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contents Restaurants by Cuisine 6 American/Southern 8 Asian 9 Bagel/Bakery 9 Bar/Pub Food 10 BBQ/Wings/Ribs 12 Bistro/New American 12 Brew Pub 13 Café/Coffee House 13 Cajun 14 Caribbean/Latin 14 Chinese 14 Deli 17 Dessert 18 French 18 German 18 Greek/Mediterranean 19 Indian 19 Italian 20 Japanese/Korean

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Carolina’s Downtown: 1615 Gervais St., 771-8711 Mon-Sat 6:30-10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sun 6:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Late-night buffet 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 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. ¢-$$.

City Center Grill Downtown: 1200 Hampton St., 771-7000 Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Sat-Sun 6:30 a.m.-noon Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 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 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. $.

Compton’s Kitchen West Columbia/Cayce: 1118 B Ave., 791-0750

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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 entrées include fried chicken, stewed beef and rice, salmon patties, livers and gizzards, country-style steak and the expected sides: fried okra, buttered spinach, squash casserole, June peas, etc. comptonskitchen.com. ¢.

The Diner Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4405 Jackson Blvd., 661-7676 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 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.

Drake’s Duck In Downtown: 1544 Main St., 799-9290

American/ Southern 2108 State West Columbia/Cayce: 2108 State St., 200-2108 Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. A hip new neighborhood bar and grill in the heart of Cayce, 2108 State is serving up brunch, lunch and dinner in a casual way. Dorito-Crusted FiveAlarm Cheese Sticks: check. Korean short-rib tacos: check. Nice bar: check. Large mural of the Lizard Man: Uh, check. ¢-$

Anthony’s Past Time Café 1425 Sumter St.: Downtown, 255-6200 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 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. ¢

Backyard Café 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. From the ribeye steak sandwich topped with sauteed onions peppers mushrooms and gooey provolone cheese, to the salmon Caesar salad, the Backyard Café has food to suit a range of tastes and appetite sizes. Chicken wings, fried flounder and nachos, too.¢-$

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Burger Tavern 77 Shandon/Rosewood: 2631 Devine St., 667-9608 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily 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.

California Dreaming 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. 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. ¢-$.

Carolina Ale House Vista: 708 Lady St., 227-7151 Harbison/Irmo: 227 Columbiana Dr., 407-6996 Mon-Sun 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. 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. ¢-$.

Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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. ¢

Edna’s Drive In North Columbia: 3609 River Dr., 252-6696 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 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. ¢.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Forest Acres: 4751 Forest Dr., 787-3178 Harbison/Irmo: 285 Columbiana Dr., Suite N, 407-6443 Lexington: Hwy. 378 (Target Ctr.), 356-1007 Northeast: 460-2 Town Center Place, 788-6200 Vista: 931 Senate St., 799-0441 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 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 freshcut fries are great, too. Grab a handful of napkins and enjoy. fiveguys.com. ¢.

Flight Deck Lexington: 109-A Old Chapin Rd., 957-5990 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. 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. ¢.

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. Specializes in hamburgers cooked to order with fresh ingredients. Beef is ground daily and hamburger buns are baked daily. fuddruckers.com. ¢.

Great American Grill at the Hilton Garden Inn Harbison/Irmo: 434 Columbiana Dr., 407-6640 Mon-Sat 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-11 a.m.; Mon-Sun 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 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-Wed 11:15 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11:15 a.m.11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 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 nicely smoked meats (dig the firewood pile out back), 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. $.

Interstate Hoagies and Steaks Harbison/Irmo: 101A Ministry Drive, 781-6878 Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Authentic, enormous Philly cheesesteaks — a foot long and piled high with all the classic Philly options, including Cheez Whiz. $

Jillian’s Vista: 800 Gervais St., 779-7789 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight; Thu 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-midnight Jillian’s is designed for eating, drinking and mingling, with plenty of visual stimulus from tons of big-screen TVs. The menu includes appetizers (mmm ... mozzarella sticks), burgers, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, soups, salads and desserts. jillianscolumbia.com. ¢-$.

Judy’s at the Market West Columbia/Cayce: 3483 Charleston Hwy, 509-5641 Sun-Thu 8-3 p.m., Fri-Sat 8-8 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.¢-$

Judy’s Cafe and Bakery Lexington: 5135-A Sunset Blvd., 356-6159 Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In the Target shopping center you’ll find Judy’s serving up downhome Southern favorites like chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, country fried steak and meatloaf, plus an array of homebaked desserts. ¢

Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles Northeast: 110 Columbia Northeast Dr., 834-7948 Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Chicken and waffles! And not just any old iteration of this soul food classic — they’ve got a red velvet waffle if you’re feeling fancy. Also try the shrimp and grits. ¢

Kingsman Restaurant West Columbia/Cayce: 936 Axtell Dr. (Parkland Shopping Center), 796-8622 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 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 its

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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. ¢.

Liberty Taproom & Grill 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. 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 fresh seafood, pizzas, chicken and pastas. New location at Lake Murray opens next year. tbonz.com. $.

Lizard’s Thicket 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.-10 p.m. 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. ¢.

Lucky’s Burger Shack Harbison/Irmo: 7811 Broad River Rd., 749-0048 Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 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 Five Points: 2303 Devine St., 834-5144 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Simple and effective: grilled hot dogs with mustard, chili, slaw and onions; chips; beer; and soft drinks. What else could you possibly need, anyway? ¢

Mac’s on Main Downtown: 1710 Main St., 929-0037

even a Bac ‘N’ Blue Shrimp and Grits, which is the classic shrimp and grits combo with bacon and blue cheese added. $

The Mousetrap Forest Acres: 2711 Middleburg Drive, 799-2120 Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 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.¢

Original Pancake House 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. ¢.

Pawleys Front Porch Five Points: 827 Harden St., 771-8001 Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Ever since its burgers were featured in February 2010 on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins 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? $.

Rockaway Athletic Club Shandon: 2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (bar open later) 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. ¢-$.

Rush’s Harbison/Irmo: 283 Harbison Blvd., 781-1277 Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7450 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-5201 Lexington: 201 Columbia Ave., 359-8858 Northeast: 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-Tue 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; WedThu 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. ¢-$.

Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-midnight (Decker Blvd. Location closes at 10 p.m.) 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. ¢.

Mack’s

Downtown: 825 S. Main St., 254-6914

Downtown: 1809 Laurel St., 779-9681

Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m.

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. ¢

Lexington: 5175 Sunset Blvd., 356-9956

Main Street at the Sheraton

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

Downtown: 1400 Main St., 988-1400 Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-midnight 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

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St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1935 Broad River Rd., 772-1020 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-9 p.m.

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 612 St. Andrews Rd., 772-8617

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Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern 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 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. ¢.

Tue-Sun 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Lively location features Columbia’s most authentic Japanese karaoke bar as well as several yummy entrées 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. ¢.

Downtown: 1417 Sumter St., 779-5788 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 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. ¢-$$.

Serenity Restaurant & Lounge Northeast: 301 Rice Way Drive, 736-8228 Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-midnight 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.

Tony’s Garners Ferry/Southeast: 3055 Bluff Rd., 776-3261 Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fried pork chops, fried chicken, gizzards, okra, pot roast, apple cobbler. Hearty breakfasts, too. ¢.

Utopia Food & Spirits Rosewood: 3830-A Rosewood Drive, 782-8522 Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 4 p.m.-midnight 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. ¢.

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.

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. 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. ¢-$. Did we list a restaurant that has closed? Did we overlook your favorite place? Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

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M Fresh Downtown: 1237 Washington St., 779-1688

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m Delicious Philly cheesesteaks, plus old-school Northeastern cuisine from Italian subs and lasagnas to pizzas. ¢-$

Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m. This downtown eatery, part of the Miyo’s restaurant group, features big healthy salads and sandwiches, plus some delectable extras — tree mushroom salad, boiled edamame and other little appetizers brought to your table. Huge selection of juices, smoothies and healthy teas made to order. $

Waffle House

M Vista

Very’s Northeast: 6729 Two Notch Rd., 788-6254

Five Points: 916 Harden St., 799-0313 Open 24 hours Dude, it’s Waffle House. It has hash browns, waffles, eggs, steaks — everything you need, whether you’re planning to do some lumberjackin’ or you just have a brutal hangover. For other Midlands locations, visit wafflehouse.com.

What-A-Burger West Columbia/Cayce: 804 Meeting St., 794-1929

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. 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 special sushi rolls, there’s a well-stocked bar. Yum! miyos.com. ¢-$.

Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 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. ¢.

Miyo’s

Wild Hare Sports Café

Northeast: 3250 Forest Dr. Ste. B, 743-9996

Harbison/Irmo: 5122 Old Bush River Rd., 213-1000 Lexington: 5474 Augusta Rd., 951-1916 Vista: 902 Gervais St., 929-0374 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 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. ¢.

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. Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Northeast: 715 Fashion Dr., Ste. 1, Village at Sandhill, 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. 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

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Tue-Thurs 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m., FriSat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 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. $

Antai Asian Dining

M Café

dog. Sandy’s also sells ice cream, though if you still have room after the main event, you’re doing something wrong. ¢.

Lexington: 5454 Sunset Blvd. Ste. E, 957-9849

Tsubaki

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 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. $.

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Thai Wasabi

Asian Lexington: 5084 Sunset Blvd. (McCauley Square), 356-0062

MoMo’s Bistro

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. $.

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. Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai

Northeast: 224 O’Neill Court, 736-7474

Bagel/Bakery Ally & Eloise Bakeshop Forest Acres: 5209-B Forest Dr., 708-2982 Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 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. ¢

Atlanta Bread Company Downtown: 1307 Main St., 779-0101 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 108 Sunset Ct., 791-1150 Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Atlanta Bread Company is a bakery café offering fresh, high quality ingredients and a menu ranging from cinnamon rolls and hot breakfast sandwiches to grilled paninis. atlantabread.com. ¢.

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery Forest Acres: 4699 Forest Dr, 738-8112 Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Fresh-baked bagels, wraps, signature sandwiches, boxed lunches and salads to go. What’s not to like? Now serving grilled paninis as well. brueggers.com. ¢.

Chocolate Nirvana Downtown: 1531 Richland St., 799-9982 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 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. ¢-$$.

Heather’s Artisan Bakery West Columbia/Cayce: 1524 L Ave., 807-1428 Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artisanal bakery offers homemade breads for serious bread fans. From wheat to sourdough to ciabatta, you can’t go wrong ordering breads baked with care. heathersartisanbakery.com. ¢.

Lillian’s Eatery & Bakery Forest Acres: 4711 Forest Dr., 790-0733 Mon 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (kitchen closes at 2:30); Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Begun as a bakery, Lillian’s also offers a lunch menu. The bakery is rather inventive, creating cakes that look like gift packages, traditional croquembouches (French wedding cakes), trees with custard-filled cream puffs and meringues. Lillian’s dobosh torte is seven layers of white cake with a chocolate butterberry cream in between and a fan of caramelized sugar on top. ¢-$$.

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7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Mexican bakery offering a delightful array of pastries (pasteleria) and lightly sweetened breads (pan dulce) baked in-house daily.

enormous sports bar and grill serving a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts in generous portions. Features a full-service bar and large selection of domestic, imported and premium draft beers. State-of-the-art audio and video systems for viewing sporting events as well as tournament-quality billiards tables, shuffleboard, ping pong and darts. tentcorp.com. ¢.

Panera Bread

Bar None

Panaderia Odalys West Columbia-Cayce: 103 N. 12th St., 794-3323

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 6080 Garners Ferry Rd., 647-9722 Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 1007 Bower Pkwy., 407-5773, Mon-Sat 6 am.-9 p.m., Sun 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Panera’s cornerstone is freshly made, all-natural artisan breads. Serves a variety of sandwiches and soups offerings in a comfortable, high-tech atmosphere. Panera is also committed to community service, donating bread to hunger relief agencies and offering products or gift certificates to charitable causes. panerabread.com. ¢.

The Pastry Shop at Nonnah’s Vista: 928 Gervais St., 779-9599 Mon-Fri 7 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. nonnahs.com. ¢

Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery Northeast: 8502 Two Notch Rd., 736-2253 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 2:30 p.m.) Bread, cakes, pastries, quiches, soups, salads and chicken, all made fresh daily. One house specialty is Spring Valley chicken salad with white raisins, pecans and honey mustard dressing. ¢.

Bar/Pub Food Bailey’s Sports Grill Harbison/Irmo: 115 Afton Ct., 407-3004 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Open every day of the year. Really. Bailey’s is an

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Five Points: 620 Harden St., 254-3354 Mon-Wed 4 p.m.-6 a.m.; Thu-Fri 3 p.m.-6 a.m.; Sat-Sun 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Late-night bar serving food into the wee hours of the morning. Large selection of beers on tap. ¢.

Beef O’Brady’s Harbison/Irmo: 2742 N. Lake Dr., 781-5656 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.

Northeast: 4561 Hardscrabble Rd., 699-9687 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m. From the Philly Cheesesteak to the Roast Beef Garlic Melt to the corned beef Reuben and a full line of deluxe burgers, you won’t be hurting for red meat options here. There are wings too, and wraps featuring shrimp and chicken, but “beef” is in the name for a reason. Served in a family friendly setting peppered with sports memorabilia and TVs. beefobradys.com. ¢.

Bentley’s Beach House Lexington: 5464 Sunset Blvd, 808-7263 Sun-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. In the former Dam Bar and Grill spot on Lake Murray, you’ll find this bar, which serves up cheap, classic bar food and nice cold beers. ¢

Bey’s Sports Bar Five Points: 711 Harden St., 255-2996 Mon-Sun 3 p.m.-until Nachos, pizza, wings, burgers and more. Pizza served late-night. ¢.

Blue Coyote Harbison/Irmo: 10708 Broad River Rd., 7814606

food and daily specials include shepherd’s pie, fish-n-chips, pot roast and more, plus the alwaysamazing shrimp burger.¢-$

Mon-Thu 4 p.m.- 12 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wings, steaks and comfort food. ¢-$.

Corner Pocket

Bogarts Restaurant and Bar

Mon-Sat 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Burgers, wings, steaks, sandwiches and more. Wednesdays are Service Industry Night with Kickin’ Karaoke, who also appears on Sundays. Local bands Thursday, Friday and Saturday with acoustic tunes on Monday. ¢-$.

West Columbia/Cayce: 530 12th St., 791-4617 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 4-10 p.m. (bar open until) Features wide variety of specialty sandwiches, big burgers, wings and entrées, including chicken and steak dishes, many named for Humphrey Bogart movies. Try the fried grouper finger basket. Also offers daily lunch and dinner specials. ¢.

British Bulldog Pub Harbison/Irmo: 1220 Bower Prkwy., 227-8918 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-2 a.m. (late night menu after 10 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. $

Caprioska Northeast: 7001 Parklane Rd., 699-8300 Tue-Sat 4 p.m.-until Any sports bar named for the caprioska, a beloved Brazilian mixed drink, is going to have a good drink selection. But it also has a creative menu, with everything from barstool classics — mozzarella sticks and club sandwiches — to Latin American specialties — plantain chips and skirt steaks. Happy hour buffet, too. ¢-$

Cock N’ Bull Shandon: 326 S. Edisto, 251-4474 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m; Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m.3 p.m. (bar open later) The Cock N’ Bull is an English-style pub with soccer (football) matches a-plenty on the tube. Pub

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 489 Piney Grove Rd., 731-0403

Delaney’s Five Points: 741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Irish pub with 27 beers on tap and variety of food, including Irish and American favorites. Live acoustic and Celtic music Tuesday through Saturday and trivia on Sundays. delaneyspub.com. ¢.

Flying Saucer Vista: 931 Senate St., 933-9997 Mon 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Tue-Wed 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun noon-midnight The Saucer operates according to the moreis-better principle — unless, of course, you’re talking about the waitresses, who deliver the high-end pints and mammoth soft pretzels in knee socks and fig leaves. Seriously: the palate may focus on the endless beer list, the enormous sandwiches, even the pizza by the slice, but the eyes — a lot of them, anyway — leer elsewhere. beerknurd.com. ¢.

Group Therapy Five Points: 2107 Greene St., 256-1203 Bar: Mon-Fri 4:30 p.m.-until; Sat-Sun 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Kitchen: Sat-Wed 7 p.m.-3 a.m.; Thu-Fri 7 p.m.-4 a.m. This bar, a longtime Columbia favorite, has upgraded its menu with deluxe salads, Tex-Mex, wings, burgers, sandwiches (including a tasty Philly cheesesteak) and platters. Offers free delivery downtown and is open very, very late. grouptherapybar.com. ¢.

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Señor O’Malley’s

The Whig

Five Points: 715 Harden St., 733-5471 The tacos at this Irish pub-slash-taco-shack are much better than they have to be — you’d probably go anyway, just for the chill atmosphere and tasty draft beers. While you won’t get any fusion dishes, the shepherd’s pie and the nachos are each great in their own right. ¢.

Downtown: 1200 Main St., 931-8852

Sporting News Bar and Grill West Columbia/Cayce: 110 McSwain Dr., 391-4002 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the Holiday Inn and Suites, this bar and restaurant has plenty of TVs and plenty of American menu classics.¢-$

Tap Room Shandon/Rosewood: 2910 Rosewood Drive, 988-0063 Mon-Sat 4 p.m.-midnight In the heart of Rosewood you’ll find 30 beers on tap, plus plenty of bar food to satisfy the appetite all that beer drinking will stir up: burgers, wings and pizzas, plus sandwiches from the Fifth Avenue Deli right upstairs. ¢

Tap’s Pub Northeast: 104-B Columbia NE Dr., 699-4657 Mon-Sat 3 p.m.-2 a.m. This patriotically themed pub offers entrees like Italian chicken giambotta or Appian Way pork chops in addition to pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads, soups, wings and appetizers. ¢.

Thirsty Fellow Vista: 621 Gadsden St, 799-1311

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Hemingway’s

Polliwog’s

Harbison/Irmo: 7467 St. Andrews Rd., 749-6020

Northeast: 10005 Two Notch Rd., 736-5775

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-12 a.m. (bar open later); Sun 12 p.m.-12 a.m. Serves 25 different sandwiches, as well as buffalo wings. Casual atmosphere befriends the T-shirt & suits alike. Daily lunch specials. myspace.com/ hemingways_sc. ¢.

Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. You’ll find familiar choices at this state-of-the-art sports bar, including burgers and sandwiches, chicken fingers, wraps, appetizers, salads and wings — all presented with a green, local focus. polliwogsc.com. ¢-$

Henry’s Grill & Bar

Pour House

Shandon: 2865 Devine St., 708-4705

Five Points: 800 Harden St., 931-3033

Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5 pm.-until; Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 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. ¢-$

Tue-Sat 8 p.m.-2 a.m. A fun and relaxing place to hang out with friends and catch the game on any number of widescreen TVs. Drink specials, pub food and more. myspace.com/pourhousebar.

Karl’s Korner Pool Room & Tavern West Columbia/Cayce: 1800 Memorial Dr., 791-1772 Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 4 p.m.-midnight As you can guess from the name, Karl’s Korner is all about the pool, with leagues and tournaments happening all the time. Of course, when you’re hungry after scratching the eight-ball, they can settle your stomach right down with your basic bar food specials. Burger, anyone? ¢

Kelly’s Vista: 1001 Washington St., 254-4464 Mon-Fri 3 p.m.-until; Sat-Sun 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Offers pizza, jerk wings and a variety of baskets. Full bar features beer buckets, drink specials and Long Island Iced Tea specials. Lively regular crowd and outgoing staff makes Kelly’s a cut above. Catering available and private parties welcome. facebook.com/kellyspubcolumbiasc. ¢

Lucky’s Five Points: 2100 Devine St., 929-1118 Mon-Sun 6 p.m.-until; Tues-Sat 4 p.m.-until Lucky’s offers the style and sensibility of The Vista in the heart of Five Points. Offers daily drink specials, wine by the glass plus burgers, fries, appetizers and more. ¢.

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The Puddlin’ Duck Northeast: 108 Columbia Northeast Dr., 865-2859 Tue-Sat 4 p.m.-until Variety of great beers on tap, including classics such as Guinness Smithwick’s, Newcastle Brown and Harp, and traditional Irish pub food like Irish O’ Rings, Irish Pumpernick, McDag’s Irish Meatloaf and Corned Beef & Cabbage. Live music Wed-Fri. ¢.

Rusty Anchor Harbison/Irmo: 1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555 Wed-Sun 5-10:30 p.m. Quarterdeck: Mon-Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. Lakeside destination features all-you-can-eat seafood specials to go with generous chicken, steak, scallop, salmon and lobster offerings. Live music through the summer on one of the town’s best outdoor venues. rustyanchorrestaurant.com. $.

Salty Nut Café Five Points: 2000-A Greene St., 256-4611 This beloved Five Points bar and grill was firebombed in early 2012 and forced to close, but it’s set to reopen in early October. Here’s to peanut shells on the floor and those giant, tasty burgers. ¢-$

Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-midnight; Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.(Brunch 10 a.m.-2 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. Sunday brunch includes breakfast pizzas.

Tin Roof Vista: 1022 Senate St., 771-1558 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. In its quest to be a “bar that doesn’t serve bar food,” the Tin Roof lays out an impressive spread: spicy corn quesadillas, Cuban sandwiches, Greek salads and more — plus enough wings, cheese fries and jalapeño poppers to satisfy the barfood-craving masses. $

Tipsy Toad Tavern Harbison/Irmo: 103 Beaufort St. (Chapin), 932-4470 Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat 5 p.m.-2 a.m. The Tipsy Toad Tavern delivers on its effort to be a local pub in the most traditional sense while also acknowledging its proximity to Lake Murray with a seafood-heavy menu that far eclipses the entrees typical of what one normally associates with pub food. You won’t do better anywhere near this close to the lake for good food and beer. ¢-$.

TLC Sports Bar and Grill Downtown: 936 S. Stadium Rd., 251-3087 Mon-Tue 3 p.m.-until; Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-until; Sat 3 p.m.-until Fri 11 a.m.-4 a.m.; Sat 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Formerly called The Loose Cockaboose, this Gamecock bar is within a stone’s throw of Williams-Brice Stadium. Offers burgers, wings and other good grub for hungry fans. Great tailgating location before and after the game. Serves lunch weekdays. ¢.

Wet Willie’s Vista: 800 Gervais St., 779-5650 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Of course you know that Wet Willie’s is all about the daiquiris. But this self-described classic rock venue also is serious about the food, from ovenbaked seafood to appetizers, sandwiches and pizza. Also check out the rotating specials such as sausage-stuffed mushrooms and a half-pound pulled-pork sandwich. ¢.

Mon-Sun 4 p.m.-until Hip underground bar across from the State House serves pizzas, sweet potato fries, burgers and a mean grilled cheese sandwich. Also home of the infamous Taco Tuesdays, when beef or bean tacos are 75 cents apiece and the crowds are massive. $1 slices Mondays. ¢

The Woody Vista: 808 Lady St., 779-9663 Wed-Sat 6 p.m.-2 a.m. A nostalgic, throwback dance club owned and manned by Woody Windham, a Columbia DJ since 1960; accordingly, the menu features stuff like the Beach Billy Burger and Penny Loafer Quesadilla. Drink specials abound.

BBQ/Wings/Ribs 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings Truck: 622-6063 Creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed inside a chicken wing?! It’s true. Or jambalaya? Or an inside-out chicken parmigiana? All these delicacies and more can be yours: For locations and hours, follow the truck on Twitter at @2fat2flywings, check the calendar at 2fat2flywings.com or call the truck.¢

Big-T Bar-B-Que Gadsden: 2520 Congaree Rd., 353-0488 Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7535 Garners Ferry Rd., 776-7132 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Northeast: 1061 Sparkleberry Ln., 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 mustardbased sauce. The sides are first-rate. Friendly people, generous portions. Top it all off with some homemade chocolate cake. ¢.

Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels Truck: 957-1818 Smoked meats on homemade focaccia; cilantrolime coleslaw; grilled pimento cheese sandwiches on jalapeno cornbread — this is barbecue done fancy and right. For locations and hours, follow the truck on Twitter (@artisanbbqtruck) or visit artisanbbqtruck.com.

Carolina Wings & Rib House Vista: 600 Gervais St., 256-8844 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Bar open until midnight Thu-Sat.

Blythewood: 240 Blythewood Rd., 714-0181 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Lexington: 105 Northpoint Dr., 356-6244 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Northeast: 2000 Clemson Rd., 419-0022 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The restaurant delivers what its name promises — succulent baby back ribs and great wings, served with a wide variety of sauce options. Portions are generous and can be washed down with one of the many different beers offered. The Northeast location has a nice deck out back. carolinawings.com. ¢-$.

