New To The Menu

Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill

916 Gervais St. | 803-764-1016 | Open Daily 11am – 10pm

20170615_113815 (3) (2)Sure Fire’s new Breakfast Tacos are fabulous, and they’re served ALL DAY! Order from five different breakfast taco varieties including The Hatchback – eggs, beans, fresh pico de gallo, hand-cut cheddar cheese, and topped with a green hatch chilies sauce, or The Sunrise – features eggs with marinated steak and crispy potatoes, The Lil Hass – eggs with fried avocado, The Paradox – eggs and flame-grilled chicken, or The Desayuno – eggs with carnitas. You don’t have to wait until lunch to get your taco fix anymore! You can find Sure Fire’s menu here.

 

 

Solstice Kitchen

841 Sparkleberry Lane, Suite 4 | 803.788.6966

Honey-Thyme Fried Quail Medallions. Tempura Fried Atlantic Black Bass. 12-hour Braised Beef Short Ribs. Those are just a few of the recent amazing Specials being offered at Solstice! Do check out their website or facebook page for more daily specials, and plan your evening at Solstice accordingly. Reservations can be made here, but if you can’t make it to the restaurant, Bite Squad will deliver it to you!

Food Lover Events: November / December

Tombo Grille

4517 Forest Drive | 803-782-9665

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Tombo Special: Cast iron-seared Striped Bass over fingerling potato and grilled corn hash

Looking for someplace special, but not fussy, for your next date night? At Tombo Grille, every Thursday is date night, where you can enjoy a 3-course dinner for two for just $49, plus $10 off any full bottle of wine! Dinner selections include a varied menu of tried and true favorites, like Shrimp and Grits, Grilled Meatloaf, and Braised Pork Shank, along with unique dishes, like their popular Lobster Pot Pie and Roasted Hen with Sweet Potato Gnocchi. You can’t go wrong with Tombo’s famous burger – a house ground, C.A.B. patty that features house bacon, grilled onion, smoked tomato aioli, and cheddar, gorgonzola, or smoked gouda, and Tombo’s daily changing specials give you even more delicious options! Reservations recommended. Call them, or reserve a table through their website.

Thanksgiving Farmers Market | City Roots 

Tuesday, November 21 | 1005 Airport Blvd.

brigitte-tohm-406942Stock up on SC Grown products to create a memorable feast with your family and friends this Thanksgiving! Come out to this special City Roots Farmers Market and enjoy a variety of farmers and vendors selling their signature SC-Grown items, along with craft beer and wine available for purchase from Craft And Draft, and live music by Bentz Kirby! Vendors include Mary’s Arepas, The Shrimp Guy, Wil-Moore Farms, Happy Cow Creamery, The Congaree Milling Company, Curiosity Coffee Bar and more! More here.

52nd Annual Chitlin Strut

Saturday, November 25 | 230 Pine St. NW, Salley, SC

The Chitlin Strut will include a Parade, variety of Food Vendors, Arts and Craft Vendors, Carnival, Entertainment, Souvenir Shop, Hog Calling Contest, Strut Dance Contest, Beauty Pageant, and lots and lots of Chitlins, boiled and fried! More here.

Country Christmas Celebration | SC State Farmers Market 

Sunday, November 26 | 1 – 5pm | 3483 Charleston Hwy.

Head out to the South Carolina State Farmers Market for the Country Christmas Celebration! Event will feature a Tractor Parade at 4pm, Christmas Trees, Christmas crafts, photos with Santa, and lots of Christmas treat vendors! More here.

Brunch At The Brewery | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Sunday, November 26 | 11:30am – 1pm | 921 Brookwood Drive
batbEnjoy a 5-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Jean-Louis and Yvette. The amazing menu will feature Purple Potato Waffle, Crab Cake, Fried Egg Julienne, White Chili With Warm Corn Salsa, Creamy Mac And Cheese, Poached Salmon, Pork Filet Medallions, and more, with vegetarian options as well. Beer pairing is available for $10/person. Reservations Required by Friday, November 24. This will be the last Brunch At The Brewery for the year, so don’t miss it! Tickets here.

