Featured Restaurants in Columbia SC


Featured Bites & Sights - African


Asanka Kitchen

Northeast: 10203 Two Notch Rd., 803-851-0111. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Yes! Columbia has a Ghanaian restaurant. West African favorites include jollof rice, waakye, soups and stews. $

Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant

Five Points: 2006 Senate St., 803-764-5510. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun noon-8 p.m. Wonderful stews, veggies and curries are served atop injera, a sourdough flatbread made from teff, a North African grain. A warm and inviting restaurant with a large bar, too. $

Featured Bites & Sights - American/Southern



Burger Tavern 77

burgertavern77.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2631 Devine St., 803-667-9608. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. So. Many. Burger. Options. But chicken, too, and salads and more. 

California Dreaming

californiadreaming.co. Downtown: 401 S. Main St., 803-254-6767. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Located in a historic railroad station, California Dreaming has been popular ever since it opened in 1984. Serves large salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, chicken and steaks. Excellent mixed drinks, and the honey croissants always are a hit. ¢-$

Carolina Ale House

carolinaalehouse.com. Harbison/Irmo: 277 Columbiana Dr., 803-407-6996. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Vista: 708 Lady St., 803-227-7150. Min-Sun 11a.m.-2 a.m. North Carolina-based franchise offers salads, pizzas, appetizers, signature sandwiches and all manner of chicken, steaks, barbecue and ribs and seafood entrees. More than 30 beers on tap and 40 or so bottle selections. Vista location features popular rooftop bar. ¢-$

Compton’s Kitchen

comptonskitchen.com West Columbia/Cayce: 1118 B Ave., 803-791-0750. Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-noon. With most everything made from scratch, you can’t go wrong at this classic Southern meat-and-three. Lunch menu changes daily, with offerings including fried chicken, fish, pork chops, livers and gizzards and more, plus plenty of classic and healthy sides. Hearty breakfast menu, too. ¢

Drake's Duck-In

drakesduckin.com. Downtown: 1544 Main St., 803-799-9290; Mon-Wed 8 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Thu-Sat 8 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Not by any means a fancy place, but home to a damn fine chicken sandwich. Breakfast, fried chicken, burgers, fried bologna sandwiches, more. ¢

Dupre at the Market

West Columbia/Cayce: 3483 Charleston Hwy., 803-509-5641. Sun-Sat 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Located at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, this restaurant serves breakfast and lunch made with fresh produce from the market itself. Features classic breakfast items, as well as Southern favorites (catfish, fried gizzards), sandwiches, burgers, Greek favorites and more. Also includes a tea room. ¢-$

Eggs Up Grill

eggsupgrill.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2930 Devine St., 803-661-9174. Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-2 p.m. A South Carolina chain devoted to breakfast foods, from waffles to omelets to loaded home-fry platters, plus lunch foods like burgers, sandwiches and wraps. All hail breakfast! ¢

Famous Toastery

Northeast: 119 Sparkleberry Ln., 803-602-5555. Sunday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads and much more. ¢-$

Flight Deck

shoppesatflightdeck.com. Lexington: 109-A Old Chapin Rd., 803-957-5990. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned restaurant with an extensive collection of WWII-themed memorabilia and photographs. Menu ranges from burgers and sandwiches to ribs, pizza and Greek specialties. Blue-plate special includes one meat, two veggies, dessert and a drink. ¢

Food Gallery

North Columbia: 3702 River Drive., 803-771-0790. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Soul food favorites from ox tails to fried turkey wings to mac and cheese. $

The Grand 

thegrandonmain. Downtown: 1621 Main St., 803-726-2323. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 9 a.m.- 2 a.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-midnight. It’s a boutique bowling alley, bar and restaurant all in one. High end bar food — think Southwestern Loaded Waffle Fries — meets classy entrees like pork osso buco.  $-$$

Grill Marks

grillmarks.com. Vista: 711 Gervais St., 803-661-8932. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fancy burgers, fancy shakes (with or without booze) and a Vista-swank atmosphere. $

The Happy Café

thehappycafeonforest.com. Forest Acres: 4525 Forest Dr., 803-787-8411. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Housemade tomato pie, chicken salad and other downhome deli favorites, plus a variety of desserts including a beloved caramel cake. $

J's Corner

Olympia: 1015 Rosewood Drive. The former Jaco's is now a game-day paradise with American food to match. $

Just Us Café

West Columbia/Cayce: 1208 Knox Abbott Dr., 803-791-5162. Tue-Sun 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Corned beef hash, omelets, pancakes and other classic breakfast foods in a diner-style atmosphere. Also serves hot country lunches, sandwiches and more. ¢

Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles

kikischickenandwaffles.com. Northeast: 7001 Parklane Rd., 803-699-5422. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-12 midnight; Sat 9:30 a.m.-12 midnight; Sun 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Chicken and waffles! And not just any old iteration of this soul food classic — Kiki’s offers a red velvet waffle if you’re feeling fancy. Also offers shrimp and grits and various soul food classics. Bonus trivia: Both Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton have eaten here. ¢

Kingsman Restaurant

thekingsmanrestaurant.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 936 Axtell Dr. (Parkland Shopping Center), 803-796-8622. Lexington: 924-C East Main St., 803-957-0863. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. This longtime Cayce favorite offers everything from fried appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and wings to salads, lasagna and even liver and onions. Known for its grilled rib eye, which is one of the city’s best. Serves liquor. Busy lunch, lots of atmosphere. Lexington location — The Kingsman Que and Brew — serves all the favorites in a larger space. ¢-$

Liberty on the Lake

libertytaproom.com. Harbison/Irmo: 1602 Marina Rd., 803-667-9715. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (kitchen closes at 9 p.m.); Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.) With sweeping, scenic views of Lake Murray from its multiple decks, Liberty on the Lake is a gorgeous place to knock back a few beers and some tasty, fresh-caught fish or a burger. Some of the same great salads, sandwiches and apps you’ll find at the Liberty in the heart of Columbia. $