D’s on Beltline Forest Acres: 2005 Beltline Blvd., 787-2595 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Classic American steaks, ribs, wings and seafood are sure to please those seeking comfort foods. Walls are covered in interesting American memorabilia. Large open bar, daily specials, occasional live acoustic music and an extensive kids’ menu create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Serves 16 different wing sauces, as well as Cajun Creole pasta, Rocky Top Chicken, steamed seafood treats and certified Angus Sirloin. ¢.

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D’s Wings

John D. Hite’s

West Columbia/Cayce: 920 Axtell Dr. (Parkland Plaza), 791-4486

West Columbia/Cayce: 240 Dreher Rd., 794-4120

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Serves ribs, burgers, sandwiches and chicken fingers. Dinner options include marinated ribeye, fried shrimp and more. Also offers tailgating specials featuring wings, ribs, sandwiches, fruit and cheese. dswings.com. ¢.

Doc’s Barbeque and Southern Buffet Garners Ferry/Southeast: 1601 Shop Rd., 799-1532 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. First-rate barbecue buffet with stellar fried chicken. Also features delicious catfish bites. Order off the menu for tailgating or simply to take home some quality BBQ. docsbarbeque.com. ¢.

Hooters Harbison/Irmo: 5195 Fernandina Rd.;, 407-9464 Northeast: 7711 Two Notch Rd., 419-3456 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Home of the Hooters Girls ... you didn’t really think “Hooters” was referring to owls, did you? Beyond the buxom servers, Hooters is mostly known for its wings; the menu also includes sandwiches, hamburgers and seafood. hooters.com. ¢-$.

Hudson’s Smokehouse Lexington: 4952 Sunset Blvd., 356-1070 Wed-Thu 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 am.9:30 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. In a town full of barbecue joints, Hudson’s distinguishes itself with Cheerwine and a mean and lean tender brisket. Was spotlighted by Turner South as a Blue Ribbon Barbecue Joint. Offers mustard-based, ketchup-based and vinegar-and-pepper options as well as featuring music from three to four nights a week. hudsonssmokehouse.com. ¢.

Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Don’t let the plain cinder block building deter you. No-frills tasty pulled pork barbecue, roasted chicken, ribs and ham. Meats and the usual fixins available to go by the pound or the pint. Takeout only. ¢.

Little Pigs Northeast: 4927 Alpine Rd., 788-8238 Wed 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thu 11 p.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. littlepigs.biz. ¢.

Maurice’s Barbecue Downtown: 800 Elmwood Ave., 256-4377 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri -Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 1141 Lake Murray Blvd., 732-5555 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Lexington: 766 W. Main St., 359-8789 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Lexington: 1010 S. Lake Drive, 356-1909 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Northeast: 252 O’Neil Ct., 865-0608 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Northeast: 9563 Two Notch Rd., 462-0882 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 622 St. Andrews Rd., 772-6999 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri - Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 1600 Charleston Hwy., 796-0220 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 2450 Augusta Rd., 796-4777 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Maurice Bessinger finally pulled the Confederate flag down from some of his locations — citing the high costs of dry cleaning — but the flag still flies over the barbecue chain’s Lexington and West Columbia outposts. Serves fresh pork, ribs, beef and chicken pit-cooked over hickory coals and doused with Carolina Gold mustard-based sauce. mauricesbbq.com. ¢.

Palmetto Pig Downtown: 530 Devine St., 733-2556 Tue-Wed 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. All-you-can-eat buffet featuring pulled pork barbecue, hash, green beans, slaw and crispy fried chicken. A great downtown option if you’re craving Shealy’s but don’t want to drive so far. Be sure to arrive early or late to beat the rush. Discount available for USC students. palmettopig.com. ¢.

Publick House Shandon: 2307 Devine St., 256-2207 Mon-Sun 4 p.m.-until (kitchen until midnight SunThu, 1 a.m. Fri-Sat) This restaurant and bar is a Devine Street icon, and rightfully so. Offers billiards and wide range of beers on tap, as well as several wing flavors, including three types of buffalo style and honey mustard, teriyaki, barbecue, pterodactyl, garlic butter and buttery barbecue. Salads, burgers and pasta round out the menu. Irish music on Sundays a plus. myspace.com/publickhouse. ¢.

RB’s Bodacious Bistro Downtown: 1901 Main St., 251-0303 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Surprisingly smoky, down-home pulled pork wonderfulness tucked away inside a straightlaced bank tower. The macaroni and cheese is splendid. Includes wraps, pimento cheese sandwiches, burgers and other lunch items. Serves real breakfast, too — eggs, biscuits, hash browns and more. ¢-$

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Shealy’s Bar-B-Que House Leesville: 340 E. Columbia Ave., 532-8135 Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Carry Out 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat breakfast buffet 7-9:30 a.m. More than 40 amazing buffet items. The pork is lovingly pulled from slow-cooked whole hogs and served with a thick and tangy mustard sauce. Widely considered the best barbecue place in the entire state, maybe the country. Every bit worth the drive from town, or have them cater if you want your event to be remembered. shealysbbq.com. ¢.

True BBQ West Columbia-Cayce: 1237 D Ave., 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 and Sexy Lady sauce.

WG’s Chicken Wings St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 736 St. Andrews Rd., 772-1489 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Several flavors of wings, including dry-seasoned flavors, along with salads, sandwiches and appetizers in a family atmosphere. Lounge area for 21 and older. wgschickenwings.com. ¢.

Wild Wing Café The Vista: 729 Lady St., 252-9464 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 100150 Bower Pkwy., 749-9464 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight, Thu-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Northeast: 480 Town Center Place, 865-3365 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight, Thu-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m. First opened in Hilton Head, Wild Wing has become a national chain on the strength of its 30plus wing flavors like Jalapeno Cheddar and Old Yeller. The overwhelming menu also offers appetizers like its Hot Shots in addition to soups,

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and burgers and oven-baked pizzas. Try the sashimi tuna appetizer and, if you’re man enough, the 32-oz. Big Sky Porterhouse. More beer specials than anyone in town mean Copper River always has a lively evening crowd almost any day of the week. copperrivergrill.com. $.

Cotton Grill Lexington: 711 East Main St., 957-1996 Tue-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-close; Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Classy dining — fresh fish, steaks and more — in a converted mill on Lexington’s scenic mill pond. $

Goatfeathers Five Points: 2017 Devine St., 256-3325

Wing Zone Downtown: 132 Assembly St., 933-9464 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun noon-1 a.m. Wings are the reason they’re in business, and they specialize in delivering to hungry USC students late. More flavors than you can shake a stick at as well as chicken fingers, buffalo shrimp and sides. wingzone.com. ¢.

Wings & Ale St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 125-C Outlet Pointe Blvd., 750-1600 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Family atmosphere, live entertainment and wings. Features jukebox, pool tables, sporting events on large-projection TV and many other big-screen TVs. Live entertainment steers toward the classic rock crowd. Never a cover charge. scwingsandale.com. ¢

Bistro/ New American @116 Espresso & Wine Bar West Columbia/Cayce: 116 State St., 791-5663 Tue-Thurs 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat 10 a.m.-midnight; Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Combine a coffee shop atmosphere with great wine and food, and you have @116 on State Street. Fresh-baked pastries and homemade soups accompany coffee-spiced steak, pizzas and empanadas. A Sunday brunch features omelets, sweet potato pancakes and more. Also has Spanish wines, great sangria, martinis and a White Russian drinks menu. ¢-$. Did we list a restaurant that has closed? Did we overlook your favorite place? Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

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Harbison/Irmo: 502 Lexington Ave., Chapin, 941-7003 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thurs-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m. Located a bit past Irmo in Chapin, this eatery serves a variety of American and Italian favorites, from crab cakes to pizzas to chicken marsala. $

Café Caturra Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Drive, 782-0760 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. This trendy wine bar, part of a Southeastern chain, features bistro fare like the warm crab wraps, plus pizzas, pastas, soups, salads. Check out the variety of crostini and the cheese-andcharcuterie plate on the appetizer menu. $

Cellar on Greene

Kitchen: Sun-Wed 5:30-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat 5:30-10 p.m. Bar: Mon-Sun 4 p.m.- until With a focus on select wine and spirits, a sophisticated menu and a casual elegance at odds with nearby Five Points meat markets, Goats is a local institution that strays far from the collegiate herd. Whether you fall in with the philosophers at the big round table, opt for a candle-lit booth or hit the bar for an expertly mixed cocktail, the grown-up vibe is never fratty, if frequently fraternal. $.

Hampton Street Vineyard Downtown: 1201 Hampton St., 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, hand-cut steaks, lamb, duck, veal, accommodating and professional service all taking place in an urban cool space below the sidewalk in the historic Sylvan Building. hamptonstreetvineyard.com. ¢-$$.

Melting Pot St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1410 Colonial Life Blvd., 731-8500 Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri 5-11 p.m.; Sat 4-11 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-10 p.m. High-quality fondue with a variety of sauces and dipping items. Signature dipping entrees include teriyaki sirloin, filet mignon, lobster tail and chicken breast. Dessert fondues like Bailey’s Irish Cream Dream, Chocolate S’mores or Cookies ‘n Cream Marshmallow Dream are particularly decadent. meltingpot.com. $$.

Five Points: 2001D Greene Street, 343-3303

MoMo’s Bistro

Tues-Thurs 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Shop open Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) Part wine shop, part tapas bar, the Cellar on Greene is the place to go for wines by the half- and full-glass or bottle and an ever-changing menu of Continental, Mediterranean, and bistro-style dishes: seafood and steaks, salads, hummus, pizzas, pastas and more. The truffle-parmesan raw fries are exceptional.

Shandon/Rosewood: 2930 Devine St., 252-2700

Cola’s American Cooking

Mon 5:30-10 p.m.; Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Got a hankering for some ostrich? MoMo’s upscale but comfy dining room offers exotic meats like kangaroo and ostrich, plus classic meat and seafood specials and lighter fare. Sunday brunches offer a combination of classics and cooler stuff.

Downtown: 1215 Assembly St., 451-0051

Motor Supply Co.

Mon-Thu 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30-11 p.m. American bistro with diverse influences includes menu items like bacon-wrapped polenta fries, grilled grouper and braised short ribs. $$

Vista: 920 Gervais St., 256-6687

Copper River Grill Harbison/Irmo: 1230 Bower Parkway, 749-4647 Sun-Thu 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. (bar until 2 a.m. weekends) Specializes in a little bit of everything — grilled seafood, chicken and steak dishes, sandwiches

Mon-Sun 5-10 a.m. Located inside the downtown Sheraton lobby, P.O.S.H. serves up breakfast seven days a week. $.

Mon-Sat 5-11 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. saludas.com. $$.

Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat 5:30-10:30 p.m. The award-winning bistro Mr. Friendly’s is tucked into the side of Claussen’s Inn. This popular little bistro serves “good, old fashioned, New Southern Cuisine” at very reasonable prices. In addition to its daily menu, Mr. Friendly’s offers innovative nightly specials. mrfriendlys.com. $-$$.

Ava’s Copper Pot Bistro

Downtown: 1400 Main St., 988-1400

Columbia: 630 Assembly Street, 799-7800

Five Points: 2001-A Greene St., 254-7828

salads, wraps, ribs, skewers, sandwiches and a variety of platters. wildwingcafe.com. ¢.

P.O.S.H.

Saluda’s

Mr. Friendly’s

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Downtown: 1221 Main St., 563-5066 Opens late September on the ground floor of the Main and Gervais office tower, right across from the State House. theoaktablesc.com

Courtyard Café by Marriott at USC Breakfast only: Mon-Sun 6:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Eggs, sausage, bacon, pastries, cereal. $.

Mr. Friendly’s

Oak Table

Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. An early pioneer of dining in the Vista 20 years ago, Motor Supply’s eclectic menu reflects a classic bistro mentality and changes every day and every night. Upbeat, cosmopolitan atmosphere and excellent food with a focus on fresh, local produce and artisanal techniques. Especially popular for Sunday brunch. motorsupplycobistro.com. $-$$.

Five Points: 751 Saluda Ave., 799-9500

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar Northeast: 841 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-6966 Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Mon-Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 5:3010:30 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 with such dishes as seared diver scallops, beef tartare, in-house brined pork chops, South Carolina seafood and hand-cut steaks. Extensive wine list and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere. solsticekitchen.com. $-$$.

Stonefire American Grill Northeast: 566 Spears Creek Church Rd., 419-2332 Mon-Sat 4-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) Upscale American classics — steakhouse-style burgers, prime rib, roasted chicken, grilled samon and even a classic New England lobster roll — are joined by Southern favorites like fried green tomatoes and Lowcountry crab cakes. stonefireamericangrill.com $-$$

Terra West Columbia/Cayce: 100 State St., 791-3443 Tue-Sat 5 p.m.-until Winner of a 2007 Wine Spectator Award for Excellence, this upscale Vista West spot offers quality pours to match its tasty victuals. Featuring dishes like Pan Seared Triggerfish, Trout Meuniere Amandine and Braised Lamb Shoulder, the menu is artful and impressive. And if you can’t afford to put high culinary art on your plate, the brick oven pizzas, at $10 apiece, are a true and delicious bargain. terrasc.com. $$.

Tombo Grille Forest Acres: 4517 Forest Dr., 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.) Features fine wine, great appetizers, pasta, unique entrees (such as the Tombo Rito) and nightly specials. Run by the same owner as Motor Supply Co. and with a menu crafted by Motor’s executive chef Tim Peters, Tombo offers amazingly well crafted dinners, from Crispy Roasted Duckling, Flatiron Steak to Carpaccio of Beef Tenderloin and Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels. You can’t go wrong here. Menu changes to reflect seasonal offerings. Live entertainment Wednesdays and Saturdays. tombogrille.com. $.

BrewPub Hunter-Gatherer Downtown: 900 Main St., 748-0540 Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 4-11 p.m. Serving excellent hand-crafted ales since 1995, Hunter-Gatherer’s food is as good as its beer, with nightly gourmet specials to complement such local favorites as the Black Bean Dip. Specialty pizzas are popular, as are the burgers and sandwiches. A favorite spot for university types, hipsters and jazz lovers, who come out in force on Thursdays for Skipp Pearson. Also offers halfgallon growlers so you can take the good stuff home. ¢-$.

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Café/Coffee House @116 Express Shandon/Rosewood: 2712 Devine St., 748-9946 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tucked inside Salty’s Board Shop, this satellite location of the beloved @116 State offers gelato, coffee and pastries to passing Shandonistas. ¢

The Big Ugly Vista: 931 Senate St., 834-5496 Tue-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m. This Vista bar serves up Cajun-dusted bar food, from crawfish etouffee to fried green tomatoes. Salads, soups and sandwiches join fresh fish entrees, burgers, wings and gumbo — not to mention the warm cinnamon pound cake, which would go equally well with milk or a Sazerac.

Café Strudel West Columbia/Cayce: 300 State St., 794-6634 Mon-Wed 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 8:30 a.m.10:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Now open in a new, larger location mere blocks away, this Vista West café has as much fun naming its dishes (Hangover Hashbrowns, Heart Attack Wrap) as it does hand-crafting its desserts and breads. The casual, Bohemian style restaurant offers soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items and coffees. Also hosts a legendary Sunday brunch. cafestrudel.com. ¢.

Café Chartier Lexington: 711 E. Main St., 951-8944 Mon-Wed 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thu-Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Coffee, yes, but also breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, from the sopaipilla cheesecake danish to the turkey avocado wrap to the chicken pesto pizza. ¢-$

Carolina Café & Catering

The Gourmet Shop

Downtown: 945 Sumter St. (corner of Sumter and Pendleton), 799-6676

Five Points: 724 Saluda Ave., 799-3705

Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Primarily a sandwich and bagel shop that serves breakfast and lunch all day. Menu includes homemade chicken, tuna and egg salad sandwiches as well as such classics as reubens, clubs and melts alongside salads and hot and cold specialty drinks. Catering available seven days a week including boxed lunches and catered trays. Free delivery to downtown and campus. carolinacafeandcatering.com. ¢.

College Grounds Café Downtown: 1217 College St., 708-9476 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Think of it as the younger sister to established upstairs coffeehouse Cool Beans: College Grounds Cafe 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 Downtown: 1217 College St., 779-4277 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-midnight Serves fresh sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. Large selection of coffee drinks, including the Perfect Woman and Holy Mocha. Near campus. ¢.

Drip Coffee Five Points: 729 Saluda Ave., 661-9545 Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-6 p.m. An independent coffee shop in Five Points? Yes please. Specializing in the pour-over — a method that’s said to produce the clearest-tasting, most perfect coffee around — this coffee shop also sells creative breakfast and lunch sandwiches and delectable pastries. Free Wi-Fi, too.¢-$

Kitchen: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Shop: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A Five Points icon because of its coveted sidewalk seating and signature dishes that include the chicken salad and the turkey pesto. The store offers coffees, wines, breads, kitchen gadgets and more. thegourmetshop.net. ¢-$.

Immaculate Consumption Downtown: 933 Main St., 799-9053 Breakfast: Mon-Fri 7:30-10:30 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (coffee until 6 p.m.) In addition to several different coffees and beer, this coffee shop next to the Nickelodeon serves a wide range of sandwiches and fresh salads that folks rave about. ¢.

Jamestown Coffee Company Lexington: 5166-H Sunset Blvd., 356-1300 Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-8:30 p.m. Locally roasted coffee and a cozy setting make this coffee shop a Lexington favorite. Rotating assortment of bagel sandwiches. Also offers a private 22-seat meeting room. ¢

Starbucks Five Points: 747 Saluda Ave., 779-1082 Mon-Thu 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 743-4350 Mon-Thu 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri 5:30 a.m.-11:30 pm; Sat 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 6080 Garners Ferry Rd., 695-0115 Mon-Thu 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 100 Columbiana Circle

(Columbiana Centre), 749-4557 Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun noon-7 p.m.

Northeast: 480-6 Forum Dr., 462-3352 (Village at Sandhill) Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Sun 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Northeast: 163-8 Forum Dr., 736-3412 (Village at Sandhill) Mon-Thu 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Vista: 831 Gervais St., 779-3484 Mon-Thu 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-midnight; Sun 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Honestly, is there anybody out there who doesn’t already know about this place? Either you’re a devoted zealot in the crusade for super-strong Seattle lattes and bizarro cup-sizing, or you think Starbucks is the Evil Empire. Moving on … starbucks.com. ¢.

Cajun J. Gumbo’s Downtown: 1401 Sumter St., 748-8878 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Serving up lunchtime Cajun fare downtown, this chain eatery boasts an array of classic Louisiana dishes: jambalaya, étouffée, bumblebee stew and red beans and rice, plus po’ boys, wraps and an array of sides. Gluten-free and vegetarian items are noted on the menu. ¢

Mudbone’s Swamp Shack Harbison/Irmo: 7949 Broad River Rd., 749-3004 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mudbone’s offers Cajun and Creole food and a bunch of seafood favorites, from fried catfish nuggets to gator tail to chicken-sausage gumbo. We hear the jambalaya pasta is quite special. ¢-$

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Caribbean/ Latin Mojitos Tropical Café Vista: 1004 Gervais St., 779-1717 Mon 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tues-Fri 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m. Swanky Cuban/Caribbean restaurant featuring everything from beans and rice to pulled pork and fried plantains. The classic Cubano — a sandwich filled with pulled pork, ham and mustard — is delightful; and if you’re not into pork, there are other versions of the Cubano as well: a portobello mushroom version for the vegetarians, a chicken version and more. Dessert and drink menus, plus a bar.

Tainos St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 4545 Broad River Rd., 834-3766 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. The menu is packed with Caribbean classics like empañadas (savory turnovers filled with, in this case, seasoned beef or shrimp), mofongo (fried plantains mashed together with lots of good stuff) and more flank steak than you can shake a black bean at. Full beer, wine and liquor menu.

Taste of Jamaica Café & Lounge Forest Acres: 3123 N Beltline Blvd., 256-9050 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oxtail, curry goat, fried plantains — in short, Jamaican favorites, appropriately located in Columbia’s international district.

Chinese China Buffet Sushi and Bar Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4464 Devine St., Suite E (Bi Lo Shopping Center), 787-8898 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Elegant Chinese buffet with more than 100 items daily, including sushi and sashimi. Features crab legs on Fridays and Saturdays. ¢.

Columbiana Super Buffet Harbison/Irmo: 285 Columbiana Dr., 781-8841 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.10:30 p.m. What can you say other than it’s a loaded Chinese buffet with all the fixins in the Columbiana Mall area, convenient to both the mall and theater if you find yourself there and craving some good lo mein, teriyaki chicken or moo goo gai pan. ¢.

Rosewood: 2800 Rosewood Dr., Suite D, 251-8990 Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Cheap, speedy, delicious Chinese takeout. Popular with the college set, especially on game days, what with the stadium so close. The mu shu pancakes are a good bet. ¢

Sun Ming Harbison/Irmo: 7509 St. Andrews Rd., 732-4488 Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. For the most authentic Chinese dining in the Midlands, order off the traditional Chiense menu, which features such dishes as chicken feet with black mushrooms or spicy chicken ding. On the other hand, also offers plenty of orange chicken and beef-and-broccoli to satisfy all your ChineseAmerican desires. $

Tea Pot Chinese Restaurant West Columbia/Cayce: 829 Knox Abbott Dr., 796-7136 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat noon-11 p.m.; Sun noon-10:30 p.m. Everything you could want in a Chinese restaurant excluding a buffet. Try the Hunan-style Crispy Scallops, the Fisherman’s Catch or any one of a bevy of combination and special dinners. Dine in, takeout and delivery available. teapot-columbia.com ¢.

Top China Buffet St. Andrews/Dutch Square: Corner of Broad River and St. Andrews Roads, 750-2299 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Offers all your favorite Chinese staples, from egg rolls, spring rolls and fried or steamed dumplings to Sesame Shrimp, General Tso’s Chicken and Pepper Steak. And you can top it all off with those addictive little Chinese donuts. ¢.

Yummy Yummy Chinese Restaurant Forest Acres: 4600 Forest Dr., 790-9979

Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m.

Northeast: 3902 Two Notch Rd., 714-9922

Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Szechwan and Cantonese offerings with a special section for dieters. ¢.

Deli Andy’s Deli Five Points: 2005 Greene St., 799-2639

Egg Roll Station

Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Serving a range of hot and cold deli sandwiches plus salads, this Five Points mainstay enjoys a well-deserved reputation for prompt service and consistent quality. No matter how long the lunch line appears, the food never fails to arrive promptly and satisfy completely. Andy’s Special, which features roast beef, turkey and bacon bits on a hoagie roll, and which comes with that tantalizingly tangy dip, ought to qualify as the official sandwich of the Midlands. Thank you my friend, indeed. ¢.

West Columbia/Cayce: 135 Sunset Blvd., 7914060

Beezer’s

Egg Roll Chen Shandon: 715 Crowson Rd., 787-6820 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. A longtime Columbia favorite, packed at the dinner hour with everyone from lawyers to construction workers, Eggroll Chen makes fresh Chinese favorites to order: Spicy Taiwan Beef, Hot & Nutty Chicken, perfect lo mein and the famous Mamasan’s Beef Noodle Soup. eggrollchen.com. ¢.

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Beloved by generations of Columbians, Egg Roll Station prepares inexpensive, fresh ChineseAmerican standards to order while you watch. Go Cocks; go E’Rolls. ¢.

Hong Kong Downtown: 1211 Taylor St., 779-6689 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m. Affordable lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. plus a large a la carte and combination menu. Delivery available for a $10 minimum. ¢.

Jin’s Hibachi & Chinese Northeast: 4435 Hardscrabble Rd., 788-3339 Tues-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Serving Hibachi lunch and dinners, Jin’s also features a full Chinese menu with everything you’d expect, including specialties and combinations. ¢-$.

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Main Moon

Downtown: 919-B Sumter St., 771-7771 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Sandwiches like the T-Bird, the Godfather and the Rebel Rouser have become mainstays for any self-respecting college student or budget-conscious diner. New on the menu are Wheat Wraps and a Big Bear Cheesesteak. ¢.

Blimpie Subs & Salads Lexington: 815 N. Lake Dr., 808-9710 Mon-Sat 6 a.m.-7 p.m

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 422-B Bush River Rd. 772-3735 Mon-Tue 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Offering hot and cold selections like the Steak & Onion Melt, the Tuna Melt, the Ultimate Club, and the VegiMax. Its signature sandwich is the Blimpie Best with ham, salami, cappacola, prosciuttini and provolone. Also offers wraps and carb-friendly items. ¢. blimpie.com.

