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

 

You Have to Try This Place: Moriarty’s Irish Pub

When James Pickle (great name for a restaurant proprietor!) met with his chef, Devin Maes, to develop a menu for the all new Moriarty’s Irish Pub, he told Devin that one of his top priorities was serving Moriarty’s patrons the BEST BURGERS in Columbia.  That’s a tall order in a town known for great burgers.  Undaunted, Devin worked tirelessly, putting his years of experience to the test.  An amazing burger was born  – a unique blend of high Moriarity's Burgerquality beef brisket and short rib, combined with a signature blend of smoked peppers, coriander, mustard seed and roasted peppercorns (daily roasted in house!) grilled over an open flame. Placed on artisan brioche buns, brushed with house-made infusions of oregano oil, basil oil, rosemary oil or garlic oil (depending on type of burger ordered) and grilled.  Fresh lettuce and ripe tomatoes, lager-drenched red onions and your choice of 6 different house-made sauces.  The restaurant even makes its own burger pickles, using homemade sweet and spicy vinegar (the menu calls them “quick-pickled sriracha cucumbers”).  Burger variations available with awesome toppings include The Smuggler (topped with diced tomatillos and poblanos, swiss cheese, and a honey jalapeno sauce) and The Fully Loaded Paddy Wagon (with topping choices that include a fried egg, a crunchy onion ring, jalapenos, bacon, salsa and tabasco).

In addition to serving excellent burgers, they also have a varied menu that includes Appetizers, Salads and Sandwiches.  One unique category: Gaelic Fare including Isle favorites like Gaelic and Guiness Stew,  Cottage Pie, Highland Poached then Grilled Bangers and Mash, and the like.  Like the burgers, everything is made-from-scratch, in-house (including their Corned Beef!) Moriarity's Bar

Their pricing is reasonable and we found that, the both times we tried it, the service was outstanding.

The bar is busy.  They have most extensive Irish whiskey selection in the City of Columbia, including:

  • Jameson 12 Year
    Jameson whisky Moriarity's
  • Hellcat Maggie
  • Teeling Small Batch, Single Malt and Single Grain

They also offer:

  • scotch from all over (representing all regions)
  • 100+ beers from all over the world
  • 35 wine selections
  • numerous types of mules (including swedish, mandarin, irish, french etc etc)
  • specialty cocktail and martini menu
  • a pet friendly patio
  • kids menu
  • 2 darts boards
  • silver strike video game
  • 25 TVs

Happy hour: $1 off all $6 wines and $1 off all draft beers & well liquors.

Visit their Facebook page here.Moriarity's Logo

902-B Gervais St (behind Longhorn Steakhouse) Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 888-6462