Liberty Tap Room & Grill

libertytaproom.com. Vista: 828 Gervais St., 803-461-4677. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m, bar (with late night menu) until midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., bar until 2 a.m; Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m., bar until midnight. Liberty begins with sturdy American fare but doesn’t end there. It's known for its delicious salads, and you’ll also find an array of appetizers, soups and colorful entrees. $

Lizard’s Thicket

lizardsthicket.com. Downtown: 818 Elmwood Ave., 803-779-6407. Blythewood: 711-1 University Village Dr., 803-451-8400. Forest Acres: 3147 Forest Dr., 803-787-8781. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 803-647-0095. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 402 Beltline Blvd., 803-738-0006. Harbison/Irmo: 7569 St. Andrews Rd., 803-732-1225. Lexington: 621 W Main St., 803-951-3555. Northeast: 10170 Two Notch Rd., 803-419-5662. Northeast: 7620 Two Notch Rd., 803-788-3088. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1824 Broad River Rd., 803-798-6427. West Columbia/Cayce: 2240 Airport Blvd., 803-796-7820. West Columbia/Cayce: 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 803-791-0314. West Columbia/Cayce: 2234 Sunset Blvd., 803-794-0923. Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Meat loaf, fried chicken, mac and cheese, fried okra. Good lord, what more could you want? A true local institution that thrives on the meat-and-veggies formula. This is what Southern cooking is all about. ¢

Mack's Cash Grocery

Downtown: 1809 Laurel St., 803-779-9858; Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

Hole-in-the-wall burger joint, usually known as Mack's on Laurel, is beloved by locals. Thin, juicy burgers and a low-key vibe make this a treasure. ¢

Main Street Public House

mainstreetpublichouse.com. Downtown: 1556 Main St., 803-834-3409; Mon-Sun 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., bar open until 2 a.m. Downtown hangout offers a well-stocked bar and assorted eats — salads, sandwiches, steaks, pastas and more. The pizzas are a good bet. $

Mathias Sandwich Shop

mathiassandwich.com. Harbison/Irmo: 7235 St. Andrews Rd., 803-781-4002. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Founded in 1946, this sandwich shop is one of the early homes of the pimento burger. Serves breakfast and lunch. ¢

Michael’s Café and Catering

michaelscafecatering.com. Downtown: 1620 Main St., 803-726-2233; Sun-Wed 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu-Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Located in a renovated Main Street building, Michael’s serves up deli favorites and downhome classics: pimento cheese, lasagna, salads, sandwiches. Also serves breakfast — grab those coveted sidewalk tables for a nice morning chat over coffee. ¢-$

Midlands’ Food Arts

marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/caemh-columbia-marriott. Downtown: 1200 Hampton St., 803-771-7000. Sun-Sat 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. This restaurant’s nice, casual feel is something you might come to expect during your time at the Marriott Hotel. Features New Southern classics like shrimp and grits. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner after a long day (or night) in downtown Columbia. $

Momma Rabbit’s

Lexington: 5082 Sunset Blvd., 803-356-1330. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh soups, salads and sandwiches, plus prepared suppers to take home. Also offers a catering service. $

The Mousetrap

Forest Acres: 2711 Middleburg Plaza, 803-708-2592. Mon 11 a.m-9 p.m.; Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 3-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Located in the back of an office park, this bar serves up some classic food, from burgers to catfish stew. Sunday brunch, too. $

Original Pancake House

originalpancakehousencsc.com. Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr. (Trenholm Plaza), 803-782-6742. Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Pancakes as you like them. Offering a full menu including cinnamon-glazed apple pancakes, dutch babys, freshly squeezed juices, homemade fruit syrups and more. And if you’re not in the mood for pancakes, try the meat-lovers omelet. The lines are long for a reason; get there before church lets out and you’ll be in good shape. ¢

Pawleys Front Porch

pawleysfrontporch.com. Five Points: 827 Harden St., 803-771-8001. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fancy a fried egg, apple-cured ham, pineapple or a pair of onion rings stuffed between a half-pound patty and a ciabatta bun? Crowds have been lining up outside Pawleys Front Porch ever since its fantastic burgers were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives back in 2010. $

Ray’s Diner

Northeast: 3110 Two Notch Rd., 803-661-8175. Mon-Tue 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed-Sat 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The downhome breakfast joint and meat-and-three you’ve been looking for. ¢

The Root Cellar

Lexington: 420 Columbia Ave.; 803-359-5436. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fresh Southern ingredients form the backbone of this carefully curated menu, with classic dishes like fried chicken livers and meatloaf given a modern flair. Salads and sandwiches, too. ¢-$

Roy’s Grille

Lexington: 711 W Main St., 803-359-0994. Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Situated inside an Exxon station, this hidden gem barely takes up any space. The grill serves a variety of food including barbecue, which is smoked out back; a variety of breakfast sandwiches, many of which come with their house-smoked bacon; and fish and grits, served every morning. ¢

The War Mouth

thewarmouth.com. Downtown: 1209 Franklin St., 803-569-6144. Tue-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; bar open all day. Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. South Carolina food done right, from chicken bog to mustard-fried venison to deviled eggs, with a fine dining flair but no pretensions. The barbecue is out of this world, and there’s a big comfy bar with nice cocktails. $

Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern

yesterdayssc.com. Five Points: 2030 Devine St., 803-799-0196. Mon-Thu 11:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m., bar open until midnight; Fri 11:15 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-midnight. A landmark since 1978. People flock here not just for a glimpse of a guy in a bathtub but also to fill up on the heartiest fare in town, including meatloaf, broiled salmon, Lowcountry shrimp and grits and, of course, country fried steak. Just about everything comes with veggies, too. ¢

Featured Bites & Sights - Asian


Duke’s Pad Thai

West Columbia/Cayce: 904 Knox Abbott Dr., 803-661-6455. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fro-Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. This “street food and noodle bar” offers pan-Asian flavors galore, from ramen to pho to Thai-style chicken basil. The street foods include shrimp dumplings and Thai sausages on a stick. Popular spot; we recommend calling in your order ahead of time. $

JJ Tea House

Downtown: 601 Main St., Suite D, 803-834-6666; Sun-Mon 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Serving up Taiwanese street food near campus, JJ Tea House is a cozy little spot. Dumplings, noodle soups, fried rice and chicken wings, Taiwanese sausage, fried fish — and lots of bubble teas. ¢

M Kitchen

Harbison/Irmo: 340 Columbiana Dr., 803-764-1285. Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. A wide range of Asian favorites, from the healthy to the decadent. Nice modern space with elegant bar, all convenient to Columbiana Centre. $

M Vista

miyos.com. Vista: 701-C Lady St., 803-255-8878. Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 4:30-11 p.m. Just like the other Miyo’s locations, M Vista features upscale Chinese cuisine and sushi with a twist: M Vista focuses on healthy ingredients and portions and cooks with organic ingredients. Besides stir-fries, noodle soups and special sushi rolls, there’s a well-stocked bar. Company also has a space for private events nearby. ¢-$


miyos.com. Harbison/Irmo: 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 803-781-7788. Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Forest Acres: 3250 Forest Dr., 803-743-9996. Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Lexington: 5594 Sunset Blvd., 803-957-9888. Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Winner of many Best of Columbia awards for its Shanghai and Sichuan cuisine. Features both traditional and innovative dishes served in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Also features a sushi bar. ¢-$$

Featured Bites & Sights - BBQ/Wings/Ribs


Big-T Bar-B-Que

bigtbbq.com. Gadsden: 2520 Congaree Rd., 803-353-0488. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7535 Garners Ferry Rd., 803-776-7132. Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Northeast: 1061 Sparkleberry Ln., 803-788-4295. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Big T’s turns out some of the best barbecue in town. Pit-cooked pulled pork is the standout, served with hot or mild, slightly sweet mustard-based sauce. The sides are first-rate. Friendly people, generous portions. Top it all off with some homemade chocolate cake. ¢

Bone-In Barbeque

Downtown: 2180 Boyce St., 803-728-7512. Tue-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Sat 4-9 p.m. The first restaurant to open at BullStreet, this Chef Scott Hall project builds on his successful barbecue truck of years past, topped off with a craft cocktail program. Salads, barbecue plates, charcuterie and much more — right next to Segra Park, where the Columbia Fireflies play.

Carolina Western Pub

Vista: 920 Lady St., 803-401-5379. Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Brand-new country music venue and down-home restaurant in the Vista. 

D's Wings

West Columbia/Cayce: 920 Axtell Dr., 803-791-4486. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. A neighborhood favorite west of the river, D's is both a great bar and a great restaurant. Scores of wing flavors — the house hot wing is a unique experience — plus bar apps, salads, sandwiches and desserts. ¢-$

Doc’s Barbeque and Southern Buffet

docsbarbeque.com. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 601 Shop Rd., 803-799-1532. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Barbecue buffet with famed fried chicken. Also features delicious catfish bites. Order off the menu for tailgating or simply to take home some quality barbecue. ¢

Hudson’s Smokehouse & Saloon

hudsonssmokehouse.com. Lexington: 4952 Sunset Blvd., 803-356-1070. Tue-Thu 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lexington: Hudson’s Smokehouse Express, 931 Old Two Notch Rd., 803-356-1070. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (take-out only) In a town full of barbecue joints, Hudson’s distinguishes itself with outstanding ribs — but pulled pork is great, too. Ample, high quality buffet. Offers mustard-based, ketchup-based and vinegar-and-pepper options. ¢

John D. Hite’s

hitesbbq.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 240 Dreher Rd., 803-794-4120. Fri 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Don’t let the plain cinder-block building deter you. No-frills tasty pulled pork barbecue, roasted chicken, ribs and ham, all slow-cooked using wood. Meats and the usual fixins available to go by the pound or the pint. Takeout only. ¢

Little Pigs

littlepigs.biz. Northeast: 4927 Alpine Rd., 803-788-8238. Wed 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thu 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Amazing spread of lunch buffet offerings including yams, corn, baked beans, fried okra, onion rings, hush puppies, green beans and more. The three varieties of barbecue are nothing to sneeze at, either. Just stellar local barbecue beloved by regulars. ¢

Maurice’s Piggie Park

piggiepark.com. Downtown: 800 Elmwood Ave., 803-256-4377. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 1141 Lake Murray Blvd., 803-732-5555. Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Lexington: 766 W. Main St., 803-359-8789. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. -9 p.m. Lexington: 1010 S. Lake Dr., 803-356-1909. Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Northeast: 252 O’Neil Ct., 803-865-0608. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Northeast: 107 Clemson Rd., 803-788-5661. Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Shandon/Rosewood: 4411 Devine St., 803-782-9547. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 622 St. Andrews Rd., 803-772-6999. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m. West Columbia/Cayce: 1600 Charleston Hwy., 803-796-0220. Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. West Columbia/Cayce: 2450 Augusta Rd., 803-796-4777. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. This Midlands barbecue institution pit-cooks its juicy pork, ribs, beef and chicken over hickory coals, and its Carolina Gold mustard-based sauce is legendary. The controversial Maurice Bessinger died a few years back, and his offspring now run the chain, eschewing controversy and Confederate flags alike. ¢

Midwood Smokehouse

midwoodsmokehouse.com. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 702 Cross Hill Rd., 803-764-1231. Sun-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The Columbia location is the third for this Charlotte-based restaurant. Serves ribs, burgers, and pulled pork and chicken with your choice of mustard, vinegar or spicy habanero sauce. When you get to the sides, don’t miss the barbecue baked beans. $

Palmetto Pig

palmettopig.com. Downtown: 530 Devine St., 803-733-2556. Tue-Wed 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. All-you-can-eat buffet featuring pulled pork barbecue, hash, green beans, slaw and crispy fried chicken. At the downtown location, be sure to arrive early or late to beat the rush. Discount available for USC students. $


Shandon/Rosewood: 1332 Rosewood Dr., 803-569-6631. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Very large and well-loved chicken wings lead the way, but Peebles also has bar-style bites, burgers, seafood and more. $

Publick House

publick-house.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2307 Devine St., 803-256-2207. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (kitchen closes midnight Mon-Thu, and 1 a.m. Fri-Sat); Sun 3 p.m.-2 a.m. A Devine Street icon, and rightfully so. Beloved for its hot wings, Publick House also offers three types of buffalo wings, as well as honey mustard, teriyaki, barbecue, pterodactyl, garlic butter and buttery barbecue. Salads, burgers and pasta round out the menu. Billiards and wide range of beers on tap. ¢

Shealy’s Bar-B-Que House

shealysbbq.com. Leesville: 340 E. Columbia Ave., 803-532-8135. Mon-Tue and Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m (carry-out 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat breakfast buffet 7-9:30 a.m.) Big buffet spread. The pork is lovingly pulled from slow-cooked whole hogs and served with a thick and tangy mustard sauce. Among the best-loved barbecue places in the state. ¢

Smokey Loggins

Olympia: 600 Heyward St. (inside Olympia Mill), Thu-Sat 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. When you've got the late (like, really late) night munchies, head to Smokey Loggins for amazing smoked wings and breakfast foods. $

Southern Belly

southernbellybbq.com. Five Points: 819 Harden St., 803-764-3512. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 803-888-7367. 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lots of sauces distinguish this barbecue joint, which offers a small but tasty selection of barbecued meat sandwiches. ¢-$

True BBQ

true-bbq.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 1237 D Ave., 803-791-9950. Wed-Sat 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Serves pork ribs and classic chopped pork barbecue, smoked on site; hash and rice; barbecue chicken; barbecue sandwiches; and the usual slew of sides and desserts. Choose between Pretty Lady, Sexy Lady or vinegar-based sauce. ¢

Featured Bites & Sights - Bakeries and Desserts

Bakeries and Desserts

Ally & Eloise Bakeshop

allyandeloise.com. Forest Acres: 5209-B Forest Dr., 803-708-2982. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown: 1626 Main St. Mon-Wed 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu-Fri 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eloise is a French bulldog. And Ally is a heck of a baker, turning out fancy cookies, cupcakes, muffins and scones, not to mention fancy layer cakes and bundt cakes galore. Downtown location serves a limited set of sweet treats, including macarons, cake pops and more. ¢

Blue Flour

blueflour.com. Downtown: 1210 Main St., 803-764-3982. Harbison/Irmo: 7703 St. Andrews Rd., 803-407-3603. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Great café with two locations to fuel your coffee, tea and baked good needs. On the menu: avocado toast, quiches, muffins, cupcakes, coffeecakes, crumbles. ¢

Crust Bakehouse

crustbakehouse.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2701-B Rosewood Dr. Tue-Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Crust offers cookies, scones and other sweet pastries, not to mention delectable breads: focaccias, ciabattas, sourdough, levains and more. And yes, it has no telephone. The goods go fast; check them out on Facebook to reserve something before the day's supply runs out. ¢

Cupcake Down South

freshcupcakes.com. Vista: 1213 Lincoln St., 803-212-4949. Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 12-5 p.m. This Charleston import does one thing and one thing only: cupcakes. Of course, they also do them supremely well. From red velvet to mandarin orange chocolate to salted caramel chocolate chip to about anything sweet you can think of, Cupcake has your sweet tooth covered and then some. The After Dark series features alcohol-infused cupcakes for the grownups, from blackberry mojito to salty caramel banana rum. ¢

Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli

thecinnamonrolldeli.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2617 Devine St., 803-465-4947. Tue-Sun 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Big ol’ cinnamon rolls are the major draw here — and not just the classic kind, but bananas foster rolls, coconut cream rolls and more. This deli also offers specialty sandwiches, hot dogs, soups and breakfast items. $

Duck Donuts

Shandon/Rosewood: 702 Cross Hill Road, 803-888-7424; Sun - Th 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Much-hyped doughnut chain serves up tasty cake-style rings adorned with fancy frostings and sprinklings while you wait. ¢

Insomnia Cookies

insomniacookies.com. Five Points: 2013 Devine St., 877-632-6654. Mon-Sun noon-3 a.m. Bakes fresh cookies and other goodies for the late-night partying crowd. What’s better after a night of drinking than a freshly made chocolate chip cookie? Try the Menage a Trois, a blend of three cookies all baked together. Delivery is available for a $6 minimum (plus tip, of course). ¢

Kaminsky’s Dessert Café

kaminskys.com. Vista: 930 Gervais St., 803-550-9979. Mon-Thu 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 12 p.m.-midnight Dessert bar featuring milkshakes, spiked coffees, dessert martinis, cakes, cider and more. ¢

Main Street Bakery

mainstreetbakery3307.com. North Main: 3307 N. Main St., 803-807-9567. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Cozy bakery housed in a brick home serves fresh-made cinnamon rolls, sweet potato pie, cupcakes and more, plus specially made-to-order cakes. Also has a lunch menu. ¢

My Dessert Bar

mydessertbar.com. 803-728-1690. Bakery and dessert catering company with everything from cakes to cakepops. ¢-$$

The Pastry Shop at Nonnah’s

nonnahs.com. Vista: 928 Gervais St., 803-779-9599. Mon-Fri kitchen open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; cafe 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening hours: Monday, 5-10 p.m., Tue-Thu 5-11 p.m., Fri-Sat. 5 p.m.-midnight. Sunday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. This bakeshop, an offshoot of long-beloved dessert joint Nonnah’s, serves freshly baked bread, scones, brownies, pastries and more. ¢

Pelican’s SnoBalls

pelicanssnoballs.com. Harbison/Irmo: 6165 St. Andrews Rd., 803-413-5369. Sun-Thu 2-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 1600 Dutch Fork Rd., 803-920-2394; Mon-Fri 2 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lexington: 517 N. Lake Dr., 803-206-7710; Mon - Sat 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. North Columbia: 2845 Main St., 803-917-1316; Mon-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun 2-9 p.m. Northeast: 202 Graces Way, 803-201-9652. Sun 1p.m. - 9 p.m., Mon-Fri 2-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m. Northeast: 2768 Decker Blvd Unit M, 919-614-2080; Mon-Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun 2-9 p.m. Shandon/Rosewood: 1900 Rosewood Dr., 919-614-2080. Mon-Thu noon-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m.; Sun 2-9 p.m. West Columbia: 442 Meeting St., 803-917-1316. New Orleans-style shaved ice. Yes, it’s just frozen flavored sugar water, but it’s ridiculously refreshing and comes in a wide variety of flavors. Openings and hours are seasonal. Visit website for hours and more locations. ¢

Scoopy Doo

Five Points: 725 Saluda Ave., 803-765-6999. Mon-Sat 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Housemade gelato and sorbetto incorporating some excellent local ingredients, including coffee from Drip, which is right next door. ¢

Silver Spoon Bake Shop

silverspoonbakeshop.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2507 Devine St., 803-673-6374. Tue-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Housemade pastries, cakes, pies and delicious cookies, plus a coffee bar. Custom cakes and pies for special events, too. Fridays are Croissant Day. $


smallsugarsc.com. 709 Gervais St., 803-722-7506. Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-3 p.m. A bakery and sandwich/salad shop with top-notch service and lots of fresh food, chef/entrepreneur Sarah Simmons’ smallSUGAR is a treasure in the heart of the Vista. $

Sweet Cream Company

sweetcreamcompany.com. Downtown: 1627 Main St., 803-251-3311. Mon noon-8 p.m., Wed-Sat noon-8 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m. Fancy some handcrafted ice cream or sorbet? Sweet Cream Co. does it best, with an ever-rotating selection of handmade, creative frozen flavors using local and organic ingredients. ¢

Sweet Temptations Bakery

North Main: 2231 Main St., 803-728-0245. Mon noon-8 p.m.; Tue-Fri 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Community-minded bakery offers homemade cakes, cupcakes and more.

Featured Bites & Sights - Bar, Club and Pub Food

Bar, Club and Pub Food

Bar None

Five Points: 620 Harden St., 803-254-3354. Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-6 a.m.; Sat-Sun 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Late-night bar serving food into the wee hours of the morning — including, on certain Tuesdays, the finest smoked chicken wings you’ve ever tasted. Large selection of beers on tap. ¢

British Bulldog Pub

thebritishbulldogpub.com. Harbison/Irmo: 1220 E10 Bowers Pkwy., 803-227-8918. Sun-Tie, 11 a.m. -10 p.m. (bar open until 12 a.m.) Wed - Thu 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (bar open until 12 a.m.), Fro-Sat 11 12 p.m. (bar open until 2 p.m.) A British pub with a real British pub menu: everything from roast beef and Yorkshire pudding to meat pies to Scotch eggs to crispy samosas, plus plenty of burgers and salads for the anglophobes. Breakfast served all day. Extensive soccer and rugby viewing schedule, too. $

Cock N’ Bull Pub

thecocknbullpub.net. Shandon/Rosewood: 326 S. Edisto Ave., 803-251-4474. Mon-Wed 5 p.m. - 10 p.m; Thu - Sat, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Bar open Mon-Wed 2:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Thu-Sun 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Cock N’ Bull is an English-style pub with soccer (football) matches a-plenty on the tube. Pub food and daily specials include shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips, pot roast and more, plus the always amazing shrimp burger. ¢-$

Fall Line Bar and Grill

Five Points: 741 Saluda Ave., 803-779-2345. Noon-10 p.m. Mon-Sun. Casual bar and grill serves everything from cheese fries to tacos to salads to pizzas. Outdoor seating makes this a popular choice for low-key daydrinking, too. $

Flying Saucer

beerknurd.com. Vista: 931 Senate St., 803-256-2055. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-midnight You can get a burger here — even a turkey burger or a hippie burger (i.e., veggie). They have pizzas, salads and German plates, too. And bar food. Anything that goes well with beer, really. $


Five Points: 2017 Devine St., 803-708-4495. Mon-Wed 4 p.m.-midnight; Thu-Fri 4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Sat. 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m. Rising from the figurative ashes of Goatfeathers is Goat’s, a swanky bar for sophisticated people. The menu runs the gamut from burgers to finer fare. $

Henry’s Grill and Bar

henrysgrillandbar.com. Shandon/Rosewood: 2865 Devine St., 803-708-4705; Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Northeast: 111 Sparkleberry Crossing, 803-563-5674; Sun-Tue 11 a.m.-midnight; Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. West Columbia/Cayce: 2108 State St., 803-661-8494. Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-until, Sun 10 a.m.-until. A comfortable, classy neighborhood bar with delicious burgers, fried pickles and tons of drink specials. Try the Big T burger: a huge, juicy double cheeseburger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Sunday brunch rocks. ¢-$


jakesofcolumbia.com. Five Points: 2112 Devine St., 803-708-4788. Tue-Fri 4 p.m.-until; Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-until The bar is called Jake's, but the kitchen is called Ripper's — and it serves up big tasty bar fare. $

Keg Cowboy

facebook.com/KegCowboy. Lexington: 108 E. Main St., 803-957-2337. Monday bar open 2 p.m. until, kitchen open 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Tu-Th., Bar 2 p.m. until, kitchen 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday bar open 2 p.m. until, kitchen open 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, bar and kitchen open at 12 p.m.; kitchen closes at  10 p.m., bar open until. Pretty awesome craft beer bar and eatery in downtown Lexington. Rotating specials include house-smoked meats, homemade bread, tasty sandwiches, veggies. $

Krafty Draft

kraftydraft.com. Lexington: 269 Charter Oak Rd., 803-996-0345. Mon-Tue 4-10 p.m.; Wed-Fri 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat 2 p.m.-midnight Feast on daily specials, sandwiches and snacks while sampling a wide assortment of beers, some brewed in-house. $

