BurgerIM Open Now!

The wait is over: BurgerIM is now open in northeast Columbia at 1033 Roberts Branch Parkway (Killian Road). BurgerIM (rhymes with "team") will open every day from 11-9pm, seven days a week. This is the only location in South Carolina. BurgerIM, Hebrew for “many burgers”, is one of the nation’s fastest growing fast casual restaurant … Continue reading BurgerIM Open Now!

929 Kitchen & Bar’s Excellent Cuisine

There are 8 Korean restaurants in Columbia, six of them are on Decker Blvd., one on Two Notch Rd. and only one in downtown Columbia, specifically at 929 Gervais St. in the Vista. 929 Kitchen & Bar steps away from the "International Corridor" of Decker Blvd. and brings Korean food and drink to the trendy … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar’s Excellent Cuisine

The Midlands’ Food and Drink Festivals and Events – October 2019

Barbeque, Blues and Soul Friday October 4 There's no better combination served up with barbeque than the blues and soul music! Get your plateful at the annual festival held on the grounds of the Harriet Barber House in Hopkins, SC. More here.  Newberry Oktoberfest Saturday October 5 Newberry celebrates its German heritage with this annual … Continue reading The Midlands’ Food and Drink Festivals and Events – October 2019

A Burger from a Deli?? Absolute Burger Heaven!!

We get it. A deli might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about a quality burger... At first glance, our burger might not seem the biggest or the thickest, but make no mistake that once you take a couple bites...you’ll be in absolute burger heaven! Everyone talks about quality. … Continue reading A Burger from a Deli?? Absolute Burger Heaven!!

The New Asian Kid on the Block :: Suishaya

Opened 3 weeks ago, this lovely little Asian oasis is located in Northeast Columbia off Killian Road... about the only non-chain, non-fast food spot on Killian. I know the folks in Cobblestone Park, Longcreek Plantation and neighborhoods nearby must be ecstatic. Finally a high caliber restaurant comes to this part of Northeast Columbia. Welcome Suishaya … Continue reading The New Asian Kid on the Block :: Suishaya

Dog-Friendly Dining (and Drinking) :: Columbia and Lexington SC

Let's face it. Your pooch doesn't want to sit home while you're out frolicking with your friends, now does s/he? Here is a list of dog-friendly places you can take Fido with you, when dining out or enjoying a pint: Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company :: In the taproom and under the pergola, dogs are welcome! … Continue reading Dog-Friendly Dining (and Drinking) :: Columbia and Lexington SC

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint Coming to North Main

"When we open a new Martin’s, we're always looking for a community vibe in a neighborhood setting. " And they found what they went looking for in the 2203 North Main Street location. An application was made to the City of Columbia in July to remodel the old A&F Body Shop into the bbq restaurant. … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint Coming to North Main

East Bay Deli :: Catering

Don’t Fall Through On Feeding Your Team! With the summer heat slowly dissipating, it only means one of our favorite times of year is coming! Now, don’t bust out the pumpkin spice just yet... We need to be sure you stay cool! Cool...with your teammates that is! Did you know that East Bay Deli has … Continue reading East Bay Deli :: Catering

PROOF Alcoholic Ice Cream :: Made in the Midlands

From the company's website: "An artisan ice cream company in Columbia, South Carolina, PROOF is changing the way people think about dessert. Using proprietary formulas and production techniques, PROOF is handcrafted daily using top-shelf liquor as a key ingredient to create a savory end-product with an unmatched creamy consistency.  Combining quality spirits and popular ice cream flavors, PROOF delivers a modern, … Continue reading PROOF Alcoholic Ice Cream :: Made in the Midlands

4 Incredible Cocktails… 929 Kitchen & Bar in the Vista!

Don't think of 929 Kitchen as just the place to get the best Korean dishes in town (although it is)... their bar is equally impressive. The name 929 Kitchen & Bar contains the word "BAR" for good reason! With Corey Norrell as head bartender (formerly of Bourbon... read more here), the staff has created new … Continue reading 4 Incredible Cocktails… 929 Kitchen & Bar in the Vista!

