929 Kitchen & Bar Reopens Dining Room!

Columbia's favorite Korean-creative restaurant has been cautious about reopening its dining room for obvious reasons. Its carry-out and curbside business has been brisk over the spring and summer months, as well as delivery through doordash.com, but 929's patrons yearned for the inhouse experience of seeing smiling faces, the aroma of delectable foods being prepared and … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar Reopens Dining Room!

Favorite Picnic Spots Around the Midlands

The Saluda River from Saluda Shoals Park Saluda Shoals Park - This 400-acre regional park has plenty of space for picnics. You can spread out a blanket in a number of spots or walk along the Greenway and picnic on a bench with a view of the beautiful Saluda River. Picnic shelters can be reserved. … Continue reading Favorite Picnic Spots Around the Midlands

Bang Back Pinball Lounge in Five Points Now Open

We're all trying to maintain our sanity, and what better way to work off a little angst than a trip to Five Points to play pinball and sample foods from a very interesting Funky Fresh Food Truck menu (see below)! Bang Back Pinball Lounge opened its doors a couple of weeks ago. The restaurant/gaming establishment … Continue reading Bang Back Pinball Lounge in Five Points Now Open

Helping Each Other Through the Crisis

It's been quite the ride, these past four weeks. I have felt, like many others, that this RONA event is so Twilight Zonish. Not real. I'm dreaming... please wake me up. Some of us have taken this ordeal and used it to spread goodness and cheer to others. I have read many inspiring stories... here … Continue reading Helping Each Other Through the Crisis

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Recipes for Home

Ruth's Chris Steak House has graciously offered the official recipes for six of their most flavorful and famous dishes so you can turn any occasion into a very special one... right at home! Fresh Mozzarella and Kumato Tomato SaladBarbecued ShrimpCreamed SpinachCrab CakesSweet Potato CasseroleBread Pudding 1. Fresh Mozzarella and Kumato Tomato Salad For a light … Continue reading Ruth’s Chris Steak House Recipes for Home

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy's is different from most other fast-casual restaurants in that nothing is prepared ahead of time. You order it - they make it - just for you. From steakburgers to sundaes, it's all made fresh. Plus you'll dig the throwback diner decor... very fun and different. Original Double The Original Double comes with two steakburger … Continue reading Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Tuesdays: Family Night at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Looking for a deal the whole family will love? Bring your younguns to Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers any Tuesday night from 5pm - 9pm and each family member (why should you be left out... you're buying!) will receive a free mini 1-topping sundae with each combo or kids combo purchase! You can order applesauce … Continue reading Tuesdays: Family Night at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy’s Offers Fish and Chips For Limited Time!

Best Fish and Chips in Columbia SC! Two fillets of premium wild-caught Alaska cod, a slice of American cheese, and classic Freddy’s sauce on a perfectly toasted bun. Or hold the bun and try their traditional fish and chips with Freddy’s famous shoestring fries.  Come in and get it now... for a limited time only! … Continue reading Freddy’s Offers Fish and Chips For Limited Time!

8 of the Best Burgers in Columbia and Lexington

I am the chef at Storybook Cottage. I really am quite the cook, the baker and candlestick maker, and am certain that if I had the time to participate, could win most TV competitions (except that one for "candlestick making". I am a second-rate candlestick maker). Despite the wide breadth of my culinary skills, there … Continue reading 8 of the Best Burgers in Columbia and Lexington

The Local Buzz Moves to Five Points: Now Open

Get cozy in their new digs on Harden St.! Opened in the Fall of 2015 on Rosewood Drive, The Local Buzz became a favorite meeting spot for local residents and business owners, coffee lovers and everyone who enjoyed fresh sandwiches and desserts! That location closed last year, and a new The Local Buzz has opened … Continue reading The Local Buzz Moves to Five Points: Now Open

Starting Anew in 2020 with East Bay Deli

With the new year arrived, it’s always nice to start out fresh. Resolutions abound and hope is rekindled.  Here at East Bay Deli, we pride ourselves on the variety of choices we have available. Whether you’d like a great burger, sandwich or sweets; we have all of that. Nonetheless, if healthier choices are your thing … Continue reading Starting Anew in 2020 with East Bay Deli

Ruth’s Hour

Everyday at Ruth's Chris Steak House in downtown Columbia (yes, EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK), enjoy discounted pricing from 4:00pm - 6:30pm on favorite menu items in the bar (bar area only). It's a great way to unwind after a hard or busy day... their bar is cozy and the lights are turned down low.

929 Kitchen & Bar’s New Winter Menu

Korean Fried Chicken! Unbelievably Crunchy! I had heard from a Korean friend of mine that Korean Fried Chicken is better than any other fried chicken because it stays crunchy from start to finish. He was right! 929 Kitchen & Bar has added Korean Fried Chicken to its menu and it is amazing. You can hear … Continue reading 929 Kitchen & Bar’s New Winter Menu

The Best Croissants in Columbia SC!

Bacon, Brie and Fig Croissant - New to the Menu! A melt-in-your-mouth croissant with crunchy thick bacon, a generous slab of brie and a sweet spread of fig preserves... ooh-la-la! Looking for a unique breakfast or lunch in downtown Columbia? Over on Sumter Street is a darling little French cafe, where they make delicious savory … Continue reading The Best Croissants in Columbia SC!

Tombo Grille Tempts You Out of the House Weeknights!

Find yourself needing a little weekday therapy? Grab your spouse or significant other, book a sitter and escape to Tombo Grille! So what if it's a school night, work night, whatever night? This Forest Acres eatery offers delightful entertainment and menu items that are fun, delicious and easy on the wallet. WEEKLY SPECIALS Happy hour … Continue reading Tombo Grille Tempts You Out of the House Weeknights!

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

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

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 New 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 menu each March, and we were tripped out to … Continue reading Tombo Grille’s New 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