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Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop Lexington: 108-D S. Church St., 808-6004 Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Touting sandwiches and food like grandma used to make, here you’ll find an assortment of reasonably priced sandwich baskets and salads, homemade soups and breakfast entrées. ¢.

Crossings Deli Northeast: 8604 Farrow Rd. Suite F, 736-4446 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Railroad-themed deli serves up the classics — reubens, pimento cheese sandwiches, meatball subs, tuna melts and homemade soups — to legions of office-dwelling BlueCross and Carolina Research Park employees. Try adding grilled chicken to the deliciously feta-laden Greek Delight pita. $

The Deli Lexington: 821-F East Main St., 957-3120 Mon 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Established in 1985, The Deli offers subs like the Hungry Man (pepper steak) and the Big Cheese alongside deli sandwiches like pastrami or corned beef on rye. lexdeli.com. ¢.

DiPrato’s Delicatessen Five Points: 342 Pickens St., 779-0606 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Brunch Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) A stone’s throw from Maxcy Gregg park, DiPrato’s brings a New York attitude to its gourmet deli selections. Choose from its 17 signature sandwiches, build your own or explore the paninis and salads. The menu also offers 10-12 dinner entrées, including crab cakes and salmon. dipratos.com. ¢-$.

DL McLaughlin’s Harbison/Irmo: 10400 Broad River Rd., 732-4109 Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri 10:30 a.m-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. The sign by the highway at this stop-off en route to or from the lake boasts about the Philly cheese steaks — and rightfully so. Brought to you by the former owners of the popular Sub Cabin, its Philly

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sandwiches are second to none. Remodeled to include an outdoor seating area. Also serves subs, wings, pizza and French fries cooked in peanut oil. ¢-$.

European Mini Market West Columbia-Cayce: 515 Meeting St., 939-7088 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-3 p.m. Carries specialty prepared foods from Eastern Europe, Germany, Russia and more.

Fifth Avenue Deli

THU

Shandon: 2910 Rosewood Dr., 988-0063 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Gourmet deli offers soups, sandwiches, salads and ice cream. Highlights include the The Big Rosewood, the Shandon Club, a Tomato Melt with Boursin and Swiss cheeses and a Pesto Turkey sandwich. 5thavenuedeli.com. ¢.

Firehouse Subs Downtown: 633 Main St., 733-9836 Lexington: 109 Old Chapin Rd., 957-1100 Northeast: 10136 Two Notch Rd., 419-8161

Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Fire station-themed deli featuring enticing hot and cold selections and combos. Soups, salads and a children’s menu are also available. firehousesubs.com. ¢.

Garden Bistro

SAT

Vista: 923 Gervais St., 933-9085 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Garden Bistro is a healthy and delicious downtown lunch option, offering an eclectic menu of soups, salads, wraps and specialty sandwiches. gardenbistrosc.com. ¢.

Garden Deli West Columbia/Cayce: 134 1/2 State St., 708-6066 Mon-Sun 5 p.m.-2 a.m. When it’s late at night and the craving for food strikes, Garden Deli is where to turn. Not only does the deli serve beer, wine and sake, it’ll also deliver within five miles. Menu includes healthier choices like pita pizzas and sandwiches, plus wings. ¢

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Green Fork Vista: 211 Gervais St., 779-3100 Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grab a bite to eat while visiting EdVenture, the world-class children’s museum. The menu focuses on healthy eating choices with options like grilled chicken wraps, salads, veggie and fruit cups and yogurt with granola. ¢

Groucho’s Blythewood: 730 University Village Dr., 754-4509 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Five Points: 611 Harden St., 799-5708 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Forest Acres: 4717 Forest Dr., 790-0801 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 800 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4515 Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington: 117 1/2 East Main St., 356-8800 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 2265 Sunset Blvd., 796-7826 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Open since 1941, Groucho’s uses only the highest quality ingredients and is the premiere lunchtime meeting place of students and business people of Columbia. The Apollo and the STP Dippers are locally famous for good reason. grouchos.com. ¢.

Hampton Place Café Downtown: 1230 Hampton St., 254-5847 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Local favorite lunch spot with upscale sandwiches and salads and fantastic outdoor seating. Try the spinach and mushroom or crab quiche, go for a hearty soup or brave the crabwich, a crab salad sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese. You won’t go wrong with anything off the menu, and the sandwiches all are among the biggest around, meaning you’ll never leave hungry. hamptonplacecafe.com. ¢.

Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm • Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-9pm & Fri-Sat 5pm-9:30pm

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Honey Baked Ham Forest Acres: 7451 Two Notch Rd., 782-4267 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Honey Baked Ham serves hardwood-smoked, honey-spiced spiral-cut ham and turkey. Takeout box lunch includes a sandwich, cookie, drink and chips. heavenlyham.com. ¢.

Jason’s Deli Vista: 823 Gervais St., 540-1973 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Billing itself as a healthy lunch chain, Jason’s Deli offers the standard assortment of sandwiches, wraps and salads, but with plenty of gluten-free options and extensive nutritional information available.

Jersey Mike’s Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4717 Devine St., 787-0945 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 7241 Broad River Rd., 749-3022 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 1720 Sunset Blvd., 796-1126 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. This sub shop sailed in from the Jersey Shore, where the chain started in 1956. It offers the usual cold sub choices plus hot options like the Meatball & Cheese, the Philly cheesesteak and the Bar-B-Que Beef Sub. jerseymikes.com. ¢.

Jimmy Johns Five Points: 2015 Devine St., 806-8282 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (summer hours)

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 5910 Garner’s Ferry Rd., Ste. B, 695-3278 Mon-Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Vista: 715 Gervais St., 933-9595 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Chain serving subs, clubs and their meat-heavy signature sandwich, The J.J. Gargantuan. Subs on French bread, clubs available on whole wheat.

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Atypical vegetarian toppings include avocado, cucumber and sprouts. Delivery available for a modest charge. ¢.

McAlister’s Deli Forest Acres: 4710-A Forest Dr., 790-5995 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 300 Columbiana Dr., 781-4550 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Lexington: 5175 Sunset Blvd., 951-3332 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 119 Sparkleberry Ln., 788-7600 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Specializing in gigantic spuds, signature gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and sweet tea. mcalistersdeli.com. ¢.

Nathan’s Restaurant Downtown: 1840 Hampton St., 254-0484 Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Delivering breakfast and lunch to downtown businesses since 1991. Features breakfast menu that includes the traditional items but also adds such items as corned beef hash, liver pudding and fried flounder. Lunch menu heavy on sandwiches and salads, though a meat-and-three option is available. ¢.

No Name Deli Downtown: 2042 Marion St., 252-0480 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This popular downtown lunch spot is anything but anonymous. Grab a tray and line up for sandwiches (hot or cold), salads and homemade soup. Pay at the register when you get your food, though be sure to bring cash or a check, no cards. Separate counter for to-go order pickup helps long lines disappear quickly. ¢.

Pita Pit Downtown: 2002 A Greene St., 799-4557

Swanson’s Deli Downtown: 1332 Main St., 343-3253 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Deli catering to downtown lunch crowd. Located inside the historic Arcade building, the art-filled space offers an array of specialty sandwiches, including Swanson’s signature Main St. Club, as well as specials like chili. swansonsdeli.com. ¢.

Which Wich? Downtown: 928 S. Main St., 343-3317 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 1230 1 Bower Pkwy, 407-4222 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 494-1 Town Center Place, 227-2782 Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. As the name implies, this place is all about the sandwich, with more than 50 from which to choose. Categories are simple: turkey, chicken, ham and pork, beef, vegetarian, Itaian, “classics” and even seafood. Also serves breakfast sandwiches, “kidswiches” and cookies, shakes and malts. whichwich.com. ¢.

Zoe’s Kitchen Forest Acres: 4855 Forest Dr., 782-1212 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Downtown: 1320 Main St., 771-0122 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Specializes in garden fresh, healthy sandwiches, salads, hot plates and soups. Also offers catering and delivery service. zoeskitchen.com. ¢.

Dessert Forest Acres: 4711 Forest Dr., 782-0731 Northeast: 9920 Two Notch Rd., 788-7755 Sun-Thu noon-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m. With more than 4,500 locations, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest ice cream chain. Though everyone knows about the 31 flavors, it actually rotates some 100 flavors each year and possess an arsenal of a whopping 1,000 flavors overall. Oh yeah, and the ice cream cakes are second to none. baskinrobbins.com. ¢.

Roly Poly Sandwiches

Blue Flour

Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5 p.m. With an inventive menu of hot and cold handrolled sandwiches (wraps), including but not limited to Basil Cashew Chicken, Key West Cuban Mix, Thai Hot Tuna, Delhi Chicken and Philly Melt and Pepper Steak, Roly Poly is challenging the notion that hoagies are humdrum. rolypoly.com. ¢.

Sammi’s Deli Five Points: 2009 Greene St., 256-7763 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Shandon/Rosewood: 506 Beltline Blvd., 782-4662 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Downtown: 1621-A Main St., 255-0001 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sammi’s has been a family tradition since 1925 and has been a staple of USC undergradates for decades thanks to its original Philly cheesesteaks, gyros, salads and cold subs. Vegetarian gyros and falafels available. Eat in, carry out or delivery. sammisdelionline.com. ¢.

Steve’s #1 Sub Contractor West Columbia/Cayce: 1471 Platt Springs Rd., 791-9222 West Columbia/Cayce: 748 Main St. (S. Congaree), 755-7470 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Great local sub place — why go corporate when you can get local that’s even better? Serving Columbians since 1980. ¢.

Sub Station II West Columbia/Cayce: 503 Knox Abbott Dr., 791-8693 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun noon-8 p.m. Subs and salads prepared fresh before your eyes. Atkins-friendly. Twelve Midlands locations from which to choose. substationii.com. ¢.

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Good home cooking for breakfast, lunch and supper that’s a great value!

Baskin-Robbins

Mon-Wed 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 a.m.; Thu-Sat 10:30 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun noon-1 a.m. Pita Pit serves low fat, cholesterol-free bread packed with vegetables and meat or vegetarian toppings. Offers delivery and stays open extremely late for those late night munchies. pitapitusa.com. ¢.

Downtown: 1202 Sumter St., 252-1081

BREAKFAST • LUNCH • SUPPER ———————————————

Harbison/Irmo: 7703 St. Andrews Rd., 407-3603 Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 p.m.-3 p.m. Want a huge, delicious cookie? Of course you do. Blue Flour bakes up new versions each day. Also on the menu: quiches, muffins, cupcakes, coffeecakes, crumbles, plus fresh cold milk and fresh brewed coffee. ¢

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Harbison/Irmo: 378 Columbiana Dr., 407-5904 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Northeast: 202 Grace’s Way, 419-8889 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. A popular Pennsylvania-based chain that makes all their ice cream locally in-store. Popular flavors include Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Peanut Cookie Dough ice cream. Offers waffle cones, sundaes, cakes and pies, shakes, smoothies and more. brusters.com. ¢.

Bubble Tea Café Harbison/Irmo: 1260-A6 Bower Prky., 781-7508 Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon- 8 p.m. The “bubbles” in bubble tea are big gummy beads of sweet tapioca — and the self-described bubble tea experts at this Harbison cafe will fix you up with one of their many flavors of the stuff.¢

Cold Stone Creamery

14 convenient locations to serve you! 10170 Two Notch Rd. (803) 419-5662

7942 Garners Ferry Rd. (803) 647-0095

2234 Sunset Blvd. (803) 794-0923

7620 Two Notch Rd. (803) 788-3088

402 Beltline Blvd. (803) 738-0006

1824 Broad River Rd. (803) 798-6427

3147 Forest Dr. (803) 787-8781

2240 Airport Blvd. (803) 796-7820

7569 St. Andrews Rd. (803) 732-1225

818 Elmwood Ave. (803) 779-6407

711-1 University Village Dr. (803) 451-8400

621 West Main St. (803) 951-3555

501 Knox Abbott Dr. (803) 791-0314

Lexington: 914-C N. Lake Dr., 951-2353 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. “The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience.” When you boast that, you better have the product to back it up, and Cold Stone does. Premium ice cream, yogurt and Italian sorbet is made fresh every day on site with an extensive choice of mix-in combinations. coldstonecreamery.com. ¢. Did we list a restaurant that has closed? Did we overlook your favorite place? Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

4616 Augusta Rd. (803) 785-5560

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right next door for some pastries or freshly baked bread. nonnahs.com. ¢-$.

Orange Leaf Five Points: 701-B Santee Ave., 771-2222 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Banana fro-yo! Wedding cake fro-yo! Pomegranate fro-yo! Cotton candy fro-yo! Gummi Bears! Chocolate syrup! Hooray! ¢

Paradise Ice Downtown: 1627 Main St., 251-3311 Sun-Thu noon-6 p.m., Fri-Sat noon-8 p.m. Fancy some Italian ice or handmade organic custard? How about a cup of locally roasted Turtle Creek coffee? Welcome to Paradise Ice.

Peanut Man Northeast: 471-11 Town Center Place, 419-0705 Vista: 1215 Lincoln St., 799-9988 Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-8 p.m. If you love boiled peanuts, you’ll know that The Peanut Man’s groundnuts are the real deal. Add to that an array of sweet treats — candy apples, chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn — and you’ll see why this Sandhill sweet shop was successful enough for its owners to open a new Vista location. thepeanutman.com ¢

Sweet Cake House St. Andrews-Dutch Square: 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 749-9668 Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. If it’s dessert you seek, check out the cakes, pastries and other delectable goods, including birthday cake by-the-slice; you can order special occasion cakes here, too. But Sweet Cake House also serves sandwiches, deli salads and breakfast treats like turnovers and strudels. sweetcakehouse.com

Tutti Frutti Lexington: 5454-A Sunset Blvd, 358-0355 Mon 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tue-Sun noon-10 p.m.

Vista: 1205 Lincoln St., 260-1917 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun noon-10 p.m. Flavors galore — from your basic chocolate to fun stuff like taro and pumpkin pie — rotate through this fro-yo-emporium.¢

Yoghut Cromer’s P-Nuts Downtown: 1700 Huger St., 779-2290 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m. With the slogan “Guaranteed Worst in Town,” Cromer’s has a long history in Columbia — 75 years and counting — and a good sense of humor about it. While fulfilling all your boiled peanut, cotton candy, caramel corn and various candy needs, Cromer’s also sells concession equipment and other party supplies. cromers.com

Cupcake Vista: 1213 Lincoln St., 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. freshcupcakes.com. ¢.

Desserts & More Northeast: 4611 Hardscrabble Rd., Ste. 101, 699-8800 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Specializes in desserts, including cookies, cakes (try the Red Velvet Cake) and pies, but also features large breakfast and lunch menu, including sandwiches, soups and salads. Gourmet coffee selection to boot. desserts-n-more.com. ¢.

Insomnia Cookies Five Points: 2013 Devine St., 877-632-6654 Mon-Sun 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Now in a permanent Five Points location, Insom-

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nia 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). insomniacookies.com. ¢.

Marble Slab Creamery Vista: 1001 Gervais St., 765-9100 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 6000 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6243 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 1230 Bower Pkwy., 749-4233 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Northeast: 471-C Town Center Place, 419-8300 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m. Founded in Houston, more than 250 Marble Slab Creamery locations dot North America. Ice cream is made on site daily, with flavors ranging from Vanilla Cinnamon to Dark Chocolate with Butterfinger. Servers mix ice cream with candy, nuts or other assorted toppings on a frozen marble slab. marbleslab.com. ¢.

Nonnah’s Vista: 930 Gervais St., 779-9599 Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Mon-Thu 5-11 p.m.; Fri 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sat 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Perhaps most popular for its offering of fine desserts, Nonnah’s also serves lunch and dinner. Lunch menu includes sandwiches, salads and soups. Dinner menu includes such delicacies as stuffed portobello mushrooms and six-ounce filets. Try a cappuccino or cognac to round out the meal. Also check out The Pastry Shop at Nonnah’s

Downtown: 601 Main St., 386-9786 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Forest Acres: 5424 Forest Dr. #120, 250-2580 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Harbison: 278 Harbison Blvd., 993-9434 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Frozen yogurt with fresh toppings; coffee drinks, smoothies and parfaits. Rotating original flavors include maple bacon doughnut, thin mint cookies and pomegranate raspberry tart.

Yumilicious Forest Acres: 4710 Forest Dr., 782-0077 Lexington: 5086 Sunset Blvd., 359-0003 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. Self-serve Texas yogurt chain with a variety of zany, tasty flavors and more than 30 toppings. Free Wi-Fi and Wii!

French Crepes and Croissants Downtown: 1465 Sumter St., 462-4779 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-3 p.m. A real French creperie in the heart of downtown Columbia? Oui, c’est vrai. Choose from a variety of creative savory and sweet crepes, in addition to savory tarts, croissants, salads and a few French desserts. The Nutella-filled crepe is rather amazing, and the Paris crepe is a classic. ¢

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German Huller’s Black Forest Harbison/Irmo: 380 Columbiana Dr., 781-0026 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m. -10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Started by New Jersey German-American transplants (and sausage-making experts), this authentic German restaurant features all the sausages, schnitzels and spaetzle you could ever wish for. Buffet features specialties plus salad and dessert. $

Julia’s German Restaurant Northeast: 4341 Fort Jackson Blvd., 738-0630 Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.; Sat 5-9 p.m. Old-fashioned, home style German comfort cooking. From bratwurst to schnitzel, Julia’s has you covered. Bring a healthy appetite and love for all things Deutsch. ¢.

Greek/ Mediterranean Devine Foods Shandon: 2702 Devine St., 252-0356 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Casual authentic Greek restaurant that’s been around since 1987. Offers takeout and delivery, Devine Foods is as good a genuine Greek-Mediterranean restaurant as you’ll find anywhere, and the prices are reasonable. Great spanakopita. ¢-$.

Grecian Gardens West Columbia/Cayce: 2312 Sunset Blvd., 794-7552 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Greek restaurant boasting particularly fresh, well-made bread. Signature dish is the pasticchio, which the chef accentuates with such extra seasonings as cinnamon and bay leaf. Good place for large groups. ¢-$.

Greek Boys Downtown: 1469 Sumter St., 771-7618 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. This downtown lunch spot describes its fare as “Greek with a Southern twist,” though it’s hard to say what’s so Southern about the place besides the sweet tea and the availability of chicken salad. Really, though, it’s sort of irrelevant: people crowd in for the burgers and the gyros, mostly — and crowd in they do, every weekday around noon. Try the Beef Souvlaki Platter or Blackened Pork Chops, which arrive super fast and are easy on the wallet. greekboyssc.com. ¢.

Main Street Café Bar & Grill Lexington: 131 E. Main St., 808-5886 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 5-10:30 p.m. (bar open later all week) Intimate casual dining specializing in Mediterranean European cuisine, including gyros and spanakopita. Their souvlaki uses pork tenderloin and a twist on a classic Greek marinade. Serves pork chops and ribeye steaks, too. ¢-$.

Mediterranean Café Lexington: 327 W. Main St., 356-6294 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Mon-Thu 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30-9:30 p.m. Opened by the brother of the Mediterranean Tea Room in Shandon, the Mediterranean Cafe brings the same authentic and reasonably priced cuisine to Lexington. Menu includes Greek salads, tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghannouj, falafel and the usual gyros, pita wraps and kabobs. On some Saturday nights, restaurant offers live music. Private dining room available. ¢-$.

Mediterranean Tea Room Shandon: 2601 Devine St., 799-3118 Mon-Tue 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:45 p.m.; Wed-Fri-11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Wed-Sat 5:30-9:45 p.m. Menu includes a wide selection of traditional Middle Eastern food such as hummus, baba ghannouj, falafel and tabbouleh. Specialty dish

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is a kofta kebob, which is a combination of lamb and beef mixed with parsley, celery and spices. Entrees include chicken, lamb, beef, vegetarian dishes and a variety of nightly specials. ¢-$.

Zorba’s Family Greek Restaurant Harbison/Irmo: 6169 St. Andrews Rd., 772-4617 Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 7320 Broad River Rd., 749-7000 (Express location) Sun-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Longtime Columbia institution serving some of the city’s best Greek salads and pizzas (try the ‘Zorba’s Special’ version of each and you’ll be hooked for life). Generous portions, family friendly atmosphere. Live Greek music on Thursdays. greekband.com/zorbas.htm. ¢.

Indian Bombay Grill St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 245 Bush River Rd., 772-5121 Mon and Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Featuring a range of South and North Indian dishes, as well as a handful of Indian Chinese entrees, this Boozer Shopping Center one-stop satisfies vegetarians and omnivores alike. Diners can choose between classic standards like Chicken Tikka, Lamb Vindaloo and Channa Masala, or sample less common fare such as the fenugreek-seasoned Methi Chicken or Baingan Bartha, which pairs baked eggplant with tomato, onion and spices. The South Indian dosai (stuffed savory crepes) are not to be missed. No booze; serves Halal meats. $.

Italian Al’s Upstairs West Columbia/Cayce: 304 Meeting St., 794-7404 Mon-Sat 5-10 p.m. Italian fine dining since 1979. Executive chef employs an Old World style influenced by his grandmother’s cooking. Lobster bisque is served with a popular puff pastry dome that locks in flavors and aromas. Offers fresh fish, veal, pasta and steaks with impeccable service and a beautiful view of Columbia’s skyline. alsupstairsitalian.com. $$.

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana Harbison/Irmo: 2736 North Lake Drive, 781-9814 Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Classy Italian dining, from the favorites (fettucine alfredo, manicotti, veal piccata) to the fancy (seafood risotto, pork ribeye). $

Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders Harbison/Irmo: 1085 Lake Murray Blvd., 407-4884 Lexington: 5339 Sunset Blvd., Hwy. 378, 957-6767 Sat-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Generous portions of hearty Italian pizza and grinders. Affordable prices, friendly staff and consistent quality keep this popular restaurant full. ¢.

Brioso Fresh Pasta Downtown: 601-D Main St., 400-1902

Delhi Palace

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Regional chain offers fresh pastas, flatbread pizzas, salads and other light meals, plus wines and beers.¢-$

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 542 St. Andrew’s Rd., 750-7760

Carrabba’s

Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.-10 p.m. This much-loved Indian restaurant offers a buffet as well as traditional menu items including rich curries, biryani and a range of Indian breads. Savvy enough to please afficionados and newcomers. delhipalace.ms11.net. ¢-$.

Dreams of Bombay Five Points: 817 Harden St., 661-8405 Sun-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Features a classic Indian buffet, with all the chutneys, pickles and raitas your heart could desire, plus a modest assortment of vegetable curries, pakora, naan, chicken curries and more. Menu features tandoor oven breads, kebabs, shrimp vindaloo and more. $

Panjabi Dhaba St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1201 Bush River Rd., 798-8011 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Best way to get a sampling of its traditional Indian menu is to try the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, one of the best in town. Offers plenty of vegetarian dishes, too, and specializes in Northern and Southern Indian cuisine. Available for private parties. $.

Spice Junction West Columbia/Cayce: 2335 Augusta Rd., 708-9158 Tues-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Delicious and well-stocked Indian buffet has everything from tandoori to raita to naan, plus occasional Hyderabadi specials you won’t find at other Midlands Indian restaurants, like the goat haleem, a sort of goat-lentil porridge. If you like seriosuly spicy food, ask for some house-made hot sauce. $

Harbison/Irmo: 370 Columbiana Dr., 407-1811 Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 4-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 200 Grace’s Way, 865-5688 Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 4-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Offers quality Italian dishes including chicken, veal, pasta, seafood and pizza that’s wood-fired in a brick oven. Plenty of salads, desserts and more to tempt the appetite. $.

Columbo’s Italian Eatery & Prime Steaks St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 2100 Bush River Rd. (inside the Radisson Hotel), 744-2200 Mon-Sun 6 a.m.-midnight Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair and boasting “The Best Steak in Town.” Premium steaks are barrel-cut in house, and restaurant also offers a do-it-yourself pasta bar as well as breakfast. columbos.net. $-$$.

Delucca’s West Columbia/Cayce: 2275 Sunset Blvd., 926-5255

2011

Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-9 p.m.; Sat 4-9 p.m. Italian eatery featuring traditional favorites such as chicken and veal parmesan and primavera in addition to veal piccata and stuffed eggplant. Also includes pasta, ravioli, pizza, calzone and strombolis. deluccas.com. $.

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Dianne’s on Devine Shandon: 2400 Devine St., 254-3535 Mon 5-9 p.m.; Tue-Sat 5-10 p.m. Dim lighting, sultry jazz and exquisite service make Dianne’s an excellent choice for special occasions. Delicious fare features heavy Italian influence on chicken, steak and pasta dishes. You won’t go wrong anywhere on the upscale menu. diannesondevine.com. $-$$.