Wednesday Wines, Paint and Sip | Gervais & Vine

Wednesday, November 29 | 620-A Gervais St. | Bar opens 4pm, Kitchen opens 5pm

Join your favorite Mediterranean wine and tapas restaurant for Wednesday Wine Tastings, where you’ll enjoy live music, and can try four wines and a small cheese plate for only $10! Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, join G&V for a fun Paint and Sip event at the restaurant! Indulge your inner artist while enjoying delicious wines. For more information, call them at 803-799-8463.

Wacky Balloon Twisting! | East Bay Deli West Columbia

Wednesday, November 29 | 108 Sunset Court

ebdKid’s Night occurs every Wednesday! On Nov. 29, join East Bay Deli West Columbia for Wacky Balloon Twisting Night with Emeralds Artistry! From 4-9PM, kids eat for FREE (limitations apply), and from 6-8PM kids can indulge in balloon twisting fun! The creative folks at Emerald’s Artistry can make balloon animals, balloon wings, hats and more that your little one will love! More here.

Beer and Jerky Pairing | Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company

Wednesday, November 29 | 6 – 8PM | 921 Brookwood Drive

bjSwamp Cabbage and Two Brothers Jerky are joining together once again for another unforgettable pairing! For only $16, you can get a flight of beer with a “flight” of jerky. This time a new jerky flavor made with a Swamp Cabbage brew will be introduced, and there will be a discount on bags of delicious, handmade, grass-fed Two Brothers Jerky. For reservations, please message Swamp Cabbage via Facebook here.

SC Pedal Parlor

Downtown Columbia | 803-302-7750

scpplogoThis season, give the gift of Pedal Parlor! Columbia’s favorite gigantic party bike company, the SC Pedal Parlor, is offering the perfect holiday gift for all of the fun-loving people in your life. Gift cards can be used at any time for any event, and they never expire! You can easily buy gift cards online – just go here, click Book Online, and purchase your choice of Single Seat Gift Certificates or Private Party Gift Certificates. When you buy, you will be emailed a confirmation code that can be used online when booking in the future.

 

Themed Trivia at Liberty Tap Room & Grill | Vista

lpThursday, November 30 | 828 Gervais St.
Visit Liberty every Thursday for trivia! This week’s theme is Hip Hop Trivia. Enjoy $8 pizzas all night from 5-10pm and $3 for most pints on tap. You can also come in early for some great happy hour specials, from 4-7pm. December 7 will be “Friends” Trivia, and on December 14 Game of Thrones Trivia. More here. 

 A Starry Night | Five Points

Friday, December 1 | 4 – 8pm

unnamed (2)Five Points celebrates the season at the annual holiday event, A Starry Night! Stroll through all of your favorite Five Points stores to enjoy sales and specials during a night full of holiday cheer. The Gourmet Shop will hold a Champagne Bash with sushi, caviar, cheeses, meats, and more (tickets required), and Pawleys Front Porch will be offering  signature cocktails including The Rudolph, The Clark Griswold, The Yukon Cornelius, and The Cousin Eddie, along with $2 Miller Lite drafts and hot spiked apple cider! You’ll enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cider, a DJ spinning holiday tunes, face painting, roaming choral and dance performances, merchant sales & specials, and a chance to visit with Santa! More here.

Tea & Chocolate Pairing

Friday, December 1 | The Market Tea Room and Country Store, 322 Little Brooke Ln.

This fun, holiday-themed event will feature delicious pairings such as Hot Toddy Tea with a Sugar Plum Truffle, Christmas Blend Black Tea with an Eggnog Truffle
Gingerbread Tea with a Gingerbread Truffle, and Candy Cane Tea with a Candy Cane Truffle! Teas and chocolate are available for purchase after the event – just in time for those holiday parties. More here.

