Bites & Sights
From barbecue joints to fine dining and Middle Eastern to Thai cuisine, Bites & Sights gives the scoop on restaurants in the Columbia, S.C., area. Distributed in key locations throughout the year, Bites & Sights targets local diners and visitors alike, with helpfuland lively information on the zoo, arts venues, museums and other attractions.
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Columbia's Guide to Dining, Attractions & Accommodations bites&sights freetimes 1 | S:7.5" nothing like a night of juicy gossip over a Private Party Facilities for 10 to 225 Guests S:9.25" filet . 924 Senate Street | 803.212.6666 | ruthschris.net At the Hilton Columbia Center in the Historic Vista District 2 freetimes | bites&sights 200 Varick St. New York, NY 10014 : Phone 212-805-7500 Spring 2012 | free-times.com free-times.com | Spring 2012 bites&sights | freetimes 3 CONTENTS Restaurants by Cuisine 8 American/ 10 11 16 18 20 34 34 36 36 36 38 40 41 Southern Asian Bagel/Bakery Bar/Pub Food BBQ/Wings/Ribs Bistro/ New American Brew Pub Caf�/ Coffee House Cajun Caribbean/Latin Chinese Deli Dessert German 41 Greek/ 42 42 42 44 44 46 48 48 50 50 50 50 50 Attractions, Nightlife and Accommodations bites&sights free-times.com 1534 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 765.0707 Published by Portico Media SC. 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In case of error or omissions in advertisement, the publisher's sole liability shall be to publish the advertisement at a later date. Notice of error must be made within ten days of first insertion. Views expressed in Free Times Bites & Sights reflect the opinion of the individual writer or artist and are not necessarily those of Free Times. Unsolicited submissions are welcome, but may not be returned. � 2012 Portico Publications, LTD. All rights reserved. Index 52 Map + Index of restaurants by neighborhood 49 Lake Murray Lexington Harbison Irmo 2011 2011 2011 2011 4 freetimes | bites&sights Spring 2012 | free-times.com Calendar of Events You're in town, now where's the action? For comprehensive events coverage on a week-to-week basis, pick up a copy of Free Times at one of hundreds of locations throughout the city. But to get you started, we've compiled some of the major concerts, exhibitions and other cultural highlights of what's happening between now and June, when the next Bites & Sights hits the streets. Dates are subject to change. For more information, please contact the specific venue or organization. YEAR-ROUND/ ONGOING Columbia Alternacirque Art Bar alternacirque.com. Five Points After Five Five Points fivepointscolumbia.com Weekly concert series during warmer months. Begins in April. Columbia's resident -- and awesome -- alternative circus troupe performs the fourth Friday of every month at Art Bar. MUSEUM ExhIBITIONS The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design Columbia Museum of Art columbiamuseum.org. First Thursday on Main Main Street, downtown Columbia firstthursdaysonmain.wordpress.com Eclectic monthly arts series on Main Street. A loose collaboration between the merchants on Main Street, spearheaded primarily by Frame of Mind, Anastasia & Friends, S&S Art Supply, and Tapp's Art Center Project. Opens Apr. 28; runs through Aug. 26. Body Worlds Vital South Carolina State Museum scmuseum.org. Runs through Apr. 15. Artista Vista begins April 26. File photo free-times.com | Spring 2012 bites&sights | freetimes 5 venues throughout downtown. Also offers extracurricular programming, including a host of concerts, Columbia Open Studios art tours, a Slow Food Columbia eat-and-greet, the Crafty Feast craft fair and, like, tons of other stuff. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com. Apr. 27-28. Cirque du Soleil does The King of Pop. Loretta Lynn Newberry Opera House newberryoperahouse.com. Apr. 27. The Honky Tonk Girl herself. Ian McEwan University of South Carolina Law Auditorium cas.sc.edu/theopenbook Apr. 11. Author of Atonement. The Rosewood Crawfish Festival is May 5. File photo Red Hot Chili Peppers Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com. Nature and the Grand American Vision: Masterpieces of the Hudson River School Painters Columbia Museum of Art columbiamuseum.org. Tartan Day South tartandaysouth.com. Knishes! Latkes! Tzimmes! Mmm ... tzimmes! Runs through Apr. 1. MARCh Carolina Cup Springdale Race Course carolina-cup.org. Mar. 30-31. This Highland games and Scottish culture festival is actually two days: Day one is a concert of Celtic commotion at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre; day two is the Highland games -- featuring caber tossing, stone putting, weight throwing and more feats of Scottish strength -- at the Historic Columbia Speedway. Apr. 7. Give it away now for multiplatinum Grammy-winning funk-rock group. Cake Township Auditorium thetownship.org. Runaway Runway Township Auditorium thetownship.org. Apr. 16. Quirky alt-rock band going the distance, for speed. Disney on Ice Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com Apr. 21. One man's trash is another's haute couture at this recycled fashion show. South Carolina Philharmonic Koger Center scphilharmonic.com. Mar. 31. If you're itchin' to hobnob with high society -- or if you've got a penchant for putting money on the ponies -- toss on your tweed jacket and head out to Camden for the annual Carolina Cup horse races. We're kidding about the gambling, but not about the tweed -- there's a dress code mandating tweed slacks at the very least. APRIL Artista Vista The Vista artistavista.com. Apr. 12-15. Performing Toy Story 3. Merle Haggard Township Auditorium thetownship.org. Apr. 28. Master series concert. Guest performer: Yuriy Brekker, violin. Apr. 26-28. Columbia's premiere gallery crawl, held over three days in the Vista every spring. Apr. 15. Lonesome, orn'ry and mean country legend live in concert. Sparkleberry Country Fair Clemson Extension, Northeast Columbia sparkleberrycountryfair.org (A)ugusta Baker's Dozen Annual storytelling festival, cosponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and the Friends of RCPL. Brings to life the world of storytelling and children's literature. Kevin Hart Township Auditorium thetownship.org. Columbia International Festival South Carolina State Fairgrounds cifonline.org. Apr. 20. Performing on his Let Me Explain tour. Apr. 27-28. Like the South Carolina State Fair, except way smaller: Amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors, etc. Mar. 31-Apr. 1. Annual international food and culture festival selects a region or culture to highlight yearly; this year's special focus is on Spanish-speaking countries. The long-running festival offers bazaars, ethnic foods, national exhibitions, a fashion show, cultural performances and culminates in a parade of nations. Alison Krauss & Union Station Township Auditorium thetownship.org. University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra Koger Center koger.sc.edu Bark to the Park Finlay Park barktothepark.com Apr. 14. One-mile dog walk and activities for canines. Oh, and people, too: food, entertainment, vendors, more. Apr. 28. With special guest Jerry Douglas. Apr. 15. Performing Defiant Requiem. Indie Grits Film Festival indiegrits.com. USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run The Leatherneck usmcmudrun.org. The Big Nosh Tree of Life Congregation bignosh.org. Apr. 22. Jewish food and culture festival. Corned beef! Kasha! Apr. 19-29. Southern films on sovereign screens. Or so goes the motto of this Nickelodeon Theatrecurated and -directed independent film festival, which screens gritty films from Southern filmmakers at Apr. 21. Think you're tough? Test your mettle against this challenging 5.2-mile obstacle course, an all-terrain course including mud holes, walls, trenches, and other 6 freetimes | bites&sights Spring 2012 | free-times.com New Edition Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com. JUNE Conductors Institute Koger Center conductorsinstitute.com May 6. "Candy Girl"! "Mr. Telephone Man"! "Popcorn Love"! Rosewood Crawfish Festival Rosewood Drive rosewoodcrawfishfestival.com. Author Ian McEwan speaks at USC on April 11. Photo by Annalena McAfee May 5. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Key stat: The Crawfish Festival cooks up more than 7,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish. This annual festival occupies Rosewood Drive for a day, offering Cajun and Creole cuisine (try the alligator sausage) in addition to samples from Rosewood restuaruants. Oh, yeah, there's lots of music, too, with two stages filled with classic alt-rock acts and local up-and-comers. June 3-15. Attending the Institute's conducting sessions as an observer is absolutely free, as the Koger Center offers gratis first-level seating for those interested in viewing these maturing Morihikos honing their craft. South Carolina Black Pride southcarolinablackpride.com June 22-25. Like the annual Pride festival, but black-oriented. South Carolina Bodybuilding Championships Koger Center koger.sc.edu Pauly Shore in Columbia -- organizers estimate the Expo should attract upwards of 26,000 people. Features exhibitors, vendors, seminars, workshops, youth activities, a