The Kraken

facebook.com/thekrakengastropub. Shandon/Rosewood: 2910 Rosewood Dr., 803-955-7408. Min-Sun 4 p.m.-midnight. What’s a gastropub? Well, that just means the food is as good as the beer selection. $

O'Hara's Public House

oharas-public-house.com Lexington: 131 E Main St., 803-785-4025. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. (bar open later). Robust pub menu features traditional Irish fare, American bar food and more. $

Rockaway Athletic Club

Shandon/Rosewood: 2719 Rosewood Dr., 803-256-1075. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (Kitchen closes at 11 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when it closes at 12 a.m.) For years, locals have been flocking to Rockaway’s for its unbeatable pimento cheeseburgers and excellent bar food. ¢-$

Thirsty Fellow

thirstyfellow.com. Vista: 621 Gadsden St., 803-799-1311. Tue-Thu 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Bar open T-Sat until 12 p.m.), Sunday 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (brunch), 2 p.m. - 9 p.m., bar open until 10 p.m. Pub food and fresh specials include wings, fish ‘n chips, sandwiches, soups, appetizers and an array of stone-fired pizzas. Try the banana pepper stuffed with sausage and served with a hearty marinara and cheese sauce. $

Tin Roof

tinroofbars.com. Vista: 1022 Senate St., 803-771-1558. Mon-Thu 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri, 4 p.m. until, Sat-Sun 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.Tin Roof has a bar menu with touches of flair, from the chicken-and-waffle nuggets (served with syrup for dipping) to the awesome quesadillas. The Candy Pig Mac and Cheese is beloved as well. $

Vella’s Restaurant & Tavern

vellasonline.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 829 Knox Abbott Dr.; 803-796-4629. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. From wings to pork chops, Vella’s has downhome cooking, bar classics and even a kids’ menu. ¢-$

The Whig

thewhig.org. Downtown: 1200 Main St., 803-931-8852 . Sun-Frit 4 p.m.-until (happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 p.m.) Saturday 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. Hip underground bar across from the State House serves burgers, sweet potato fries and a mean chicken sandwich to match its well-curated craft beers and capable cocktails. Also home of the infamous Taco Tuesday. ¢

Featured Bites & Sights - Bistro/New American

Bistro/New American

1801 Grille

1801grille.com. Vista: 750 Lincoln St.; 803-219-1119. Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. A University of South Carolina-themed restaurant. “American tavern-inspired” menu runs the gamut from oysters to burgers to wild-boar-and-bison meatloaf. Swank bar, too. $

The Aristocrat

thearistocrat803.com Vista: 1001 Washington St., 803-708-8004. Tue-Thu 4 p.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Southern gastropub and wine bar features a low-key vibe and tasty food. $

Bistro on the Boulevard

bistroontheblvd.com. Harbison/Irmo: 1085-D Lake Murray Blvd., 803-369-1332. Tue-Thu 4 p.m.-109 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Upscale Southern classics like Lowcountry crab dip and shrimp and grits meet bistro offerings like fancy stuffed pork chops and an Asian salmon burger. $

B.L.D. Diner

Forest Acres: 484 Forest Drive, 803-931-3595. Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Breakfast features avocado Benedicts, breakfast burritos and more; lunch and dinner bring everything from chili cheese fries to hot chicken to wedge salads. $

Café Strudel

cafestrudel.com. Lexington: 309 S. Lake Drive, 803-490-0895. West Columbia/Cayce: 300 State St., 803-794-6634. Mon-Tue 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed-Thu 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 8 am.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Casual restaurant offers soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items and coffees. Also hosts a legendary Sunday brunch. ¢

Cellar on Greene

cellarongreene.com. Five Points: 2001D Greene St., 803-343-3303. Tue-Thu shop open at 11 a.m., dinner 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri, shop open at 11 a.m., dinner 5-10 p.m.; Sat shop open at 2 p.m., dinner 5-10 p.m. Part wine shop, part mix-and-match restaurant, the Cellar on Greene is the place to go for wines by the glass or bottle and an ever-changing menu of Continental, Mediterranean and bistro-style dishes: seafood and steaks, salads, hummus, pizzas, pastas and more. $-$$


colasrestaurant.com. Downtown: 1215 Assembly St., 803-451-0051. Mon-Thu 5:30-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m. Bar opens at 5 a.m. American bistro with diverse influences. Robust seafood selection, plus steaks, salads and more, plus a lovely bar. Large window wall opens to Assembly Street. $$


columbos.net. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 2100 Bush River Rd. (inside the Radisson Hotel), 803-744-2200. Mon-Fri 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m. - 13 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Fine steaks and Southern favorites with an emphasis on local farms in this hotel restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offers desserts and happy hour specials. $-$$

Copper River Grill

copperrivergrill.com. Harbison/Irmo: 1230 Bower Pkwy., 803-749-4647. Sun-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Specializes in a little bit of everything — grilled seafood, chicken and steak dishes, sandwiches and burgers and oven-baked pizzas. Try the sashimi tuna appetizer and, if you’re man (or lady) enough, the 32-oz. Big Sky Porterhouse. $

Gervais & Vine

gervine.com. Vista: 620-A Gervais St., 803-799-8463. Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Happy Hour 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Mediterranean wine and tapas bar with many wines by the glass and a wide selection of appetizers. Dishes prepared in open kitchen and are a fusion of Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisine with Southern influences. ¢-$

Hampton Street Vineyard

hamptonstreetvineyard.com. Downtown: 1201 Hampton St., 803-252-0850. Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.; Sat 6-10 p.m. (bar opens at 5 p.m.) Innovative American cuisine with seasonal menu changes, featuring fresh seafood, handcut steaks, lamb, duck, veal, accommodating and professional service all taking place in an urban cool space below the sidewalk in the historic Sylvan Building. ¢-$$


hendrixsc.com. Downtown: 1649 Main St., 803-834-5132. Restaurant in the historic Hennessey’s building is the new hotspot for downtown Columbia, with a Peruvian-influenced fine dining menu and all the frills. Prime rooftop area, too. $-$$

