Local Buzz Coffee

The Local Buzz's cold-brew coffee | photo by Patrick Wall

The vegans are here! With their egg-, cheese- and meat-heavy focus, brunch and breakfast don’t seem much like a vegan’s game, but the Local Buzz is whipping up a meat and dairy-free brunch on Sunday, June 24, in partnership with Columbia Veg and the Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., vegans and non-vegans alike can enjoy a special brunch menu that won’t leave anyone wondering “Where’s the meat?”

The Local Buzz has made a niche for itself in the community as a go-to for dairy-free cakes and other confections without taking away from their main focuses of coffee, breakfast and lunch. The Local Buzz is located at 2800 Rosewood Drive, and they do request RSVPs for this particular brunch via their Facebook event page by calling 803-602-5166. — April Blake

Paving the Way For Pizza

It’s the worst when you finally open that pizza box and that slight warmth radiates off of your face — the scents of melty cheese, tomato sauce and freshly baked crust coming together — only to find that the pie has befallen a tragedy: All of the toppings have slid off into the box! What could be to blame for such an inhumane crime? Careless drivers, hateful pizza makers? It’s worse — it’s the government.

Domino’s Pizza is trying to lead the charge and help the government do one of its many functions by filling in potholes that cause the trauma of pizza topping slide. Seriously, the pizza company has already filled in holes in California, Texas, Delaware and as close as Athens, Georgia. Their numbers are impressive, with four crew members working for 10 hours and fixing 40 potholes in Milford, Delaware — so no matter what you think of Domino’s, you have to be impressed at their construction hires.

Think Columbia needs to be less holey? People can nominate their cities by zip code at pavingforpizza.com to compete for the chance to potholes get filled in and affixed with a sarcastic note of “Oh yes we did”. — April Blake

Grill Marks Gets Excited About Vanilla

Every food has its holiday, and vanilla milkshakes are no exception to this rule. Wednesday, June 20, is National Vanilla Milkshake Day for people who like it plain ole, and for the more adventurous palates, it’s also National Ice Cream Soda Day, and you can celebrate both at Grill Marks.

All day, the Greenville-based burgs and shake joint on Gervais Street will be serving up classic, fluffy vanilla shakes and fizzy sodas with scoops of your fav flav. But it wouldn’t be a celebration without some discounts, so they have their virgin milkshakes and floats half off, and their spiked ones and beer shakes for $2 less than usual. — April Blake

Dine on Lake Murray

Enjoying the lake without a boat is kind of lame, and the people at the Spirit of Lake Murray want to get us boat-lacking folks out to enjoy the smooth waters and watercolor sunsets on their decks for a dinner cruise this summer. On Wednesday June 27, from 7-9 p.m., aka prime sunset viewing time, the dinner includes a full spread including a pimento cheese appetizer, pot roast, smothered chicken, mashed potatoes, banana pudding for dessert, and a cash bar. Tickets are $44 per person, and the boat departs from 103 Rocky Ridge Road in Leesville. For reservations, call 803-730-3044. — April Blake

Nashville Comes to Columbia, Including the Chicken

It’s not that far from Columbia, South Carolina, to Nashville, Tennessee. And the regional specialty known as Nashville hot chicken has taken the world by storm over the past few years, appearing on menus across the world, from high-end spots to Kentucky Fried Chicken. So it’s a little odd that Nashville hot chicken has been hard to find in Columbia. There are some notable and creative exceptions, like Terra’s addictive hot chicken eggrolls, but by and large we’re out of luck when it comes to insanely spicy dark-red spice-encrusted fried chicken.

The Senate at Tin Roof looks to remedy that deficit this Saturday, June 23, with a buffet at what’s being billed as Hot Chicken Fest. (For more on the music, visit page 55.)

However, if you’re a fan of bone-in dark meat, this might not be the answer to your hot chicken prayers: The buffet will feature hot chicken in breast form on sandwiches.

Josh Drake, executive chef of Tin Roof Columbia and the Senate at Tin Roof, says the chicken breast is marinated overnight, then fried, then coated in a spiced glaze. The buffet will also feature sides including a buttermilk potato salad.

The show is free, but the all-you-can-eat buffet, which kicks off at 5 p.m., will run you $12 in advance or $15 at the event. Visit thesenatecolumbia.com to buy tickets. — Eva Moore

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