health fair and local and national entertainment. The Comedy Zone comedyzonecolumbia.com obstacles that require swimming, crawling, climbing, jumping and determination. May 16. The Weaz, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudeeeeeeeeeee! June 2. Witness physical manifestations of raw, animal power! MAY Black Expo Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com. WWE Smackdown Colonial Life Arena coloniallifearena.com. Blue Man Group Koger Center broadwayincolumbia.com. South Carolina Book Festival Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center scbookfestival.org. June 5. Sweaty dudes wrestling the crap out of other sweaty dudes. May 19. With over 200 exhibitors and vendors, the Columbia Black Expo is one of the largest yearly events May 29-30. You ever heard of that Blue Man Group? Total rip-off of The Smurfs. And The Smurfs? They suck! May 18-20. South Carolina's premier literary festival. Workshops, readings and literary discussions. Building `Bites & Sites' since 1976 www.MashburnConstruction.com n 803.400.1000 free-times.com | Spring 2012 bites&sights | freetimes 7 green tomatoes, crab cakes and shrimp and grits. The Lowcountry egg roll with collard greens, chicken and smoked cheddar cheese is deep fried and served with peach chutney. Good lunch buffet. $. Great American Grill at the Hilton Garden Inn Harbison/Irmo: 434 Columbiana Dr., 407-6640 Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Sun-Thu 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Compton's Kitchen West Columbia/Cayce: 1118 B Ave., 791-0750 Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-2:15 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-noon Compton's Kitchen is Southern cooking at its finest. Serving breakfast and lunch, you'll leave with a bellyful of home cooking. With most everything made from scratch, you can't go wrong with Compton's meat and two veggies. A special menu highlights meals under 400 calories. Regular lunch entr�es include fried chicken, stewed beef and rice, salmon patties, livers and gizzards, countrystyle steak and the expected sides: fried okra, buttered spinach, squash casserole, June peas, etc. comptonskitchen.com �. Upscale apps, soups, salads, sandwiches, grilled specialties and more. Highlights include a smoked salmon ciabatta sandwich, a porterhouse steak and a mustard sage pork loin. $. Harper's Restaurant Five Points: 700 Harden St., 252-2222 Mon-Thu 11:15 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:15 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Dam Bar & Grill Lexington: 1605 North Lake Drive , 808-0882 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sun noon-2 p.m. From the Dam Burger to the Dam wings, there's about something for everyone at Lexington's Dam Bar & Grill. Great starters and sandwiches, plus nice finds such as catfish nugget baskets, quesadillas, bucket specials and even a lite menu. Also has pool tables. dambarandgrill.net. $-$$. Part of a small Charlotte-based chain, Harper's exceeds chain standards both in the quality of the ingredients and the level of attention paid your dinner by the kitchen. While the menu has burgers, sandwiches and beef, Harper's also offers fresh seafood, creative salads and more. Get there early for lunch or you'll have a wait. Sunday brunch runs 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and features signature omelets and more. harpersrestaurants.com. $. Houston's Low Country Grill North Columbia: 3800 N. Main St., 255-0100 Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (brunch) The Diner Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4405 Jackson Blvd., 661-7676 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Longtime caterer Frank Houston's North Main Plaza restaurant serves up Southern faves from collard greens to crab cakes. The cornbread muffins are simple incredible. $. Interstate Hoagies and Steaks Harbison/Irmo: 101A Ministry Dr., 781-6878 Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. This new addition to the Garners Ferry corridor makes downhome American and European favorites -- pot pies, meatloaf, fish-and-chips and the like -- in a low-key space decorated with local folk art. Weekend brunches are a big draw. Authentic, enormous Philly cheesesteaks -- a foot long and piled high with all the classic Philly options, including Cheez Whiz. $ Drake's Duck In Jillian's Downtown: 1544 Main St., 799-9290 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Vista: 800 Gervais St., 779-7789 Mon-Wed 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Thu 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-midnight