Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Opening Open

Poke Bros

2009 Greene St. #102 | 803.764.5567 Poke Bros dishes

The latest in fast casual dining, Poke Bros officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 1st to offer Hawaiian style fresh fish to Columbia, SC!

Poke Bros is based out of Columbus, Ohio, and their location in Five Points is just their third, and their first franchise. Located behind Indigo Rose Tattoo at 2009 Greene Street, Poke Bros offers folks the chance to build their own dish or choose from one of their Signature Poké Bowls, including sushi grade tuna, fresh salmon, authentic snow crab, exotic octopus, and a slew of fresh, delicious veggies. Click here to view their menu! “What’s a poké ?” you ask. A poké is a raw fish salad that is very popular in Hawaiian cuisine. If you like sushi and seafood, then this is a new place that you definitely have to try! One of the most enticing elements of poké cuisine is the use of fresh, wholesome ingredients that fill you up but don’t slow you down. Poke Bros uses only the highest quality, sushi-grade fish and farm fresh veggies in their authentic Hawaiian poké bowls, delivered to their restaurant daily. Enjoy!

Visit their Facebook page here.

Coming Soon.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 

Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and where impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.freddys-orginial-double

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

NewsFlash: Project PB&J

Foodies, did you celebrate National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day on April 2nd? If not – it isn’t too late! Which Wich Superior Sandwiches celebrates PB&J year-round as part of their Project PB&J initiative to help those in need. When you buy a $3 PB&J sandwich you are helping someone locally, but also nationally. During the October Floods last year our local Which Wich pulled from the national fund, as they donated over 1,000 sandwiches to those serving in the area.

 

LIMITED TIME ONLY. In April, you have the chance to make a big difference in the lives of those right here in our community as we celebrate PB&J all month long with National PB&J Month. Running through all of April, PB&J’s will be sold for just $2! At the end of the month, the matching number of sandwiches will be donated to the Salvation Army. Yes, it is true: a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich can change the world. Project PB&J brings comfort food to those in the world who need it, from those affected by natural disasters to local organizations (like the Boys & Girls Club or Oliver Gospel Mission) who could use a little help. Project PB&J is making the world a better place, one PB&J at a time! Join the effort. Learn more about Project PB&J here.
Never eaten at Which Wich before? Here’s a preview of their to go menu: (click hereclick here for full!)
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Shared Recipes

From the CATE Center – a few delicious recipes for Spring, with a wee bit o’ Irish in ’em!

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Serves: 16

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb. Corned Beef Brisket (with seasoning packet)
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 2 Parsnips
  • 2 Russett Potatoes
  • 1 head Savoy Cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • salt

Method of Preparation: Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

  1. Place corned beef and spice packet in a large pot filled with water.
  2. Bring water to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer for 4 hours.
  3. Once meat is fork tender drain water and shred meat.
  4. In another large pot boil carrots, parsnips, and potatoes until they are soft.
  5. Drain water from pot and roughly mash the vegetable together. Add butter and salt to taste.
  6. Peel leaves from the head of cabbage and steam them for 2­3 minutes until they are just beginning to get tender.
  7. Lay each leaf out and pat it dry before adding a layer of mash and a layer of corned beef.
  8. Roll the leaf up like a small burrito.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°F
  10. Spread extra mash in the bottom of a casserole dish and place cabbage rolls on top of it. Fill any space around the edges with more mash if you have it.
  11. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until everything is warmed.

Shepherd’s Pie Potatoes

Makes 12, multiply as necessary

Ingredients: Sheperd's Pie

For the filling:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds ground lamb/beef
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • black pepper
  • 12 Idaho potatoes
  • 1/2 grated cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil

Method of Preparation:

Prepare the filling:

  1. In a large sauté pan oven, melt the butter. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and lamb/beef and cook until all the meat is browned. Season with kosher salt and black pepper, then sprinkle with the flour and stir to coat.
  1. Pour into the beef stock, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and add the fresh rosemary. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low, cover, and let cook for about 15 minutes until sauce thickens. Remove the rosemary sprigs and stir in the frozen peas and fresh parsley. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper. Then remove from heat and let cool completely (can be chilled in fridge overnight).
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the Idaho potatoes and then use a knife to slice off about 1/4 of the potato lengthwise–almost like removing a lid. Coat lightly with vegetable or olive oil and arrange in a baking dish, cut side up. Bake about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender. Cut potatoes into large chunks and combine in a large pot of salted water.
  1. Remove from oven and let cool slightly, then use a spoon to scoop out potato centers to make a hollow potato with thick sides.
  1. Use a potato ricer or masher to mash the potatoes right in the pot. Add the milk, cream, and butter, and continue to stir and mash until completely smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, then let cool.
  1. Fill each potato to the top with the lamb/beef filling. Top with a generous layer of the mashed potatoes on top. Arrange in baking dish again. Sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with olive oil. Return to oven and bake for 25 minutes, until filling is hot and potatoes are heated through and golden on top (you can also turn on the broiler for the last few minutes to create the golden crust.)

Colcannon Cakes (Irish bubbles and squeak)

Ingredients:

Colcannon: Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage

  • 2 1/2 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • Salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped collards (chard, kale, spinach, or cabbage)
  • 1/2 cup of green onion greens, chopped
  • 1 cup milk or cream

Colcannon cakes:

  • About 3 cups of colcannon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter or vegetable oil
  • Lemon for garnish

Method of Preparation:

  1. Boil the potatoes: Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by at least an inch. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender (15 to 20 minutes). Drain in a colander.
  1. Cook the greens and the green onions with butter:Return the pot to the stove and set over medium-high heat. Melt the butter in the pot and once it’s hot, add the greens.
  1. Cook the greens for 3-4 minutes, or until they are wilted and have given off some of their water. Add the green onions and cook 1 minute more.
  1. Mash the potatoes with milk or cream, add greens:Pour in the milk or cream, mix well, and add the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium. Use a fork or potato masher and mash the potatoes, mixing them up with the greens.
  1. Mix with egg, flour, salt, and chill: Mix the egg, flour and salt in with the colcannon. You may want to chill the mixture for 15 minutes or longer to make it easier to shape the patties.
  2. 3 Form into patties: Form into little cakes of whatever size you want, but make them flat so they will cook through without burning. If the mixture is too wet, add more flour until the mixture is easy to shape.
  1. 4 Fry until golden: Heat the butter or vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the formed patties in the pan so they are not touching. Lower the heat to medium and gently fry until golden, about 3-4 minutes.
  1. Turn and cook the other side. Let the cakes rest on a paper towel while you cook the others. Serve with slices of lemon.

Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

Greetings Spirits Fans!

In early April, Columbia’s own Crouch Distilling released their Cane Juice and Cane Syrup Rums.  Both are distilled from sugar cane grown on the Bair family farm in St. George, Crouch DistillingSouth Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum is distilled from sweet sugar cane syrup after the cane juice has been reduced.  Both Rums are unaged and distinct.

The interesting thing is that nothing in this rum is from outside the Palmetto State. Their Cane Juice Rum is fresh and complex with a sweet and grassy flavor.  SC greatness in a glass, this spirit is the purest expression of this locally grown sugar cane.  Their Cane Syrup Rum has a silky mouth feel and smells and tastes like earth and molasses.

The prices for these new products are as follows:

Cane Syrup Rum: $45.00
Cane Juice Rum: $45.00

Crouch Distilling: 947 S Stadium Rd, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 764-6839

Tasting Room & Retail Hours:
Thursday and Friday 4:30pm-7pm
Saturday 1pm-7pm

Weekday Therapy: Main Street Public House

The Gardener Guides team was sending off our favorite graphic designer, Carmen, for an 8 week hiatus as she delivers and tends to her new baby daughter, Lailah.  Carmen chose to try a new kid on the culinary block –  Main Street Public House for our lunch last week. MSPH occupies the first floor in the old McCrory’s dime store building, and has a laid back atmosphere – new industrial decor with an elevated dining area and a large bar with communal tables gathered around the front of the restaurant.

Carmen Going Away Lunch at Main St. Public House

Kathy, Carmen, Tina, Sydney, Sarah, & Virginia

We were lunching late, so parking and seating weren’t much of a problem. At MSPH we got a table in the back, near the stage, which was empty but transforms at night into a venue for live jazz, local DJ’s and regional music acts. The HD TVs throughout the restaurant were all tuned to the NCAA basketball game – MSPH is a great place to get your March Madness on – go Gamecocks! Our server was very helpful and pleasant and worked with us to get our food preferences right.

We started with House Smoked Crispy Fried Wings for the table. We hadn’t intended on ordering a starter, but our waitress’ description of the wings – smoked for hours, rubbed with special seasonings, then smoked some more, convinced us to try them. We weren’t disappointed; the wings were moist, full of flavor, with just a touch of heat. Tina loved her Southern Sriracha Honey Crispy Chicken sandwich, which she said was tender, and had a spicy kick to it that was tempered by sweetness – not unlike the Gamecocks’ Head Coach Frank Martin. Carmen really enjoyed her Slider Trio, a triple threat of Pulled Pork, Shaved Brisket, and Pulled Chicken. Sarah’s BLT Grilled Cheese was two amazing sandwich ideas in one – another slam dunk, as were the House Fried Potato Chips that it came with. Virginia’s Buffalo Chicken “Cobb” salad was excellent, and so big that she had leftovers. Kathy and Sydney both ordered pizzas, the Bianca and the Margherita, respectively. MSPH cooks their delicious New York-Style pizzas in a custom brick oven, and serves each 10-inch pie for just $10 apiece!

Our team considered this meal a complete win. No flagrant fouls, no bricks and no air balls. The lunch was Jordanesque! However, there was no hang time to be had; we were almost in lunch OT…

PS: Kathy and her husband have eaten dinner here before and they HIGHLY recommend the fried oyster appetizer. A generous serving of melt-in-your-mouth oysters…

Address: 1556 Main St.

Phone Number: 803.834.3409

Hours: Daily 11am – 2am

Visit MSPH’s Facebook Page here!

 

News Flash!

The Casual Pint’s Huge TV Screen Adds a New Dimension to Brewski Heaven

Have you been to The Casual Pint lately? If not, you should stop by and grab a beer for game night or date night!  Their new HUGE big screen is 106″ HD brought to you on a 4K projector.  You won’t find a better spot to watch in town!
The Casual Pint big screen

Mondays are Movie Nights, where you can order outstanding pub fare like Bavarian Pretzels and Beer Cheese, Handcrafted Flatbreads and Pizzas, Hamburgers, Pork Sliders and more… and of course choose your beverage from their Tap List (see current list here) as well!

What movie plays each week?  You decide!  You and other patrons vote on Facebook for the flick that will play on Monday… the poll posts on the weekend.  Follow their FB page to get updates – link here.

Address: 807 Gervais St.

Phone Number: 803-832-7468

Weekday Therapy: Tombo Grille

One recent Hump Day, the Gardener Guides went looking for a dining spot – something unique and exciting, yet casual and welcoming. We decided to head over to Forest Acres, which fits that description as well! Forest Acres’ is known as “a city within a city”, and its residents enjoy a wonderful assemblage of restaurants, both large and small.

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Miriam turned 21 recently, so she is happy about that!

Tombo Grille has become something of an institution in Forest Acres. Since 2002, when it opened, the modern American bistro has served up a fresh, varied menu made up of local and seasonal ingredients, to people from all over the Midlands. Despite knowing this, only one of us had ever been to Tombo, and so we were unsure about what to expect. It was early for dinner and we were able to sit where we wanted, so we chose a small, tucked-away table surrounded by soft lighting and local art.

Thomas, our wonderful and attentive waiter, helped us with our drink order, relaying the day’s specials and taking our preferences into consideration. Tombo is all about daily specials – featured wines and beers, pizzas, soups, small bites, entrees, as well as deals like Monday Night $9 Burgers, Beer and Live Music, Tuesday Night $5 Pizza & $15 Bottles of Wine, and Thursday Night 3-Course Dinner for 2 for $49. Thomas knew the menu inside and out, and suggested the Smoked Salmon Terrine, Charcuterie and Cheese Plate, and Smoked Salmon Rangoon as best bets, and Virginia insisted that we order the Fried Brussels Sprouts as one of our dishes.

