Food Lover Events & Foodie Fun: February


Super Bowl Party Wings from Liberty!

It’s time once again for the Super Bowl! Eagles vs. Patriots, who will be the victor? More importantly, what food will you serve at your party?!? Impress your guests with Chicken Wing Platters from Liberty! Liberty’s famous wings are available as platters of 30, 50, or 100 wings, in hot, medium, mild, mojo, and honey sriracha flavors. Order in store at Liberty Tap Room in the Vista, Liberty on the Lake in Irmo, or call to reserve.

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Sure Fire Tacos will Bring the Nachos to You! 

sfsbHosting a Super Bowl party? Don’t miss a single minute of the game this year! Let the folks at Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill cater your bash and delight your guests. Choose from platters of tacos with all the fixins’, Mexican Cobb Salad, and Fruit Trays for 15-300 people and served buffet-style, or get individual Taco, Burrito, or Quesadilla meals. To order, call them at 803-764-1016 or go here.

Macarons for the One You Love!


This Valentine’s Day, say “Je t’aime” with some sweet French macarons! A macaron is a delicious, meringue-based cookie-type confection. They are hugely popular in France, and becoming pretty ubiquitous here in the States, as well. They make a beautiful gift, and they’re available here in Columbia, at Crêpes et Croissants restaurant, located on Sumter Street. Owner and Master Crêpe Maker, Laurent, keeps them stocked in his store for all occasions, in 8 flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate/Orange, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Raspberry, Coffee, Vanilla and Lemon. More here.

Tombo Grille’s Weekly Specials

4517 Forest Dr, Ste 6 | 803-782-9665

tomboporkDid you know that Tombo Grille offers great specials every day of the week? Got a case of the Mondays? Pop in to Tombo for a burger and beer for only $9! Enjoy Tombo’s famous House-Ground C.A.B. burger and seasoned fries as you listen to live music. Had a tough Tuesday? Tombo’s $5 pizzas and $15 bottles of wine will make you feel all better! Hump Day is a great day to stop in to Tombo, with more live music, by local favorite Billy Sloan from 7-10pm. Thursday nights are for dates, and Date Night at Tombo is the best, with a complete Three-Course Dinner for Two for only $49! You can join Tombo any evening until 6:30pm for Happy Hour, for $1 off all beer, $3 house liquor, $4 house wine and $5 select small bites. More here.

Seinfeld Trivia at Liberty Tap Room

Thursday, February 1 | 828 Gervais St.

triviaJoin Liberty Tap Room in the Vista every Thursday for Themed Trivia! This Thursday is Seinfeld Trivia! Get your team together,  come play, and yada, yada, yada, you win fabulous prizes! Enjoy $8 pizzas from 5-10pm, and $4 for most pints / $2.50 for most half pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. More here.

Wings from Liberty Tap Room on the Lake

Need wings for your Superbowl Party? Yes, of course you do!  No place better on the northwest side of town to grab ’em and go than Liberty on the Lake!  Hope this picture doesn’t make you drool!  Order them today: (803) 667-9715

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Super Bowl, Home Team Style

Sunday, February 4 | 5122 Bush River Rd

DSC_0686.JPGEvery Sunday is great fun at Home Team Tavern Bar & Grill, but Super Bowl Sunday is going to be a party! Home Team’s delicious all-American food, full-service bar, friendly staff and huge TV screens make it the perfect establishment to watch the big game! Super Bowl Specials will start at 4, with 60-cent wings as well as drink specials, and last all night! More here.

Watch the Game at WG’s!

Sunday, February 4 | 736 St Andrews Rd, Ste H

DSC_0635WG’s Wings is the perfect place to get ready for some football this Super Bowl Sunday! WG’s is known for awesome wings and a great atmosphere. On Feb. 4, the game will be playing on all eight flat screen TVs, there will be a Tailgate Special going on, as well as all-day Happy Hour drink specials! More here.

Join Main Street Public House for the Big Game!

Sunday, February 4 | 1556 Main Street


The lively atmosphere at this restaurant located downtown on Main Street, smack dab in the middle of everything, makes it a popular gathering place for sporting events, and the Super Bowl is no exception! Enjoy MSPH’s Super Game Menu, which includes Pub Chili, Clam Chowder, Beer Cheese, House Smoked Wings, Bratwurst, Honey Sriracha Chicken Sandwich, Lobster Roll, Philly Cheesesteak and more! Perfect game day food and a huge selection of game day drinks make MSPH the place to be this Sunday! More here.