Garibaldi Café Five Points: 2013 Greene St., 771-8888

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Mon-Thu 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5:30-11 p.m.; Sun 5:30-10 p.m. Fine dining in an elegant atmosphere. Large Italian menu specializes in fresh seafood and typically boasts eight to nine specials a night. Mediter-

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Japanese/ Korean Arirang Northeast: 1943 Decker Blvd., 790-5506 Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. You’ll feel right at home in this Korean restaurant, where the staff will take charge as if they were your own mom. Serves up such delights as pork belly grilled right at your table, plus Korean classics and banchan — and cold beer, of course. $.

Blue Cactus Café Five Points: 2002 Greene St., 929-0782 Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m. This unassuming little eatery boasts a serious culinary reputation, specializing in home style Korean food mixed with Mexican and other influences to create a sizzling menu that is especially vegetarian-friendly. Quality takes time, however, so don’t go if you’re in a hurry. bluecactuscafe.com. ¢.

DJ House Northeast: 1807 Decker Blvd., Suite 5, 790-7778

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Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; FrSat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. All the things you expect from a classic Korean restaurant — cold beer; an army of banchan, or small side dishes — along with some super-authentic touches, like the big savory pancakes or the hot, spice-filled stews that cook right at your table. $

Fujiya Japanese Restaurant ranean influence means plenty of herbs and olive oils. Terrific fried flounder. $$.

Kovachi’s Lexington: 309 S. Lake Dr., 356-1366 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 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. kovachis.com. ¢.

Moe’s Grapevine Italian Restaurant Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4478 Rosewood, 776-8463 Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Mon-Wed 5-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat 5-10 p.m. City Councilman Moe Baddourah is a chef, too, and his restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cooking as well as daily specials and special pizza selections alongside an impressive array of soups, salads and desserts. moesgrapevine.com. $.

Pasta Fresca Forest Acres: 4722 Forest Dr., 787-1838 Sun-Thu 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4:30-10 p.m. Family-owned restaurant that features pasta dishes with fresh, made-from-scratch sauces and pastas. Innovative nightly seafood specials, a good selection of vegetarian dishes and welcoming atmosphere make this a local favorite. Now in a slick new location near the old one. pastafresca.net. ¢-$.

Ristorante Divino Vista: 803 Gervais St., 799-4550 Mon-Sat 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Some of the best fine dining in Columbia or anywhere else, you’ll find Northern Italian dishes here, including the signature Rack of Lamb dish. Wine list consistently wins Wine Spectator awards. ristorantedivino.com. $$.

Rosso Trattoria Italia Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 787-3949 Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. (Bar opens at 4:30 every day) From the owner of Gervais & Vine comes this welcome addition to the Forest Acres dining landscape. Out-of-this-world seafood highlights the Italian-Mediterranean menu, but don’t miss out on the wood-fired traditional pizzas. Entrées

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include Rosso Bucco (tee hee), Wood-Grilled Swordfish, Lobster Spaghetti and Lemon-Saffron Risotto. A winner all the way around. rossocolumbia.com. $-$$.

Stephano’s Lexington: 420 Columbia Ave., 359-5436 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Reliable Italian-American fare: chicken parmesan, spaghetti, raviolis, manicottis and pizzas, to name a few. Lunch menu includes personal midget pizzas and a variety of hot and cold subs. Salads and homemade pimento cheese also are available. ¢-$.

Tony’s Pizza and Italian Eatery Downtown: 1120 Washington St., 779-3000 Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Below-ground downtown favorite offers pastas, subs, salads, lasagna, spaghetti and chicken. ¢.

Travinia Italian Kitchen Lexington: 5074 Sunset Dr., 957-2422 Northeast: 101-A Sparkleberry Crossing, 419-9313 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. A fine dining Italian eatery with a bit of Southern spices to give the menu a unique flair. Crab cakes are big and fluffy, entrees are excellent across the board and soups are particularly good. $-$$. traviniaitaliankitchen.com

Shandon: 4430 Rosewood Dr., 776-1600 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m.; Sun 5-9 p.m. Located just down from Midlands Technical College, Fujiya offers a sushi, hibachi and traditional Japanese menu. Hibachi lunch specials are popular, though at Fujiya you don’t have to share a common table with strangers, which is nice. Friendly, attentive service. $.

Fusion Bowl Asian Cuisine & Sushi Lexington: 5166 Sunset Blvd., 996-1333 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fusion Bowl serves sushi, hibachi-style cooking and, if that weren’t enough, Thai and Chinese cuisine. Offers daily lunch specials for $5 as well as half-price sushi after 8 p.m. with the purchase of two alcoholic beverages. fusionbowlsc.com. ¢-$.

Ganbei Lexington: 5580-F Sunset Blvd., 808-1618 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-11 p.m. Swanky Japanese restaurant and bar features plenty of classics — hibachi items, potstickers, stir frys, fried rice, sushi, donburi, plus some curve balls like baked mussels and spring rolls. $

Grilled Teriyaki Five Points: 748 Harden St., 933-9950

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat 4:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. This charming, low-priced Italian favorite boasts a low-key atmosphere and terrific pizzas. ¢-$.

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sat 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Grilled Teriyaki offers high quality teppanyaki dining while omitting the shenanigans. The owners have done a good job converting the small space into a cozy 12-table restaurant that also serves sushi and hibachi food. Open very late on weekends for hungry Five Points patrons. ¢.

Villa Tronco

Hero Japanese House

The Villa St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1704 Bush River Rd., 798-6360

Downtown: 1213 Blanding St., 256-7677 Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m. A Columbia institution for more than 60 years, Villa Tronco serves consistently generous portions of traditional Italian fare such as Veal Parmagiana, Chicken Piccata and Linguine with Clams. Make sure to leave room for Carmella’s Famous Cheesecake. villatronco.com. $.

Northeast: 6634 Two Notch Rd., 699-9922 Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. Specializing in authentic Korean dishes such as Gal Bi (short ribs in a house sauce) and Hwe Dup Bob (mixed raw fish and spicy sauce atop rice), Hero also serves traditional Japanese fare such as teriyaki entrees, sushi and tempura. ¢-$$.

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Hibachi Grill West Columbia: 2343 Augusta Rd., 791-5333 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Affordable Japanese restaurant offers standard entrees — chicken, steak and seafood combos served teriyaki or hibachi-style with fried rice and vegetables — plus limited sushi, ramen, chicken wings and appetizers. ¢.

Hibachi Restaurant Tama Northeast: 2318 Decker Blvd., 699-5041 Mon-Sat 11a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Restaurant Tama offers inexpensive and fast Hibachi-style entrees. The menu includes sushi, tempura and American appetizers with a children’s menu, too. Also features ribeye steak, chicken teriyaki, shrimp, lobster and filet mignon cooked while you watch. ¢.

Menkoi Ramen House Vista: 1004 Gervais St., 708-1569 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Surprised to find legitimate Japanese ramen in the heart of the Vista? You shouldn’t be: The proprietor of beloved sushi joint Inakaya is now slinging noodles ‘til the wee hours, and those noodles are downright delicious. We’re told the beef and vegetable curry — a mild, brown-gravy concoction served over rice — is highly authentic as well, at least if you’re trying to recreate the late-night world of a Japanese businessman on a bender. ¢

Miyabi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar Harbison/Irmo: 442 Columbiana Dr., 407-1264 Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat 4-10 p.m.; Sun 3-9 p.m. Two restaurants in one — sit under the blue, vaulted ceiling in the top-notch sushi bar or make friends around a communal teppanyaki table on the steakhouse side. Either way, you won’t feel like you’re eating sushi at the mall. Sushi can be ordered from the steakhouse side but not vice versa. ¢-$$.

O Bok Korean Restaurant Northeast: 1616 Decker Blvd., 787-1100 Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 1-9 p.m. O Bok is popular with Korean folks for good reason — the authenticity of the food. For nonnatives, the friendly staff is eager to explain the menu, and dishes include the traditional barbecued beef and stir-fries as well as more exotic offerings. Meals are served with an assortment of unusual relishes, including kimchee. ¢.

Sato Japanese Forest Acres: 1999 Beltline Blvd., 782-1064 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun 4:30-9:30 p.m. Following the popular Hibachi grill model, entrees are prepared at your table and include all manner of fun and tasty sides. Try the Shogun Dinner, featuring filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and teriyaki chicken, or the Sato dinner that includes filet mignon, lobster and a choice of scallops or shrimp. Early bird specials and a sushi bar also are available. satosteak.com. $-$$.

Sumo Northeast: 151 Clemson Rd., 788-2300 Lexington: 205-B Columbia Ave., 356-5597 Mon-Thurs 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m; Sat 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. All the classic Japanese steakhouse trappings: big grills, chefs with big knives and a sense of showmanship, and a range of lunch and dinner stir-fry combinations that include steak, seafood and more. Kids’ menu, too. $$

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Tokyo Grill

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Forest Acres: 3151 Forest Dr., 738-7008 Harbison/Irmo: 378-2 Columbiana Dr., 749-9818 Lexington: 109 Old Chapin Rd., 356-2448 Northeast: 111 Sparkleberry Crossing Dr., 788-7288 St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1316 Bush River Rd., 772-0988

Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 738-8272

Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Hibachi grill serving up quick entrees in varieties of shrimp, steak and chicken combinations. Also serves sushi, wraps, salads and soups. tokyogrillcolumbia.com ¢-$.

Mexican 7 Mares Lexington: 4360 Augusta Rd., 520-0067 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m. That’s mar-es, as in Spanish for oceans, not English for girl horses. And this Lexington marisqueria (seafood restaurant) serves up the oceans’ bounty, featuring Mexican favorites like red snapper Veracruz-style, lobster soup, ceviche, spicy shrimp, octopus salad and much more. Also serves Mexican-American classics like fajitas and carnitas. $

El Burrito Five Points: 934 Harden St., 765-2188 Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. El Burrito serves healthy, super-fresh, authentic taqueria-style food. Beans and rice, chicken, beef, soup, salads and more. Attention to healthy food and local produce. Vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. Live bluegrass on Thursdays (seasonal). One of the best salads in town. myspace.com/elburritosc. ¢.

Cantina 76 Shandon: 2901 Devine St., 708-6004 Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-9:30 p.m.; Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. A Tex-Mex, Southern-inspired taco and margarita bar with lots of atmosphere. Upscale margarita menu draws well-dressed young Shandonites and young professionals, food features fish and barbecue brisket tacos, among other entrées. $.

Casa Linda Forest Acres: 2009 Beltline Blvd., 738-0420 Garner’s Ferry/Southeast: 7546 Garner’s Ferry Rd., 783-3990 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Full menu of Mexican combinations and specials ranging from salads and fajitas to burritos and chimichangas served in a family friendly environment. Offers a lunch menu and specials for the kids. casalindasc.com. ¢.

Cecilia’s Harbison/Irmo: 6169 St. Andrews Rd., 772-7154 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; 5-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discreetly located in Seven Oaks Shopping Center, Cecilia’s dishes up traditional Mexican favorites including burritos, enchiladas, tacos, etc. What sets the place apart is the atmosphere, which belies the strip mall setting with intimate seating and flowers galore. $.

El Chico St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1728 Bush River Rd., 772-0770 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. This Dallas-based Tex-Mex chain has been at it since 1940, and the capacity crowds at its sole South Carolina outlet are an indication why. Pitting the standard taco and fajita against signature “top shelf tastes” like the Cascabel Chicken & Spinach Quesadillas and the Brisket Enchiladas, which arrive topped with either a chipotle wine sauce or chili con carne, the game plan is simple: mix up the expectations and pile everything high. elchico.com. ¢-$.

Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily From Moe’s, Casa Linda and Monterrey to El Burrito and Qdoba, you can’t say Columbia is lacking in Mexican options these days — and that’s not even counting all the authentic joints dotting the landscape in West Columbia. Nonetheless, Chipotle should do just fine, as its monster burritos, fresh tacos and delectable, chipotle-honey vinaigrette salads will be hard to pass up. Coming soon to Devine Street, also. ¢.

Eric’s San Jose Garners Ferry/Southeast: 6118 Garners Ferry Rd., 783-6650 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. One of many Combo-Mexicano eateries in town, San Jose offers an extensive menu of specialties and combination platters along with Mexican beers and margaritas. Everybody’s got their favorite Mexican place, and for many folks, this is it. ¢.

La Estrella West Columbia-Cayce: 1921 Airport Blvd., 739-6520 Northeast: 2630 Decker Blvd., 788-8998 Sun-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Assorted tacos with all the classic fixins: cilantro, lime, corn tortillas and more. Tortas, too. Other items include short ribs served with queso fresco, beans and rice. Also includes a butcher and a deli counter. ¢-$

La Fiesta West Columbia/Cayce: 1220 Charleston Hwy., 796-7004 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat 11-10 p.m.; Sun 11-9 p.m. A full menu of Mexican dishes. Daily specials, happy hour Mon-Thu from 4 to 7 p.m. Senior citizen discounts. ¢.

Hola Mexico Northeast: 9009 Two Notch Rd., 834-3014 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m. Classic Mexican-American restaurant combination plates and favorites, from flautas to chilaquiles to enchiladas and more. $.

Moe’s Southwest Grill Downtown: 625 South Main St., 256-9663 Mon-Sun: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Forest Acres: 2130 N Beltline Blvd., 743-9663 Mon-Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m

Harbison/Irmo: 945 Lake Murray Blvd., 749-6638 Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.. Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington: 914 N Lake Dr., 996-9200 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 470-1 Town Center Place, 788-6639 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 2217 Augusta Rd., 477-5818 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. With customizable menu options, eccentric style and unbeatable food, Moe’s adds some zest to the Tex-Mex cuisine. Cool menu names, fun atmosphere, kid friendly. moes.com. ¢.

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant Harbison/Irmo: 114 Afton Ct., 749-5928 Lexington: 5570 Sunset Blvd., 356-8314 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 7260 Parklane Rd., 699-6248 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-10 p.m.

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 2219 Broad River Rd., 798-9055 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat noon-10:30 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 199 Knox Abbott Dr., 794-3974 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Vista: 931 Senate St., 765-1465 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Serves lunch specials, combination platters and more, with vegetarian options available. Fresh produce and meat delivered daily. ¢.

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Middle Eastern Al-Amir Downtown: 629 Main St., 771-0515 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Northeast: 471-1 Market Place (Village at Sandhill), 865-5865 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Al-Amir has a reputation for authentic and wellprepared Middle Eastern cuisine. Signature dishes include hummus, falafel, lamb kabob, mujadara and shawarma. Salads, subs and daily dessert specials round out the menu. ¢-$.

Elie’s Authentic Lebanese Cuisine St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1058 St. Andrews Rd., 798-9664 Lunch: Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Tue-Sat 5-until Elie’s features fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. Cuisine ranges from falafel and baba ghanouj to kibbeh balls, kabobs and shawarma. Also offers Lebanese imported wine, belly dancers and Argileh pipes with flavored tobacco. ¢.

Jasmine Deli and Café Downtown: 601 Main St., 771-1530 Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sandwiches, salads and soups with a Mediterranean flair. Includes plenty of vegetarian options — and plenty of dessert options, too, like the ultra-rich chocolate cheesecake.¢

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Mucho Margaritas

San Jose Mexican Restaurant

Five Points: 819 Harden St., 251-3185

Harbison/Irmo: 1000 Marina Rd., 749-9484

Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat noon-2 a.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. Family owned and operated, Mucho Margaritas offers a wide variety of Mexican restaurant classics and bar specialties, a la carte items, vegetarian combos and more. Great wings, too. ¢

Pancho’s Forest Acres: 5400 Forest Dr., 738-9511 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Come for the $1.99 margaritas, stay for the classic Mexican cuisine. $

Qdoba Mexican Grill Five Points: 2006 Devine St.; 799-1950 Mon-Wed 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs 8 a.m.-Sun 4 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fast, casual and fresh Mexican dining in a friendly environment. Serving tacos, nachos, quesadillas, salads, burritos, etc. Also make their own salsas, chips and guacamole. Not just big burritos but big flavors as well. qdoba.com. ¢.

Real Mexico St. Andrews-Dutch Square: 2421 Bush River Rd., 750-8990 West Columbia-Cayce: 517 W. 12th St., 739-0821 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Plenty of Mexican and Southwestern restaurant foods, from tortas to carne asada to fajitas to chimichangas to fish tacos. Full bar with margarita specials. West Columbia location includes a store, too. ¢.

Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina Vista: 916 Gervais St., 832-7586 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington: 5135-H Sunset Blvd., 957 7482 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Quesadillas, tacos, burritos, taco salads and other Mexican-American favorites freshened up for a broader audience. ¢-$

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St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 498 Piney Grove Rd., 750-3611 Sun-Fri 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat noon-10:30 p.m. Offers a vast array of combination and specialty platters. Happy Hour and lunch specials also available. ¢.

Tacos Los Poblanitos West Columbia/Cayce: Hook Ave. between Hwy. 1 and Jarvis Klapman Blvd., 414-9150 Sun-Thu 5-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 5-10 p.m. This taco truck offers up Puebla-style food, including huaraches — thick ovals of griddle-fried dough — topped with fresh meats, cheeses and regular taco fixins like cilantro and onions. ¢.

Takosushi Vista: 1115 Assembly St., 771-7131 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat noon-11 p.m.; Sun noon-9:30 p.m. Tacos! Sushi! Takosushi! A sushi joint and casual Mexican restaurant rolled into one, Takosushi offers burritos, enchiladas, tacos (“takos,” actually), sashimi, bento boxes and more. ¢.

Taqueria Jalisco St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 612 St. Andrews Rd., 731-5546 Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Think of Taqueria Jalisco as a slightly more gourmet Monterrey’s — one without the mad rush and where the food itself is well worth the extra time taken in preparation. ¢-$.

Tio’s Mexican Café Downtown: 921-A Sumter St., 252-7229 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-midnight.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Tio’s is a family owned Tex-Mex café distinguished by its extensive and eclectic salsa offerings. Shelves along the walls display the variety of hot sauces available, with names such as King of Fire and Spontaneous Combustion. Purveyors of perhaps the town’s best milkshake, perfect to quench your burning tongue. Also check out the award-winning No. 4 Salsa. tiossc.com. ¢.

Mezza Lebanese Bistro & Hookah Lounge Vista: 701 Gervais St., 708-0236 Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m-1 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Rent a hookah, check out the extensive wine list or simply revel in the Lebanese menu, which features classics like kebabs, falafel and hummus, plus some twists on originals, such as the grilled haloumi cheese or the fresh-cut Phoenician fries tossed with lemon, garlic, sumac and feta. $

Pitas Downtown: 1800 Taylor St., 343-3454 Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-8:30 p.m. From the owner of the Mediterranean Tea Room comes this lunch locale featuring Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern fare that also includes a Middle Eastern grocery store inside. Sure, pitas are on the menu, but so are some delicious salads, wraps and more. ¢.

Pizza Bobby’s House of Pizza & Subs Northeast: 2112 Clemson Rd., 699-3311 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Bobby’s attracts a loyal following with a more extensive menu than most neighborhood pizza joints, including pizzas with gourmet toppings and several Greek offerings. The bruschetta and garlic-and-oil glazed calzones are standouts. All menu items can be ordered for takeout. ¢-$.

CiCi’s Pizza Garners Ferry/Southeast: 141 Pelham Dr., 776-8900 Harbison/Irmo: 6120 St. Andrews Rd., 750-5900 Sat-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Family-oriented restaurant with inexpensive pizza buffet. Great for students, church groups, athletic groups, etc. Fun, clean and friendly environment. cicispizza.com. ¢.

Il Giorgione Pizzeria and Wine Bar Shandon/Rosewood: 2406 Devine St., 521-5063 Tue- Thu 11:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 4-11 p.m. Authentic pizzas and pastas, plus nice touches like an Italian cheese plate and lovely arugula salads. Good selection of affordable Italian wines. $

LaBrasca’s Pizza Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4365 Fort Jackson Blvd., 782-1098 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. With roots in a chain of Charleston pizzerias, LaBrasca’s has been serving great pies in Columbia since 1966. While its owners have changed over the years, this humble pizzeria continues in its tradition of offering extraordinary pizzas at prices that haven’t seemed to change much since the ‘60s. ¢.

Libby’s of Lexington Lexington: 116 West Main St., 520-4689 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned Lexington eatery features gourmet pizzas and calzones, plus an array of sandwiches, wraps and apps, all using local meat and seafood whenever possible. ¢

Marco’s Pizza Northeast: 4561 Hardscrabble Rd., 419-3700 Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-midnight

Shandon/Rosewood: 3801 Rosewood Dr., 255-0990 Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-11 p.m., FriSat 10 a.m.-midnight Chain pizza joint serves up, well, pizza — but also wings, salads and meatballs, as well as CinnaSquares and CheezyBread. ¢-$

Marinoni’s St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 7001 St. Andrews Rd., 834-6468 Mon 4-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Homemade, wood-fired thin-crust pizzas form the backbone of this eatery, which also offers a swanky bar.¢-$

Mellow Mushroom Lexington: 5364 Sunset Blvd., 359-0778 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun noon-10 p.m.

Vista: 1009 Gervais St., 933-9201 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight; Sun 1-9 p.m. A popular lunch and dinner spot, Mellow Mushroom serves gourmet hand-tossed pies, along with huge calzones, hoagies and salads, all with fresh ingredients. Pizza toppings range from jerk chicken and pineapple to plain-old pepperoni. Large beer selection, with more taps upstairs at the Vista location. mellowmushroomcolumbia.com. $.

Nick’s House of Pizza West Columbia-Cayce: 1082A Sunset Blvd., 794-9240 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. In the classic Greek-food-and-pizza mold, Nick’s serves up baked pasta dishes, Greek sandwiches and subs, and assorted stormbolis and pizzas. Try the Greek pizza with feta, tomatoes, onions and gyro meat. $

Noah’s Antica Pizzeria St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 7719 St. Andrews Rd., 445-1376

Dano’s Pizza

Mon-Sun 4-9 p.m. Fresh, authentic Neapolitan pizza — seriously. Takeout only. $

Shandon/Rosewood: 2800-C Rosewood Dr., 254-3266

Pizza Joint

Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. New York-style and gourmet pizzas sold by the pie or slice include the Spicy Buffalo Chicken, the Barbecue Chicken, the Meat Lovers and the Deluxe. Also offers a dinner menu with traditional Italian dishes like veal parmesan, manicotti and stuffed shells. danosdelivers.com. ¢.

Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.midnight; Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. This popular Forest Acres spot has pizza, obviously, but it also serves up calzones, strombolis and sandwiches, along with a wide selection of beer with which to wash down that yummy Italian goodness.

Forest Acres: 3246 Forest Dr., 454-1743

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Village Idiot

Shandon/Rosewood: 341 S. Woodrow St., 252-6931

Five Points: 2009 Devine St., 252-8646

Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-midnight; Sun 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Pizza Man is a comfortable, low-key restaurant offering good pizza at a steal. Serves a wide variety of toppings, as well as appetizers, subs, hamburgers, salads and chicken wings. ¢.

Pizza Palace Garners Ferry/Southeast: 1314 Leesburg Rd., 695-9800 Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m. A classic menu of pizza, calzones and stromboli is peppered with club sandwiches, burgers and Greek fare. ¢-$.

Pizza Pro & Sub City Northeast: 8604 Farrow Rd., 462-1776 Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m. Just as the name implies, these guys are all about doing subs and pizza the right way. Huge meatball sandwiches and homemade pizza sauces are just two of the many reasons to give them a try. Daily lunch specials, express pick-up and personal and corporate catering available. ¢.

Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill Lexington: 5304 Sunset Blvd., 359-3888 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Based in Boston and patterned after the famous Pizzeria Uno in Chicago, the Uno Chicago Grill chain is famous for its deep-dish pizzas. You also can get thin crust as well as seafood, chicken, steak and salad platters. unos.com. $.

Pop’s NY Pizza Five Points: 707 Harden St., 540-7677 Sun-Wed 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11:30 a.m.3:30 a.m. Authentic, gourmet New York-style pizzas in thin and Sicilian varieties sold by the slice or pie. Also serves calzones, Philly cheesesteaks, hoagies, Italian sandwiches, wings, salads and more. Every Tuesday is Movie Night, where Pop’s screens new releases at 7 and 9 p.m. on its plasma-screen TVs. ¢-$.

Ray’s Pizzeria and Ice Cream Shoppe Lexington: 5140-E Sunset Blvd., 951-0051 Mon-Thurs 4:30-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30-9 p.m. Like the name says, Ray’s serves up pizza — both a Neapolitan thin-crust version and a Sicilian thick-crust version — and ice cream. It also serves up Italian favorites like eggplant parmigiana and cannoli. ¢-$

Schiano’s Northeast: 10120 Two Notch Rd., 788-7808

Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat-Sun 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Delivery: 11:30 a.m.-midnight

Forest Acres: 4517 Forest Dr., 787-5005 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Offering NY style hand-tossed pizza by the pie or slice for lunch, dinner and delivery, the Village Idiot is a favored spot for USC students. Other featured menu items include sandwiches (Jersey cheesesteak), wings, calzones and stromboles, pasta (baked ziti), salads and wings. villageidiotpizza.com. ¢.

Za’s Brick Oven Pizza Shandon: 2930 Devine St., 771-7334 Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-midnight; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Locally owned and operated, Za’s open-faced kitchen and energetic staff delivers more than a dozen signature pizzas as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas and nightly specials. Specialty pies include the Shrimp Pesto Za, Chicken Teriyaki Za, Zeus Za and Smoked Salmon Za. The Cali salad comes with mandarin oranges, bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, pine nuts, grape tomatoes, goat cheese, blackened sushi-grade tuna and a balsamic vinaigrette. zasbrickovenpizza.com. ¢-$.

Seafood Blue Marlin Vista: 1200 Lincoln St., 799-3838 Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-11 p.m.; Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Specializing in creative seafood dishes with a decidedly Lowcountry flair, Blue Marlin also serves hand-cut steaks and prime rib. Shrimp and Grits is a top seller, with the grits coming from right across the street at Adluh Flour. Don’t overlook other tasty options such as the Crispy Firecracker Flounder served with a jalapeño salsa. Private dining facilities now available. bluemarlincolumbia.com. $.

Bonefish Grill Forest Acres: 4708 Forest Dr., 787-6200 Harbison/Irmo: 1260 Bower Pkwy., 407-1599 Mon-Thu 4-10:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4-11:30 p.m.; Sun 4-10 p.m. Based out of St. Petersburg, Fla., Bonefish Grill specializes in offering the freshest seafood possible and boasts an oak-burning grill and a wide range of sauces. Pasta, chicken, pork and steak dishes round out the menu to suit varied tastes. Although reservations aren’t required, they are recommended, especially on weekends. bonefishgrill.com. ¢-$.

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sandwiches and seafood, not to mention a big, lovely bar. Right across the street from City Hall. $

www.cantey.com

Tony’s Pizzalicious

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar

Valentina’s Greek and Italian Cuisine Blythewood: 135 Blythewood Rd., 754-0444 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Located next to the IGA in Blythewood, this family joint offers the usual subs, stromboli and pizza, but also serves up a wide variety of Italian and Greek fare, as well as prime rib and good burgers. Beer and wine are available. ¢-$.

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Specializing in

Downtown: 1734 Main St., 748-9925

Chelsea’s Restaurant

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Opened in 1967 and formerly called simply Tony’s Pizza, this joint has served generations of Lexington County residents. Offers pastas, calzones, pizza, salads and sandwiches, plus Italian-American faves like eggplant parmigiana and baked spaghetti. $.

(803) 256-7150

Apartment, House & Duplex Rentals

Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Serving specialty pizzas for meat, veggie, pepperoni and sausage lovers and more. Calzones and stromboli round out the menu alongside sandwich selections and traditional Italian dishes like mussels marinara and eggplant parmigiana. ¢-$.

West Columbia/Cayce: 975 Knox Abbott Dr, 794-5469

& COMPANY Inc.

Lexington: 938 N. Lake Drive, 808-2244 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. If you want great seafood in a laid-back, casual atmosphere reminiscent of the beach, go to Gilligan’s. Just across from the dam at Lake Murray, Gilligan’s outdoor deck attracts a fun and festive crowd. Known for their oysters and popcorn shrimp, Gilligan’s also offers a wide selection of seafood combos, salads, starters, raw bar options and dinner specials. gilligans.net. $

Harbor Inn Seafood Lexington: 411 W. Main St., 359-2979 Northeast: 7375 Two Notch Rd., 462-3498 Sun, Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Your favorite seafood platters come fried or broiled, with familiar sides like hush puppies and slaw. The Land and Sea special pairs a crab legs with a ribeye, and the Specialty of the House mixes fried flounder, deviled crab, shrimp, oysters and stuffed clams. Lunch and express menus available. harborinnseafood.com. ¢.

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Texas Roadhouse

Tsunami

Harbison/Irmo: 400 Columbiana Dr., 407-6670 Northeast: 8304 Two Notch Rd., 788-5384

Harbison/Irmo: 1290 Bower Pkwy., 407-3873 Vista: 700-C Gervais St., 312-9911

Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. High-energy, casual Southwest-themed restaurant featuring hand-cut steaks, award-winning ribs and several made-from-scratch items such as salad dressings, bread, croutons, mashed potatoes and gravy. $.

Mon-Sun 4 p.m.-midnight (bar open later) Trendy, chic sushi bar and restaurant with elegant, contemporary atmosphere and ample seating areas to complement extensive sake, wine and beer selection. tsunamicompany.com. $.

Sushi Camon Japanese Restaurant Downtown: 1332 Assembly St., 254-5400 Tue-Sat 5-9:30 p.m. The only sushi spot in Columbia’s downtown business district defiantly refuses to serve lunch and earns its keep by offering an exotic alternative to the more mainstream restaurant options available in the nearby Vista. Quiet and discreet — not what you’ll encounter along the Gervais Street corridor, a couple of blocks away. Beloved by devoted regulars for the outstanding food, service and atmosphere. $.

Inakaya Japanese Restaurant Northeast: 224 O’Neil Ct., 699-2626

Mon 5-10 p.m.; Tue-Fri 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Elegant seating where outstanding sushi, sashimi and other Japanese cuisine take center stage. Popular with families and large groups for their spectacular Inakaya Boat Specials. Good variety and value. $.

Inakaya Watanabe St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 655-C St. Andrews Rd., 731-2538

Ocean View Seafood Restaurant

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 1904 Broad River Rd., 772-7811 West Columbia-Cayce: 1000 Knox Aboott Dr., 791-5700

Downtown: 1508 Main St., 728-0887

Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Expansive menu features expansive portions of all manner of fried and broiled seafood. Daily specials, platters, steaks and sandwiches round out the menu with an emphasis on freshness. Hearty, affordable lunch specials on weekdays. $.

Mon-Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 5-10 p.m.; Sun noon-9 p.m. It’s a simple proposition, really: You slap down some money, visit the enormous salad bar, and then partake in the neverending parade of sizzling grilled meats being carried around the dining room. With cuts as diverse as filet mignon, chicken wing, pork sausage, lamb shoulder and beef picanha — a special Brazilian cut — there’s something to please everyone among the 30 cuts available. $$

Oyster Bar

Longhorn Steakhouse

Vista: 1123 Park St., 799-4484 Mon-Wed 4-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 4-11 p.m. (bar open later) A true, old-fashioned oyster bar, and the Vista’s first. Sit at the bar and let your server shuck you some steamed or raw Gulf oysters. Also serves steamed shrimp and scallops, plus shrimp and grits, crab legs and side dishes. ¢-$.

Pearlz Oyster Bar Vista: 936 Gervais St., 661-7741 Daily 4 p.m.-close A Charleston-based chain, Pearlz offers raw and cooked oysters and an array of other Lowcountry and American seafood favorites, from oyster po’boys to New England lobster rolls. Burgers and salads are available for the non-seafood-loving. $.

Steakhouse Arizona Steakhouse Northeast: 150 Forum Dr., 865-1001 Mon 11:30-9 p.m.; Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; FriSat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Offers a variety of salads, steaks, burgers, chicken and fish, ranging from prime rib to ahi tuna encrusted in pepper and sesame seeds. Moderately priced dishes and wine list heavy on California wines. The babyback ribs are a generous portion slathered in a rich tomato-based barbecue sauce. traviniaitaliankitchen.com. $. Did we list a restaurant that has closed? Did we overlook your favorite place? Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

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Harbison/Irmo: 171 Harbison Blvd., 732-2482 Vista: 902-A Gervais St., 254-5100 Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. “Beef,” that great embodiment of the man’s man, Robert Mitchum, once famously decreed, “It’s what’s for dinner.” That’s certainly the case at this modern-day saloon in the heart of the Vista, though lest you embarrass yourself, the rousing rodeo strings of Aaron Copland’s Hoedown are all in your head, so put down the lasso. You can also get shrimp and salmon, of course, even chicken — though really, cowboy, why would you? longhornsteakhouse.com. $-$$.

Outback Steakhouse Harbison/Irmo: 252 Harbison Blvd., 732-3771 Mon-Thu 4:30-10 p.m.; Fri 4:30-11 p.m.; Sat 3:30-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Northeast: 7611 Two Notch Rd., 788-9800 Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 4-11 p.m.; Sat 3-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Popular Australian-themed steakhouse chain featuring Blooming Onion appetizers and all manner of salads, steak and chicken dishes. outback.com. $.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Downtown: 924-A Senate St. (Hilton Hotel), 212-6666 Mon-Sun Breakfast: 7-10 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Mon-Thu, Sun 3-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 3-11 p.m. What can you say, it’s Ruth’s freaking Chris. Among the best steaks on planet Earth, hands down, and you’ll be paying mightily for them. Their seafood rocks, too. ruthschris.com. $$.

Mon 5-10 p.m.; Tue-Fri 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. Excellent sushi, sashimi and traditional Japanese dishes. $.

SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar Vista: 807 Gervais St., 931-0700 Mon-Wed 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 5-until Upscale Vista hotspot includes a popular bar area and a separate sushi bar. Extensive sake list complements beer and wine offerings, and SakiTumi also has weekly sushi and drink specials that are east on the wallet. Plenty of non-sushi items on menu, including grilled items and tasty appetizers such as the Lotus Root Chips. Also check out their regular sushi-making classes. sakitumigrill.com. $.

Sakurabana Japanese Restaurant Forest Acres: 4827 Forest Dr., 738-9330 Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Open since 1984, Sakura’s quality food and cozy atmosphere have given it a loyal following despite its elusive location for its sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and tempura. $.

Saky

Tapas blue. Vista: 721-A Lady St., 251-4447 Tue-Wed 5 p.m.-midnight; Thurs-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. ¢-$.

Gervais & Vine Vista: 620-A Gervais St., 799-8463 Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5-11 p.m. True Mediterranean wine and tapas bar with more than 40 wines by the glass and a wide selection of appetizers. Dishes prepared in view and are a fusion of Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisine. The seared sea scallops are served over grilled ciabatta with fresh olive tappenade and topped with fresh oven-dried tomatoes. A Vista gem. gervine.com. ¢-$.

Thai Baan Sawan Five Points: 2135 Devine St., 252-8992 Tue-Thu 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat 5:30-9 p.m. Not your typical Thai restaurant, Baan Sawan serves expertly prepared Thai standards like Pad Thai and curries, but also offers dishes you won’t find elsewhere and inventive seafood creations. It’s pricey Thai food, but well worth it. Classy setting and staff, too. baansawan.blogspot.com. $-$$.

Bangkok Restaurant Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7509-H Garners Ferry Rd., 776-2993 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. You might easily overlook a strip mall when looking for Thai food, but Bangkok was one of the first Thai restaurants in Columbia and remains worth the search. The phad thai and kaou phad bai kapow remain favorites. Offers a wide range of Thai cuisine, as well as soups and Thai Iced Tea. Also serves Chinese. ¢-$.

Mai Thai West Columbia-Cayce: 2249 Sunset Blvd., 939-4795

Mon-Wed 5-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 5-10:30 p.m. Since 1974, the restaurant at this location went by the name of “Saki.” A change in management led to a name change, but Saky under any name serves fantastic sushi as well as soups, Asian noodles and more. $.

Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat 5-9:30 p.m. Everything you’d expect from a good Thai place and more — spring rolls, fried calamari, stuffed chicken wing appetizers, and a host of noodle and rice dishes and entrees such as rainbow duck, whole red snapper and a host of curries, Also offers reasonably priced lunch special entrees. maithais.com $.

Sushi & Hibachi To Go

The Orchid Restaurant and Bar

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4963 Jackson Blvd., 787-5307

Downtown: 1100-B Elmwood Ave., 400-0988 Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sushi, it turns out, doesn’t have to be upscale. Yes, this place shares a building with a fast food sandwich joint, but it makes tasty sushi and a few Thai favorites at rock-bottom prices.

Sushi Yoshi Five Points: 2019 Devine St., 931-0555 Mon 5-10 p.m.; Tue-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Offering Japanese specialty dishes, lunch specials, vegetarian dishes, teriyaki combos and, of course, sushi. ¢.

Southeast: 905 Bluff Rd., 708-5164 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-midnight Sharing a building with a gas station, this charming bar has cozy booths and a small but tasty menu of Thai, Vietnamese and American favorites, from burgers to pho to chicken satay to pad thai. Also has a full bar and super-cheap beer. Why would you hole up anywhere else? ¢

Thai Lotus St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 612 St. Andrews Rd., 561-0006 Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The buffet at this elegant but casual Asian restaurant is enormously popular, especially on week-

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ends, but menu items like Mussaman Curry and Thai Style Shrimp Scampi make choosing difficult. Factor in some of the best sushi in town — try the multifaceted Celebration Roll, for example — and you’ll never decide. ¢-$.

fresh fruit juices available. Menu avoids genetically modified ingredients and tap water. ¢.

Thailand Restaurant

Store hours: Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hot meals served Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturday breakfast: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Sunday brunch: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A natural-foods grocery featuring fresh organic produce, herbs and spices, as well as natural beauty aids and popular supplements. The deli serves a diverse selection of hot gourmet meals, salads, breads, pastries and desserts. Eat in or take out. rosewoodmarket.com. ¢.

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 6024 St. Andrews Rd., 731-7715 Mon-Sun Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Authentic and delicious Thai food. Serves numerous entrées, soups and salads, with choices of mild, medium or hot. $.

Vegetarian Earth Fare Shandon: 3312-B Devine St., 799-0048 Store hours: Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Earth Fare is a health-food supermarket with a full-service deli, café and scratch bakery. Options include a salad and hot bar, fresh deli sandwiches or wraps, sushi and other wholesome snacks. Deli serves no products with hydrogenated oil, cotton seed oil, bleached flour or artificial preservatives and sweeteners. earthfare.com. ¢.

Good Life Café West Columbia: 3681-D Leaphart Rd., 454-3516 Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m. A full-on vegan raw food bar with a tasty and ever-rotating array of mock foods: tacos, tostadas, wraps, sandwiches, tarts and more. Also has a large selection of fresh squeezed juices and herbal tonics, and a case of scrumptious desserts. A worthwhile trip even for those who maintain a cooked, meat-based diet. goodlifecafe.net. ¢.

Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café

Downtown: 2338 Main St., 253-7889

Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. One of Columbia’s only restaurants catering to vegans and vegetarians alike. Entire menu is vegan and uses locally grown and organic produce. Mock meats, sandwiches, vegetable dishes and

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Rosewood Market & Deli Shandon: 2803 Rosewood Dr., 765-1083

Vietnamese Golden Chopstix West Columbia/Cayce: 1505 Charleston Hwy., 791-0206 Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat noon-2 p.m., 5-9:30 p.m. Serves Thai and Vietnamese dishes, with a greater emphasis on Thai. This quiet, tucked away restaurant is a pleasant surprise; the décor is tasteful and simple, and the service is excellent. Dishes are prepared fresh when they are ordered — even the curry. Also serves sushi. ¢.

Pho Viet Five Points: 2011 Devine St., 779-4077 Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Northeast: 2300 Decker Blvd., 699-5959 Decker: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.9 p.m. Though it specializes in pho — the fragrant Vietnamese beef soup served with assorted beef cuts, fresh herbs, bean sprouts and other accompaniments — Pho Viet also serves spring rolls, chicken and seafood soups, rice bowls and noodle bowls topped with such Vietnamese favorites as grilled pork and shrimp. Jelly pearl drinks, soft drinks, tea and Vietnamese coffee comprise the beverage menu. pho-viet.com. ¢.

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Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens + Mai Thai

Pitch-Perfect Pairings By Eva moore

Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens 1300 Botanical Parkway; riverbanks.org

Mai Thai 2249 Sunset Blvd.; 939-4795

Melton Observatory 1429 Greene St.; physics.sc.edu/~melton

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House 900 Main St.; 748-0540

Enter from the botanic garden side on Highway 378 in Lexington County, and Riverbanks is a lot more low key. And it just so happens that a fantastic Thai restaurant is right nearby. Don’t let the strip mall fool you; Mai Thai’s interior is classy and inviting, and its curries are just right.

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Each Monday, if the weather’s clear, USC’s Melton Observatory is open to the public starting 30 minutes after sunset for some stargazing. Hunter-Gatherer is mere blocks away, so you can visit it before and after viewing the heavens.

South Carolina Philharmonic

Crafty Feast

scphilharmonic.com

Camon

Motor Supply Co. Bistro

1332 Assembly St.; 254-5400

920 Gervais St.; 256-6687

Most of the S.C. Phil’s concerts are at the Koger Center, which is nearly a mile away from Camon — a bit of a hike in dress shoes. But given conductor Morihiko Nakahara’s love for this classy sushi joint, we feel it’s an excellent match. A lovely space, with unpretentious but classy service and food.

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On Dec. 15, Crafty Feast sets up at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center to fulfill all your homemade and hipster craft needs, just in time for the holidays. Guess what else is handmade — and just a few blocks away? Food at Motor Supply, of course, whether it’s housemade charcuterie or fancy cocktails.

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South Carolina Philharmonic + Camon

USC Women’s Basketball gamecocksonline.com/ sports/w-baskbl

Thirsty Fellow 621 Gadsden St; 799-1311

The NCAA women’s basketball season kicks off Nov. 4 with an exhibition game against Anderson. Just a few blocks from the Colonial Life Arena is the chillest, tidiest bar with the best high-end pizza around. It has a big outdoor deck with misters for heaters for those chilly late-autumn days.

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum 2464 Anderson St., Ft Jackson; 751-7419

O Bok 1616 Decker Blvd.; 787-1100

Mmm … military history! Fort Jackson is home to this museum, founded in 1974, which focuses

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on how basic combat training has evolved through the years. There are plenty of great restaurants on nearby Decker Boulevard, but O Bok is closest, serving up fantastic Korean food.

International Corridor Decker Boulevard

Pho Viet 2300 Decker Blvd.; 699-5959

A few years ago, Richland County named Decker Boulevard the county’s official International Corridor, a nod to the many ethnic restaurants, groceries and markets along this colorful stretch of road. Stop in at Pho Viet for a huge, steaming bowl of spiced beef broth with noodles, herbs and beef, then check out the nearby markets for the rice noodles and other ingredients to make some of your own.

Sesquicentennial State Park 9564 Two Notch Rd.; southcarolinaparks.com/ sesqui

The Puddlin’ Duck 108 Columbia Northeast Dr.; 865-2859

Looking for relaxation in the Northeast? Take a pleasant walk around the lake at this tree-filled state park — known by locals as Sesqui — then hit The Puddlin’ Duck for some live music and tasty Irish fare.

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, 1940-1950 1515 Main St.; columbiamuseum.org

of Art’s current exhibition, which traces the development of American artist Mark Rothko. Right across from the State House, The Oak Table will serve up high-end American bistro fare. And it’ll be open Sundays for lunch, when admission to the museum is free.

Jam Room Music Festival jamroommusicfestival.com

The Whig 1200 Main St.; 931-8852

A startup music festival bringing great bands to Main Street on Oct. 13. A hip underground bar that cares about the city and slings a mean burger. Together, they can do great things.

The Oak Table 1221 Main St.; 563-5066

When The Oak Table opens in late September, it’ll be an ideal counterpart to the Columbia Museum

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Congaree National Park + Big T Bar-B-Que

Columbia QuadSquad Roller Derby columbiaquadsquad.com

Elie’s Authentic Lebanese Cuisine 1058 St. Andrews Rd.; 798-9664

When the Columbia Quad Squad and the Chattanooga Rollergirls meet up at the Jamil Temple Oct. 21, you’ll want to be there sipping some PBR. But before or after the bout, check out the fantastic Lebanese cuisine around the corner at Elie’s. Heck, maybe you can offer up one of Elie’s mouthwatering desserts to your favorite rollergirl.

Congaree National Park nps.gov/cong

Big T Bar-B-Que 2520 Congaree Rd.; 353-0488

Never made it to the Mothership? The original Big T’s location, where they cook all the delicious barbecue for their three Midlands locations, is out in the small Lower

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Richland town of Gadsden. Go for a hike at the Congaree — the largest old-growth hardwood forest in the Southeast — and then continue on Bluff Road to Gadsden for a heaping plate of hash, rice and barbecue.

Harbison State Forest state.sc.us/forest/refharb

British Bulldog Pub

Road from downtown Columbia toward the fabulous nature preserve that is Saluda Shoals, stop in at Real Mexico for a plate of authentic Mexican food.

Saluda Shoals Park 5605 Bush River Road; icrc.net/saludashoals

Real Mexico 2421 Bush River Rd.; 750-8990

As you’re heading out Bush River

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Mojitos Tropical Café 1004 Gervais St.; 779-1717

Columbia Marionette Theater 401 Laurel St.; cmtpuppet.org

A DiPrato’s Picnic 342 Pickens St.; 779-0606

1220 Bower Parkway; 227-8918

Some establishments might mind if your calves are splattered with mud after a burly mountain bike ride at Harbison State Forest, but not the British Bulldog Pub. Belly up to the bar for a much-deserved pint; take advantage of that carb window with some fish and chips; and take in a rugby match or two.

Vista Lights

The Marionette Theater is handily situated near the entrance to Riverfront Park. Our suggestion: Swing by DiPrato’s first to load up on deli favorites, including the beloved pimento cheese; hit Green’s at 400 Assembly St. for a chilled bottle of prosecco; park at Riverfront, walk down the footpath and across the canal bridge for a picnic; then head up to the award-winning Marionette Theater for a show.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, help The Vista kick off the holiday season with a street party and holiday shopping. And while you’re there, stop in for some fantastic Cuban food and a tall specialty mojito. !Feliz Navidad!

Nickelodeon Theatre nickelodeon.org

Paradise Ice 1627 Main St.; 251-3311

This was a tough choice; after all, Mac’s on Main, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, Hampton Street Vineyard and more are all quite close to the new Nick, and a new Good Life Café is opening soon right across the street. But a scoop of handmade ice cream is just the thing on a warm autumn day — especially right after a movie.

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t used to be that Main Street was overlooked as an entertainment district, given the abundance of options nearby in The Vista and Five Points. But things are changing downtown: In addition to all the history you can soak up at the State House, there’s a burgeoning cultural life, too. Columbia’s home of independent film, the Nickelodeon Theatre, has moved to the 1600 block of Main Street; Main Street’s monthly First Thursday art parties are energetic and ever-growing; Mast General Store has brought new foot traffic to the area; Mac’s on Main offers blues and jazz; The Whig is one of the hippest bars in town; and, as always, the Columbia Museum of Art has a steady stream of exhibitions and events to help keep culture alive downtown both day and night. There’s also a Brazilian steakhouse, Cowboy. Bottom line: One small step at a time, things are happening downtown. Just south of the State House is a string of establishments catering largely to university students and faculty, as well as state employees. Among the options within a fewblock radius: coffee, sandwiches, frozen yogurt, hot dogs, ice cream, bagels and locally brewed beers at Hunter-Gatherer.

African-American History Monument

301 Gervais St. The backstory of this monument goes back to 1994, when state Sen. John Courson put forward a grand bargain that would link removing the Confederate Flag from the State House dome (but keeping it on State House grounds) with creating an AfricanAmerican history monument. That initial proposal didn’t pass, but eventually a compromise came together and the monument was dedicated in 2001. A citizens’ committee reviewed proposals from more than 40 artists and selected Colorado artist Ed Dwight from among them. The final result is a 12-panel sculpture representing key aspects of the African-American experience.

Busted Plug Plaza

1400 Block of Taylor St. Love it or hate it, this giant metallic fire hydrant by Blue Sky is the face of public art in Columbia. As tempting as it is to climb into this thing on a July afternoon, imagine how your four-legged friend must feel walking by.

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Attractions Columbia Museum of Art

Main and Hampton streets, 799-2810 columbiamuseum.org Exhibitions! Concerts! Beer! The museum’s traveling exhibitions span the full range of art history, while its permanent collection emphasizes European fine and decorative arts. On view now is a major show on Mark Rothko. Of course, the art is always a key draw when you’re talking about an art museum, but there are also a ton of other events happening here: an acclaimed chamber music series, lectures, films and more.