The Charcuterie and Cheese Plate included Thomas Hoe Leicestershire Red, Carr Valley Shepard’s Blend and Irish Porter Cheddar cheeses, Trois Petite Cochon Paté, Olli Toscana and Calabrese Hot salamis, seasonal fruit, a selection of peppers, onions and olives, Tombo Grille meat and cheese platterwhole grain mustard and baguette slices. Everything went well together, so you could mix and match items off of the plate and add them to your baguette slice for a perfect bite each time. The Smoked Salmon Rangoon were salmon, scallion and cream cheese-filled wontons, fried and served with a Mandarin chili glaze – an upscale (and better) version of the Chinese food menu staple, crab rangoon. The Smoked Salmon Terrine was accompanied by capers, onions, cornichons, flying fish roe, and crackers, and would be delicious as any meal of the day! The Fried Brussels Sprouts came in a large bowl, with herbed buttermilk dressing. These warm little gems were crispy yet soft, caramelized and sweet; like vegetable candy! We ate the entire bowl and felt great about it, because they’re vegetables. (Also, let it be known that Virginia got a whole bowl of them to go because they were that good!)

The next day, we all remarked how nice Tombo had been, with such a friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere. The food selection was unexpected, yet comforting and satisfying. It’s no wonder the place has become such an invaluable part of the Forest Acres dining landscape!

Tombo Grille Weekday TherapyAddress: 4517 Forest Drive

Phone Number: 803.782.9665

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 9:30pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm; bar opens at 4:30pm

Visit Tombo Grille’s Facebook Page here!

New to the Menu: Cellar on Greene

New to the Menu

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

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Eggplant Parmesan Flatbread with fried eggplant, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato marinara & basil   $11

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Pan Seared Sea Scallops with curried bok choy “salad”, lemongrass-coconut broth, ginger-lime rice cake & crispy wontons  $18

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Citrus-Snow Pea Salad with mixed greens, ruby red grapefruit, orange, carrots, crushed peanuts, crispy wontons & miso-honey vinaigrette  $10

Cellar on Greene is located at 2001 Greene St. Call them at 803.343.3303 with any questions.

Weekday Therapy: East Bay Deli

The Gardener Guides team wanted a midday meal that would satisfy the hungriest of us,order-areahave enough options for all our tastes, and be reasonably priced. Columbia has recently seen an uptick in the number of delicatessens on its dining scene. The latest addition is East Bay Deli, downtown on Main Street. Billing itself as “a New York style deli but with a distinctive southern flair”, East Bay has all of the hallmarks of a great deli – sandwiches piled high with fresh, quality meats and cheeses, soups and chili for cooler days, hot dogs with a variety of toppings, giant spuds and awesome desserts. We all agreed, we wanted to check it out!

New York Yankee.jpgWith locations in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, the franchise decided to expand to Columbia this past fall and
this coming spring, into Lexington. The Main Street location is a sizeable establishment, dressed up in retro, diner-style signs and decor that go perfectly with the black and white
checkered floor tile. Just as in classic NYC delis, you’ll find

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Sarah, our staff writer and restaurant reviewer, at the self-serve drink stand

such fare as East Bay’s Famous Chili Dog, Homemade Chicken and Tuna salads, Hot Pastrami and Corned Beef sandwiches, Ham “Gabagool” (Capicola), and even authentic “Carnegie Deli” cheesecake! Here you will also find a southern influence in items like the Piggy Potato, Southern Dog, and Southern Style BBQ sandwich.

The team went with some of East Bay’s standards: Roast Beef sandwich, Turkey Reuben on rye, the triple-decker New York Yankee sandwich, Homemade Chicken Salad, and Homemade “Lite” Tuna Salad. Their food is made-to-order, and they make it fast! We found one of the highlights of the meal to be East Bay’s incredible salad bar, stocked with veggies, cheeses, meats, olives, marinated mushrooms, mini muffins, chicken, tuna, broccoli and pasta salads and much more! The salad bar offerings were so fresh, diverse
and filling that we had very little room left for the rest of our food, much less anything from the dessert case up front!

At the end of our meal we walked the busy downtown streets, picking up a copy of the Times from the newsstand as we went, past the food carts smelling of hotdogs and pretzels, past the flashing marquees, the bodegas, trashcan bonfires, graffiti and on through the long shadows of the skyscrapers. The music playing in the speakeasies poured out into the streets, as a Gray’s Papaya customer was handed a slice and an egg cream. When we couldn’t get a taxi cab we decided to just hoof it through the park to the subway, through the Meatpacking and Fashion districts, near the NYSE. We threw on our ice skates and glided across 30 Rock, then sprinted past the Naked Cowboy in Times Square and across the Brooklyn Bridge, back to our offices…in West Columbia. In our heads we had just had lunch in the Big Apple!

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Sarah order their Turkey Reuben and LOVED it!

Address: 1426 Main Street

Phone Number: 803.814.2277

Hours: Open daily 7am – 9pm

COMING SOON: NEW LOCATION ACROSS FROM LEXINGTON MEDICAL CENTER OPENS IN APRIL 2017!!

Recently Opened!

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Lima Peruvian Cuisine

3830 Rosewood Drive (Suite A) | In Casey’s Fireworks Shopping Center |  803.851.3646 

If you’ve always wanted to try authentic Peruvian cuisine now is your chance, as Lima lima-peruvian-logoPeruvian Cuisine opened its doors on January 24th! Their menu boasts a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, Peruvian classic dishes, and even an entire “from the sea” section! View menu on their FB page here.

lima-peruvian-meat-dishDid you know that Lima is known as the culinary capital of the Americas? Peruvian cuisine is celebrated for its unique fusion of indigenous Inca staples with foods and flavors brought by immigrants from Africa, Europe, and Asia. The menu at Lima Peruvian Cuisine is filled with dishes that taste of these multicultural influences, like Empanadas, Ceviche, Lomo Saltado, Aji de Gallina, and desserts such as Alfajores and Suspiro a la Limeña. Don’t forget an Inca Kola to wash it all down with! Give this new place a try, Foodies!

Take note: Lima Peruvian offers 10% off with military ID!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

DaufusKEYS Gullah Bistro & Piano Bar

1710 Main St. | 803.764.2316

For thousands of years, indigenous people called Daufuskie Island (located between Hilton
Head Island and Savannah) home. Later, when West Africans arrived as slaves, they ran to the island for freedom where they mingled with those indigenous peoples, increasing the population and creating a new culture.  A two bedroom school house is still standing, along with an early church (built in the 1700s).