Grand Super BOWL Party

Sunday, February 4 | The Grand, 1621 Main Street
Bowl your way through the Super Bowl at The Grand! Get off of the couch and enjoy bowling, drink specials, and tailgate themed food specials as you watch the Super Bowl on large projection screens and TVs. Before the game starts, put in your final score prediction and win prizes! More here. 

Sweetheart Dinner Cruise

Friday, February 9 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

slmmmmDuring the week of Feb. 9 – 16, The Spirit of Lake Murray is holding a very special Valentine’s Week of cruises and dinners! Boarding for the Sweetheart Dinner Cruise begins at 6:30pm, with sailing from 7 – 9:30pm. Enjoy live jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his “Sax of Love” as you are served a delicious dinner in a heated cabin, with cash bar for alcohol. Also available is “Couples Only” seating in the Admiral’s Room, where limited seating makes for a more intimate dining experience. Tickets here.

River Rat Oyster Roast

Friday, February 9 | 6 – 9PM | 1231 Shop Road

Join River Rat Brewery on the Patio for another fun Oyster Roast and BBQ, where you’ll enjoy fresh steamed Carolina selects and smoked pork BBQ with sides all evening! Your $40 ticket will include admission to the event, Oysters, BBQ, baked beans, slaw, shuckers and gloves. Cold beer will be on tap as well! Event will sell out quickly so make your reservations today! Tickets here.

Columbia Craft Beer Week

Saturday, February 10 – Sunday, February 18

Get ready for a whole week of non-stop craft beer fun! Your favorite craft brewers will be in town hosting 80’s parties, tastings, trivia and putt-putt tournaments! The week kicks off with Beer Wars on Feb. 10, where you can try 20 different IPAs and vote on your favorite, all while enjoying live music and food! It all wraps up with the World Beer Festival on Feb. 17 at the State Fairgrounds where there will be over 400 kinds of beer to try, and the Smoke and Beer Festival on the 18th. See all of the week’s events and more here!

Lake Murray Love Boat

Saturday, February 10 | The Spirit of Lake MurrayCouple on romantic date at sea restaurant

Love is in the air, and in the waters of Lake Murray! Take your special someone on the Spirit of Lake Murray this Valentine’s Season;  it’s the perfect place for couples to celebrate together – great food, a beautiful view and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks on the Smooth Sailing Sax. Looking for a more intimate dining experience? Limited seating in the “Couples Only” Admiral’s Room might be for you and your sweetheart! More here.

Valentine’s Oyster Roast in Ridgeway

Saturday, February 10 | Olde Town Hall Restaurant & Pub | 140 S Palmer St., Ridgeway

Enjoy this annual Valentine’s Day Shuck & Jive Oyster Roast in Ridgeway, with all you can eat oysters for $25 a person, local craft brews, Oyster Shooters and Chocolate Strawberry Amaretto Valentine’s Shots! Live music by D.B. Bryant and Vince McKinley. Ticket information here.

Take Your Valentine to Rioz this Weekend!

Sunday, February 11 – Wednesday, February 14 | 410 Columbiana Drive 

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February Harvest Dinner at City Roots

Monday, February 12 | 6:30 – 9:30PM | City Roots Farm, 1005 Airport Blvd
Enjoy a harvest feast at City Roots Farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and Farm to Table Event and Catering Co. Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. Enjoy a welcome cocktail by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings by Advintage. Tickets here.

House Made Beignets | Crepes & Croissants

Tuesday (Fat Tuesday), February 13 | 1465 Sumter Street


Crepes & Croissants on Sumter St. in downtown Columbia is celebrating Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) with traditional house made beignets for the occasion. $1.40 each, 1/2 dozen for $8.00 and a dozen for $15.00. Visit the Crepes & Croissants website here.

Valentine’s Dinner at Swamp Cabbage Brewery

Wednesday, February 14 | 2 seatings available – 5:30pm & 8pm | 921 Brookwood Dr.


Looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience? Reserve your spot at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company’s annual Valentine’s Dinner, where you’ll enjoy culinary delights by Chef Jean-Louis, and some of the best beer in Columbia! Four courses of amazing fare plus an exciting variety of “Strawberry Extravaganza” desserts will make this the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever! Event will sell out quick – get your tickets here. 