St. Nicholas Festival

Saturday, December 2 | Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, 724 Buff St., West Columbia

Visit with St. Nicholas, enjoy Russian food at the Russian Cafe, shop beautiful arts and crafts, and see choral performances during the annual St. Nicholas Festival! This annual offering from Holy Apostles Orthodox Church invites you to explore the history of the REAL St. Nicholas while enjoying a holiday craft fair, homemade cookies, authentic Russian and Ethiopian food, children’s activities, and more. Explore the Orthodox Christian book store and Myra Coffee Shop, offering home-roasted craft coffee, whole beans, jams and jellies, homemade soups, and more. A concert of ancient hymns will be performed by the choir at 11am and 1pm, a troop of Irish dancers will perform at 2pm, and at Noon enjoy the magic and humor of Sarah Dippity before meeting St. Nicholas! Free admission. More here.

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Sustainable Holiday Market

Monday, December 4 | 701 Whaley Street
Need holiday gifts for everyone on your list? Make plans to attend the 10th Anniversary Sustainable Holiday Celebration! The Sustainable Holiday Celebration is a party like no other, and encourages our community to think locally while they shop for their loved ones. Shop from over 60 local unique artisans and sample signature dishes from local favorites Old Mill Brew Pub, Michael’s on Main, Kaminsky’s, Lowe’s Foods and the SC Farmer’s Market Tea Room. Tickets are only $5! More here.

December Harvest Dinner | City Roots Farm

Monday, December 4 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | 1005 Airport Blvd.
Enjoy a harvest feast at City Roots farm! Executive Chef Frank Bradley from Bourbon and F2T Productions Chef Liaison will prepare a family style, four-course farm to table dinner featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers and artisans. A welcome cocktail will be served by Bourbon on Main Street and wine pairings are by Advintage.
Tickets here.

Hops & Harvest Beer Dinner | Old Mill Brewpub

Tuesday, December 5 | 7pm | $40 per person | 711 E Main St, Lexington

Five beers and four courses! Delicious offerings include Pate de Campagne, Low Country Eggroll, Mussels & Duck Fat Frites and more! Seasonal IPAs and Ales to be determined! Get your tickets here.

Melodies on Murray | A Winter Wonderland Cruise

Friday, December 8 | Tickets: $69/person

solmMelodies on Murray combines several of Lake Murray’s favorite things; sailing the beautiful waters on Lake Murray’s Only Touring Yacht, live music, great food & lasting memories! During the holiday season, the Spirit of Lake Murray is an excellent way to spend time with friends and family. The Spirit is gorgeously decorated for the season and provides a fully heated dining experience as you sail comfortably on the beautiful waters Lake Murray. Melodies on Murray will feature live jazz with Mr. Ken Cheeks, a fabulous dinner menu and cash bar. Tickets here.

Stay Tuned… we’ll bring you new food and drink events again on Dec. 5th!

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New to the Menu: August 2017

New to the Menu

Sure Fire Tacos: Breakfast Tacos

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Ever had a breakfast taco? Sure Fire Tacos located in the Vista is now serving five new delicious breakfast tacos that you’ve just got to try including the Hatchback, the Desayuno, the Sunrise, the Paradox, and the Lil’ Hass. Let’s eat!

 

 

New Breakfast Tacos

Twisted Spur Brewing: The Crispy Castor Troy Burger

705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203

Crispy Castor Troy2Foodies, have you tried Twisted Spur Brewing’s new beast BURGER yet? It is HUGE and pairs well with friends!! You have to give it a try! The Crispy Castor Troy Burger is so good it will take your face….off!