East Bay Deli Keeps It Light!

While you likely already know about the delicious salad bar available at East Bay Deli, there are a number of other great items to select from at East Bay Deli that won’t leave you feeling groggy or slow amidst the dog days of summer. One of these items is their chicken salad, which is made from … Continue reading East Bay Deli Keeps It Light!

Best Ice Cream in Greater Columbia

Why complain about the heat? Do something to cool off your innards and get an ice cream cone, sundae, shake or treat! Here are some of our contenders for Best Ice Cream in Columbia! Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe :: Their shakes are made with Greenwood Vanilla Bean, the Atlanta ice cream maker's finest, made with pure … Continue reading Best Ice Cream in Greater Columbia

Best Salad Bar in Columbia! East Bay Deli

Anyone who's visited an East Bay Deli can tell you that they offer the best salad bar in Columbia, no contest needed. The company established at its founding in Charleston, a policy that they'd always give their customers FRESH everything, and so they have... and their amazing, super-duper, califragilistic, ex-pi-alli-docious salad bar reflects that philosophy … Continue reading Best Salad Bar in Columbia! East Bay Deli

Successful Columbia Brewery Began with Home Brewing

How Swamp Cabbage Brewery began: Douglas Boyd and Edward Boyd, two Columbia brothers, started home brewing over 15 years ago. They found that they LOVED craft beer - brewing it and drinking it! In 2012, they saw an opportunity to build their own commercial brewery, because there were no craft breweries in Columbia at that … Continue reading Successful Columbia Brewery Began with Home Brewing

Robots Serving Frozen Yogurt Treats :: Coming Soon

Would you care to be served by a Decepticon or Autobot? Are you endeared to Clunk, Yod or Boilerplate? Then Reis & Irvy's might be something you'll like. No human interaction... just you and the robots (Reis and Irvy). And yogurt. Coming soon to the Columbia market, these robot-run yogurt stations will be placed in … Continue reading Robots Serving Frozen Yogurt Treats :: Coming Soon

Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

Sunday is a great day, isn't it? It's not just the traditional Christian Sabbath where we are told by God to "relax, put your feet up... it's been a long week. I need you to focus on what's important in life..." (paraphrasing, of course). It's the day we spend with family and friends, enjoying the … Continue reading Sunday Brunch :: Best Spots

Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

Mimosas are served daily at Fancy That! Bistro A mimosa is one of the most refreshing cocktails, especially in warm weather. It is the perfect beverage served with brunch. The combination of orange juice and sparkling wine, usually champagne, has been around for centuries... but perfected at Fancy That! Bistro in downtown Columbia! Order one … Continue reading Mimosas and Brunch at Fancy That! Bistro

Why So Crabby?

Have you noticed the number of new crab houses around Columbia? "What's with that?", you may ask. I sure did. The first one I saw was coming to Bower Parkway, called the Wild Crab. It's since opened and it offers a seafood menu of traditional fried seafood, but its specialty is crab boils... bags of … Continue reading Why So Crabby?

Catering with Pizazz

Fancy That! Bistro & Catering Fancy That! is considered one of the best caterers in Columbia and with good reason. They have been working at it for 28 years. Fancy That's owner is Harvey Etheredge, who is also the Catering Director. He personally oversees every catering job, from start to finish, whether a wedding rehearsal … Continue reading Catering with Pizazz

Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Look at these amazing additions to their menu... just in time to enjoy on their expanded patio area behind the dining room! Check out their full menu here. And take a look below at some of this amazing fresh food! Tofu Ramen : agedash tofu, shitake, seaweed, scallions, fried shallot, authentic ramen noodles, red miso … Continue reading Publico’s New Menu… and Expanded Patio Now Open!

Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

You can always count on an amazing gourmet dinner at Tombo Grille... never any doubt. TripAdvisor reviews place Tombo in the Top 50 Restaurants in Columbia (out of 772!) and it's the recipient of the prestigious Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Tombo rolls out a new Spring Menu each March, and we were tripped out … Continue reading Tombo Grille’s Spring Menu

A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

This little gem of a restaurant is on Forest Drive across the road from Trader Joe's. If you haven't been, or you haven't been there lately, you really should treat yourself to this delightful hideaway. A casual, un-fussy establishment, you'll feel comfortable whether in jeans or evening wear. This is a favorite place to head … Continue reading A Fresh Look at Tombo Grille

Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

Want to experience a working farm firsthand? Would you like your younguns to see how food is grown? Open from 10am - 2pm on the first Saturday of each month, Crazy Chic will let you see the animals (pigs, chickens, goats, honey bees, horses and cows, miniature horses and a donkey!) No admission charge but … Continue reading Crazy Chic Heritage Farm :: 1st Saturday of the Month

RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Celebrating an accomplishment or just a "got through the day"? Ruth's Chris' bar area is richly appointed, dimly lit and relaxing. What else could you need for a rewarding Happy Hour after a long day? Share an appetizer, an entree and drinks at special pricing in this area of the restaurant every day (not just … Continue reading RUTH’S HOUR @ THE BAR

Publico Kitchen & Tap

Colorful, playful, delicious, fun... that's Publico Kitchen & Tap in Five Points. When this place opened a few years ago, occupying the space held for years by Garibaldi's, you may have wondered what would come to Five Points but another student hangout... But turns out, this is a cool hip great place for everyone, even … Continue reading Publico Kitchen & Tap

This Spring: Host a French Crepe Party!

Endless Servings of Crepes for You and Your Guests! Want to wow your guests at your next backyard, courtyard, or lakeside get-together? Rent the Crepe Guy! Laurent from Crepes and Croissants on Sumter Street will arrive at your home with crepe maker and everything needed to turn out delicious savory and sweet crepes! Endless crepes … Continue reading This Spring: Host a French Crepe Party!

Happy Hour at 929 Kitchen & Bar

Just a reminder that 929 Kitchen & Bar in the Vista has "Bar" in its name for a reason... it's got an awesome bar! Looking for a new place to unwind after a long day? Happy Hour runs 4pm - 6pm, weekdays. The bar features comfy stools, a well-stocked bar, professional bartenders and a friendly … Continue reading Happy Hour at 929 Kitchen & Bar

929 Kitchen & Bar, with Emphasis on the Bar.

929 Kitchen & Bar opened last February (2018) with a bang and has been banging ever since. This super cool, friendly hangout in the Vista pairs trendy and traditional Korean foods with industrial-vibe decor and lots of smiling faces. Walk in on any given night and you'll see the talkative happy crowd that's gathered there. … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar, with Emphasis on the Bar.

Caterer Extraordinaire :: Crepes and Croissants

Crepes and Croissants | 803-462-4779 Are you in charge of ordering the catering for company functions? For church get-togethers? For reunions? Want to make your event REALLY memorable? It's the food, my friend, that they'll remember. And maybe one sentence of your boss's speech. May I recommend my friend Laurent, owner and chef at Crepes … Continue reading Caterer Extraordinaire :: Crepes and Croissants

Little Pigs Barbecue

When a friend of mine told me that her dad relocated to a Northeast Columbia neighborhood from Texas so that he could live near Little Pigs Barbecue, I wasn't surprised. Little Pigs Barbecue is one of those places you'd expect to see on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network.  Owned by Champ McGee, … Continue reading Little Pigs Barbecue

Columbia Craft :: Brewery Tours!

The brewers at Columbia Craft Brewing Company are going to begin offering tours of their facility in December! They'll give them on Thursdays and Saturdays at a nominal  $10 per person, and that includes a glass of beer! So let them explain the brewing process, show you through, answer your questions and then Wa-La! Drink … Continue reading Columbia Craft :: Brewery Tours!

Thursdays are Date Night at Tombo!

Tombo Grille 4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803.782.9665 Your perfect date night starts at Tombo Grille in Forest Acres where, on Thursdays, you'll get a delicious three-course dinner for two, for just $49! That includes your choice of one small bite to share, two entrees, and one dessert to share from the regular menu, … Continue reading Thursdays are Date Night at Tombo!