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise

Tuesday, February 14 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

slmLooking for something special to do this Valentine’s Day? The Spirit of Lake Murray’s Valentine’s Cruise is one of the most sought after public events all year! This relaxing dinner cruise includes a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu, and live Jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks and his Sax of Love. An experience you won’t forget! More here.

Liberty Tap Room Vista

Tuesday, February 14 | 828 Gervais St. | 803-461-4677

Liberty Tap Room in the Vista is now taking reservations for their special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner with champagne toast! Reserve your spot here.

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Liberty on the Lake

Tuesday, February 14 | 1602 Marina Rd, Suite D | 803-667-9715

Liberty on the Lake has a special menu planned for Valentine’s Day, so make plans to be there! There’s nothing more romantic than a gourmet dinner with a spectacular view! More here.

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East Bay Deli Valentine’s Day Special

Tuesday, February 14 | 1426 Main Street & 108 Sunset Court


Cake alert! Take your Valentine out to East Bay Deli on Tuesday, February 14, and get a FREE slice of your cake of choice with the purchase of two sandwiches and two fountain drinks. East Bay Deli always has an amazing assortment of gourmet cakes, like Mile-High Chocolate, Mile-High Carrot, “Carnegie Deli” Cheesecakes, and more, with slices big enough to share! Dine In ONLY. More here.



Good Life Cafe Valentine’s Day Dinner

Tuesday, February 14 | 1614 Main Street

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Treat your sweetie to a unique, romantic dining experience at Good Life Cafe! Couples dinner for Valentine’s Day will feature a choice of Two Salads, Two Entrees and Two Desserts, as well as a glass of wine, for only $34.95 per person. Dishes will feature truly innovative vegan fare, like eggplant bacon, Porcini and gluten-free breadcrumb-encrusted seared Tofu, fresh made pesto ravioli, with desserts like Chocolate and Cherry Grenache Raw Cheesecake and Classic Vegan Strawberry Shortcake! More here.

Sweetheart’s Dinner Cruise

Friday, February 16 | The Spirit of Lake Murray

Red heart made of rose petals for Valentine's DayLet Cupid be your Captain on The Spirit of Lake Murray! Celebrate your love with a romantic and memorable dinner cruise aboard a yacht. You’ll love watching the sun set over the sparkling lake, enjoy the soothing sounds of jazz with Ken Cheeks on sax, dine from a sumptuous dinner buffet, and enjoy snuggling on the bow in the moonlight. More information here.

Valentine’s Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, February 16 | 322 Little Brooke Ln.

liz99-263671Tea for Two! This special post-Valentine’s Day event hosted by The Market Tea Room and Country Store and Evolution through Chocolate will feature: Sweet Nothings White Tea with a Peach Mango Truffle, Rose Black Tea with a Blood Orange Truffle, Ripe for Romance Black Tea with a Black Raspberry Truffle, and Hugs and Kisses Rooibos Tea with a Caramel Sea Salt Truffle! Get tickets here.

2nd Annual Smoke and Beer Festival

Sunday, February 18 | 11:30AM – 4PM | 1005 Airport Blvd

rhett-wesley-479644Come to City Roots Farm and see what happens when local chefs create a dish using craft beer as either the secret ingredient or as a dish pairing, then YOU get to decide the winner! Local Columbia chefs will be competing for a grand prize from KW Beverage. Breweries from the Carolinas and Georgia will be featured at cash bars, and there will be live music. More here.

20th Annual Palladium Society Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, February 24 | Music Farm Columbia, 1022 Senate St.

Join Historic Columbia’s Palladium Society for the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off, and bring your appetite! This fundraiser features open beer and wine bar, live music by The Reggie Sullivan Band and Blocker, and all you can eat chili, as local cooks and restaurants compete for the best chili in town! Think YOURS is the best? The Palladium Society is looking for competitors! Deadline to enter is 5pm on Feb. 2. All proceeds from this event benefit Historic Columbia. Tickets here.

Shuckin’ on the Shoals

Sunday, February 25 | 4 – 7PM | River Center at Saluda Shoals Park

The Saluda Shoals Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser is back! Enjoy delicious oysters, hot chili, chicken bog, beer, wine and more at this event! Cost is $65/Person for Foundation Members, and $75/Person for Non-Members. Call 803-213-2035 for tickets. More here.