 

The two 10 ounce patties are made using in house ground Myer’s filet, Strip, and ribeye as well as Duroc Farms applewood pork belly. There are 4 slices of Cheddar, 4 ounces of beer cheese, 4 slices habanero pepper jack, 8 slices of thick cut peppered bacon, two over medium eggs, heirloom tomato jam, peach and jalapeño slaw, 4 beer battered onion rings, and lettuce, between four brioche buns, topped with two beer battered fried pickle spears. Served with a side of their signature brew house chips and a craft brew. It’s a real beast. Enjoy, Foodies! The Crispy Castor Troy

You Have to Try this Place: Sure Fire Tacos

Columbia certainly has come a long way in terms of taco options! These days true taco-aficionados seek out restaurants where they are made with fresh and innovative ingredients, and there’s no greater example of this than Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla Grill, which Foodie writers Miriam and Sarah recently visited for lunch.  You may not have noticed the change in signage… Sure Fire is on Gervais Street near Motor Supply.  Look for the logo on their building: Sure Fire Taco Logo

Sure Fire Tacos originated in Texas, and calls its cuisine “Tex-Mex with a twist”. The menu is full of genuine, Texas-inspired items that are influenced by exotic flavors and inventive ingredients. Flour tortillas are rolled and baked at the restaurant daily, giving each dish a foundation of freshness. Then the Signature Tacos, Burritos, Nachos and Bowls are all assembled with various fixings that you’ll only find at Sure Fire, like al Pastor pork that’s been marinated in fresh pineapple juice and spicy chorizo seasonings, slow-cooked and tender chopped Brisket, their delicious Avocado Ranch, taco, and house Queso Blanco sauces, six different scratch-made salsas, sweet and spicy mango-habanero salad, flavorful cilantro lime rice, flame-roasted black bean and corn salad, zesty Mexican slaw, and Mexican Street Corn.

Sarah ordered both the Moby Dick and Big Hass tacos, while Miriam went with the La Playa and the Hen House for her meal. Sarah is a big fan of fish tacos, and this one did not disappoint! The fried, moist, flaky white fish was topped with Sure Fire’s own house-made, spicy Mexican slaw, avocado and crunchy tortilla strips, and some added hot sauce for good measure. The real star for her though, was the Big Hass. The fresh, crispy, fried avocado was wonderful, and made more so with the addition of black beans, pico de gallo and Queso Blanco! This taco was unlike any she’d had before.

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Miriam very much enjoyed the Hen House taco, with its perfectly grilled chicken, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and Queso Blanco, especially as it was topped with Sure Fire’s unique Avocado Ranch sauce. The La Playa ended up as her favorite, though. How could it not be, with plump, grilled shrimp, Mexican slaw, and Pico. Even the freshly fried tortilla chips and salsa bar were outstanding! The two also found the decor to be really pleasing; lots of open space, tastefully designed and with live plants adding a fresh, summery feel. The bar is an inviting one, and on warm days, Sure Fire also has outdoor patio seating available. Drinks are another thing Sure Fire does right; their signature drinks are hand made using no mixes, but instead fresh fruits and even house-made cane sugar flavorings for a sweet and refreshing taste with every sip!

The quality of the food is what you notice most of all at Sure Fire. Our tacos were a steal at $3.99 each, and easily filled us up. On Taco Tuesdays at Sure Fire you can get two tacos, small chips and their fabulous queso for just $8, and on Thirsty Thursdays they have $2 drafts with the purchase of Nachos or a Bowl. Plus, on Sundays, kids 10 years and younger get a FREE kids meal with the purchase of a Bowl, Burrito, Nachos or Quesadilla and drink!

916 Gervais Street | 803.764.1016 | Open daily 11am – 10pm | Visit website HERE

 

Recently Opened or About To:

Opening Open

The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

2617 Devine St. | 803.465.4947

Having opened their doors about 4 weeks ago, we’ve been delighted by their DEVINE Cinnamon rolls ever since! What makes their cinnamon rolls so special, eh? Their dough is made in house everyday from a special Hawaiian sweet bread recipe and this combined with their special cinnamon sugar blend & vanilla butter whipped cream cheese icing makes this a treat you won’t forget! In addition to amazing cinnamon rolls, they offer chili, kids meals, grilled panini, specialty sandwiches and more. Take a look at their full menu here!