Kingsman Restaurant File photo Known for its cheeseburgers, chicken filet sandwiches and very affordable eats, Drake's Duck In offers some of the best, fastest fast-food-that'snot-fast-food you'll find anywhere in town. � AMERICAN/ SOUThERN Anthony's Past Time Cafe Downtown:1425 Sumter St., 255-6200 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. California Dreaming Edna's Drive In Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Jillian's is designed for eating, drinking and mingling, with plenty of visual stimulus from 15 TV monitors and 13 big-screen TVs. The menu includes appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, soups, salads and desserts. jilliansonline.com. �-$. Downtown: 401 S. Main St., 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. North Columbia: 3609 River Dr., 252-6696 A modest kiosk that's been dishing out some of the city's best hamburgers and hot dogs to generations of Columbians. A genuine local institution. �. Judy's at the Market Burgers galore, but also fried chicken gizzards and livers, gyros, chicken wings, hot dogs and more, depending on your mood. Try a shake or float. �. Located in a historic railroad station, California Dreaming opened in 1984 and ever since has been a popular destination. Serves large salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, chicken and steaks. Truly outstanding mixed drinks, and the honey croissants always are a hit. centraarchy.com. �-$. West Columbia/Cayce: 3483 Charleston Hwy , 509-5641 Sun-Thu 8-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri-Sat 8-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Five Guys Burgers and Fries Carolina Ale House Mon-Sun 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. The Backyard Caf� West Columbia-Cayce: 940 Old Barnwell Rd., 951-0405 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 227 Columbiana Dr., 407-6996 The Vista: 708 Lady St., 227-7151 North Carolina-based franchise offers extensive appetizers, signature sandwiches and all manner of chicken, steaks, barbecue and ribs and seafood entrees to complement pizzas and salads. Features more than 30 beers on tap and 40 or so bottle selections. Downtown Vista location features Columbia's most popular rooftop bar and 99-cent kids meals. carolinaalehouse.com. �-$. Forest Acres: 4751 Forest Dr., 787-3178 Harbison/Irmo: 285 Columbiana Dr., Suite N, 407-6443 Northeast: 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200 Lexington: Hwy. 378 (Target Ctr.), 356-1007 The Vista: 931 Senate St., 799-0441 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Located at the South Carolina State Farmers Market, Judy's serves up classic breakfast items -- homemade biscuits, big omelets -- as well as such Southern favorites as pimento cheese burgers, country fried steak and fried chicken.�-$ Kingsman Restaurant From the ribeye steak sandwich topped with sauteed onions peppers mushrooms and gooey provolone cheese, to the salmon caesar salad, the Backyard Cafe has food to suit a range of tastes and appetite sizes. Chicken wings, fried flounder and nachos, too. �-$ Made with fresh-ground beef, offered with a dozen different toppings and with the perfect amount of grease moistening the bun, these are what burgers in heaven must taste like. The fresh-cut fries are great, too. Grab a handful of napkins and enjoy. fiveguys.com. �. West Columbia/Cayce: 936 Axtell Dr. (Parkland Shopping Center), 796-8622 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Flight Deck Lexington: 109-A Old Chapin Rd., 957-5990 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Burger Tavern 77 Carolina's This longtime Cayce favorite offers an extensive menu featuring everything from fried appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizza and wings to salads, lasagna and even liver and onions. Known for their grilled rib eye, which is one of the city's best, they also brag on Taz's Taters (grilled potatoes with onions and ham). Serves liquor. Busy lunch, lots of atmosphere. �. Shandon: 2631 Devine St., 667-9608 Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Downtown: 1615 Gervais St., 771-8711 Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30-10:30 a.m., Sat-Sun 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m.; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Mon-Sat 5-10 p.m.; Sun Brunch: 11-2 p.m. Late night buffet: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Hey, budding math geniuses: With 77 different toppings available, how many different custom burger combinations are possible? A lot. Not to mention that 26 beers on tap + 77 burger toppings = 1 full belly. blue. Vista: 721-A Lady St., 251-4447 Tue-Sat 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (Kitchen closes at midnight.) A tapas bar and cocktail lounge that features the city's only ice bar to go with breads and spreads and tapas items, including wasabi encrusted ahi tuna and a filet with red wine reduction. Also serves salads, chips and dips and desserts. Enjoy sitting outside under the patio listening to the waterfall. �-$. Located at the Clarion Hotel, Carolina's offers a popular Sunday brunch featuring hot breakfast, pork loin, salmon, cold salads, carving stations, boiled shrimp and an extensive selection of rich desserts. Daily breakfast and lunch buffets are above average, along with a limited menu featuring Reubens, burgers, chicken salads and club sandwiches. Extremely popular for its Mother's and Father's Day buffets. clarionhotelcolumbia.com/dining. �-$$. Family owned restaurant with an extensive collection of World War II-themed memorabilia and photographs. Menu ranges from burgers and sandwiches to ribs, pizza and Greek specialties. Everyday blue-plate special includes one meat, two veggies, dessert and a drink. shoppesatflightdeck.com. �. Kovachi's Lexington: 309 S. Lake Drive , 356-1366 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fuddruckers St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1801 Bush River Rd., 798-3775 Sun-Thu 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Family-friendly restaurant features signature Greek and Italian-themed subs, sandwiches and salads alongside an array of specialty pizza offerings, calzones, strombolis and desserts. Try the chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta or, if you dare, try Mike's Giant Cake. kovachisoflexington.com. �. Liberty Tap Room & Grill The Vista: 828 Gervais St., 461-4677 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Brunch until 2 p.m.); Bar open until 2 a.m. all week. City Center Grill Specializes in hamburgers cooked to order with fresh ingredients. Beef is ground daily and hamburger buns are baked daily. fuddruckers.com. �. Downtown: 1200 Hampton St., 771-7000 Breakfast: Mon-Sun 6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch: Mon-Fri 1 1:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Mon-Sun 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Hotel dining under the atrium at the bottom of the Marriott. Serves Southern standards like fried Liberty begins with sturdy American fare (mmm ... burgers!) but doesn't end there. Known for its delicious salads, you'll also find an array of appetizers, succulent soups and colorful entrees. You can't go wrong with the Freedom Burger, which has everything including a fried egg on it, or try any of the 8 freetimes | bites&sights Spring 2012 | free-times.com fresh seafood, pizzas, chicken and pastas. Great location, covered outdoor seating area in back, great beer selection. tbonz.com. $. New York Butcher Shoppe & Grille Tues-Sat 5-10 p.m. Lizard's Thicket Northeast: 5 Lake Carolina Way, 233-6838 Tucked inside the planned community of Lake Carolina, this regional chain (it originated in Mt. Pleasant) serves up a stunning array of, well, meats. From Kobe beef filet to grilled meatloaf sandwiches, the menu covers the gamut of flesh. Also serves salads, appetizers, fish and more. Butcher shop is open daily. �-$ Downtown: 818 Elmwood Ave., 779-6407 Blythewood: 711-1 University Village Dr., 451-8400 Forest Acres: 3147 Forest Dr., 787-8781 Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7938 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-0095 Garners Ferry/Southeast: 402 Beltline Blvd., 738-0006 Harbison/Irmo: 7569 St. Andrews Rd., 732-1225 Lexington: 621 W Main St., 951-3555 Northeast: 10170 Two Notch Rd., 419-5662 Northeast: 7620 Two Notch Rd., 788-3088 St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1824 Broad River Rd., 798-6427 West Columbia/Cayce: 2240 Airport Blvd., 796-7820 West Columbia/Cayce: 501 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-0314 West Columbia/Cayce: 2234 Sunset Blvd., 794-0923 Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-9 p.m. S ANHEU ENJOY RODUCTS P BUSCH ALL DAY! OR $2 F AY'S TUESD ER WEDN Original Pancake House WING NIG 45� w HTings LADIE S NIG $8 Bo ttles HT$3 Co of wine smos ESDAY 'S Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr. (Trenholm Plaza), 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, 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. originalpancakehouse.com. �. MONDAY'S GREAT LUNCH SPECIALS STARTING AT $6.99 Meat loaf, fried chicken, mac `n' cheese, fried okra. Good lord, what more could you want? A true local institution that thrives on the meat-and-veggies formula. This is what Southern cooking is all about. lizardsthicket.com. �. Pawleys Front Porch TEAM TRIVIA Hand Pattied Burgers SUNDAY BRUNCH 11AM-2PM MONDAY-Chop Steak, Side, Salad & Tea Salad & Tea Five Points: 827 Harden St., 771-8001 Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Mon 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Tue-Wed 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. TUESDAY-Meatloaf, Side, WEDNESDAY-Pork Chop, Side, Salad & Tea Lucky's Burger Shack 11 a.m.