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DaufusKEYS focuses on the native foods of the island and they each have a West African, creole, native american, or Caribbean twist. Why Caribbean you ask? Their chef, Shawn Martin, is from Jamaica and he is a graduate culinary chef. His mother is a dessert baker in Jamaica and his father is a restaurant owner, so food expertise runs in the family. DaufusKEYS boasts a mouthwatering menu with starters like fried calamari, fish rolls, and fried okra and entrees such as roasted BBQ chicken, filet, rib eye, brine pork chops, pan-fried spiced salmon, and more! Our office tried Daufuskey Shrimp and Grits – grilled shrimp with sauteed spinach on seasoned creamy grits with Andouille Gravy – we LOVED it! They have three different soups and salads to choose from too, along with a lengthy list of sides. Round out your meal with one of their four desserts (bourbon bread pudding, lemon crud cake, & more!).

On top of a delicious menu, Daufuskey’s has a full bar upstairs and a downstairs moonshine jelly bar (where you can also have mixed drinks, wine, beer and food) is in the works! Carla Goodson, the marketing and catering manager, told me that they will be featuring both classical and jazz musicians too.

Hours: 

Monday – Friday: 11am – 3pm; 4pm – 8pm

Visit their Facebook page here!

Under the Foam: March 2017

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Mr. Friendly’s: Seasonal Beers

River Rat “My Morning” Stout 
wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla,
plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA
Bell’s “Hopslam” Double IPA 
specially selected hops reveal tangy notes of stone fruit, grapefruit and
floral notes with subtle malt accents and a touch of honey for a balanced body

The Casual Pint: March Beer Events the-casual-pint-beer

  • March 1st: RJ Rockers Brewing Tap Takover starting at 6pm
  • March 3rd: Devils Backbone Release Party 4:30pm – 7pm
  • March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Party ALL day
  • March 23rd: Southern Barrel Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at 6pm

Moriarty’s Irish Pub: March Madness Tournament

BEER vs. BEER!! Make sure your favorite beer makes it to the finals, so that you can sip it on happy hour prices ALL YEAR long! Draft Madness ’17 top 25 update coming soon.

Moriarty's Irish Pub1.jpgStay tuned for further updates before Moriarty’s reveals the final field of 32 on Selection Sunday (March 12th). Tournament begins March 14th & the championship is on April 4th.

NewsFlash: Taking Orders for Easter Hams

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Foodies! Why go through the hassle and end up with something less than stellar? Little Pigs Barbecue located at 4927 Alpine Road is the place to purchase your smoked Easter ham!

Get a whole ham, a half of ham, or a quarter of a ham. HURRY! You must order by Thursday, March 16th by calling 803.788.8238 or emailing Champ at champ@littlepigs.biz

Planning your wedding? A family reunion? An office get-together? Need to feed a small group or a huge crowd? Little Pigs Barbecue takes on the task and you’ll be sooo happy you called them! They’ll customize any of the menus you see below… they are true culinary geniuses and it’s NOT ALL BARBECUE!   More here.

Menu #1
BBQ Pork
Fried Chicken
Rice w/ Hash
Cole Slaw
Green Beans
Rolls and Banana Pudding

Menu #2
Marinated Chicken Breast
Rice Pilaf
Broccoli Casserole
Stir-fry Vegetables
Rolls
Brownies or Cake

Menu #3
Baked Ham
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Sweet Corn
Rolls
Chocolate D’light

Menu #4
Smoked Turkey or Chicken
Special Rice
Crowder Peas
Italian Green Beans
Rolls
Assorted Cakes

Menu #5
Pot Roast
New Potatoes
Green Beans
Peas
Rolls
Assorted Cobblers

Menu #6
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli
Glazed Carrots
Rolls
Lemon D’light

Menu #7
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Linguine Alfredo
Squash Casserole
Peas
Rolls
Turtle Brownies

Menu #8
Country Fried Steak
Rice
Stir-Fry Vegetables
Black-Eyed Peas
Corn Bread
German Chocolate Cake

Menu #9
Fried Chicken
Macaroni & Cheese
Green Breans
Field Peas
Rolls
Carrot Cake

To place your order, click here.

Coming Soon

Quaker Steak and Lube lube-burger

2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905

Quaker Steak and Lube, a national chain is set to open a new location on Wednesday, March 15th. It’s on South Beltline near the I-77 interchange.  Moms and dads will love the family-feel to their menu, including a kid’s section for 8 years and under called Kids Lube Cruisers which are served with a FREE fountain beverage, apple juice, or low-fat milk and choice of carrots, Jell-O, applesauce, crispy fries, apple wedges, or baked Cheddar Goldfish!  View local menu here; featuring a superabundance of delicious menu items including seafood, baby back ribs, steak dinners, specialty salads & soups and more! By the way the building will also have a kids arcade center, a bowling alley, and a Starbucks.

Pelican’s SnoBalls

1912 Rosewood Drive | 919.614.2080

Snoballs.jpgOpens for the warmer months beginning on March 1st, 2017. They are moving from 1900 Rosewood a few blocks down to 1912 Rosewood, so enjoy their plethora of flavors there Foodies!

Other locations set to open on March 1st: 

202 Graces Way, Columbia (Northeast)
517 North Lake Drive, Lexington

Coming Soon:

Irmo – 6165 St. Andrews Rd.

More location information here.

Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 10pm

New to the Menu!

New to the Menu

mint-oreo-freddysFreddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is now offering a delightful concoction – their “Mint ‘N Oreo Concrete” is available through April, so swing by and give it a try! Back by popular demand, Freddy’s Mint n’ Oreo Concrete blends creamy frozen custard with cool mint and crunchy Oreo cookies. Topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with Oreo cookie crumbs, the Mint n’ Oreo Concrete is a dessert treat that satisfies Freddy’s guests of all ages. Located at 457 Killian Road. More locations coming soon! Visit their website here.

 

Now Open!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

457 Killian Rd., Columbia 29203 

TODAY FEBRUARY 14TH – COLUMBIA’S FIRST FREDDY’S OPENS!

Freddy’s is a family-friendly eater that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we are so excited to say that they have opened their doors here in Columbia as of TODAY.  freddys-orginial-double

No “hamburgers” at Freddy’s. We’ve heard that Freddy’s steak burgers are often voted “best burger” in competitions across the country…the company uses premium quality lean beef in its steak burgers. “Every Freddy’s Steak burger 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 fredhead-at-freddyscook them to order so they’re steaming hot. Freddy’s way may take a little longer, but that’s what makes Freddy’s Steak burgers 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.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Dave & Buster’s

Columbiana Centre Mall | 803.576.4800

Now open!  Media Day was Thursday February 9th, and ColumbiaFoodieNews.com was invited to come out and see the new Dave & Buster’s in Columbiana Centre mall.  What a treat!

Dave & Buster’s offers a complete sensory overload.  A $3 Million Midway is center stage with the coolest, newest adult games – the Walking Dead encounter, We were greeted by some very friendly folks, including Robert Spargal, general manager.  Robert enthusiastically gave us a personal tour – beginning with the Midway.  All I can say is “wow”.  You have to see it, hear it and feel it (yes, the place VIBRATES!) to believe it.

Since you are reading Columbia Foodie News, I will move on to what y’all are keenly interested in. Let’s allow the pictures to do the talking:

The state-of-the-art restaurant offers mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with items including the Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart, Carnivore Pizzadilla and legendary Buffalo Wing Burger. Dave & Buster’s Columbia will also feature Dave & Buster’s newly released dishes like Crispy Nashville-Style Hot Chicken and the BBBacon Burger featuring three different types of bacon.  This opening is the 94th for the restaurant and entertainment concept, and the second in South Carolina joining the Greenville location. “Dave & Buster’s could not be more excited to call Columbia, SC home,” said General Manager, Robert Spargal. “We are proud to be joining this amazing community, and we look forward to adding a fun and vibrant environment for locals to cheer on their teams while enjoying delicious food, drinks, and hundreds of the latest games!”  Not-to-be-missed specials include Happy Hour (Monday – Friday 4:30 – 7pm), Two For Tuesday, which includes $2 select beers, $2 Tacos and 2 Free Game Plays (4 – 8pm), and Half-Priced Games every Wednesday (open – close).

Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including Tailgate Toss, The Walking Dead Arcade Game and Star Trek. Those hard-earned tickets can be redeemed with a trip to the Winner’s Circle for a variety of prizes, including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia and much more!

Dave & Buster’s Columbia is in the area where the old Sears store was in Columbiana Centre located at 100 Columbiana Circle, Columbia, SC 29212. Have fun Foodies!

Hours of operation:

Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Weekday Therapy: Cock N’ Bull Pub

 

Having been a fortnight since our last outing, the Gardener Guides team fancied a pint and maybe a good nosh up, when someone made the brilliant suggestion to try Cock N’ Bull Pub in Rosewood!

 

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Buffalo Grouper

Visiting Cock N’ Bull is like hanging out at your best mate’s flat. The car park was already full with the pub regulars. The cozy house, tucked away on the side of Rosewood Drive and South Edisto Avenue, is filled with memorabilia and keepsakes from across the pond, of footballers and ales that most of us were unfamiliar with. A game was on at the bar, but we were more interested in the menu, being absolutely Hank Marvin for some grub! We went through the list of Appetizers and Smaller Plates and the Pub Sandwiches, and decided on the Scottish Nachos, Black Bean Quesadilla, Sweet Potato Fries and a Buffalo Grouper Sandwich to split. The Scottish Nachos, with thick sliced potatoes, bacon, grilled onion and cheddar cheese, were the bee’s knees

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Black Bean Quesadilla

and the first to go! We were also gobsmacked by the Buffalo Grouper Sandwich — not too spicy, but with a great taste, and by the Sweet Potato Fries and Black Bean Quesadilla. Miriam loved the Shrimp Po Boy, which she ordered as her dinner, and said the shrimp was large, fresh, and delicious…the remoulade sauce was a perfect amount…absolutely scrummy! It was served with a side of onion strings that were unique and very good. The food, along with selections from Cock N’ Bull’s 21 beers on tap including imports and craft beers, had us all feeling hunky-dory!

 

Despite feeling a bit knackered at the end of the workday, we were glad we’d made the trip across the river, to Rosewood. Cock N’ Bull takes the biscuit when it comes to pubs in the area and we’re all looking forward to our next happy hour at Cock N’ Bull, which will have to be on a Friday so we can all try their Fish and Chips special. Until then, cheerio!

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Left to right: Molly, Kathy, Sarah, Virginia, Tina, Miriam & Carmen

Hours & Info:

Happy Hour: Tues. – Fri. 2:30pm – 7pm

Sunday Brunch: 11:00am – 2:30pm

Lunch served Weds. – Sat. 11am – 2:30pm

Dinner served Mon. – Sun. 5pm – 1opm

Address: 326 S Edisto Ave, Columbia

Phone Number: 803.251.4474

Coming Soon

Hunter – Gatherer Brewery at Rosewood Hangar

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

According to City documents, “The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building to be built at Columbia’s Owens Field Municipal Airport in 1929. The hangar was built by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and was officially opened in April 1930 with a large celebration, dedication, and air show. Although the hangar was initially used for passenger and airmail service, it was eventually also used for flight training, airplane storage, and airplane maintenance and repair. Of the approximately 35 hangars built by Curtiss-Wright Flying Service by the 1930s, Columbia’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar is one of the last to remain standing and is largely unaltered from its original design.”

We were so excited when we heard that Hunter – Gatherer Brewery would be expanding into such a neat, historical place from their current location at 900 Main St.

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Image from City Documents

The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s for its contributions to air transportation in Columbia and throughout the state and today the hangar is undergoing a big renovation and is expected to open this summer. How exciting! Kevin Varner, brewer and owner of Hunter-Gatherer brew pub announced that in celebration of their 20th anniversary (Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia on Oct. 7, 1995) they will be opening this second location at Owens Field that will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brew house, a bottling and kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. Foodies, the Hunter-Gatherer at 900 Main Street will stay the same so no worries if you’re a regular.

Renovation is well underway. There were many painted signs on the hangar. One sign, above the sliding hangar doors, originally said “Curtiss Wright” and “Flying Service.” This Curtiss-Wright sign is in the process of being re-painted to match the original and another sign will be painted (on the opposite side of the building) saying “Hunter – Gatherer” and “Brewery & Alehouse.” It’s going to look awesome! We can’t wait to dine at this historical establishment, as we watch planes fly overhead.