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday – Sunday: 7am – 2pm (closed Mondays)

Shrimp & OystersGolden Bay Seafood Restaurant

6164 St. Andrews Rd. | 803.851.6372

Located by the Seven Oaks shopping center, this two month (old) NEW restaurant serves all the seafood that you could imagine. From many kinds of fish to oysters, shrimp, crab, stuffed clams and more your taste buds are sure to be in heaven. They have 2 types of platters that come with an impressive spread, plus they offer daily specials. Sunday’s lunch special is Lemon Baked Chicken for $7.19 and they offer their baby shrimp special ALL day on Sunday’s for $7.49.

Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm

The Root Cellar logoThe Root Cellar

420 Columbia Ave., Lexington | 803.359.5436

Modern food, southern roots. That’s the Root Cellar’s mantra. The restaurant opened its doors in Lexington in mid-June, offering made-from-scratch dishes using the freshest ingredients from local growers and producers. They’re located in the same building on HWY 378 where Stefano’s was located. Signature items on their menu include Southern Egg Rolls (made with pimento cheese and pulled pork!), Pickled Shrimp, Deviled Eggs topped with bacon and green onions, a Blackened Catfish BLT, a Hot Honey Fried Chicken Sandwich, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, a Double Cut Pork Chop and Banana Pudding Pound Cake.  Sounds like a recipe for success to us!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 2:30pm

The Lula Drake

1635 Main St. | 803.917.8107The Lula Drake

Opening this month in an Historic Main St. building, Lula Drake is billing itself as a Wine Parlour. They will be offering a varied menu of both food and spirits (with emphasis on the “spirits”.) Here’s what we can tell you: They are calling it Casa in Casa, or “House to House.” Think about discovering the small towns of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, or Austria, and then, suddenly, a wonderful villager invites you into their home to share what was brought in that day. For the Lula Drake, that means small plates, and a limited menu based on the wines and beers they’re pouring that day. Vegetarian options, of course, as well as Columbia’s base for the finest ham on earth- Jamon Iberico. Looking forward to seeing you soon.They will have a limited menu with small plates that are based on the wines and beers they are pouring that day. They will also have vegetarian options, as well as Columbia’s base for the finest ham on earth – Jamon Iberico (pictured on right). Their wine list will feature natural wines from small wineries. Why? Natural wines are family and farm driven with limited availability and the vineyards are organic, meaning these natural winemakers never use pesticides, added sugars, etc. Lula Drake will offer unique wines with history, as the basement at Lula Drake just keeps on offering riches from the past. They say that with “every glass, we drink in the shadow of where a wine has been, where it’s from, who made it and why.”

Sure Fire Tacos and Tortilla GrillSure Fire Tacos

916 Gervais St. | 803.764.1016

Tex-Mex with a twist! This Texas chain opened their Columbia location on June 13th! All of their recipes and ingredients are prepared fresh daily, from their 5 signature salsas to their scratch-made tortillas. Offers a casual, inviting atmosphere with an open bar and outdoor patio seating. Build your own nachos for $8, savor more than 10 kinds of tacos!, and feast upon their hearty quesadillas & burritos.

Join them for their grand opening party July 9th starting at 11 in the morning until Close!! Live music, fun games, and great drink specials!

Hours of Operation:

Open daily 11am – 10pm

Caribbean Soul Grill

901 Holland Ave, Cayce | 803.851.7477 Caribbean Soul Grill

Pay market price for crab legs, red snapper, and doctor fish at Caribbean Soul Grill, Foodies. The restaurant opened up in May and offers dine-in seating, as well as take out. Over 5 entrees are dedicated to chicken and they have more than 5 sides. Variety, ingenuity, & new! With 10 sauces to choose from and  appetizers like mozzarella sticks to taste for just $5…your taste buds will be in heaven. Can’t decide on just one appetizer? Ask for their “dis & dat” appetizer that will have a little bit of this & a little bit of that! Branch out with their Curry goat, Ackee & Saltfish (made with real coconut oil) & oxtail specialty dishes. Featuring a bar and their might just be a Sweet Potato Pudding on their menu for just $2.50. Fun for all!

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm