Melon, prosciutto and burrata salad at Tombo Grille

what: melon, prosciutto and burrata salad

cost: $8

where: Tombo Grille, 4517 Forest Dr., 803-782-9665

So, here we are. We’re clinging to the last vestiges of summer, already nostalgic for the smell of coconut-scented sunscreen wafting through the heavy air. Ha, ha. Just kidding. It’s going to be hot and heavy for a good while longer, so let’s go ahead and bask.

Tombo Grille’s summer salad, with ripe melon, rosy prosciutto, burrata whose thin outer shell gives way to a pillowy inside, and peppery arugula, is a summer treat you shouldn’t miss. And might we recommend a crisp glass of rosé or sparkling water to go with it? And do save at least one piece of toasty bread to soak up any remaining cheese and hint of balsamic vinegar before they take your plate. After a hot South Carolina summer day, the salad and a side of bread will more than suffice for a light summer supper. (Though we’re not trying to judge if you want to follow it with one of Tombo’s amazing burgers, or even a big ol’ pork chop.)

I’m the first to admit I’m a fun hater who doesn’t generally enjoy live music unless I’ve made the super deliberate choice to spend my evening listening to it, but the music at Tombo is just right. Whether it’s the Flat Out Strangers, Billy Sloan, or some other band, you can find an out-of-the-way table so it isn’t too loud, or sit in the bar area and party with the regulars.

So … how about it? Go get yourself a salad with enough meat and cheese to call it a meal and something cold to drink. Then stick around and make friends. 

Tombo Grille is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to10:30 p.m. The bar opens at 4:30 p.m., and they make a nice dry martini with blue cheese olives. 

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