Recently Opened.

Tallulah

2400 Devine St. | 803.400.2300 tallulah-food-dish

Foodies, Tallulah officially opened its doors on Thursday, January 12th and we are pretty excited about it! Open nightly, Tuesday – Saturday, Tallulah will be taking reservations in their dining room, while their bar/lounge area will be available for walk – ins.

Tallulah presents an upscale dining experience in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The full dinner menu (click here to view it!) will be available at the bar and the bar menu will be available until the bar closes. Their dinner menu is unique in that it is divided into four sections that reflect the distinct regions of South Carolina, in addition to a separate dessert menu: Lowcountry focuses on seafood; Sandhills focuses on meat, poultry, and game; Piedmont focuses on vegetables; and Appalachia focuses on food preservation. The cuisine will reflect Chef Jones’ mix of classic French and modern American style, presented as fully composed, mid-sized plates. Enjoy!

Dining Room: 5:30pm – 10pm

Bar/Lounge: Open Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 11pm; & Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 12am (midnight)

Lima Peruvian

3830 Rosewood Dr. | 803.851.3646 lima-pervuian

A NEW Peruvian restaurant opened on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Jim Casey’s Fireworks complex on Rosewood Drive, Foodies! Lima Peruvian features standard Peruvian favorites such as pollo a la braza and lomo saltado. Yummy!

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm; Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes & Croissants

The Gardener Guides team was craving something new, something international, for lunch. Ooo la la oui oui!  We headed to Crepes and Croissants on Sumter Street.

The dining room features French-inspired photos, goods, and reading material, with a case up front containing creme brulee and sweet croissants of the day. Laurent, the owner and chef, took our orders and patiently answered our questions about the food. The menu works great for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, whether you’re looking for savory or sweet. The crepe selection alone is a voyage to distant lands – Paris, Greece, Italy, Greenland, Norway, and Texas. You can also create your own crepe from the list of fillings. Other offerings include quiche, croissant sandwiches, omelettes, French toast, sweet crepes and desserts. We wanted to order across the board, to taste a little of everything.

Crepes and Croissants.jpgLaurent and his assistant quickly went to work making the food. It was fun to watch as Laurent made the crepes – he’s very fast, and made it look so easy! When he brought the dishes out, each looked lovely in its presentation. Carmen and Sarah went for crepes. Carmen enjoyed the “Italy”, with melted mozzarella, Provence herbs, sliced tomatoes and marinated chicken, and Sarah was a huge fan of the “Greece”, with goat cheese drizzled with honey, spinach and sauteed leeks. “It was really good,” said Carmen, “the chicken was warm and seasoned well…I would definitely love to go back and try one of the sweet crepes!” The crepes themselves were warm, light, with a wonderful soft texture.

Miriam and Molly went for Croissant Sandwiches – Miriam got the Bacon sandwich and Omlette.jpgMolly got the Salmon, with smoked salmon, fried egg and spinach. One bite later, Molly proclaimed, “It was everything I had hoped it would be! All of the ingredients pulled together to make a well balanced flavor.”

Kathy and Tina both enjoyed the Chicken Salad Croissant sandwich, “not heavy with overkill mayonnaise. Light and lovely”, Kathy remarked, as Virginia opted for the Omelette. With chips or a spinach salad as a side (drizzled with Laurent’s excellent homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette, sold there), it seemed that everyone was pleased with what they’d ordered. It was Sydney’s order of the sweet S’mores smores-crepecrepe, though, that brought out the oohs and aahs. The
Nutella and the marshmallows nestled inside the beautifully folded crepe looked and, according to Sydney, tasted heavenly.

The lunch was a success. We were all satisfied, but not overly full, and had each tried something new. Laurent impressed us with the speed at which he delivered perfectly-made crepes and more to our table of eight people. A la prochaine fois, Crepes et Croissants!

Address: 1465 Sumter St.

Phone Number: 803-462-4779

Check out their website here!

NewsFlash: Shower Beer

Dear Beer Lovers,

In the name of keeping you up on current beer trends we have something to new to share with you….especially if you find the civic duty of showering to be a bore. Showering (the kick start to your day…or night!) can now be combined with another kick starter: shower beer. Yep, the Swedish beat us to it…suds has a whole new 2 in 1 meaning for me.

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Snask + PangPang’s SHOWER BEER —ahh! What a potentially great gift if it comes to the USA.

Created as a collaboration between Swedish craft brewery PangPang and creative agency Snask, Shower Beer is a sweet but strong pale ale. I hear you, I hear you….you can drink any beer while in the shower (and it’s true), but this is a beer specifically designed for shower consumption! At only 18 centiliters, about 6 ounces, Shower Beer is half the size of your typical bottled or canned brew. To make up for its size, Shower Beer is greatly ramped up in alcohol content: 10 percent ABV or double the ABV of a Budweiser. So you would essentially be drinking a beer that has all of the alcohol of a normal beer, but it would be in half the size (because sadly you can’t stay in the shower forever!).

PangPang brewery founder Fredrik Tunedal told Munchies, “I let the Shower Beer sit longer in the primary fermenter before dry hopping and cold crashing it, compared to other PangPang beers. This lets it develop a soapy flavor that in some beers is considered an ‘off’ flavor, but is just on point for the Shower Beer. The beer is heavily hopped with Citra [hops], and has a citrusy, soapy, and somewhat herbal profile.”

But what is pretty awesome is what Tunedal told Munchies next, “I designed the recipe so that it can also be used as a conditioner, so if you are into looking good rather than feeling good, I’ve thought of you too!” Beer + conditioner….you’ve sold me Tunedal (easily)! The only thing is this beer is bottled as a glass, so don’t drop it Foodies!beer-soap

Our fingers are crossed that it will make its way to the USA, but until then give Swamp Cabbage Brewery’s homemade beer soap a try! Choose to lather yourself with their Sabal Palm Blonde, Chocolate Brown or Swamp Cabbage Stout beer soap. Made with Oil blend – Olive, Coconut, Avocado, Sun Flower, Hemp Seed, Castor Oil, Essential Oils and Beer – Sabal Palm Blonde or Swamp Cabbage Stout, or Chocolate Brown. They tend to sell out quickly, but they are constantly restocking. Enjoy!

You Have to try this Place: Mr. Friendly’s

Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe, located in historic Five Points, was founded in the early ’80s as a sandwich and cookie shop and it has evolved into so much more, yeah? Since 1995, Mr. Friendly’s has been serving New Southern Cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casualmr-friendlys-dish environment using only the freshest ingredients. In fact every day they update their website with their daily lunch and dinner specials. Click here!

It seems that every time we stop in there, they are having ocean-fresh fish and seafood specials and they always have innovative meat, poultry, and wild game dishes. If you happen to dine with them on a Monday night enjoy their famous Meatloaf & half price wines & lunar pies! Plus, everyday at lunch enjoy $15 bottles of wine and $5 wines by the glass. Their wine list is very extensive and has won “Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence” ten times. Click here to view their wine list. They also have a wide variety of micro-brew beer, small batch Bourbon, flavored Vodkas and single-malt Scotch.

Both their lunch and dinner menus boast a plethora of delicious dishes, plus they have a vegetarian entree that changes daily. Click here to view lunch menu. Click here to view dinner menu.

Whether you are in the mood for one of their classic plates on your lunch break or their “Friendly Burger” they’ve got you covered. From Low Country Shrimp & Grits or Pecan Mr. Friendly's Salad.jpgMustard BBQ Glazed Salmon to their Southwest Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Charleston Chicken Salad…the possibilities are endless. And that’s just their lunch menu.

For supper share a delicious starter with your table – gulf select oysters, seared salmon croquettes, buttermilk shrimp….need we name more? Then onto their dinner entree selections. From their famous bacon-wrapped 7 oz. Angus Filet Mignon (“french quarter” pimento cheese, buttermilk mashed potatoes, sauteed veggies) to their Low Country Grilled 7 oz. Pork Tenderloin (applewood bacon pimento cheese, molasses-mustard bbq sauce, buttermilk mashed potatoes, ham hock stewed collard greens), both dishes will have you coming back for more.

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Mr. Friendly’s concept is simple: Great food, Great service and Great wine! and my oh my do they live up to it. You have to give this place a try next time you go out!

Lunch Hours : Monday-Friday 11:30-2:30pm
Dinner Hours: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-Until
2001-A Greene St., Columbia, SC 29205 | 803.254.7828

NewsFlash: January is National Soup Month!

Foodies, enjoy the ultimate winter comfort food! “Wintry mixes” aka SNOW (or sleet) are around the corner for us here in Cola and we have the answer for those of you who want to stay warm: soup. Why? Well, soup warms the heart!

east-bay-deli-january-national-soup-monthEast Bay Deli

1426 Main St. | 803.661.8932

East Bay Deli carries four delicious soups including:

  • Broccoli Cheese
  • Tomato Bisque
  • Mushroom Brie Bisque
  • Chili

Plus, they always have a featured soup. Call them at 803.661.8932 for details on their “Soup of the Day.” Order all of their soups in a cup or a bowl.

 

More delicious soups in town:

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

Whether you visit their location on the lake in Irmo or the one in the Vista, we highly suggest you give their “She Crab Soup” a try as it is just $5.95.

Twin Peaks twin-peaks-soup-specials

600 Gervais St. | 803.602.3667

Fresh ingredients. Made-from-scratch recipes. Crave able dishes. Here are Twin Peaks delicious soups:

  • Venison Chili: pepper jack/red onions
  • Green Chile Chicken Soup: grilled chicken, New Mexico green chiles, onions, tomatoes, roasted corn, pico de gallo, lime, smoked paprika
  • Blone Bean & Bacon Soup: northern white beans, bacon, Twin Peaks’ Dirty Blonde Ale, fresh herbs

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Ln. #4 | 803.788.6966

Dining with Solstice for lunch or dinner? Try out their Soup of the Day that is always different, with a tasty topping too! Check out today’s lunch special here. Cup: $4; Bowl: $6.50

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

924 – A Senate St. | 803.212.6666

Yes, they are known for their sizziling steaks, but did you also know that you can get their Lobster Bisque soup for just $9 at lunch and $10.50 at dinner. Or give their soup of the day a try!

ENJOY NATIONAL SOUP MONTH, Foodies!

Under the Foam: January 2017

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Twisted Spur Brewing: Great White Beer Tapping

twisted-spur-brewing-beerTuesday January 17, 2017 | 5pm – 8pm | at the Twisted Spur (705 Gervais St.)

Stop in at Twisted Spur tonight after work to enjoy the tapping of their new batch of our White IPA “Great White Buffalo.” Drink, Eat and be Merry as we taste the fruits of the Brewers labor! Also, $2 of every beer sold will be donated to a local charity.

The Casual Pint: Legal Remedy Tap Takeoverlegal-remedy-coconut-beer

Thursday January 19, 2017 | 6pm – 9pm | at the Casual  Pint (807 Gervais St.)

Thirsty for something different? Join KT from Legal Remedy Brewing for a tap takeover at the Casual Pint on Thursday, January 19th!

Tap list: 
Jury Panel Jalapeño Pineapple Ale
-World Court White Chocolate Mocha Blonde Stout
Malice Maple Bacon Russian Imperial Stout
Conundrum Coconut Dark Ale

Craft and Draft: Snafu Brewing Launch

Thursday January 19, 2017 | 4-9pm | at Craft and Draft (2706 Devine St.) snafu-brewing-company

Join Craft and Draft on Thursday, January 19th, as they welcome one of the newest South Carolina breweries to Columbia: SNAFU! They’ll have several of their flagship beers available on tap, and they’ll feature a few specialty beers and seasonal beers as well! Plus, they will have a food truck on site all night, too, so come early and make it a night! Cheers!

Mr. Friendly’s: New Seasonal Beers

River Rat My Morning Stout: wake up your taste buds with notes of cocoa nibs & Madagascar vanilla, plus the subtle addition of Jittery Joe’s coffee roasted in GA

Westbrook “Two Claw” Rye Pale Ale: notes of orange and grapefruit on the nose, with spicy rye and stone fruit on the palate

Twisted Spur Brewing: New Additions & Returning Favorites

Twisted Spur Brewing, located at 705 Gervais Street has recently added some old favorites back to the taps! Their returning favorites include the Twisted IPA, Hefeweizen, and the Dead Head Red. Have you tried all three yet? If not – what are you waiting on? It’s time to clear your plans for the rest of the evening! Plus, don’t miss their two NEW additions:

  • White Hazelnut Imperial Stout
  • Sweet Imperial Red

Weekday Therapy: Grill Marks

img_2059On a recent December weekday after work, with temperatures dipping, the Gardener Guides team, cold and hungry, was in search of some comfort before the holidays. We headed over to see if the good people at Grill Marks could help us out.