Ruth’s Chris Prisoner Wine Company Dinner

Thursday, March 1 | 6:30PM | 924-A Senate Street 

Ruths Chris Prisoner Wine DinnerKnown for sourcing varietals from the best vineyards and appellations across California, The Prisoner Wine Company’s winemaking team consistently produces unique blends that are both captivating and approachable. As part of this special evening that kicks off Ruth’s Chris’ 2018 wine dinner series, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an all-star lineup of wines from one of their favorite modern wineries. Make your reservation today! More here.

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News Flash

East Bay Deli Holiday Catering

Downtown: 1426 Main Street | 803-814-2277 | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Ct. | 803-791-1150

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Got a crowd coming over for the upcoming holidays? Get out of the kitchen and instead serve them party trays from East Bay Deli! East Bay has an amazing selection of foods that your guests will love. From Sandwich/Wrap Trays to giant Chef, Caesar and Greek Salads, to soups, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies, East Bay has you covered for your party of up to 28 people! Or, treat your guests to something different – East Bay’s Baked Potato, BBQ or Hot Dog Bar – giant Baked Potatoes, pulled pork BBQ or premium Hot Dogs with ALL the fixins, so no one will go home hungry. More here.

Thanksgiving Turkeys from Little Pigs Barbecue

4927 Alpine Road | 803-788-8238


Serve your family an unforgettable Thanksgiving turkey or ham this year by ordering it in advance from Little Pigs Barbecue! Little Pigs is known for its real Carolina barbecue and mouthwatering southern sides dishes, so you know their hams and turkeys will be just as delectable! Get a Small, Baked, Fried or Smoked Turkey, a Large Baked or Smoked Turkey, Glazed Ham, or a 1/4, 1/2 or Whole PIT Ham for your feast. Order by December 16, 2017. Call them at 803-788-8238 today!

Thanksgiving at Ruth’s Chris

Thursday, November 23 | 924-A Senate Street, at the Hilton Hotel | 803-212-6666


Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving! Join them for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner with sausage and herb stuffing, complete with your choice of starters and sides. You’ll even get leftovers to take home with you and enjoy the next day! The 3 course Turkey Dinner is $39.95 for adults, with a Children’s Menu priced at $12.95. Ruth’s is open 11am – 10pm on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving at home, do it right – pre-order a Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potatoes  or Creamed Spinach side as a complement to your turkey! They’ll love Ruth’s classic Sweet Potato Casserole – whipped sweet potatoes, topped with a crunchy pecan-brown sugar crust, their velvety Mashed Potatoes with hints of roasted garlic, and Ruth’s original recipe Creamed Spinach – chopped spinach in a New Orleans-style cream sauce. Each side dish is $29.95 and generously serves 10-12. Sides to go are available for pick-up November 16 through November 22. Orders can be placed online or by calling the restaurant directly, 803.212.6666, at least 48 hours in advance of desired pick-up. Full menu and more here.

Rioz: Thanksgiving Day Feast!

Thursday, November 23 | 410 Columbiana Drive | 803-708-3151

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New To The Menu

Brewmaster Mondays | Casual Pint Vista

807 Gervais St, STE 100

cpintJoin the Brewmaster Club at Casual Pint for great benefits at the area’s best beer garden, like $9 select growler fills on Brewmaster Mondays! When you join the Brewmaster Club, your new membership will include a FREE growler, FREE Casual Pint merch, one FREE growler fill each month, FREE pints (after purchase of 10), FREE growler fill (after purchase of 10), 10% off package beer, 10% off retail merchandise, and invitations to special promotions. More here.

East Bay Deli

Columbia: 1426 Main Street | West Columbia: 108 Sunset Court


EBD’s new grilled Bratwurst

 The holidays can be so busy, who has time to cook? Stop in to East Bay Deli while out shopping and try one of their fall specials or order online from the main menu and take-out or have it delivered. EBD has some fantastic new specials they just rolled out for the fall: Enjoy their new Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (fried chicken fillet on ciabatta bread with marinara, melted mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses), Meatball Sub (Italian meatballs on a toasted french loaf with marinara, & melted mozzarella cheese), Wild Roast Beef (Certified Angus Roast Beef, Havarti cheese, creamy horseradish, arugula, tomato slices, red onion rings served on grilled sourdough), Tuscan Turkey (roasted turkey on grilled Tuscan bread topped with sliced Gouda cheese, roasted red peppers & pesto), and Bratwurst (grilled Bratwurst on a toasted bun topped with spicy brown mustard and sauerkraut). Try them before they’re gone – these specials will only be around until February! More here.

