You Have To Try This Place: SC Pedal Parlor

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SC Pedal Parlor

Vista Bar Crawl & Five Points Bar Crawl | www.scpedalparlor.com

The SC Pedal Parlor gives you a whole new way to experience Happy Hour in Columbia! The Pedal Parlor’s unique “bike” is 100% human-powered by pedaling, eco-friendly, and allows you to see bars, taverns, restaurants and shopping districts in a safe and fun way…from the seat of a moving bar stool! Two-hour long pub crawls include visits to up to 2-4 bars or restaurants, based on your group’s preference. SC Pedal Parlor

Started in 2015, the Pedal Parlor offers tours through the Vista daily, at scheduled times, and Five Points tours can be accommodated as well. Tuesday nights are Prize Parlor nights, where Pedal Parlor swag is given away, and they also do special events! Take the Pedal Parlor for a spin the next time you’re celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday, or have a corporate team-building event and your guests will not be disappointed!

Pedal Parlor Tours require 6 people minimum, however the Private Party option allows you to have the whole bike, which seats up to 16 people! Want a night of fun to remember? Reserve the bike for a special event of your own, at the daily rate of $1400 (includes travel and associated costs). Check here for special discounts and updates, and check the SC Pedal Parlor Facebook page for that, as well as amazing videos of past tours! To reserve your spot(s), click ‘Book Now’ on their website, or give them a call at 803.302.7750.

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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!

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

Outside the City Limits

This is a brand new, fresh Foodie News feature!  Who hasn’t wanted to take a beautiful drive through the South Carolina countryside and wind up at an amazing restaurant for an awesome dining experience!  May we suggest…

Savory Summerville

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71 years is a long time!  Eva’s on Main St. in Summerville has been serving hungry folks since 1944!  Awesome Southern comfort food is served up every day of the week (open for breakfast and lunch weekdays, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays plus on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner until 8pm). This place is definitely a South Carolina treasure and well worth the ride to Summerville!

Here’s what some of their customers have to say:

Eva’s
“5 of 5 stars
An old-fashioned southern-style gem. Loved the food and the atmosphere. I felt like I stepped back in time. The service was warm, welcoming and attentive. The freshly brewed sweet tea was absolute perfection; smoothly rich… a true taste of the South. I appreciated the fixed menu. The fried chicken was epic. And the greens…slowly simmered in a ham hock…yeow! Every single item we ordered tasted so good…”

eggs benedict at Eva's

Eggs Benedict at Eva’s on Main

““Great little restaurant.
5 of 5 stars
Great small restaurant. Just like eating at Mom’s. Great country food and dessert… Great take out too!””

“Great Southern Home Cooked Lunch
5 of 5 stars
We had lunch at Eva’s and the food was fantastic! The staff working there was great and all in all the food and experience was terrific.”

Eva’s Hours:

Monday and Tuesday from 7 am – 3 pm for breakfast and lunch
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 am – 8 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am -2 pm for brunch

129 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC | 843-873-5081 | Click here for website

Zest GrillZest Grill logo

An eclectic menu with creative foods served whether at lunch or dinner.  Try their amazing Summerville Chicken and Bacon (chicken tenderloin marinated in cider, panko crusted and pan fried with pecan bacon, ranch dressing, lettuce & tomato on toasted brioche) sandwich for lunch or for dinner try their Blackened Shrimp (pan seared blackened shrimp with collard greens in their bacon cream sauce over mashed potatoes). Beer and wine. Listen in on these customer reviews:

“We had a FANTASTIC meal at Zest! The Lamb was prepared perfect and the tenderloin was out of this world! The atmosphere was laid back with a very warm modern feel. The staff was friendly and fun. A good beer and wine selection along with perfectly cooked food made our experience a 10 out of 10. Can’t wait to go back again!…” -UrbanSpoon Fan

Zest Grill's salad with salmon

Zest Grill’s salad with salmon

“A friend & I visited the first time for lunch & were delighted with the food & service. I had the pork tenderloin grilled cheese with gingered peaches & my friend had the salmon salad. I took my husband for dinner a few nights ago & we were equally pleased. It was hard to choose because everything looked so good but I decided on the rack of lamb & my husband had the special which was Cajun fried chicken with red rice & collard greens. Yum!!!” – Facebook review

Zest Grill’s Hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday-Saturday 11am-Midnight+
Sunday: 11-3 for Brunch

100 West Richardson Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843-875-3770 | Click here for website.

Shared Recipes!

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse: Mint and Lemon Pepper Marinated Lamb Chops w/ Pearl CousCous (4 servings)

Visit Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse online!

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Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse’s own Mint and Lemon Pepper Marinated Lamb Chops w/ Pearl CousCous!

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. Blend until smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated. Set marinade aside. (marinade can be made in advance). Prior to grilling lamb chops, baste each chop with marinade. Cook lamb chops 2-3 mins on each side over medium-high heat. During grilling process, baste the chops with marinade often. Remove lamb chops from grill, allowing the chops to rest before serving over couscous.


Pearl CousCous

Pearl Couscous-1 1/3 cups (about 7 ounces)
Chicken Stock -2 ½ Cups
Sea Salt-1 TSP
Extra Virgin Olive Oil-2 TBSP
Black Pepper-1/4 TSP
Green Peas (frozen)-1 cup thawed
1 Yellow Pepper- Roasted and thinly sliced
1 Red Pepper-Roasted and thinly sliced
Dried Cranberry-1/2 Cup
Fresh Mint Leaves

In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the couscous and cook until lightly toasted (about 2-3 mins). Add the stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until couscous is tender, but still firm to the bite (about 8mins). Stir in peas, sliced peppers, cranberries. Scoop to plate. Top with Grilled Lamb Chops and fresh mint.


Little Pigs BBQ: Potato Salad

A favorite from their famous buffet! Visit Little Pigs Barbecue online!

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Little Pig’s famous potato salad recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser for any gathering!

3 lbs. Potatoes (peeled and diced)
1 large Onion (diced fine)
2 cups Mayonnaise (dukes)
1 cup Celery (diced fine)
4 each Boiled eggs (diced)
4 tablespoon Mustard
1 cup Pickle relish (sweet)
2 tsp. Salt
1 tablespoon Black pepper
1 dash Cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon Paprika

Boil potatoes until tender (do not over cook). Drain. Add mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and onion too hot potatoes. Place in refrigerator for one hour. Take out of refrigerator and add the rest of the ingredients, except paprika. Put back in refrigerator untill chilled. Take out and sprinkle paprika over the top before serving.


Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Photo of Ruths Chris sweet potato casserole with pecan crust, Ruths Chris side dishes

Savor a taste of heaven with Ruth’s Chris’ fan favorite: Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole!

Pecan-crusted heaven! Make reservations at Ruth’s Chris here!

Crust mixture:
1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans preferred)
1/3 stick butter, melted

Combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and butter in mixing bowl. Set aside.

Sweet potato mixture:
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a medium-size casserole dish with nonstick spray. Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs and butter in a large mixing bowl in the order listed. Beat thoroughly with a hand mixer to increase the fluffiness of the sweet potato mixture. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. (At this point, dish can be covered and refrigerated.) Sprinkle the surface of the sweet potato mixture evenly with the crust mixture and return to oven for 10 minutes. Allow to set at least 30 minutes before serving. The brown sugar and pecan crust should be slightly browned and crunchy.