Openings

The Grand 1621 Main Street | 803-726-2323 |  The Grand is now open on Main Street! This boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is the perfect place for fun, food and activities. The Grand celebrated its Grand Opening on Thursday, December 7th, so if you haven’t had a chance to get there… now’s the time!  Have fun,…

News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150 Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love….

Beef Jerky Outlet’s Chili

Beef Jerky Outlet has a new contest, where you can win a $100 Beef Jerky Outlet Prize Pack! Just use their jerky in a recipe to enter, and for a chance to win. Here we have chili made with Beef Jerky Outlet Honey BBQ Jerky **Ingredients ** 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1 onion,…

New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista 807 Gervais St, STE 100 Join the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler…

Openings

Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening Friday, November 10 | 118 State St., West Columbia Catitude Cat Cafe is coming, and will be the first Cat Cafe in the Columbia, SC area! They have partnered with Pets Inc. in West Columbia, to provide 100% adoptable kitties! At Catitude, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a…

Openings

Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar 904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455 This brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi…

New To The Menu

Tombo Grille‏ 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | (803) 782-9665 Tombo Grille has a great new fall menu that includes lobster pot pie! Tombo prides itself on using fresh, regionally-grown ingredients in their delicious dishes. Plus, As a compliment to the regular menu, Tombo offers specials that change nightly, showcasing their chef’s culinary creativity, updated daily around 5pm. Follow…

Weekday Therapy: Liberty on the Lake

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

Beer Pairing Tips

Having the gang over to watch some football? Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party.  Here are some ideas on what goes with what… Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is…

Apple Pasties to Fry

Happy Fall, y’all! Apples have been ripening in the mountain orchards, so we are sharing a precious recipe for Apple Turnovers from the Colonial period, known then as Apple Pasties. Today “pasties” have a completely different connotation!  This recipes is by E. Smith from 1742, found in The Compleat Housewife: or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion. This…

Craft and Draft

  Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St. Join Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food…

New To The Menu: Twisted Spur

Special Tailgate Menu | Twisted Spur Brewing It’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year … FOOTBALL SEASON! In honor of all things football Twisted Spur has created a special tailgate menu full of fan favorites and some true tailgate classics like wings, pulled pork, ribs, Bratwurst platter, dips, chili, and so much…

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850 BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was…

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse 3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070 Urban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out,…

From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303  Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock…

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at…

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964 Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they…

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks: New Brunch Items 711 Gervais Street | 803.661.8932 Woohoo! Earlier this summer Grill Marks added three additional items (listed below) to their already mouth watering brunch menu! Stop in for a Brunch of Champions on Saturdays or Sundays from 11am – 3pm and try out these new, delicious items…. The MarkGriddle: Pancake buns…

NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli 108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia East Bay Deli has two locations in the Greater Columbia area and we have enjoyed eating at both. Have you ever wondered what their top sellers are? PS. These dishes taste as amazing as they look! Here’s some taste bud teasers… Chicken…

Shared Recipes: August 2017

Gervais & Vine: The Indian Summer Drink 620 Gervais Street | 803.799.8463 Recipes from the Hearth of the Homestead: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Gingerbread Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup soft butter or shortening 1/2 cup molasses 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup boiling water 3 cups flour 1 teaspooon each of ground ginger, cinnamon, ground allspice,…

NewsFlash: Tasty Tomato Festival Winners

Dear tomato loving Foodies, Ever wondered WHO GROWS THE TASTIEST TOMATOES?! Well wonder no longer. We have the list of winners from the Tasty Tomato Festival’s home-grown tomato contest and we are eager to share….congrats to this years winners! Ashley Rich, Best Big Yellow, Golden Jubilee Mitch McNeil Best Big Red German Johnson Forest Jinkins…

You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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

Under the Foam: Twisted Spur Brewing

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

New to the Menu: August 2017

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

Recently Opened

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

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

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

News Flash: Tailgating Spots at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

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

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

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

You Have To Try This Place: Good Life Café

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

Visit the SC State Farmers Market

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

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

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

NewsFlash: Brewmaster Mondays at The Casual Pint

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

New Happy Hour at Rosso!