Congaree National Park

nps.gov/cong, 776-4396 First, a disclaimer: Congaree National Park is not actually downtown; we’ve listed it here because there is no section called “20 miles out of town in Hopkins.” This 22,000acre park boasts the largest old-growth, floodplain forest on the continent. It’s also an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark. Activities include hiking, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, nature walks and more. Located in Hopkins, 20 miles southeast of Columbia (S.C. 48 from Bluff Rd. or Exit 5 off I-77).

Elmwood Cemetery

501 Elmwood Ave. OK, so maybe hanging out in a cemetery isn’t your idea of fun. But this cemetery is full of history — and Civil War history in particular, if that’s your kind of thing. Established in 1854, Elmwood Cemetery covers 168 acres and includes an area dedicated to Confederate soldiers. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

Finlay Park

midnet.sc.edu/parks/finlay.html Truth be told, Finlay Park (opened in 1991) has seen better days, as it’s become the city’s unofficial haven for the homeless. Nonetheless, it can still be a good place for a walk amid the hustle of downtown, and kids love its two play areas. Also hosts occasional concerts and festivals. Located behind the Assembly Street post office.

Governor’s Mansion

800 Richland St., 737-1710 scgovernorsmansion.org Built in 1855 as a residence for officers of the Arsenal Military Academy, Gen. Sherman’s troops spared the building at the end of the Civil War and it became the official Governor’s Mansion in 1868.

Hampton-Preston Mansion

1615 Blanding St., 252-7742 historiccolumbia.org Built in 1818, the Hampton-Preston Mansion opened for tours in 1970 and its rooms reflect the Federal period to the early postbellum years.

Koger Center

1051 Greene St., 777-7500 koger.sc.edu The Koger Center is operated by USC and has served as Columbia’s primary facility

S.C. State House as seen from Main Street. Photo by Austin Price for the performing arts since 1989. Seats just over 2,000.

Mann-Simons Cottage

1403 Richland St., 252-7742 historiccolumbia.org One of only a few houses in South Carolina owned by free blacks in antebellum days and preserved as an historic house museum. Celia Mann and her descendants owned the house from the mid-19th century until 1970. The house serves as the focal point for the annual Jubilee Festival.

Mast General Store

1601 Main St., 771-2300 mastgeneralstore.com It’s hard to overemphasize just how excited Columbians are about the addition of Mast General Store to the Main Street corridor. It’s not just the store’s vast candy aisle, outdoor gear or footwear that has locals pumped up, though; it’s what the store represents — a giant leap forward for the long-awaited revival of downtown.

McMaster Gallery (USC)

1615 Senate St., 777-7480 www.cas.sc.edu/art A small, unassuming gallery tucked away inside USC’s Department of Art, McMaster is nonetheless a gem of the city’s visual arts scene. Features student and faculty exhibitions along with contemporary traveling shows.

McKissick Museum

USC Horseshoe, 777-7251 www.cas.sc.edu/mcks Offers exhibits relating to the cultural, political and natural history of South Carolina and the southeastern United States.

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

2025 Marion St. Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was the home of Modjeska Simkins, a leader in South Carolina’s civil rights movement and the first woman to serve

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MARK ROTHKO

THE DECISIVE DECADE 1940 - 1950

September 14 - January 6 “The works in this exhibition are the key to everything about my father’s artistic development. Everything.” - Christopher Rothko

1515 Main Street | 803.799.2810

columbiamuseum.org Mark Rothko, American (born Russia), 1903−1970, No. 8, 1949, oil and mixed media on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. 1986.43.147. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This exhibition is organized by the Arkansas Art Center, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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as state secretary of the state NAACP. At a time when blacks could not stay at city hotels, Simkins’ home offering a gathering space and lodging for many civil rights figures, including Thurgood Marshall.

Nickelodeon Theatre

1607 Main St., 254-8234 nickelodeon.org Specializing in foreign and independent films, the Nickelodeon recently moved into the spot of the former Fox Theatre on Main Street. Also presents the popular annual Indie Grits Film Festival.

Ponder Art Gallery (Benedict College)

1600 Harden St., 705-4605 www.benedict.edu Features works by African-American artists.

Randolph Cemetery

Elmwood Ave. at I-26 historicrandolphcemetery.org Founded on land purchased from Elmwood Cemetery in 1872, Randolph Cemetery is the first cemetery established specifically for Columbia’s black community. Prior to the cemetery’s founding, blacks were buried along with poor whites near the river in a potter’s field. But in 1871, 19 local black leaders came together to establish a respectable place for burial for blacks. The men formed an assocation and named it in honor of Senator Benjamin Franklin Randolph.

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden

I-126 at Greystone Blvd., 779-8717 riverbanks.org From reptiles to birds and everything in between, Riverbanks Zoo is by far Columbia’s biggest tourism draw. Home to more than 2,000 animals and a 70-acre botanical garden, Riverbanks also hosts popular annual events such as Boo at the Zoo, Brew at the Zoo and Lights Before Christmas.

Robert Mills House and Park

1616 Blanding St., 252-7742 historiccolumbia.org The Robert Mills House is best known for its designer, who also designed the Washington Monument. Open for tours, it is one of only five National Historic Landmarks in the city.

S.C. State House

Main St. at Gervais St. scstatehouse.net More than 50 years after its original inception in 1851, architect Charles C. Wilson finally completed the building, calling it “one of the most notable buildings of the world.” Others disagreed, with one legislative observer calling the dome “nothing short of a miserable fraud.” Visit “citizens’ interest” section of scstatehouse.net and scroll down for tour information.

Seibels House

1601 Richland St., 252-7742 Historiccolumbia.org Built in the late 18th century, the Seibels House now serves as the Historic Columbia Foundation office and is a popular spot for weddings. Historic Columbia was chartered in 1961 to prevent the loss of the Robert Mills House and now is involved in many aspects of historic preservation in Columbia.

Sylvan Building

1500 Main St. Where’s the Sylvan Building? Just look for that old clock at the corner of Main and Hampton streets. Built between 1868 and

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1870, The Sylvan Building was the first large building constructed in Columbia after Union soldiers burned the city on Feb. 17, 1865. Now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Town Theatre

1012 Sumter St., 799-2510 towntheatre.com The oldest continuously operating community theater building in the country; presents family-friendly musicals and other productions.

Township Auditorium

1703 Taylor St. Ticket Info: 576-2350 Charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000 thetownship.org First opened in 1930, the 3,000-plus-seat Township Auditorium has hosted such artists as Elvis Presley, Duke Ellington, Pink Floyd and The Clash. Reopened in 2010 after a $12 million facelift.

Tunnelvision

Taylor and Marion streets Along with that huge fire hydrant, this 1975 realistic wall mural of a road running through a tunnel (also by Blue Sky) is an iconic piece of local public art. Don’t drive by this thing when you’re stoned unless you feel like totaling your car.

USC Horseshoe

900 Block of Sumter St., 777-8161 Little do most of the frolicking young college students on the gorgeous USC Horseshoe know — or care, probably — that Robert Mills, the nation’s first federal architect, designed several buildings there, as well as the Maxcy Monument, named for the first president of the college, Jonathan Maxcy.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

1705 Hampton St., 252-7742 historiccolumbia.org Woodrow Wilson’s family didn’t spend much time in Columbia, but we have to take what we can get. The family moved to town in 1870, moved into the home in 1872 and left two years later following a dispute over mandatory chapel service between Wilson’s father and the Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he taught. Currently closed for renovations.

Workshop Theatre of S.C.

1136 Bull St., 799-6551 (box office) workshoptheatre.com A popular community theater that has been branching out in recent years with increasingly ambitious works.

The Vista Riverfront State Street Vista West

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f Five Points is Columbia’s primary haven for college students, then the Vista offers the same for post-college professionals. This converted warehouse district is largely known for its many dining options and art galleries, but it also sports some key attractions such as the Colonial Life Arena, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the South Carolina State Museum, as well as nightclubs, a theatre

EdVenture Children’s Museum. Photo by Daniel Coston gogue, The Big Apple later was turned into a juke joint where, in 1936, blacks invented a new dance, the Big Apple. Now popular for events and receptions.

and a grocery store (converted from a former Confederate printing plant). Home to such popular annual events as Music Crawl (a Free Times-produced festival of local and regional bands), Vista Lights (a holiday season kick-off party) and Artista Vista (a three-day gallery crawl in the spring), the Vista also has an increasing number of residential options. Just across the Gervais Street bridge sits an eclectic mix of nightspots, galleries, gift shops and restaurants. With its cheap rent, businesses and patrons are realizing that West Columbia has many of the amenities of its sister city across the river, with fewer hassles.

The Big Apple

Colonial Life Arena

801 Lincoln St. Charge by phone: 1-877-489-2849 General Info: 576-9200 coloniallifearena.com Opened in 2002, the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena is the largest arena in South Carolina, hosting major concert and entertainment acts and serving as the home for USC men’s and women’s basketball.

Columbia Marionette Theater

401 Laurel St., 252-7366 cmtpuppet.org Located near Riverfront Park, the Columbia Marionette Theater was founded in 1988 and presents children’s productions ranging from traditional fairy tales to educational shows. In 2009, founder Allie Scollon received a top national puppetry award.

1000 Hampton St., 252-7742 historiccolumbia.org A debate still rages as to whether the phrase “The Big Apple” came to New York City from jazz or from horse racing (a 1930s N.Y.C. sports column was called “Around the Big Apple”). For Columbia’s sake, let’s go with the jazz theory: Once a local syna-

EdVenture Children’s Museum

211 Gervais St., 779-3100 edventure.org The South’s largest children’s museum, with more than 70,000 square feet of cool stuff to keep the kids occupied.

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Riverfront Park

Laurel at Huger Street columbiasc.net, 545-3100 Separating the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, Riverfront Park is a popular jogging/walking trail encompassing 167 acres just west of Huger Street.

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum

301 Gervais St., 737-8095 crr.sc.gov Believe it or not, the Confederate Relic Room actually has much more than Civil War memorabilia, with artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to World War II. Located in the former mill that also houses the S.C. State Museum.

South Carolina State Museum

301 Gervais St., 898-4921 southcarolinastatemuseum.org Housed in the historic Columbia Mill building (built in 1893), the S.C. State Museum has permanent and rotating exhibitions covering South Carolina’s cultural history, natural history, science, technology and art. The museum also brings in non-S.C.related blockbuster exhibitions.

Three Rivers Greenway

riveralliance.org, 765-2200 Columbia has come a long way on its riverfront development in the past few years, and the designation of the Congaree River Blue Trail as a National Recreation Trail underlines the point. The Three Rivers Greenway will eventually provide 12 miles of linked river access to citizens of Columbia, Cayce and West Columbia. The completed portions of the Greenway are already popular for walking and running, and the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheatre hosts outdoor concerts and more.

Trustus Theatre

520 Lady St., 254-9732 trustus.org Columbia’s leading progressively oriented theater company.

Rockaways. Rosewood has its own signature events, too: the Rosewood Crawfish Festival and the Krewe de Columbia Ya-Ya Mardi Gras Parade.

701 Whaley St., 779-4571 701cca.org Opened in the fall of 2008, the 701 Center for Contemporary Art has become an integral part of the local arts scene, hosting visual arts exhibitions as well as cutting-edge music and dance performances and other events.

All-Local Farmers Market

711 Whaley St., stateplate.org Held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. What will you find? Sustainably produced meat, produce and crafts of all kinds: pork, seafood, beef; organic coffee; locally grown fruits and vegetables; locally made baked goods; and much more.

Carolina Stadium

431 Williams St. University spokespeople will tell you that USC’s shining new baseball stadium (which opened in 2009) is located in the Innovista district, but locals know the area as Olympia. Regardless of what you call it, the 9,000-seat baseball stadium is indeed a bang-up place to watch USC’s national champions. And while your inner accountant might moan and grown as you’re shelling out all that cash on concessions, your inner environmentalist can take pride in the stadium’s hydrogen-powered scoreboard — yes, really.

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701 Center for Contemporary Art

Five Points ive Points is a college student’s playground, but it’s also much more. Home to the annual St. Pat’s festival — which draws thousands of music fans and partiers every year — Five Points offers an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars where you’ll find everything from coffee, hip clothes, books and records to deli sandwiches, burritos and more. And with the coveted tree-lined bungalows of Shandon just up the street, Five Points and Devine Street also have options for the post-college crowd, including numerous locally owned retail spots and some higher-end dining options. Not far away in Rosewood, you’ll find a burgeoning residential and retail area anchored by Publix and sprinkled with eclectic spots to grab a drink or hear some music, such as the Cock ‘N’ Bull Pub and

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Over in the historic mill village of Olympia, you’ll find a dynamic art space at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art, the All-Local Farmers Market and Carolina Stadium, home of the Gamecock baseball team.

Five Points Fountain

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Harden Street and Saluda Avenue The Five Points Fountain is a nice place to hang out with your coffee or lunch; it’s also ground zero for the Five Points After Five concert series, which presents local and regional bands on an outdoor stage.

Five Points is for strolling, dining and shopping. Retail options are wide, encompassing everything from hip vinyl at Papa Jazz and hip clothing at Loose Lucy’s to stylish shoes at Good for the Sole. When night falls, there are plenty of places to get your groove on, too (see “Nightlife”).

Shops on Devine

Just up the hill from Five Points on Devine Street are a string of high-quality, locally owned boutiques. From eco-friendly children’s clothes at K.D.’s Treehouse to ultracool furniture at Bohemian Home and highend fashion at Pout and VanJean, Devine Street merchants specialize in some of the most unique and eclectic offerings in the city.

Visanska-Starks House

2214 Hampton St. Featured on HGTV’s If Walls Could Talk, this historic home was built around 1900 and is located on Hampton Street in Historic Waverly. Barrett Visanska (1849-1932) — a Polish jeweler and founder of the Tree of Life

East Carolina kicks off to the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Photo by Travis Bell/Sideline Carolina Congregation — bought the house in 1913. John J. Starks, president of Benedict College, bought the house in 1938.

Williams-Brice Stadium

1125 George Rogers Blvd., 777-4271 uscsports.cstv.com Situated close to both Rosewood and Olympia, Williams-Brice Stadium is party central during football season, with fans spilling into both Five Points and the Vista after games. Since being built in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration — you know, that leftist agency started by FDR — Williams-Brice has served as the site of lots of drunken football revelry, a U2 concert and an appearance by Obama and Oprah.

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t used to be that heading northeast from downtown Columbia was just a long, lonely drive down Two Notch Road with a handful of restaurants and strip malls along the way to the area’s wonderful Sesquicentennial State Park. Now the Northeast sports several farmers markets, the enormous Village at Sandhill retail complex, the expansive Lake Carolina residential development and top-notch schools that keep residents coming. Home to plenty of national retailers and restaurants, too, as well as several popular golf courses.

Cobblestone Park Golf Club

280 University Club Parkway (Blythewood), 714-2620 cobblestoneparkgolfclub.com A 27-hole golf course formerly known as the University Club. Features panoramic views with rolling hills and beautiful oaks and pines.

Golf Blythewood

1084 Langford Rd. (Blythewood), 754-8600 golfclubsc.com With its winding streams, towering hardwoods and picturesque lake, this course has been consistently ranked by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play in South Carolina. Designed by Ken Killian, the course is challenging but also playable for golfers at all levels.

Golf Club at Crickentree

1084 Langford Rd. (Blythewood), 754-8600 golfclubsc.com Operated by the Golf Club of South Carolina, Crickentree is a meticulously maintained course along Lake Carolina. Has hosted the U.S. Open qualifying round, the USGA Junior Tournament, Columbia’s City Amateur tournament and numerous tour events.

Kershaw Fine Arts Center

810 Lyttleton St., Camden, 803-425-7676 fineartscenter.org Presents community-oriented theater, music, dance and exhibits, as well as the annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival.

S.C. Archives and History Center

8301 Parklane Rd., 896-6100 scdah.sc.gov Sorry, folks: The S.C. Archives and History Center’s online auction of old Confederate money has ended. But there are still plenty of reasons to check out the Archives and

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History Center, the most popular of which is to research your family history in the research room. With a wealth of local, state and federal documents, the center encourages the general public as well as scholars, students, lawyers and others to make use of its resources, and staffers are on hand to help speed your search. The center also presents exhibitions and public programs and has a gift shop.

Sesquicentennial State Park

9564 Two Notch Road, 788-2706 www.southcarolinaparks.com This 1,419-acre park features a 30-acre lake surrounded by trails, picnic areas and campsites. Also offers boating, fishing, swimming, meeting facilities and trails. Trails include a 6.1-mile mountain bike trail, a 1.9-mile nature trail, and a 3.5-mile walking and jogging trail. Located 13 miles northeast of Columbia on Two Notch Road.

options: Saluda Shoals Park, which features a wetlands preserve; Harbison State Forest, a great place to bike; and Seven Oaks Park, with a full-service recreation complex.

4442 Jackson Blvd., 751-7419 Commemorates Fort Jackson’s prominent role in training American soldiers by acquiring and exhibiting artifacts dating to the fort’s founding in 1917. 

381 Pilgrim Church Rd., 356-2239 mycaddyshak.com Driving range and a par-three course at the StoneBridge Golf Club. On 381 Pilgrim Church Road, off Highway 6 near Lake Murray.

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Chapin Community Theatre

1101 Longtown Road East, 786-7888 windermereclubsc.com Designed by Pete Dye, the Windermere course prides itself on having as many truly unique, memorable holes as possible. On this course, that’s 13 out of 18 — and no two holes are remotely alike. A driving range and practice green offer opportunities to sharpen your game before you hit the course.

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or visitors to the area, the key draw in this part of town is Lake Murray, where you’ll find more than 500 miles of shoreline along South Carolina’s largest manmade lake. Lake Murray offers a wide range of seasonal recreation options — including sailing, fishing (especially striped bass), camping and hiking — and a huge July 4 fireworks display. Public access is limited to the few parks and marinas scattered around the lake, so keep that in mind as you make your plans. There’s more to the area than the lake, however. Among your

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For Columbians from all areas of town, the sprawling Columbiana Centre Mall and its surrounding big-name retailers make it a necessary stop. Good schools and neighborhoods round out the package for residents.

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If you’re looking for cultural offerings, among your options are the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra and the Chapin Community Theatre, which has been serving the area for more than 25 years.

U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum

481 Town Center Place, 419-0235 villageatsandhillonline.com Located off I-20 (Exit 80, Clemson Road), the Village at Sandhill is a testament to the growth of Columbia’s Northeast region. Primarily a massive retail development — with major stores including Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Belk, Books-A-Million, Gamestop, Victoria’s Secret and many more — the Village at Sandhill also boasts residential living, a popular movie theater, numerous dining options and community events, including outdoor concerts.

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107 Columbia Ave., Chapin, 240-8544 chapintheatre.org What originated informally in the late ‘70s as a few friends staging no-frills plays has become a staple of Lexington County’s cultural life.

Crooked Creek Park

1098 Old Lexington Highway (Chapin) 345-6181, icrc.net “Crooked Creek” makes this park sound like it’s a dirt path next to a trickle of water. Actually, it’s got a 53,000-square-foot community center with a full gym and racquetball courts, along with tennis courts, athletics fields, picnic areas and, oh yeah, walking trails.

Dreher Island State Recreation Area

3677 State Park Road Exit 91 off I-26, 803-364-4152 southcarolinaparks.com Located 30 miles northwest of Columbia in Prosperity, the Dreher Island recreation area consists of three islands encompassing 12 miles of shoreline on Lake Murray. Especially popular for fishing and boating (Lake Murray is a top destination for striped and largemouth bass), Dreher Island also offers lakefront camping, cabin and villa rentals, water skiing and picnicking.

Frankie’s Fun Park

140 Parkridge Dr. 781-2342, frankiesfunpark.com. Kids’ stuff? Hardly. This Harbison-area entertainment center packs three go-kart tracks, three 18-hole mini-golf courses, batting cages, bumper boats, an arcade, a 5,000-square foot multi-tiered laser tag arena and an super-tall drop zone that says “In your face, gravity!” into 14 acres filled with fun for all ages. What, do you hate fun or something?

Golden Hills Golf & Country Club

100 Scotland Dr., 957-3355 goldenhillsgolf.com Located in the Town of Lexington, Golden Hills is an 18-hole championship course designed by golf architect Ron Garl. Considered challenging yet playable for all levels, the course is among the highest-rated in the Midlands.

Saluda Shoals Park. Courtesy photo Harbison State Forest

state.sc.us/forest/refharb.htm, 896-8890 If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never expect to find 2,177 acres of forest along the sprawling mess that is Broad River Road. But there it is — one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the eastern United States. Features more than 16 miles of roads and trails (popular for biking) and a canoe landing.

Saluda Shoals Park

icrc.net, 731-5208, 213-2050 (weekend) Situated on 270 acres downstream from the Lake Murray Dam, Saluda Shoals features a popular water park, an environmental education center, canoe trips, nature hikes, biking trails, fishing spots, picnic shelters, art exhibits, summer camps, health and wellness programs, meeting facilities and more.

Seven Oaks Park

Lake Murray

lakemurraycountry.com, lakemurray.com Located a few miles northwest of downtown Columbia, Lake Murray is a 50,000acre lake offering boating, camping and other recreational activities. Lakemurraycountry.com lists public access points, as well as marinas and landing spots.

200 Leisure Lane, 772-3336 icrc.net Built in 1973 and located in the St. Andrews area, Seven Oaks Park is a full-service recreation complex offering fitness, athletics and cultural arts programs. Features a dance studio, art gallery, picnic areas, tennis courts, walking trails and more.

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US Highway 378 and Fox St. Lexington, 359-8369 www.lex-co.com/museum Founded in 1970, the museum complex encompasses seven acres and features 36 historic structures focusing on the early history of Lexington County, from 1770 until the Civil War.

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Village Square Theatre

scgreatoutdoors.com/park-peachtree. html, 254-9046 Peachtree rock is a geological wonder: a top-heavy sandstone formation that has stood for millions of years and is a testament to the ancient marine environment that was once here. Located off S.C. 6 in southern Lexington County near Swansea.

Exit 115 off I-26 scstatefarmersmarket.com Relocated to Lexington County from Richland in 2010, the South Carolina State Farmers Market has a lot more space than it used to — space for vendors, shoppers and parking. Also features an exhibition kitchen, restaurant and a bakery. Open Mon-Sat 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun noon to 6 p.m.

105 Caughman Road, Lexington villagesquaretheatre.com, 359-1436 Community theater from the Lexington County Arts Association.

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Back Porch on Gervais

1616 Gervais St., 779-4626 Elegant bistro with a swanky bar.

Chelsea’s

1734 Main St., 748-9925 New Main Street seafood joint stocks a decent bar geared toward the upscale crowd. Live jazz on Fridays, too.

The Comedy Zone

1615 Gervais St., 744-7786 Need a laugh? This brand-new downtown comedy club in the Clarion Hotel books topname comedians.

Hunter-Gatherer

900 Main St., 748-0540 huntergathererbrewery.com More than the token local microbrew joint, H-G offers awesome bartenders, scrumptious entrées and an excellent beer and liquor selection. Looking to impress your local-hipster date? You can’t go wrong here. Live jazz on Thursdays, and the occasional rock shows on Fridays.

Mac’s on Main

1710 Main St., 929-0037 macsjazznblues.com Yes, this Main Street institution is known for its scrumptious buffet during the day, but at night, the only thing hotter than the waitresses is the live music, which caters to blues and jazz aficionados.

Main Street

1400 Main St., 988-1400 A sports bar inside the Sheraton, Main Street offers a place to catch the game and a quick bite in addition to a stiff drink.

Sheraton Rooftop Lounge

1400 Main St., 988-1400 Not for the acrophobic, the Sheraton’s hip Rooftop Lounge boasts a classy clientele, fine libations and desserts, plus a beautiful panorama of the Capital City.

Sheraton Vault Martini Bar

1400 Main St., 988-1400 Nestled within the bank’s original safe, the Vault Martini Bar is a popular hotspot who insist upon their martinis stirred, not shaken, and with a twist of sophistication.

The Whig

1200 Main St., 931-8852 thewhig.org Inhabited by hipsters young and old, this dark, underground bohemia offers good, cheap beer and good, cheap liquor to go along with cheap eats. Has an awesome jukebox filled with classic punk, Motown, jazz and much more. Hosts the super-tough Trivi-YEAH on Wednesdays, and The Great-

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Wine Down on Main

1520 Main St. Suite 1B, 673-4810 A recent entry to Main Street, this small, cozy wine bar is charming and unassuming, offering select beers and complimentary hors d’oeuvres in addition to a large selection of traditional and off-beat wines.

