 6 wings free!Twin_Peaks_Banner_ad

The beer.  OMG. A 22 oz. frosted mug of Yuengling never looked so good.  I learned that Twin Peaks washes their beer mugs by themselves at 180 degrees, so they’re clean as a whistle and dried thoroughly before they’re frozen at -10 degrees. No chunks of ice sliding off while you’re trying to drink. Nope. I put the glass to my lips and got the most refreshing delight on a hot Columbia afternoon… tiny ice crystals of beer tickling my tongue.  Mugs at Twin Peaks.pngThe Twin Peaks’ draft beer system was custom-made to keep beer at 29 degrees. Electronic signage in the restaurant lets patrons know the exact temperature of their drafts at any given moment. It defies science and logic but the beer doesn’t freeze. It is absolutely cold and refreshing.  32 beers on tap including local brews from River Rat, Conquest, Palmetto Brewing, Thomas Creek and more. They also serve 4 signature beers brewed just for Twin Peaks.

The whiskey. Have you ever had whiskey served over a hand-crafted ice ball, that has been formed in mere moments before your very eyes? Me neither. Watching them create the ice ball was so much fun!  A chunk of ice is put into their 18 pound aluminum press, which pulls the cold out and causes it to melt, leaving only a perfectly condensed sphere of solid ice that is then plunked into your cocktail glass. Ice ball at Twin PeaksYour spirits are poured over the top of the ice ball, which melts at an incredibly slow and even rate in order to avoid diluting the distinctive flavors and aromas of your drink.  Twin Peaks’ whiskey selection rivals any in town, offering 60+ different distills, and includes 19 Kentucky Bourbons, 10 American Whiskies and Ryes, 15 Scotches (try the Johnnie Blue or Macallan 18 year) and a selection of Canadian and Japanese blends.

The entrees. I tried the Greek Salad.  The folks at Zorba’s better sit up and take notice.  The Greek Salad was incredible. A combination of spring mix (my favorite salad greens) along with baby kale, pepperoncini, artichoke, red onions, grape tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and crunchy fried capers (a first for me… who would think to bread and fry little capers? A genius thought that one up!)  I also ordered a skewer of grilled shrimp for a nominal additional charge.  Loved ’em. Nice sized with grill marks! A house-made herb vinaigrette dressed it out and it was no-kidding incredible.    My lunch-mate ordered the Trophy Trout, which Twin Peaks buys fresh and is chargrilled and finished with a roasted garlic lime butter.  Our server told us this dish is so good it was featured on the cover of an Atlanta’s Flavors magazine.  It came with mashed potatoes (handmade throughout the day) and fresh veggies. Thumbs way, way up!  Our third table guest ordered a Billionaire’s Bacon Burger – hand-pressed and seared on the grill.  Burger and beer at Twin PeaksLove bacon? This fella is laced with bacon, served on a fresh, never-frozen, locally-baked bun and dressed with sriracha pimento cheese, billionaire’s bacon, lettuce, tomato, bacon beer mustard and bacon mayo! Served with aromatic, beautiful, fresh cut fries. You’ve gotta try this place!

The place for sports. Sports fans – this is THE PLACE to watch any televised game. Twin Peaks subscribes to every sports package available… ALL pay-per-views, every MLB game, NFL game, NHL game, NBA game, college game… all of ’em. And patrons are treated to 60 big screens (all of them either 60, 70 or 80 inches wide!) in a seating arrangement that allows every guest to see at least 6 screens at any one time!  Twin Peaks tv's

The decor. The decor reminded me of a fishing lodge in New Hampshire that I visited as a child.  Hand-hewn wood paneling lines the interior walls, a large canoe hangs from the ceiling, multiple stone fireplaces glow with warmth (in cooler weather) and the furnishings are beautifully rustic, hand crafted and feature soft upholstery.  I sat on a bar stool for almost 2 hours and stayed comfy.   The walls that face Gervais feature garage doors that roll up in nice weather and sections can be cordened off for private parties, including fireplaces for you and your friends to sit around.

The cheerleaders.  A female staff of servers reminded us of a bevy of beautiful college cheerleaders – they served us with wide smiles and classic, southern hospitality.  Whatever you’ve heard about this place and the dress of their staff, relax.  You’ll feel comfortable in here with your wife, your girlfriend and your kids.  The Twin Peaks’ staff wears the same type of apparel you see on a cheerleader at a football game or on a lifeguard at the beach. Their aim is to make everyone at your table feel comfortable and have a great experience!Twin Peaks servers

The price. A gourmet bar and food experience with a casual dining price tag. Seriously.  The average food/drink tab is a mere $16! That’s amazing. And, Twin Peaks offers a 20% discount for all military/first responders & USC Student, faculty and staff with Valid ID.

The parking. A generous free parking lot behind the building and parking all along Pulaski Street.  Find that anywhere else in the Vista.

Bottom line. You have to try this place.

Location: 600 Gervais Street | Columbia SC | 803.602.3667

Hours: Everyday 11am – 2am