M Gourmet Group :: Summer Foods that Cool & Refresh!

"Luckily, it is possible to reduce the effects of heat by eating "cool foods" to help lower body temperature. Foods such as watermelons, cucumbers, apples, and leafy greens can accomplish a lower body temperature." Damijana Presečnik, M. Sc. in Nutrition Let's Go! Apples and Shrimp Salad :: Diced fuji apples, shrimp & flying fish roe in a … Continue reading M Gourmet Group :: Summer Foods that Cool & Refresh!

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

June 2019 Food and Drink Events

GET LEI'D :: 2ND ANNUAL LUAU SATURDAY JUNE 1ST They're roasting a pig at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company today... and serving it with traditional Hawaiian sides! Don your grass skirt or Hawaiian shirt and expect to get lei'd! All for a good cause - to help end Cystic Fibrosis! Serving White IPA and many more … Continue reading June 2019 Food and Drink Events

Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

Before it gets too hot and humid, enjoy dining outside at one of the sidewalk tables at Miyo's Harbison! You'll be out of the sun and in the shade when you sit in their portico - where you can relax with your favorite cooling beverage from the bar... and some of their extraordinary food! Then … Continue reading Beautiful Days for Dining Outdoors | Miyo’s Harbison

Summer Party Planning?

We have a few ideas when it comes to caterers for that extra special summer party your guests will remember fondly forever... and you will too! Why should you cook, clean, and entertain? Leave the cooking and serving to one of these fine Columbia caterers: Fancy That! Catering When you start planning your event, ordering … Continue reading Summer Party Planning?

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?

M Vista

What makes each restaurant in the M Gourmet Group the same, yet unique? Each one has a distinct personality, yet shares the same or similar menu and high level quality of service. Lunch at M Vista M Vista is always bustling. Guests enjoy the convenience of its Lady Street location and the ability to park … Continue reading M Vista

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

The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

by Ethan Hanson The cake window at Kaminsky's gives the Hope Diamond exhibit a run for its money. Now, everything that Kaminsky's produces is simply sublime, but these seven pies are truly their PIEce de résistance (see what I did there?). I've taken it upon myself to rank them, but it's your job to choose … Continue reading The Amazing Pies at Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

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

Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

Being invited to lunch at any Miyo's location is a treat... but being invited to lunch at Miyo's on Bower Parkway turned out to be truly an honor. What an absolutely wonderful experience, dining in the casual but classy large dining room, and feasting on some of the most wonderful, fresh Asian food in the … Continue reading Miyo’s Harbison :: Upscale and Delightful

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!

One of Columbia’s Best Happy Hours!

Hang with friends after a hard day at work or to get a great night started... and enjoy Quaker Steak & Lube's great Happy Hour specials - 3pm - 7pm Monday - Friday. Check out the $3 specialty cocktails! During Happy Hour and also during Late Night (9pm - close) enjoy your choice of Bar … Continue reading One of Columbia’s Best Happy Hours!

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

Happy Hour :: Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

 "Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour/That may give furtherance to our expedition..."  William Shakespeare Okay, lords and ladies, lest we lose out on our expedition, we MUST hurry ourselves to Happy Hour! And where better, my dearies, than Kaminsky's Dessert Cafe - where mixing adult beverages and heavenly sweets is their specialty! New happy … Continue reading Happy Hour :: Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

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

Hall’s Chophouse Now Open

Halls Chophouse Columbia OPEN DECEMBER 17, 2018 Halls Chophouse opens Monday, December 17, in downtown Columbia (in The Oak Table's former location).  This family-owned restaurant is part of a successful group out of Charleston. Considered one of the top restaurants in Charleston by many, it's exciting to see an established steakhouse like Halls open a … Continue reading Hall’s Chophouse Now Open

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!

Seasonal Menu Now at Ruth’s Chris

Celebrate the best flavors of the season with our newest Seasonal Classics menu at Ruth's Chris Steak House inside the beautiful Hilton hotel in the Vista.  Featuring exciting seasonally inspired dishes – such as Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Blackened Coconut Snapper and Sweet Potato Fritters –  as well as Ruth’s Chris favorites, we invite you … Continue reading Seasonal Menu Now at Ruth’s Chris

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

Miyo’s’ Sushi Lovers Club

Miyo’s | M Kitchen | M Vista Visit any Miyo’s, M Vista or M Kitchen and get $10 off any bottle of wine with the purchase of 2 entrees! Voted Best Chinese Restaurant by readers of The State Newspaper and Best Asian Restaurant by readers of Free-Times, everyone loves the delicious dishes created by the … Continue reading Miyo’s’ Sushi Lovers Club

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

Newsflash!

M Gourmet Group Introduces Sushi Lovers Club! Do you and your soul mate love to treat yourselves to the elegance of a night of Sushi? Sushi is perfect for date nights... it's a sexy food... there's something kind of dangerous and sensual about taking in the cool subtle taste of raw fish ... and it's … Continue reading Newsflash!

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!