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@116 Espresso & Wine Bar

116 State St., 791-5663 116state.com A coffee shop that serves gourmet food and booze? Be still our beating hearts! Dig those specialty cocktails; also serves an extensive assortment of wines. Small, but cozy. A good date spot.

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Art Bar

1211 Park St., 929-0198 artbarsc.com If you’re looking for a non-corporate nightspot where you can ditch the lawyers and get to know the artists and musicians, you need look no further than this eclectic Vista bar. Cool but never pretentious, the Art Bar is good for people-watching, conversation and music (both bands and DJs), not to mention open-mic poetry nights, improv comedy and karaoke.

The Big Ugly

931A Senate St., 834-5496 thebiguglysc.com The Big Ugly’s tagline invites you to unleash your inner Cajun, but aside from the food, The Big Ugly’s as American as bars come: wing specials; dangerously cheap drink specials; and live music on the weekends.

Blue.

721A Lady St., 251-4447 Blue, a tapas bar and cocktail lounge, features Columbia’s only ice bar and draws in big crowds for its popular ’80s night on Wednesdays. Cozy late-night spot as well.

Callaway’s Bar & Grill

2410 Augusta Rd., 926-1199 Pool tables. Big-screen TVs. What more do you want from a sports bar?

Carolina Ale House

708 Lady St., 227-7150 carolinaalehouse.com Southeastern chain grille-and-groggery offers good eats, a good beer selection and plenty of televised sports. Features the Vista’s hottest rooftop bar and plenty of fun drink specials.

Flying Saucer. File photo Conundrum Music Hall

626 Meeting St., 399-0397 conundrum.us Conundrum’s mission statement: Bringing you the music you know you need, as well as the music you don’t yet even know you need. What that means: Run by local impresario of the odd Tom Law, Conundrum is a hub for avant-garde music, offering weird, wild and wonderful avant-jazz, contemporary classical and out-there prog ensembles.

Flying Saucer

931 Senate St., 933-9997 beerknurd.com Beer nerds (or knurds) rejoiced when this renowned purveyor of draughts landed in Columbia; dudes rejoiced when they saw the waitresses in schoolgirl uniforms. Offering more selections than most commoners could imagine, this is a beer drinker’s paradise with a nice front porch, some live music and the occasional commemorative pint glass.

Deeanne’s Sports Bar

1306 Charleston Hwy., 739-2303. A private sports bar in West Columbia.

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The Garden Deli

134 1/2 State St., 708-6066 Housed in the old Red Tub space, which has been renovated and revamped, The Garden Deli’s another late-night spot on State Street, offering cheap drinks and pub food (hot dogs on Mondays; wings on Wednesdays) many nights. Host local art and local acoustic musicians, too. Plus: Pinball!

Gervais & Vine

620A Gervais St., 799-8463 gervine.com Gervais & Vine offers a sophisticated yet approachable atmosphere for its exquisite Southern fusion tapas. Its extensive wine selection separates it from most of Columbia’s metropolitan haunts, and the diversity and daring of the menu make it hard to dislike. Columbia needs more places like this.

Jet Nightlife

700 Gervais St., 553-3990 jetnightlife.com Jet Nightlife offers multiple bars (five!) and state-of-the-art sound and light design. A night club, an ultra lounge, an outdoor oasis — Jet Nightlife is whatever you want it to be. (Though it’s not, we don’t think, named after the Wings song.)

Jillian’s

800 Gervais St., 779-7789 columbia.jilliansbillards.com Games! TVs! Food! Beer! The closest you’ll get to a Chuck E. Cheese for grown-ups, Jillian’s offers an arcade, a beach volleyball court, billiard tables, ping-pong tables, walls of huge flat-screen televisions and more in addition to an extensive list of imports, domestics and other assorted cocktails and libations. Also presents live music and entertainment.

Kelly’s

1001 Washington St., 254-4464 If this converted fire station reminds you of Five Points, it’s probably because its owners cut their teeth working for places like Group Therapy and Jungle Jim’s. These Gamecock fans host regular acoustic performances in addition to karaoke and open mic contests.

Liberty Tap Room

828 Gervais St., 461-4677 libertytaproom.com Attention hipsters: If you’re looking for that hot roller derby girl, you might have taken a wrong turn. (She’s at Art Bar.) Young professionals, however, should find much to enjoy here between the clientele, muchacclaimed menu and massive beer list, which offers 75 tap and bottle varieties to choose from.

Mojitos Tropical Café

1004 Gervais St., 779-1717 Last year, 400,000 Americans visited the communist island of Cuba thanks to an easing of travel restrictions. If you want to visit a tropical nightlife paradise serving up delicious Cuban food, however, it’s a lot easier to just head to this small Vista locale.

New Brookland Tavern

122 State St., 791-4413 newbrooklandtavern.com New Brookland Tavern is best known for being Columbia’s go-to spot for live local, regional and national live music, but it’s a damn fine bar, too, offering a fine array of specials and a bar stocked with much more than Pabst Blue Ribbon. Friendly staff, too, as well as kitschy ‘90s arcade consoles.

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Nonnah’s

930 Gervais St., 779-9599 nonnahs.com Best known for its desserts, Nonnah’s is a good place to stop for coffee and drinks after dinner or a show.

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The Oyster Bar

1123 Park St., 799-4484 Don’t dig on bivalve mollusks? No worries: The dressed-down atmosphere, excellent service and better-than-average beer selection will keep you coming back.

Pearlz

936 Gervais St., 661-7741 pearlzoysterbar.com As an oyster bar, Pearlz specializes in all things bivalve mollusk. But its hip, trendy ambience and signature martinis make it a hotspot for Columbia’s young, urban professional crowd.

PT’s 1109

1109 Assembly St., 253-8900 pts1109.com You could live your whole life in Columbia and not know this gay bar exists, and, frankly, its regulars probably wouldn’t mind all that much. Conversely, this haunt is a treasure to the folks who frequent it.

SakiTumi

807 Gervais St., 931-0700 flyingnapkin.com Sushi, sake and salacious servers ... what else could you want out of an über-hip Vista sushi bar?

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Social

918 Gervais St. socialcolumbiasc.com Per its website, Social aims to be a blend of worldwide hotspots: Panama’s Zona Viva; New York City’s Meat-Packing District; Havana’s El Diablo; Los Angeles; and the Mediterranean island Ibiza.

State Street Pub

136 State St., 796-2006 An across-the-bridge institution, State Street Pub wins its crowd with pool, cheap beer, sports and plenty of charm. Loads of beers on tap.

Thirsty Fellow

621 Gadsden St., 799-1311 thirstyfellow.com Launched by Willie Durkin — formerly of Shannon’s, Sneakers and Durkin’s — Thirsty Fellow serves up eclectic, delicious pizzas and offers a full bar.

Tin Roof

1022 Senate St., 771-1558 tinroof.com Started in Atlanta in 1996, Tin Roof now has five locations in the Southeast. Its calling cards: live music, good food and a laid-back atmosphere. Open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and into the night.

Tsunami

700-C Gervais St., 312-9911 tsunamicompany.com Two chic sushi bars within two blocks of each other in the Vista? Be still our beating hearts! Tsunami’s elegant, contemporary atmosphere and ample seating area complements its extensive sake, wine and beer selection.

Wild Wing. File photo Uncle Fester’s

522 Devine St., 748-9897 While most of the Soda City’s bars are closing up shop on Sunday morning, this watering hole between Palmetto Pig and Todd & Moore keeps the party going. Always packed with a diverse clientele.

Uncle Louie’s

800 Gervais St., 779-5650 wetwillies.com How can you not love a bar that specializes in grain alcohol slushies? Er, excuse us, daiquiris.

The Wild Hare

1125 Park St., 933-9833 Its no-frills, no-nonsense attitude has endeared this unassuming watering hole to a loyal legion of regulars, but there’s always room for more.

Wet Willie’s

902-B Gervais St., 929-0374 Three-time winner of the Best Sports Bar in the Best of Columbia poll. Serves up hefty portions of some hefty selections (try the potato cakes!), and earns points for televisions and attractive wait staff. Down-toearth crowd.

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Wild Wing Café

729 Lady St., 252-9464 wildwingcafe.com Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is their 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

The Woody

808 Lady St., 779-9663 Named after popular Columbia oldies disc jockey Woody Windham, The Woody is a popular Vista spot for shag and salsa dancing, as well as a welcoming spot for partiers who aren’t in their 20s. You have to duck through an alley, but don’t let that ward you off. Offers nightly drink specials.

World of Beer

902F Gervais St., 509-6020 thevista.wobusa.com Lagers and porters and stouts (and pales and ales and bocks), oh my! World of Beer offers more than 500 beers, stocking something for aficionados and neophytes alike. Wine and cigars, too, plus live music on the weekends. The suds bring the masses in, but the living-room atmosphere keeps ‘em coming back.

Cock N Bull Pub

326 S. Edisto Ave., 251-4474 As British as you’ll get in Rosewood. Popular and laid-back, this neighborhood favorite has a small but stellar beer menu, and lots of soccer on TV.

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Delaney’s

741 Saluda Ave., 779-2345 Delaney’s is as Irish as it comes here in the Bible Belt. Of course it has Guinness, but it also has quite an assortment of classy imports and plenty of good ol’ Irish grub. Personable staff, live music and a vibrant atmosphere round out the package — but get there early, as it fills up fast, especially on pint nights.

Five Points Pub

2020 Devine St., 253-7888 A happening Five Points pub and music venue its first time around, the Five Points Pub returned this year — seemingly due to popular demand — after a few years of steady turnover at 2020 Devine. Why mess with what worked: The Pub built its reputation on being a cool, comfortable place to watch live music and imbibe a few drinks, and it’s gotten back to those basics its second time around.

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620 Harden St., 254-3354 Open from happy hour until sunrise, Bar None is the last refuge of the late-night lush. Filled with shuffleboard tables, rock music and sloshed 20-somethings, what more could you ask for?

Bey’s

711 Harden St., 255-2996 Hipsters and frat dudes alike have flocked to this dive-y Five Points drinkery — mostly for its dangerously cheap drink specials. Also offers weekly dance nights (including the popular F!k Work and BreakEdge series) and eclectic selection of live music, from cutting-edge indie rock bands to singersongwriters.  

Breakers

801 Harden St., 771-6360 One of the biggest draws to Dr. Rocco’s was its outdoor patio, which offered an ideal Five Points people-watching spot. Breakers, now in the old Dr. Rocco’s space, keeps the patio, but the inside bar got an upscale makeover.

Cantina 76

2901 Devine St., 708-6004 cantina76.com This Devine Street joint is abuzz with young women in cocktail dresses and couples on dates who come for the Tex-Mex cuisine and stay for the excellent margaritas, made in all shapes, flavors and sizes with topshelf tequilas.

CJ’s

749 Saluda Ave., 748-8694 Its retractable exterior wall opens to reveal the Five Points fountain plaza, thus making CJ’s a great spot for taking in this colorful corner of Columbia.  

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406 Howard St., 728-0420 Even the spirits are organic at this local green bar; offers organic wines, beers, sake and liquors. Creative cocktails, too.  

Goatfeathers

2017 Devine St., 256-3325 Goatfeathers is the ideal habitat if you’re looking for that dark and mysterious, filmnoir kind of ambience. The delicious food and gourmet desserts, perennially attractive staff, romance-conducive lighting and convenient Five Points locale make Goatfeathers one of Columbia’s all-time favorite hangouts.  

Group Therapy

2107 Greene St., 256-1203 grouptherapybar.com Columbia’s quintessential college bar, with cheap drinks, loud music and an outdoor oasis to escape the crowd. Group wrote the book on college partying in Columbia.

Hair of the Dog

2303 Devine St., 834-5144 Like the Publick House, Hair of the Dog is just far enough up Devine Street to be removed from the collegiate chicanery of Five Points. Also like the Publick House, it’s a friendly neighborhood tavern with premium craft brews on tap and top-shelf booze. Plus: Hot dogs!

Henry’s

2865 Devine St., 708-4705 Henry’s champions the traditional neighborhood bar —  and, equally importantly, brings terrific bar food. Comfortable and classy.

Jake’s

2112 Devine St., 252-5253 Meet the new Jake’s — same as the old Jake’s. But that’s a good thing: The renewed Five Points institution is as friendly as ever, offering the same variety of televised sports and multiple bar stations. Plus: It still has shuffleboard and that killer outdoor patio.

Goatfeathers. File photo Lucky’s

2100B Devine St., 929-1118 For the Vista experience in Five Points, Lucky’s is your place — good wine and beer selection and an outdoor patio.

Mucho Margaritas

819 Harden St., 251-3185 Yes, the margaritas, voted best in the Free Times Best of Columbia poll, are, in fact, spectacular, but the family-owned restaurant and bar also offers fine Tex-Mex food and cheap beer.

Nightcaps

2722 Devine St., 771-6575 An out-of-the-way place with respect to Five Points, Nightcaps has a pool table, a big-screen television, comfy lounge chairs and a good late-night atmosphere. A popular haven for those not ready to let the night end.

Pavlov’s

2000B Greene St. Tucked behind the Salty Nut, Pavlov’s is a long-time stomping ground of college revelers and serves as hallowed ground for many in the fraternity and sorority circles.

Pawley’s Front Porch

827 Harden St., 771-8001 pawleys5pts.com Featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Pawley’s is primarily known for its behemoth specialty burgers, but it also caters to a late-night crowd on weekends. Especially good for game days, as it shows football games on its huge screen on its even huger deck.

Pinch

640 Harden St., 708-6838 Next door to Lucky’s, Pinch, too, offers Vista atmosphere at Five Points prices. On-tap beers are rotated frequently, and frequently feature high-class offerings.

The Pour House

800 Harden St., 932-3033 Next to the always overflowing Group Therapy, The Pour House has a good drink selection at prices that won’t send you to the poor house.

Publick House

2307 Devine St. Exceptional beer selection, challenging trivia, hip music selection, über-friendly staff, good burgers and the best raw fries around.

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Red Hot Tomatoes

636 Harden St., 466-5566 From barroom bingo to karaoke, dance music to red-hot bartenders and customers, Red Hot Tomatoes has everything it needs to keep the parade of partygoers coming. A Five Points institution.

Rockaway Athletic Club

2719 Rosewood Dr., 256-1075 Exquisite burgers, low-key atmosphere and a nice, amply stocked bar. Plus, lots of sports on TV.

The Rolling Stone

1332 Rosewood Dr., 799-5212 Still-pretty-new Rosewood hangout offers live music, drink specials and signature cocktails — in other words, it’s already acquired the hallmarks of Columbia’s favorite drinkeries.  

Rum Runners

724 Harden St., 256-1390 Offers exactly what you’d want from a Five Points bar: Cheap drinks, good vibe, good music. Stays open late.

The Saloon

812 Harden St., 779-4445 From the people that brought you Delaney’s and Speakeasy comes The Saloon — where beer comes in Mason jars and a city slicker can buy a cowboy hat to look the part.

Señor O’Malley’s

715 Harden St., 733-5471 I’m at the Irish pub! I’m at the taco shack! I’m at the combination Irish pub and taco shack! Offers draft beer and nightly specials in addition to tacos and burgers.

Sharky’s

636 Harden St., 799-8337 A favorite Five Points hangout since 1985, Sharky’s has repeatedly nabbed the Best College Bar award in Free Times’ Best of Columbia issue. House favorites: Bud Light, Jack Daniels and kamikaze shots with Southern Comfort. After the partying, Sharky’s keeps things safe by offering free cab rides.

Speakeasy

711 Saluda Ave., 255-0869 Delaney’s classy, hip younger sibling boasts a fine liquor selection, great beers and a top-notch staff, as well as fine cigars, comfy couches and weekly jazz.

Tap Room

2910 Rosewood Dr., 988-0063 It’s called Tap Room, so you’d expect a wide selection of cold drafts on tap, right? Right: This new Rosewood joint offers 30 beers on tap, from the typical draft fare (Yeungling, Stella Artois) to premium specialty craft brews (Stone Arrogant Bastard, Rogue Dead Guy, Abita Purple Haze, Shipyard PumpkinHead). Its bottle list is long, too, and its food (pub fare — burgers, pizzas, sandwiches) and atmosphere (laid-back vibe, friendly staff) make it a must-see on Rosewood.

The Tavern on Greene

2002C Greene St., 252-7265 Perhaps unfairly labeled as a hippie bar — though it is especially welcome to Dead, Spread and Phish heads — the Tavern on Greene is a late night hangout for local musicians and party people alike. An underrated and often overlooked Five Points institution.

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The Thirsty Parrot

734 Harden St., 708-4768 Like Jimmy Buffett? You’ll most likely dig this place, which offers fine burgers and spirits in an easygoing atmosphere.

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TLC Sports Bar and Grill

936 S. Stadium Rd., 251-3087 Built to withstand even the toughest of game days, this ultimate Gamecock bar, located within a stone’s throw of WilliamsBrice, offers enough food, drink and fun to satisfy even the most orange-blooded Clemson fan.

Utopia

3830A Rosewood Dr., 782-8522 Cozy is the name of the game here — this Rosewood neighborhood bar offers an offthe-beaten-path haven for eating, drinking, catching up with friends and taking in some tunes from its frequent guest singer-songwriters.

Village Idiot

2009 Devine St., 252-8646 villageidiotpizza.com Columbia’s quintessential college-town pizza joint in a pub atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious fare, cold beer, wallet-friendly weekly specials and a heaping helping of revelry. Serving New York-style pizza since 1990. Dine in, pick up or delivery, and menu also features salads, sandwiches and wings.

Yesterdays Restaurant and Tavern

2030 Devine St., 799-0196 yesterdayssc.com A great place for an undergrad to take his or her squeeze out for dinner without maxing out the credit card. Good food, above-average beer and liquor selection. Bar in the back has its own entrance on Devine Street. A veritable Columbia landmark since 1978.

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Ale House Lounge

12 Tommy Circle, 771-0161 An off-the-beaten-path hole-in-the-wall not without its charms.

Caprioska

7001 Parklane Road, 699-8300 caprioska.com Karaoke on Tuesdays sponsored by the Big DM, Columbia’s leading R&B radio station. Upscale atmosphere with plush couches in its lounge area; plenty of TVs in its sports bar.

Club Elements

201 Columbia Mall Blvd., 419-2064 Offers a tiny taste of urban nightlife in Northeast Columbia.

Comedy House

2768 Decker Blvd., 798-9898 comedyhouse.us Regional and national comedy acts stopping by regularly. Offers a full menu with steak, shrimp, chicken, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.

Pawleys Front Porch. File photo Hooters

7711 Two Notch Rd., 419-3456 hooters.com The same people who justify buying Playboy for the articles probably justify going to Hooters for its food. A guy’s hangout if there ever were one, Hooters is famous for its wings and women — both of which can get pretty hot.

The Mouse Trap

2711 Middleburg Drive, 799-2120 One of this town’s hidden gems, the 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.

Salsa Cabana

2005 N. Beltline Blvd., 787-1052 This weekend spot is one of the few places in town where you can go to find authentic salsa music, dancing and flair.

Salud!

1101 Broad St., 425-4850 Taqueria and tequila lounge is the place to catch live jazz in Camden.

Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar

841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, 788-6966 More than one of Ricky Mollohan’s highly esteemed restaurants, Solstice offers an extensive wine and specialty drink list.

Taps Pub & Restaurant

Off the Rail

10327 Two Notch Rd., 708-4817

104-B Columbia NE Dr., 699-4657 Patriotically themed pub.

The Pizza Joint

Tsubaki

3246 Forest Drive, 454-1743 Come for the pizza, stay for the surprisingly highfalutin beer selection. Hey, your bar options are limited in Forest Acres.

Polliwog’s

10005 Two Notch Rd., 736-5775 This state-of-the-art sports bar offers an attractive selection of viewing and dining possibilities. And if you hate sports, there’s always karaoke.

The Puddlin’ Duck

108 Columbia Northeast Dr., 865-2859 thepuddlinduck.com A welcome addition to nightlife and dining offerings in the Northeast, The Puddlin’ Duck offers Irish delicious grub (mmm … bangers), Irish beer and occasional live music in a friendly environment.

224 10 O’Neill Ct., 736-7474 Love karaoke? You’ll love Tsubaki, where the karaoke is as authentically Japanese as next-door Inakaya’s sushi.

The Venue

1020 Broad St. (Camden), 713-8333 venueonbroad.net This laid-back venue is the place to catch live music in Kershaw County, offering everything from singer-songwriters to popular local and regional rock acts.

Wild Wing Café

480 Town Center Place, Suite 2; 865-3365 wildwingcafe.com Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is its 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

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Harbison/ Irmo Lake Murray Lexington St. Andrews Alter Ego

109-U Old Chapin Rd., 808-0832 Twisted tapas bar by day, swank lounge bar by night. Nightly drink specials, occasional live music.

Apple Bottoms

826 Bush River Rd., 765-0240 A hip-hop sports grill? All right.

Bailey’s Sports Grille

115 Afton Court, 407-3004 If you’re a serious billiards enthusiast, you’ll be challenged to find a better place. Bailey’s has well-maintained regulation tables and pretty good bar food, too. And if your pool game is suffering, they have plenty of other sports on television throughout the bar.

Baja Broiler

1345 Old Chapin Rd., 356-0040 bajabroiler.net Freshly made Southwestern food and wings, weekly karaoke and occasional live music on the weekends make this a Lexington County hotspot.

Bentley’s Beach House

1605 N. Lake Dr., 808-7263 A popular stop for Lexington locals located near the Lake Murray Dam. Family-friendly; cheap eats, cheaper drinks.

British Bulldog Pub

1220 E10 Bowers Pkwy., 227-8918 thebritishbulldogpub.com A British pub in the middle of Irmo’s urban sprawl? Rad. A dinner menu of traditional U.K. cuisine is augmented with specials on Guinness and Irish whiskeys, but the Bulldog doesn’t forget us Yanks, offering basketball (and soccer, too) on big-screen televisions and multiple, cold domestics.

Copper River Grill

1230 B8 Bower Parkway, 749-4647 Copper River Grill is a destination drinking spot for the entire Irmo/St. Andrews area. A super-large bar area means you’ll always have someplace to sit, but it still gets crowded the later the night progresses. Extensive menu along with beer, wine and specialty cocktails like the Copper River Caramel Apple Martini and the Killer Whale Chocolate Martini.

489 Piney Grove Rd., 731-0403 Karaoke, cover bands and lots of pool. (Hence Corner Pocket. Get it?) Wannabe pool sharks are welcome — but be ready to meet your match.

Exclusive Reggae Bar & Grill

1004 Zimalcrest Dr., 798-2119 If I and I been away from the island too long, this bar provides a taste of Jamaica, mon.

Heartbreakers

800 Bush River Rd., 798-2610 Let’s be frank here: You’re not going to Heartbreakers for the drink specials and food, but the fact that it offers them — and the fact that the girls here take their clothes off — certainly isn’t driving you away.

Hemingway’s

7467 St. Andrews Rd., 749-6020 A neighborhood institution in Irmo for years, Hemingway’s has been the watering hole of choice there for several reasons. Not content to do just one thing well, Hemingway’s is a sports bar, a great restaurant and a nice little music club all rolled into one. Papa would approve.

Hooters

5195 Fernandina Rd., 407-9464 hooters.com The same people who justify buying Playboy for the articles probably justify going to Hooters for its food. A guy’s hangout if there ever were one, Hooters is famous for its wings and women — both of which can get pretty hot.

Incognito

Buckets II

114 Glassmaster Rd., 520-8375 Hot grill, cold brews. Need we say more?

Carolina Ale House

Main Street Café

Carolina Wings & Rib House

105 Northpoint Dr., 356-6244 carolinawings.com What can we say about this Columbia institution? There’s one in almost every neighborhood, they carry a good selection of bottled beers, and the assortment of buffalo wing flavors is enticing, too.

Catch-22

1085-D Lake Murray Blvd., 749-4700 Upscale bar inside upscale seafood restaurant. What this has to do with Joseph Heller, we have no idea.

131 E. Main St., 808-5886 mainstreetcafelexington.com This little Greek restaurant is tucked into a storefront space in the middle of the recently streetscaped section of Main Street in downtown Lexington. The addition of live local music several nights a week makes it a great way for Lexington residents to enjoy dinner and some entertainment without having to travel into Columbia.

McCary’s

851 Bush River Rd., 551-5680 Typically places high in the annual Best of Columbia poll, and for good reason: Good selection, good atmosphere.