Immune Builder Smoothies | Smoothie King

Smoothie King Locations: 4601 Forest Drive | 945-G Lake Murray Blvd. |  718 Fashion Drive | 1205 Lincoln St.

skingHelp support your immune system with SK’s Immune Builder Smoothies, available in Mixed Berry, Orange and NEW Pumpkin Spice! Pumpkin Spice smoothies are made with organic pumpkin, carrots and super grains. With more than 300% of your daily vitamin C, plus iron and calcium, you’re all set for fall. More here.

NewsFlash: Top Sellers at East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Ct., West Columbia & 1426 Main Street, Columbia

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

Chicken Caesar Salad – A bed of fresh romaine topped with grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, & our special Caesar dressing.

Fabulous French Toast – A breakfast classic. House made French toast sprinkled with powder sugar. Served with a choice of breakfast meat; butter and syrup on the side.

Pete’s Famous Chili Dog – A Certified Angus Beef hot dog topped with chili, diced onions, slaw and mustard. Served with chips & a pickle spear.


Breakfast Sandwich – Build your own DELIcious breakfast sandwich! Two eggs scrambled or fried on your choice of bread with cheese. Add your favorite breakfast meat for a small up charge. Served with fruit.

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Buffalo Chicken Wrap – Not your traditional buffalo wrap. Deli style buffalo chicken, diced romaine and blue cheese dressing on a sun-dried tomato wrap. Buffalo sauce served on the side.

Citadel – A house favorite. Oven Roasted turkey, ham, honey mustard, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, Swiss and cheddar cheese piled high toasted wheat.

Authentic Italian – A classic deli favorite. Capicola ham, salami, pepperoni, melted provolone, lettuce, tomato and Italian dressing on French loaf.

Fried Chicken Wrap – Fried chicken, romaine, diced tomato, cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a sun-dried tomato wrap.

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

Opening OpenEast Bay Deli in West Columbia

108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803-791-1150

East Bay Deli, across from Lexington Medical Center on US 378, is now open! East Bay features “deli-cious” breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and an exceptional salad bar! We at Foodie News know what we’re talking about; we visited the first East Bay Deli in Columbia, at the Hub on Main Street back in February, and absolutely loved the authentic, New York deli-style fare we tried! See our review of the place here.

Need to eat in a hurry? Order online and in about 15 minutes your food will be ready for pickup! Can’t get away for lunch? No worries; EBD on Sunset delivers within 2.5 miles. Check out the menu here!

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EBD’s “Carnegie Deli” Cheese Cake

Recently Opened Restaurants!

Opening Open

The Pot Smoker BBQ

931-A Senate Street, Columbia | 803.400.2251

If you love real pit-smoked BBQ and traditional southern sides, make your way over topot-smoker-bbq Pot Smoker BBQ in the Vista! The name “Pot Smoker” came about from the owner’s original cooking method, which involved using a ceramic pot to smoke premium meats. Their very original and humorous slogan? “You can smell our butts a mile away!” One thing they don’t joke about is food. Pot Smoker’s pulled pork is slow-smoked for 13 hours and can be enjoyed with any of their four scratch-made sauces – mustard, hot barbecue, vinegar, or “Brenda’s Yummy”. They also have delicious smoked chicken, St. Louis-style ribs, Texas-style brisket, and crispy smoked wings on the menu, Southern sides made from family recipes that have been passed down for generations, and irresistible desserts!

Visit their FB page here!

1801 Grille

700 Lincoln Street, Ste. 200 | 803.777.1801

The University of South Carolina was founded in 1801 in Columbia. Columbia’s newest tavern, 1801 Grille, celebrates the wonderful culture and character of the school and the area by offering an innovative menu full of favorite regional flavors and new takes on traditional pub fare. The communal dining experience at 1801 is an elegant yet welcoming one, where you can choose between smaller plates for yourself, or shareable plates for the table. Sophisticated comfort food shares space on the menu with unique twists on pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, all made with the very best locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s bar features local craft beers, inventive cocktails, and interesting wines and spirits, and save room for 1801’s “Soda Shop” desserts!

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!

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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


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


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 |


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


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.