-midnight daily Harbison/Irmo: 7811 Broad River Rd., 749-0048 Hand-pattied burgers aren't the only thing Lucky's serves up: Daily specials run the American-Southern gamut, from pork chops with rice and gravy to big fried seafood platters. �-$ LuLu's Hot Dogs Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Five Points: 2303 Devine St., 834-5144 Simple and effective: grilled hot dogs with mustard, chili, slaw and onions; chips; beer; and soft drinks. What else could you possibly need, anyway? � Ever since its burgers were featured in February 2010 on the Food Network show Diners, DriveIns and Dives, the lines outside Pawleys Front Porch have grown much longer. There's more to the menu than burgers and shoestring fries -- for example, fried oysters, fish tacos and a gourmet BLT -- but make no mistake: it's the all-beef behemoths and atypical toppers that keep people lining up at this Five Points bar and grill. Fancy a fried egg, apple-cured ham, pineapple, melted brie, guacamole, portobellos or a pair of onion rings stuffed between the half-pound patty and the ciabatta bun? $. Side, Salad & Tea THURSDAY-Filet Tips, FRIDAY-Seafood Platter w/ Fish, Shrimp, French Fries, Slaw, Huspuppies & Tea &7.99 HOURS: EVERYDAY 11AM-MIDNIGHT Rockaway Athletic Club Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (bar open later) Shandon: 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075 This local institution was a stop for President George W. Bush during a visit to Columbia, and for good reason. For years, locals have been flocking to Rockaway for its unbeatable pimento cheeseburgers and excellent seafood. �-$. 7811 Broad River Rd. � Irmo 803.749.0048 take exit 101A, just after Jim Hudson Toyota on the left Mac's on Main Downtown: 1710 Main St., 929-0037 Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; Wed-Thu 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat 5 p.m.-midnight Yam fries! Shrimp and grits! Barbecue! Premier jazz and blues club by night; popular all-you-caneat Southern lunch buffet on weekdays. Rotating buffet items include ribs, fried catfish, Moncks Corner Meatloaf and Cajun Pork Chops. Signature dishes: Viola's Macaroni and Cheese and Mac's Peach Cobbler. macsjazznblues.com. �-$. Rush's Mack's Downtown: 1809 Laurel St., 779-9681 Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-3:45 p.m. The clientele at this little wood-paneled downtown lunch spot is equal parts blue collar and white collar, but they're all in it for the same thing: affordable, thin, griddled burgers and the tastiest slaw dogs around. The chili cheeseburger is especially good. �. Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7450 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-5201 Harbison/Irmo: 283 Harbison Blvd., 781-1277 Lexington: 201 Columbia Ave., 359-8858Northeast: 10016 Two Notch Rd., 699-1376 Northeast: 2500 Decker Blvd., 736-0101 St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 2640 Broad River Rd., 772-2393 West Columbia/Cayce: 2332 Sunset Blvd., 796-2396 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-midnight (Decker Blvd. Location closes at 10 p.m.) Main Street at the Sheraton Downtown: 1400 Main St., 988-1400 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-midnight A locally owned chain serving better fast food than you'll find anywhere else for the price. Great burger baskets, hot dogs, shakes, etc. Why give your money to conglomerates when there are locals ready to beat their prices, quality and service? rushs.net. �. 2011 Located downstairs in the Sheraton hotel (you enter at street level), Main Street offers up eclectic fare ranging from duck ravioli to burgers, soups and salads, barbecue chicken, quesadillas and even a Bac `N' Blue Shrimp and Grits, which is the classic shrimp and grits combo with bacon and blue cheese added. $. Sandy's Famous Hot Dogs Downtown: 825 S. Main St., 254-6914 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. 