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

August Cooking Class

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

From the Vine: July 2017

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

Deals on Meals: July 2017

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

New to the Menu: June

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

Under the Foam: June 2017

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company 921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589 Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here….

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur has a new new seasonal menu that you’re gonna love! They’ve added a bevy of delectable entrees that pair perfectly with Columbia’s heat – they’re light, fresh, and delicious! Standouts include the new hummus plate accompanied by grilled naan bread and cool, refreshing crudités, or perfectly seared diver scallops served over a bed of creamy mushroom…

Recently Opened.

Henry’s Restaurant and Bar 2108 State Street | 803.661.8494 You probably already know about Henry’s: a local favorite that started on Devine Street, was featured in a Southern Living piece about Carolina’s Best Burgers, and aired on the Food Network show Ginormous. But, did you know that Henry’s has just opened a THIRD location in Cayce?…

Under the Foam: June 2017

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

Coming Soon: Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts 702 Cross Hill Rd, 100B, Columbia Duck Donuts got its start in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and quickly grew to add stores in almost a dozen additional states, including South Carolina, which will count Columbia as its second SC location very soon (projected in July)! Duck Donuts is famous for its warm, delicious…

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli in West Columbia 108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803-791-1150 East Bay Deli, across from Lexington Medical Center on US 378, is now open! East Bay features “deli-cious” breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and an exceptional salad bar! We at Foodie News know what we’re talking about; we visited the first East Bay…

NewsFlash: Weekend Brunch

Good Life Cafe: Weekend Brunch 1614 Main Street | 803.726.2310  Nothing quite like a good weekend brunch, is there? Something about that time of day, whether following a big night out, or just as a way to celebrate the weekend.  May we make a suggestion? Good Life Cafe on Main Street in downtown Columbia! Serving a…

You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

Columbia certainly has come a long way in terms of taco options! These days true taco-aficionados seek out restaurants where they are made with fresh and innovative ingredients, and there’s no greater example of this than Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, which Foodie writers Miriam and Sarah recently visited for lunch.  You may not have noticed…

New to the Menu: Grill Marks

Grill Marks added new, yummy drinks & dishes to their menu just in time for the hot days of summer. Enjoy… Blood Orange Manhattan: Bulleit Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Solerno, Bitters Blue Skies: Blueberry vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, white cranberry juice Short Rib Sliders ($9.99): Short Rib, Cheddar Cheese, Caramelized Onion Marks Nacho Daddy ($9.99): Fresh Corn …

Under the Foam: May 2017

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

Weekday Therapy: Little Pigs BBQ

For this installment of Weekday Therapy, the Gardener Guides team decided to travel Northeast, to Little Pigs Barbecue on Alpine Road. We arrived at the perfect time; the lunch rush seemed to be over with. As most of us hadn’t been to the restaurant before, we were trying to behave like regulars, by following the…

New to the Menu: Liberty Taproom

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista and Liberty on the Lake have added some new, delicious menu items to their already wonderful menu. DUCK BLT: applewood smoked bacon, brie, lettuce, tomato, garlic-rosemary aioli, Hawaiian bread CHICKEN FLORENTINE: (a house specialty small plate) grilled chicken breast, sautéed spinach, hot bacon & onion spread, Yukon gold mashed potatoes…

You Have to Try this Place: Lima Peruvian Cuisine

The first time I tried Lima Peruvian Cuisine (on Rosewood Drive inside the Jim Casey Fireworks complex), I felt a bit uneasy as I read the menu. Nothing sounded familiar, and although I consider myself fairly adventurous, and the menu had a photo of each dish, I didn’t know what to expect.  I hadn’t looked on…