We were immediately excited to see a cozy area with soft lighting, great decor and a fireplace, and placed our drink order. Grill Marks’ bar offers a huge selection of wines, “Now” craft beers and scratch-made cocktails, as well as a range of ice cream concoctions such as Floats, Milkshakes, Freakshakes, and alcoholic-infused Spiked Floats, Shaketails and Beer Shakes. Unfortunately, we were just too chilly to try those, but will definitely be back for them once the weather warms!

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Food requests from the team ranged from burgers, for which Grill Marks is famous, to any of their potato offerings, of which there are many: Skinny Fries, Fat Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, White Truffle Parmesan Fries, Bleu & Pimento Cheese Fries, as well as White Truffle Parmesan Chips and Bacon and Bleu Chips w/Cracked Pepper. The decision was difficult,img_2062 but we settled on the Slider Trio which included a Pimento & Bleu Cheese slider, Crimini & Swiss slider and Jalapeno & Pepper-Jack slider. We also ordered the Marks Pimento Cheese Poppers, and for the pick-3 appetizer option chose White Truffle Parmesan Chips with Dijonnaise dipping sauce, Fried Green Tomatoes with Chipotle Ranch and Sweet Potato Fries with Orange Cinnamon sauce.

We can report that the rumors are true; Grill Marks’ burgers really are incredible! Everything from the degree of doneness of the fresh, custom blended burger patties to the buns (each one baked daily and individually branded) to the toppings, were superior. In fact, our only regret was that we hadn’t ordered our sliders off of the Happy Hour menu, as they would have been a tad larger and therefore led to less infighting among the gals, but, live and learn! The other appetizers were wonderful as well, and really brought up a notch with the housemade dipping sauces that came alongside.

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At the end of the hour we were ready to venture back out into the cold streets of the Vista with the knowledge that we’d found a real gem of a Happy Hour venue, one that we could count on to provide us with the atmosphere, food and drink that makes for the best kind of Weekday Therapy!

Address: 711 Gervais St.

Phone Number: 803-661-8932

Check out their Facebook Page here!

New to the Menu: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur has finalized their menu and now offers a condensed lunch menu Monday – Friday from 11am – 4pm, as well as brunch from 10am -2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Some of their new menu items include:
  • Grilled center cut Swordfish with cilantro jasmine rice and crispy lardons, creamed
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    Twisted Spur’s Smoked corned beef

    spinach, and lemon Tabasco beurre blanc

  • Braised Durac Farms volcano pork shank served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Pork Confit Eggrolls
  • House smoked corned beef Reuben with house prepared peppered bacon sauerkraut and Russian dressing with swiss cheese on Pumpernickel sourdough.
  • Twisted Wedge salad, cobb salad, cajun chicken caesar salad, spinach salad, and Ahi Tuna salad
& MORE!
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Twisted Spur Brewing also offers Chef’s Creation specials every weekend (Friday –
Sunday) that you don’t want to miss! Some of their recent specials have been house made smoked ribs with warm german potato salad and beer-braised collard greens (pictured above), smoked tomato bisque with Parmesan crisps, Rainbow Trout, and Pan seared duck breast with crispy prosciutto. Is your mouth watering yet? Don’t miss this weekends special chef creations!

You Have to Try this Place: East Bay Deli

This New York style deli with a distinctive southern flair will delight your taste buds with their made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and salads, in addition to a variety of hotdogs and giant potatoes. The fresh salad bar features a TON of tasty items to choose from and the dessert case is full of giant cakes and cheese cake shipped direeast-bay-deli-1ctly from Carnegie Deli in New York City.

East Bay Deli features mouthwatering options for breakfast, lunch and dinner! For breakfast, the deli offers a range of breakfast wraps, omelets and more. When stopping in for lunch or dinner, start off with the tasty Broccoli Cheese Soup or try the soup of the day. Next, warm up with their DELIcious chili and a Dixie Darling, a triple decker sandwich with roast beef, turkey, and swiss with coleslaw, pepper relish, lettuce and tomato on toasted rye bread. Or try the Rajun Cajun, which is cajun turkey on Texas Toast with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and spicy creole sauce. Oh my!

Make sure to check out Easy Bay Deli’s Facebook page to stay up to date on daily east-bay-deli-2specials, such as the mouthwatering “Mexicana Spud,” a GIANT spud stuffed with Chili, cheddar cheese, onions, & sour cream. Yum!

With its eclectic menu and healthy options, East Bay Deli appeals to all, which explains why they have won Best Deli 13 years in a row! You can even bring you pup to the deli, as outdoor pet seating is available.

Hours: 7am – 9pm, Delivery Hours: 11am – 8:30pm | 1426 Main Street, 803.814.2277 | eastbaydeli.com

NewsFlash: Smoothie King’s Challenge

Foodies, are you ready for a challenge? Smoothie King has one for you — the Change a Meal Challenge! This is a self-challenge to encourage guests to hit their goal weight in the New Year. Smoothie King is asking guests to replace just ONE meal a day with a CAMC Meal Replacement Smoothie (plus sensible diet & exercise), and stick with it! Foodies, we believe in you.

Change a Meal Challenge.jpgEnjoy more of a good thing with Meal Replacement Smoothies, including NEW Lean1™ Pineapple Mango — a refreshing pineapple and mango blend. All under 400 calories, with filling 10+ grams of protein and energizing, quality carbs. Healthy never tasted so good, yeah?

As an incentive to share your journey with Smoothie King they are giving away up to $500 in Smoothie King gift cards, Fitbits and a brand new bike. All guests have to do to enter is post about their CAMC experience on their social media channel with the hashtag #changeameal or you can submit your success story here!

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.

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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!

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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,

Miriam


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

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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

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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

Hours: 

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

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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!
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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!

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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!
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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

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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

Hours: 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Openings!

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 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  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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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

Tallulah

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
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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

 craftanddraftbeer.com

2706 Devine Street
803-764-2575

Hours:
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

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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

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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