Lula Drake

luladrake.com Downtown: 1635 Main St., 803-606-1968; Tue - Wed 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Thu- Sat 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. This wine bar offers a small but excellent menu that lets the wine shine through. Handmade pastas, nightly specials, iberico ham, more. $

Motor Supply Co. Bistro

motorsupplycobistro.com. Vista: 920 Gervais St., 803-256-6687. Tue-Th 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. An early pioneer of dining in the Vista, Motor Supply’s eclectic menu reflects a classic bistro mentality and changes every day. Upbeat, cosmopolitan atmosphere and excellent food with a focus on fresh, local produce and artisanal techniques. Especially popular for Sunday brunch. $-$$

Mr. Friendly’s

mrfriendlys.com. Five Points: 2001-A Greene St., 803-254-7828. Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:00 p.m.; Sat 5:30-10:00 p.m. Mr. Friendly's has been serving New Southern cuisine since 1995 — sometimes innovative, sometimes comforting, and at reasonable prices. In addition to its daily menu, Mr. Friendly’s offers nightly specials. A good higher end lunch choice, too. $-$$


nonnahs.com. Vista: 923 Gervais St., 803-779-9599. Coffee and desserts available 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and at 5 p.m. (Monday), 5-11 p.m. (Tue-Thu), 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Fri) and 5 p.m.-midnight (Saturday). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner Tue-Thu 5-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-10 p.m. Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. While many Columbians know it best for its desserts, Nonnah’s has become a great place to go for a full bistro-style meal. A frequent winner of Free Times’ Best of Columbia awards in the dessert category. $$


saludas.com. Five Points: 751 Saluda Ave., 803-799-9500. Min-Sun 5p.m. -10 p.m. This casual fine-dining establishment offers cutting-edge culinary styles that blend Italian, French and Lowcountry influences. Serves seafood, beef, chicken and vegetarian entrees. Also hosts wine dinners. $$

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar

solsticekitchen.com. Northeast: 841-4 Sparkleberry Ln., 803-788-6966. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner: Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 5:30-10 p.m.; bar: Mon-Sat 5 p.m.-until From the people who bring you Mr. Friendly’s and Cellar on Greene, Solstice presents an upscale dining experience. Extensive wine list and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere. $-$$

Spotted Salamander

spottedsalamandercatering.com. Downtown: 1531 Richland St., 803-546-0249. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Whether it's the quaint, tasty lunches or the robust catering service that started it all, Spotted Salamander has something for everything. Plus — cronuts! $

Stonefire American Grill

stonefireamericangrill.com. Northeast: 566 Spears Creek Church Rd., 803-419-2332. Tie-Sat 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Upscale American classics — steakhouse-style burgers, prime rib, roasted chicken, grilled salmon and even a classic New England lobster roll — are joined by Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and Lowcountry crab cakes. $-$$

Tazza Kitchen

tazzakitchen.com. Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr. #20, 803-782-0760. Tue-Fri lunch and Sat brunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sun brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner Tue-Thu 4:30-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 4:30-11 p.m., Sun 4:30-9 p.m. Modern but comfortable bistro features wood-fired pizzas, salads and entrees and apps borrowing from a variety of cuisines. Ditto for brunch, where you can choose everything from huevos rancheros to a five-spice chicken sandwich. $


terrasc.com. West Columbia/Cayce: 100 State St., 803-791-3443. Tue-Sat 5-10 p.m. Chef Mike Davis brings together top-quality Southern ingredients and classic European techniques to make creative, original fare — truly one of the region’s best restaurants. Fantastic view of downtown Columbia from the upscale Vista West location. Looking for something a little simpler? Sit at the cozy bar and sample a brick-oven pizza. $$

Tombo Grille

tombogrille.com. Forest Acres: 4517 Forest Dr., 803-782-9665. Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m. (bar opens at 4:30 p.m.) Whether you’re looking for a carefully crafted small bite or seafood dish using local ingredients with a fine wine to match, or just a great burger and a beer, Tombo is a solid choice. Live music several nights a week. $

Featured Bites & Sights - Breweries/Brew Pubs

Breweries/Brew Pubs

Angry Fish Brewing Co.

angryfishbrewingco.com. Lexington: 106 Fabrister Lane, Suite C, 803-520-7470. IPAs, sours, lagers and more from this hospitable Lexington spot. Food trucks visit often.

Bierkeller Columbia

bierkellercolumbia.com. While Bierkeller doesn't have a permanent home, the German-style brewer hosts frequent events featuring its astoundingly good brews. We're partial to the Kellerbier and the Rauchbier, but most any craft beer-loving Columbian has their own favorites.

Columbia Craft Brewing Co.

Vista: 520 Greene St., 803-799-6027, columbiacraft.com. Monday - Wednesday, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Thu-Fri 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.; sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Shiny, professional new brewery is turning out some great beers, with several kettle sours on the jam-packed board at any given time and a lager that’s making waves. Lots of natural light and metal furniture. 

Conquest Brewing Co.

conquestbrewing.com. Stadium/Fairgrounds: 947 S. Stadium Rd., Bay 1. Mon-Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 1-6 p.m. Columbia’s first production brewery, Conquest’s taproom is dim, cozy and sword-themed, and the beers run toward the dark and brooding, with some forays into sours and other fun stuff; the Coffee IPA is a standout.