New! Sour Ales from Columbia Craft

Columbia Craft Brewing Company 520 Greene Street | 803-799-6027 Now pouring! Columbia Craft Brewing Company has two new fantastic sour ales for you to choose from! The first is Stuck in Port, a 5.1% ABV sour ale with peach and coconut notes. With cold temperatures outside, you'll definitely appreciate this new brew's warm island flavors! … Continue reading New! Sour Ales from Columbia Craft

New! Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Columbia Craft Brewing Company is an independent locally owned brewery in downtown Columbia.  If you haven't gotten a chance to visit this place since it opened last year, you have been missing out... if you like craft beer, you will LOVE Columbia Craft. Their brew master is so creative, he has brewed almost 50 different … Continue reading New! Columbia Craft Brewing Company

Two Winners from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California

by Rocky Menge    September 18, 2018   I recently had the pleasure of tasting 7 wines from Morgan Vineyards in California. The vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Close to Monterey and the Pacific, Morgan is the highest altitude vineyard in California. This gives these wines an intense flavor with well balanced acidity. … Continue reading Two Winners from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California

Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers 2218 Devine Street | 803.714.3320 It’s no secret that the Midlands is exploding with new options for purchasing and consuming wine. With wine bars and flights and tours and festivals, painting parties and ubiquitous Wine Down Wednesdays, enthusiasm for the beverage has skyrocketed, and it’s become a popular part of our community’s … Continue reading Palmetto Wine Sellers

O’Hara’s Public House

131 E. Main Street, Lexington | 803.785.4025 | oharas-public-house.com What differentiates a traditional Irish pub from your average bar or brewpub? A true Irish pub is more than a watering hole; it’s a gathering place for hearty food, sports, and music in a warm, convivial atmosphere. At O'Hara's Public House, they say “Your Clan Awaits”. … Continue reading O’Hara’s Public House

You Have to Try This Place

Lunch at Quaker Steak & Lube Appropriately reminiscent of the motor oil brand, Quaker Steak & Lube is a motor-themed restaurant that boasts some of the best food and drinks around, drinks and fun for the whole family!  The ColumbiaFoodieNews.com crew headed to their Columbia location off I-77 at Bluff Road to give it a good … Continue reading You Have to Try This Place

929 Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a trendy, fun place for a drink and a bite in the Vista? You've found it at 929 Gervais Street. 929 Kitchen & Bar is owned by young, hip partners Karen and Sean and their silent partners who have dreamed for a long time of serving up authentic Korean food with a modern … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar

Compton’s Kitchen :: The Best in Home Cooking

Sometimes ya' just want to "cuddle up" to food... to rekindle memories of Mama in her kitchen, checkered apron, wooden spoon in hand, stirring that big pot of goodness.  To be able to remember so fondly weekends with pancakes drenched in yummy syrup and loads of savory bacon and eggs!  Home cooking is like nothing … Continue reading Compton’s Kitchen :: The Best in Home Cooking

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964 Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they … Continue reading Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Weekday Therapy: Crêpes and Croissants

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

Coming Soon: Duck Donuts

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

You Have to Try this Place: Lima Peruvian Cuisine

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

Twin Peaks

Have you noticed the impressive bronze elk standing at attention on the corner of Gervais and Pulaski Streets and the "Twin Peaks" sign on the building behind it? Their tongue-in-cheek moniker and the slogan "Eats... Drinks... Scenic Views" belie the fact that behind the facade lives a culinary giant and an incredible entertainment experience.  If I was … Continue reading Twin Peaks

Shared Recipes!

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse: Mint and Lemon Pepper Marinated Lamb Chops w/ Pearl CousCous (4 servings) Visit Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse online! Marinated and Grilled Lamb Chops Fresh Mint Leaves- 4 cups Lemon Pepper Seasoning-1 TBSP Fajita Seasoning-1 TBSP Sea Salt-1 TSP White Wine-2 cups Lamb Chops-12 chops Combine first five ingredients in blender or food processor. … Continue reading Shared Recipes!