2011 Lexington: 5175 Sunset Blvd., 356-9956 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m. The Mousetrap St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1935 Broad River Rd., 772-1020 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m. Forest Acres: 2711 Middleburg Dr., 799-2120 Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. One of the more out-of-the-way restaurants in town, this bar is located beneath an office building in Middleburg Park. Perhaps its location is why it's frequented by local celebrities such as former Gamecock football players, but the real draw is its incredible food. Downhome lunch and dinner specials, and huge portions.�. St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 612 St. Andrews Rd., 772-8617 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m. These folks probably didn't invent the slaw dog, but they might as well have, at least in these parts. Proving that chili and coleslaw and onions and mustard can elevate the simple grilled wiener to something approaching haute cuisine, this local chain has been many a Columbian's introduction to the sublime world of a well-prepared dog. Sandy's also sells ice cream, though if you still have room after the main event, you're doing something wrong. �. free-times.com | Spring 2012 bites&sights | freetimes 9 Serenity Restaurant & Lounge Northeast: 301 Rice Way Dr., 736-8228 Mon-Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Very's Northeast: 6729 Two Notch Rd., 788-6254 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m If you find yourself up north -- like, north of Killian Road -- check out Serenity, which serves robust breakfasts and a daily meat-and-three-style special. Delicious Philly cheesesteaks, plus old-school Northeastern cuisine from Italian subs and lasagnas to pizzas. �-$. but also to throw back some suds while filling up on the heartiest fare in town, including Meatloaf, Broiled Salmon or Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits and, of course, Confederate Fried Steak. Just about everything comes with veggies, too, unless you're ordering late-night, when the sides scale back to slaw and fries and cold draught beer. yesterdayssc.com. �. special sushi rolls, there's a well-stocked bar. Yum! miyos.com. �-$. Mayflower St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1420-10 Colonial Life Blvd., 798-4888 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 4-11 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m. The Southern Skillet Vista Bar and Grill West Columbia-Cayce: 1213 Sunset Blvd., 834-6297 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Vista: 1301 Assembly St., 251-0255 Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wed-Thu 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. ASIAN Antai Asian Dining Lexington: 5084 Sunset Blvd. (McCauley Square), 356-0062 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Offers a lunch buffet and Southern favorite specials like pot roast, fried chicken, chicken & dumplings, fried pork chops and a slew of sides. � Downtown lunch and dinner spot focusing on burgers, barbecue and chicken sandwiches, all-beef hot dogs, salads and wings. Also offers a bar and features live music, DJs and Latino dancing on occasion. �. A self-described Oriental grill, Mayflower specializes in a variety of foods prepared with a Chinese flair. The seafood is its strength, but it also offers an ambitious menu including steak, pork chops, chicken and sushi. The most popular item is the Queenstown Chicken, deep-fried with a sweetand-sour sauce. $. Tony's What-A-Burger Garners Ferry/Southeast: 3055 Bluff Rd., 776-3261 Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. West Columbia/Cayce: 804 Meeting St., 794-1929 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fried pork chops, fried chicken, gizzards, okra, pot roast, apple cobbler. Hearty breakfasts, too. �. Utopia Food & Spirits Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-midnight Rosewood: 3830-A Rosewood Dr., 782-8522 Eclectic neighborhood bar and eatery located in the Jim Casey's complex. Menu heavy on salads and sandwiches plus appetizing daily specials. Live music Wednesdays through Saturdays. �. Serving Columbia "good ol' fashioned" burgers since 1953. Continuing a 50-year tradition, all food is cooked to order. Other selections include fried chicken, barbecue, chicken tenders, corn dogs and a variety of salads and milkshakes. �. Boasting a "comfortable atmosphere, gourmet dishes and the highest standards of service," Antai specializes in both Chinese and Japanese fare. Sushi is on the menu as well as traditional Asian soups and appetizers, chicken, meat and seafood dishes. Strong vegetarian menu and house favorites that include Black Bean Scallops, Beijing Duck and Honey Walnut Shrimp. antaiasiandining.com. $. Miyo's Downtown: 922 S. Main St., 779-6496 Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 1220 E-2 Bower Pkwy., 781-7788 Sun-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Northeast: 3250 Forest Dr. Ste. B, 743-9996 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Wild Hare Sports Caf� Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. M Caf� Northeast: 715 Fashion Dr., Ste. 1, Village at Sandhills, 788-8878 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Downtown: 1417 Sumter St., 779-5788 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 5122 Old Bush River Rd., 213-1000 Lexington: 5474 Augusta Rd., 951-1916 The Vista: 902 Gervais St., 929-0374 Mouth-watering lunch specials accent a menu that is complemented by gut-busting appetizers such as the potato cakes and chili cheese fries. Come hungry, because the portions are aplenty. If you're looking for something lighter, the Firecracker Shrimp Salad is a signature dish. wildharesportscafe.com. �. Vella's Restaurant & Tavern West Columbia/Cayce: 829 Knox Abbott Dr., 796-4629 Mon-Thu and Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This Asian grill is one of downtown's hotspots, and for good reason. Choose from standard Chinese stir fry dishes, including vegetarian options, or reasonably priced grilled items like salmon or flank steak, which come with a healthful salad plus a choice of white rice, brown rice or steamed noodles. From the owners of Miyo's. Also features a sushi bar. miyos.com. �-$$. Winner of many Best of Columbia awards for its Shanghai and Szechwan cuisine. Features both traditional and innovative dishes served in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Also features a sushi bar. miyos.com. �-$$. Red Bowl Asian Bistro Northeast: 481-11 Town Center Place , 462-9991 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30-10 p.m. Harbison/Irmo: 912 Chapin Rd., 941-7113 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m M Vista Family friendly neighborhood restaurant in the classic tradition -- simple, great food and a cheerful staff that treats customers as, well, family. Menu focuses on steaks and ribs, wings, sandwiches and house specials. �-$. Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern Vista: 701-C Lady St., 255-8884 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 4:30 p.m.- 11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Five Points: 2030 Devine St., 799-0196 Sun-Thu 11:15 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11:15 a.m.-1 a.m. (Bar open until 2 a.m.) A Columbia landmark since 1978, people flock here not just for a glimpse of a guy in a bathtub Just like the other Miyo's and M Cafe 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 Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. House specialities include Spicy Orange Peel Chicken, Seafood Double Pan and Spicy Thai Green Curry Chicken. Full sushi bar and gluten-free menu available on request. redbowltegacay.com. $. RUNNER-UP 2011 RUNNER-UP 2011 10 freetimes | bites&sights Spring 2012 | free-times.com Thai Wasabi Lexington: 5454 Sunset Blvd. Ste. E , 957-9849 Tue-Thurs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-10:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Chocolate Nirvana Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown: 1531 Richland St., 799-9982 This bakery offers a sinful array of layer cakes, petit fours, cheesecakes, specialty chocolate cakes and more. Its signature item is the Chocolate Nirvana cake, a unique flourless cake with Calbaut (Belgian) chocolate, butter, eggs and sugar. Whole cakes are by order only; stop by the bakery for a cup of coffee and a cupcake or slice of cake. chocolatenirvanabakery.com. �-$$. Asian fusion cuisine features sushi, hibachi, Chinese stir frys, Thai curries and noodles (including pad thai and basil duck) and even Asian desserts like sweet sticky rice with mango, and red bean ice cream. $ Tsubaki Northeast: 224 O'Neill Ct., 736-7474 Tue-Sun 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Heather's Artisan Bakery Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Lively location features Columbia's most authentic Japanese karaoke bar as well as several yummy entr�es to put you in the singing spirit, drawing on French and Japanese favorites along with traditional bar food. Also serves sushi from Inakaya Restaurant, housed next door. �. West Columbia/Cayce: 1524 L Ave., 807-1428 Artisanal bakery offers homemade breads for serious bread fans. From wheat to sour