Cottontown Brew Lab

Cottontown: 1223 Franklin St., 844-427-3952. This neighborhood brewery cranks out some quality beers that you can find on taps across the Midlands, most prominently the Indah Coffee Stout, a collaboration with a nearby coffee shop; and the Tropicarolina IPA. Outdoor picnic tables make for a low-key vibe. 


huntergathererbrewery.com. Downtown: 900 Main St., 803-748-0540. Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4-10:30 p.m. (bar open later) Shandon/Rosewood: 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd. Wed-Fri 4 p.m. until; Sat 11 a.m.-until; Sun 1-8 p.m. OG location, open since 1996, is a favorite spot for university types, hipsters and oldsters alike; Hunter-Gatherer’s food is as good as its handcrafted ales, with nightly gourmet specials to complement such local favorites as the black bean dip. Specialty pizzas are popular, as are the burgers and sandwiches. Production brewery opened in 2018 features a small pizza-based menu, expansive views, small aircraft sightings and more beers. ¢-$

Krafty Draft Brew Pub

kraftydraft.com. Lexington: 269 Charter Oak Road, 803-567-2812. This Lexington-area brewpub takes a democratic approach, serving up plenty of other folks’ beer as well as its own. Big ol’ food menu, too.

Old Mill Brew Pub

oldmillbrewpub.net. Lexington: 711 E. Main St., 803-785-2337. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (Late night menu in effect at 10 p.m.) Craft beer? Made on site at a former cotton mill? In downtown Lexington? Yes, Old Mill is doing all this and more — and also serving up some fine, creative bar fare. The beers run the modern gamut, with Belgian styles lining up alongside sours, New England IPAs, double bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and the famed 12-Mile Oatmeal Porter. $

River Rat Brewery

riverratbrewery.com. Stadium/Fairgrounds: 1231 Shop Rd., 803-724-5712. Tie-Wed, 4-9 p.m.; FThu 12 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fri 12 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. -8 p.m. River Rat produces excellent and original craft beers. Features a lovely outdoor deck, grassy area with cornhole and swank taproom, and a new rooftop area. A core of East Coast-style brews, of which the Broad River Red is a favorite, are joined by a pleasingly diverse catalog, from Abbey Ale to kolsch. Food menu, event space — the whole nine yards. 

Steel Hands Brewing

steelhandsbrewing.com Cayce: 2350 Foreman St. Massive, professional new brewery in Cayce has it all, from outdoor spaces to a stacked menu to a canning line.

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co.

swampcabbagebrewing.comStadium/Fairgrounds: 921 Brookwood Dr., 803-252-0250. Wed-Thu 5-8 p.m.; Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-6 p.m. Modest brewery near Williams-Brice Stadium boasts a small but strong catalog of beers, from dunkel to red IPA. Hosts a running club, trivia, food trucks. 

Twisted Spur Brewing

twistedspurbrewing.com. Vista: 705 Gervais St., 803-764-0203. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m; Sat 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Vista hotspot features beers brewed on the premises to pair with the West Coast-influenced menu, from nachos to burgers to oysters on the half shell and much, much more. $

Featured Bites & Sights - Cafe/Coffee House

Café/Coffee House

College Grounds Café

collegegroundscafe.com. Downtown: 1217 College St., 803-708-9476. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Think of it as the younger sister to established upstairs coffeehouse, Cool Beans. College Grounds Café serves sandwiches and other healthy breakfast and brunch foods — bagels, fruit, grits and more — as well as fresh doughnuts made in-house daily. Yum. Lots of vegetarian-friendly options. ¢

Cool Beans Coffee Company

coolbeanscoffeecompany.net. Downtown: 1217 College St., 803-779-4277. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-midnight Cool near-campus coffee shop offers plenty of space for studying or socializing — but it’s not just for students. Great menu of sandwiches (the curry chicken salad is a longtime favorite), wraps, soups and salads, plus all the coffee drinks you’d expect — and a few you wouldn’t. (Vegan hot cocoa? Yes please.) ¢

Curiosity Coffee Bar

Downtown: 2327 Main St., 803-357-2889; Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Housed inside Vino Garage, this Elmwood Park coffee spot is a good place to grab a quick early-morning gulp or chill at the outdoor tables with your dog and/or friends. ¢

Drip Coffee

dripcolumbia.com. Downtown: 1441 Main St., 803-799-0067. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Five Points: 729 Saluda Ave., 803-661-9545. Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Specializing in the pour-over method of brewing, Drip makes some fabulous coffee. Besides being a great place for a meeting or first date, both Drip locations also sell creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches and delectable pastries. Free Wi-Fi, too. ¢-$

The Haven Coffee House

thehavencoffeehouse.com. Lexington: 121 E. Main St., 803-356-1402. Mon-Sat 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.Downtown Lexington has a hangout. Serves tasty breakfast and lunch, desserts. ¢

Immaculate Consumption

immaculate-consumption.com. Downtown: 933 Main St., 803-799-9053. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  In addition to several different coffees and beer, this coffee shop serves a wide range of sandwiches and fresh salads that folks rave about. ¢

Indah Coffee Co.

North Columbia: 2238 Sumter St., 803-708-0275; Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Downtown: 1332 Main St. (inside Arcade Mall); Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cozy, airy Cottontown spot is a great place for a quick meeting, board game or quiet contemplation. Downtown spot has a counter and cool vibes. Coffee roasted in house; tasty treats, too. ¢

The Local Buzz

Shandon/Rosewood: 141 S. Shandon St., 803-602-5166; Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This Rosewood Drive joint is no place for coffee snobs — it serves the community, with a family-friendly vibe plus sandwiches, avocado toast, salads, tasty sweets and locally roasted Turtle Creek Coffee. ¢

Loveland Coffee

lovelandcoffee.com. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 803-466-7168. Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tasty local coffee, served up in a variety of ways, from lattes to drip coffee to the famous cold brewed coffee concentrate. ¢

Featured Bites & Sights - Cajun



bourboncolumbia.com. Downtown: 1214 Main St., 803-403-1404. Mon, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Tue-Fri 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday brunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Go for the bourbon, stay for the whiskey. Serves higher-end Cajun-Creole cuisine like squash jambalaya, bayou burgers, seared duck breast, steaks and more. Tasty Sunday brunch. $$

Private Property

privatepropertysc.com. Lexington: 220 West Main St., 803-399-8085. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9:30 p.m. Cajun and Creole food in the heart of Lexington, from gumbos to jambalayas — plus big tasty burgers and a few fun extras like Cajun egg rolls. Laidback sports bar vibe. $