Outt Saloon

1573 S. Lake Dr., 359-0458 Pub-style sports bar.

The Palace II

6920 N. Main St., 834-4673

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STAY

Corner Pocket

109 Old Chapin Road Unit K, 785-2305 New-ish joint in Lexington’s Flight Deck strip aims to cater to Lexington’s mature crowd, offering a slice of Vista atmosphere near Lake Murray.

277 Columbiana Dr., 407-6996 carolinaalehouse.com Southeastern chain grille-and-grog offers good eats, a good beer selection and plenty of televised sports.

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Copper River Grill. File photo Platinum Plus

362 Jacob Rd., 731-0555 Let’s be frank here: You’re not going to Platinum for the cigar bar, drink specials and food, but the fact that it offers them — and the fact that the girls here take their clothes off — certainly aren’t driving you away.

ple seating area complement its extensive sake, wine and beer selection.

The Watershed

711 E. Main St., 808-5886 Christian bookstore offering live music and fellowship.

Rusty Anchor

The Wild Hare

1925 Johnson Marina Rd., 749-1555 rustyanchorrestaurant.com Sliding glass doors opened most of the year offer a great view of Lake Murray. And live entertainment on The Quarterdeck outside jazzes up the summer months.

5122 Bush River Rd., 213-1300 A sports bar with plenty of TVs, pool tables and dartboards, this location also offers an outdoor bar area with a sand volleyball court. Named Best Sports Bar in the Best of Columbia poll for three years running.

Schooners

Wild Wing Café

6226 Bush River Rd., 661-6138 schoonersbarandgrill.com On the eastern shores of Lake Murray by the confluence of Bush River Road, North Lake Drive and Lake Murray Boulevard, Schooners is a simple unassuming bar and grill, offering daily specials, cheap wings, televisions and live music.

1150 Bower Pkwy., 749-9464 wildwingcafe.com Sure, Wild Wing Café has sandwiches, salads and soup, but the obvious draw is its 33 flavors of wings. If you can’t decide on one, get the sampler platter. Also boasts a ton of TVs, a party atmosphere and a steady stream of regional rock bands.

Tipsy Toad Tavern

Wings ‘n’ Ale

103 Beaufort St., 932-4470 tipsytoadtavern.com A godsend to the culturally deprived lake area, the Tipsy Toad features a good beer selection and Vista-style atmosphere.

Tsunami

154 Ellis Ave., 359-4475 Specializing in wings, beer and pool, Wings ‘n’ Ale has an ample supply of all three. If you’re looking for a place where the odds of getting a table are better than making a masse shot, this is it. Classic and modern rock flows as freely as the brew. Not your khaki and button-down crowd.

1290 Bower Pkwy.,407-3873 tsunamicompany.com Like its sister Vista location, Tsunami’s elegant, contemporary atmosphere and am-

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Calendar of Events

ColaCon Columbia Museum of Art, cola-con.com Oct. 5-6. A hybrid of hip-hop music and comic book culture, this comic book convention features performances by lauded emcees Ghostface Killah of The Wu-Tang Clan and Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.

You’re in town, now where’s the action?

Columbia QuadSquad v. Chattanooga Rollergirls

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 or visit free-times.com. 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 mid-December, when the next Bites & Sights hits the streets. Dates are subject to change. For more information, please contact the specific venue or organization.

Jamil Temple, columbiaquadsquad.com Oct. 21. Roller derby mayhem!

Congaree Bluegrass Festival congareebluegrassfestival.com Oct. 6. Bluegrass all day in Cayce’s Granby Park.

Contemporaries’ Black and White Ball

Ongoing Events

Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamuseum.org Oct. 26. Hosted by the Columbia Museum of Art’s Contemporaries young-professionals group. Fashioned after Truman Capote’s legendary 1966 Black and White Ball.

Columbia Alternacirque Art Bar, alternacirque.com Columbia’s resident — and awesome — alternative circus troupe performs the fourth Friday of every month at Art Bar.

Dracula

First Thursday on Main

Koger Center, columbiacityballet.com Oct. 25-27. Ballet with a bite; performed by Columbia City Ballet.

Main Street, downtown Columbia, firstthursdaysonmain.wordpress.com Eclectic monthly arts series on Main Street. A loose collaboration between the merchants and artists of Main Street, spearheaded primarily by Frame of Mind, Anastasia & Friends, S&S Art Supply and Tapp’s Art Center.

Museum Exhibitions Civil War in 3-D

The Fresh Beat Big Band Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Oct. 3. Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name.

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1949), is on display at Columbia Museum of Art.

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, crr.sc.gov. Features a revolving 3-D show of over more than 75 stereographs with an original soundtrack bringing to life each image from this defining time in American history. Through June 2013.

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950 Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamuseum.org Explores Rothko’s work in the 1940s. Runs through Jan. 6.

Irmo Town Park, irmookrastrut.com Sept. 28-29. Irmo loves okra: two day-event featuring street dance, parade, arts and crafts, rides and amusements, petting zoo, lots of festival food.

Conflict Zone: A Groundbreaking Look at War

Secrets of the Maya

Riverbanks ZOOfari

South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, crr.sc.gov. Photos taken from the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, captured by some of the world’s leading combat photographers and journalists. Runs Nov. 9-Feb. 23.

Face Jugs: African-American Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamuseum.org A collection of unique South Carolina stoneware vessels. Runs Sept. 28-Dec. 16.

The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls South Carolina State Museum, scmuseum.org Tells the story of Robert Smalls, a slave who worked on the CSS Planter and made history when he stole the ship and steamed his way to freedom. Smalls was later elected to the South Carolina legislature and U.S. Congress. Runs through Jan. 6.

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South Carolina State Museum, scmuseum.org Ceramic artifacts, temple rubbings, altar casts and more. Opens Oct. 13.

Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today 701 Center for Contemporary Art, 701cca.org Explores the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. Runs through Oct. 14.

September Columbia Italian Festival Main Street, osiacolumbiasc.org/festival.htm Sept. 29. Italian food! Italian heritage! Italian wines! Bocce!

Fork & Spoon Records Presents: Ten Years of Bluetile forkandspoonrecords.net Sept. 28-30. Venerable local skateshop Bluetile Skateshop celebrates 10 years in business. Local record label Fork & Spoon throws it a party. Features three days of concerts, including a DJ set by Toro Y Moi.

Irmo Okra Strut

Riverbanks Zoo, riverbanks.org Sept. 28. Riverbanks Zoo fundraiser.

Southern Exposure New Music Series University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall www.music.sc.edu. Sept. 28. Percussion All-Star Concert featuring an incredible range of today’s percussion music, from heavy-hitting, virtuosic show-stoppers to theatrical, modernist masterpieces to intimate, provocative soundscapes.

Ron White Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Sept. 27. Tater Salad, y’all.

Viva La Vista The Vista, vivalavistasc.com Sept. 29. A taste — literally — of what the Vista’s award-winning restaurants have to offer.

October Boo at the Zoo Riverbanks Zoo, riverbanks.org Oct. 19-30. Riverbanks’ Halloween spooktacular. Trick-or-treat trail, moonlight magic, much more.

Jam Room Music Festival Main Street, jamroommusicfestival.com Oct. 13. Iconic local recording studio throws 25th birthday bash, but you get the present: a free downtown music festival featuring The Hold Steady and Justin Townes Earle, plus a host of locals.

La Bayadere: Prince of India Koger Center, columbiaclassicalballet.org Oct. 12. Performed by the Columbia Classical Ballet.

Live from the 92nd Y: Walter Isaacson Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, jcccolumbia.org Oct. 16. Broadcast of author discussing the significance of Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs’ revolutionary contributions to the business world.

Mary Mary Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Oct. 28. Nothing contrary here, just a wildly popular urban contemporary gospel duo.

Menopause: The Musical Township Auditorium thetownship.org Oct. 27. Insert hot flashes joke here.

Next Fall Trustus Theatre, trustus.org Oct. 26-Nov. 10. A witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love.

Pride and Prejudice Finlay Park, shakespearesc.org Oct. 17-27. State Shakespeare troupe does Austen. continues on page 50

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STAY Downtown USC South Main St. The 1425 Inn

1425 Richland St., 252-7225 the1425inn.com Exquisite bed-and-breakfast near the heart of Columbia. Amenities: smoke-free, Southern-style porch, full breakfast.

Affordable Suites Deluxe

150 Stoneridge Dr., 779-7000 Just off I-126; extended-stay friendly. Amenities: Business center; fitness room; free breakfast; free Wi-Fi; pets allowed; smokefree; meeting facilities.

Chestnut Cottage

1718 Hampton St., 256-1718 chestnutcottage.com The wartime home of author Mary Boykin Chestnut; once visited by Jefferson Davis. Amenities: Complimentary breakfast; free Wi-Fi; pets allowed; smoke-free.

Clarion Hotel Downtown

1615 Gervais St., 771-8711 clariontownhouse.com On the Five Points end of Gervais Street, the 160-room Clarion is still only three blocks from the State House, a half-mile walk from Finlay Park and a quick taxi ride to the Vista. Built on the grounds that housed Sherman’s Columbia headquarters, the Clarion is also home to Carolina’s Restaurant, which offers a delicious Southern-food lunch buffet and a bomb-ass Sunday brunch. Amenities: Family rooms; room service; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; free ground-level parking; free airport shuttle; exercise room.

Country Hearth Inn

621 S. Assembly St., 252-2000 countryhearth.com Good luck getting a room in October: This 45-room hotel is one block from the State Fairgrounds and a quarter-mile from Williams-Brice Stadium. Equidistant from both Five Points and The Vista, though you’ll probably need to cab it to both. Amenities: Smoke-free rooms; free Wi-Fi; on-site parking; complementary breakfast.

Courtyard Columbia Downtown at USC

630 Assembly St., 799-7800 marriott.com Located at the tail end of Assembly Street, the 189-room Courtyard Columbia Downtown is a stone’s throw away from all sorts of action, equidistant from both the highclass Vista and the fun-loving Five Points. It’s also close to Williams-Brice Stadium and several arts venues (the Colonial Life Arena, Koger Center, Columbia Museum of Art), fine restaurants (California Dreaming, Moe’s) and more. Should you feel like throwing your own party, the hotel’s only a block away from Green’s. Amenities: Smoke-free rooms; room service; free Wi-Fi; mini-fridge; fitness center; outdoor swimming pool; restaurant; on-site parking; free airport shuttle.

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Where to Stay

Accommodations Embassy Suites Columbia Greystone

200 Stoneridge Dr., 252-8700 columbiagreystone.embassysuites.com Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Offers courtesy shuttle service to USC, the Vista, Five Points, Main Street. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; meeting facilities; business center; smokefree rooms; indoor pool.

Extended Stay America Columbia West

450 Gracern Rd., 251-7878 extendedstayhotels.com Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Ideal for extended stays. Amenities: Fully equipped kitchens; business center; fitness room; pets allowed.

Homewood Suites by Hilton

250 Greystone Blvd., 239-4663 Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Amenities: Business center; fitness room; complimentary breakfast; free Wi-Fi; indoor pool.

The Inn at USC

1619 Pendleton St., 779-7779 innatusc.com An elegant boutique hotel located on the campus of the University of South Carolina in the heart of downtown, The Inn at USC boasts 117 first-class guestrooms and suites, each outfitted with deluxe amenities (including wireless Internet and premium cable — score!). The Inn is conveniently surrounded by Columbia’s academic, government, business, cultural and historic districts. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; free Wi-Fi; banquet facilities; parking garage; smoke-free rooms; on-site dry cleaning services; library.  

The 1425 Inn. Photo by Austin Price

Marriott Columbia

1200 Hampton St., 771-7000 marriottcolumbia.com. The 300-room Marriott is not only one of the largest but also one of the best rated in the Capital City. And with good reason — the 14-floor behemoth is located at the corner of Main and Hampton in the heart of downtown, providing easy access to just about everything, from local government offices to local art havens to fine dining. Dig those delicious buffets, too! Also offers a cultural concierge service assisting visitors with tickets to arts and cultural events. Amenities: Exercise room; room service; indoor restaurant, lounge and sports bar; indoor pool; free airport shuttle; valet covered parking; free Wi-Fi.  

Sheraton Columbia

1400 Main St., 988-1400 sheratoncolumbiadowntown.com Housed in the historic Palmetto Building, built in 1913, the 135-room Sheraton is chock full of Gothic revival-style details. That’ll please the locals, sure, but travelers will appreciate the ground-floor Starbucks kiosk and lounge area; plus, there’s a bar on the roof, a bar in the old bank vault, and a restaurant in the basement with a pretty good bar. The high-class hotel is near some high-class entertainment, too; it’s also just

The Inn at USC. File Photo a block from the Columbia Museum of Art and within striking distance of the Vista, Five Points, USC and just about everything else. Amenities: Airport shuttle; lounge; exercise room; business center; valet parking; public Wi-Fi (not free).

Studio Plus

180 Stoneridge Dr., 771-0303 Just outside downtown Columbia, off I-126. Specially designed for extended stays. Amenities: Fully equipped kitchens; pets allowed.

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If you are, grab your tickets early. If not, stay the hell away from the Olympia neighborhood.

R. Kelly

University of South Carolina v. Wofford University

Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Oct. 13. R. Kelly — black, handsome and rich, you’ll remember — comes out of the closet for his Single Ladies Tour. Oh, he’ll flirt.

Williams-Brice Stadium, gamecocksonline.com Nov. 17. Are you ready for some football? If you are, grab your tickets early. If not, stay the hell away from the Olympia neighborhood.

Red Columbia Museum of Art columbiamuseum.org Oct. 10-14. Presented by Trustus Theatre; based on the life of Mark Rothko, 1958-1959.

University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra Koger Center, www.music.sc.edu Nov. 13. Works by Beethoven, Strauss, Grieg. Guest artist: Marina Lomazov, piano.

Richland County Regulators v. Carolina Bootleggers National Guard Armory, richlandcountyregulators.com Oct. 20. Roller derby mayhem!

Henry Rollins Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamuseum.org Oct. 19. Part of the Capitalism talking tour.

South Carolina Philharmonic

Vista Lights

The Restoration perform at Free Times Music Crawl. File photo University of South Carolina v. University of Tennessee

Koger Center, scphilharmonic.com. Oct. 13. Masterworks concert no. 2: Mozart and more. Works by Mozart, Francaix. Guest musicians Winifred Goodwin, piano; Wendy Cohen, flute.

Williams-Brice Stadium, gamecocksonline.com Oct. 27. Are you ready for some football? If you are, grab your tickets early. If not, stay the hell away from the Olympia neighborhood.

South Carolina Pride Parade & Festival

University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra

Main Street, scpride.org Oct. 20. They’re here. They’re queer. They’ve been doing it for 20 years. We’re used to it. Are you?

South Carolina State Fair South Carolina State Fairgrounds, scstatefair.org Oct. 10-21. The 12-day State Fair is packed — with events (Pepsi Grandstand concerts featuring top-flight entertainment, food competitions), rides (that Crazy Mouse is cool, man), carnival games and more deepfried goo that you can shake a deep-fried stick at.

Southern Exposure New Music Series University of South Carolina School of Music Recital Hall, www.music.sc.edu. Oct. 26. Southern Exposure and Chamber Innovista present Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

unearth Saluda Shoals Park, icrc.net/events/unearth.aspx Oct. 7. Visual, sculptural, theatrical, dance or earth art amid wooded trails that wind along the banks of the Saluda River.

United States Marine Corps Ultimate Challenge Mud Run The Leatherneck, usmcmudrun.org. Oct. 13. You think you’re tough? Try this 5.2mile obstacle course on for size.

University of South Carolina v. University of Georgia Williams-Brice Stadium, gamecocksonline.com Oct. 6. Are you ready for some football? If you are, grab your tickets early. If not, stay the hell away from the Olympia neighborhood.

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Koger Center, www.music.sc.edu Oct. 16. Works by Nielsen, Copland, Chabrier. Guest artist: Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet.

November Arts & Draughts Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamuseum.org Nov. 2. See art. Eat food. Drink beer. Hear music. Be happy.

Eric Church Colonial Life Arena, coloniallifearena.com Nov. 30. Contemporary country; nominated for five Country Music Awards.

Colonial Cup Springdale Race Course, carolina-cup.org Nov. 17. Strap on your sundress, slap on some tweed and head out Camden way to hobnob with high society and put down some money on the ponies. (Pro tip: You can’t actually bet on these horse races.)

Columbia Blues Festival Martin Luther King Memorial Park, wordofmouthproductions.org Nov. 3. They got the blues from the head down to their shoes, yes sir. Eighteenth annual festival.

Don Giovanni Drayton Hall, www.music.sc.edu/ea/opera Nov. 2-4. Mozart libretto performed by Opera at USC.

Free Times Music Crawl The Vista, musiccrawl.org Nov. 3. Forty bands. Six stages. Eight bucks. Free Times loves you.

Group Therapy Chili Cook-Off Group Therapy, fivepointscolumbia.com Nov. 3. Less artsy, more fartsy!

Lights Before Christmas Riverbanks Zoo, riverbanks.org Nov. 17-Dec. 30. Columbia’s longest running holiday tradition: nearly one million twinkling lights and countless animated images representing some of Riverbanks’ most loveable residents.

Mannheim Steamroller Koger Center, broadwayincolumbia.com Nov. 25. Presented by Broadway in Columbia. Two words: Mannheim. Steamroller. One more word: Lasers.

The Nutcracker Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Nov. 21-25. Performed by the Carolina Ballet.

The Nutcracker Koger Center, columbiaclassicalballet.org Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Performed by the Columbia Classical Ballet.

Pretty Lights Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Nov. 9. Electronic dance music. Pretty, indeed.

So You Think You Can Dance? Township Auditorium, thetownship.org Nov. 30. Touring ensemble featuring the ninth-season Top 10 finalists.

South Carolina Philharmonic Koger Center, scphilharmonic.com Nov. 9. Masterworks concert no. 3: Made in the U.S.A. Works by Schoenberg, Still, Dvorak, Copland. Guest artist: Micah Gangwer, violin.

The Story Tour: A Christmas Spectacular Colonial Life Arena, coloniallifearena.com Nov. 27. A Christmas spectacular featuring an all-star cast of some of today’s top Christian recording artists.

University of South Carolina v. University of Arkansas

The Vista, vistalightssc.com Nov. 15. Vista holiday street party. Treelighting ceremony, too.

December [title of show] Trustus Theatre, trustus.org Dec. 7-Jan. 12. A love letter to the musical theatre, a uniquely American art form, and to the joy of collaboration.

Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade Gervais Street, carolinacarillon.com Dec. 1. Annual Christmas parade.

Crafty Feast Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, craftyfeast.com Dec. 15. God don’t make no junk, and neither do Crafty Feast vendors: Juried independent craft fair with local, handmade wares.

Devine Night Out Devine Street, devinestreetcolumbiasc.com An evening of shopping, socializing and festive cheer in the shops on Devine Street.

Live from the 92nd Y: Madeline Albright Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, jcccolumbia.org Dec. 5. Broadcast of former Secretary of State discussing her new and most personal book, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.

The Nutcracker Koger Center, columbiacityballet.com Dec. 8-16. Performed by the Columbia City Ballet.

The Rothko Room: Journey in Silence Columbia Museum of Art, columbiamusuem.org Dec. 15. Part of the Baker & Baker Art of Music series; with Steinway artist and composer Haskell Small.

West Side Story Koger Center, broadwayincolumbia.com Dec. 20-21. Jets! Sharks! Jets! Sharks! Rumble! Presented by Broadway in Columbia.

Williams-Brice Stadium, gamecocksonline.com Nov. 10. Are you ready for some football?

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Five Points

Hampton Inn Historic District

The Inn at Claussen’s

Riverfront State Street Vista West

822 Gervais St., 231-2000 hamptoninncolumbia.com The 122-room Hampton is located right in the heart of the Vista, giving walking access to rock clubs (Art Bar, Wet Willie’s), dance clubs (Jet Nightlife), swanky bars and chic shops, not to mention walking distance to the Congaree River. Double points for its location near Liberty Tap Room. Rated as one the top three hotels in Columbia by Yahoo! Travel. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; exercise room; business center; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; non-smoking floors.

Hilton Columbia Center

924 Senate St., 744-7800 hiltoncolumbia.com Columbia’s newest high-rise hotel, the 222room Hilton Columbia Center, is literally in the center of the Capital City — right in the Vista and just a brisk walk to campus and a quick taxi/bus ride to Five Points and Main Street. Also close by: Riverfront Park and the South Carolina State Museum. The Hilton building is also home to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Amenities: Non-smoking rooms; business center; on-site notary public; lounge; exercise room; outdoor pool; parking garage with valet parking; fullservice bar.

Holiday Inn Express

501 Taylor St., 744-4000 hicolumbiasc.com Just outside the Vista and down the street from Finlay Park, the Holiday Inn Express offers 86 all-suite rooms. It’s right on top of a bevy of entertainment options — from dance clubs to rock clubs to high-flown social clubs —  and eateries, from low-brow (McDonald’s) to highfalutin (Blue Marlin) and everywhere in between. Also close to West Columbia and the trendy Vista West area. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; business center; exercise room; free Wi-Fi; outdoor pool; smoke-free rooms.

SpringHill Suites Columbia

511 Lady St., 978-2333 marriott.com/caesh Located near the corner of Pulaski and Lady, the brand-spanking-new, 132-room SpringHill Suites is within walking distance of everything the Vista has to offer, from fine dining (Gervais and Vine, Motor Supply) to chic nightlife (Art Bar, Blue, Rust) to fine arts (Trustus Theatre, Koger Center) and ways to appease the crap out of your kids (EdVenture Children’s Museum). Amenities: Free continental breakfast; free Wi-Fi; indoor pool; fitness center; non-smoking rooms.

Staybridge Suites Columbia

1913 Huger St., 451-5900 staycolumbiasc.com. The newly built, 93-room Staybridge Suites is close to everything — but a quick ride away from Riverbanks Zoo, The Vista, Five Points and the University area — while removed enough from the associated clamor. Located on Huger Street, it’s also close to Interstates 26 and 277, offering quick access to Columbia’s suburban shopping centers. Bonus: It’s a quick walk to scenic Riverfront Park. Amenities: Free deluxe breakfast; free wi-fi; business center; indoor convenience store; fitness center; swimming pool.

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2003 Greene St., 765-0440 theinnatclaussens.com You won’t find a swimming pool here, but you will find a charming brick hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 28 rooms, many recently renovated and each individually decorated in contemporary or traditional design. Located in the heart of Five Points, Claussen’s is a brief walk to a fantastic record store (Papa Jazz), an amazing burrito establishment (El Burrito) and a host of fine restaurants (Garibaldi’s, Saluda’s), cool clothiers (Sid and Nancy, Luna, Salty’s) and other hipster hangouts (Goatfeathers, The Gourmet Shop). Don’t bet on booking a post-St. Pat’s Festival room, though. Double-plus points for the complimentary wine served in the lobby every evening. Amenities: Free continental breakfast; free guest parking; nonsmoking rooms; free Wi-Fi; lounge.

The Whitney Hotel

700 Woodrow St., 252-0845 whitneyhotel.com This tastefully furnished, 74-room hotel is perfect for those who love the nightlife but still want some peace and quiet at night. Less than a mile from Five Points and roughly a 20-minute walk from campus, it also provides primo access to some of Devine Street’s fineries. Rated among the top 10 hotels in Columbia by Yahoo! Travel. Amenities: Full buffet breakfast; free Wi-Fi; full kitchen, washer/dryer and balconies in rooms; laundry valet service; outdoor pool; non-smoking rooms; free airport shuttle.

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Bloomsbury Inn

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1707 Lyttleton St. (Camden) 803-432-5858 bloomsburyinn.com You want to be pampered? This is the place. The focus is on elegance, history and uncompromising detail in this 1849 home where South Carolina author Mary Boykin Chestnut penned her famed Diary From Dixie. Gourmet breakfast, luxury accommodations. Three miles from I-20.

Camden House Bed & Breakfast

1502 Broad St., 803-713-1013 www.camdenhouse.us Completed in 1832, this four-room bedand-breakfast is in the heart of downtown Camden. You’ll get classic comforts such as a Southern breakfast, afternoon tea, and a wine and cheese happy hour along with such modern amenities as wireless Internet and a swimming pool.

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia North

8105 Two Notch Rd., 736-5600 Centrally located at the intersection of I-77 and Two Notch Rd, one mile from I-20 and 10 minutes from I-26. Business center, fitness room, free Wi-Fi, smoke-free.

Hilton Garden Inn

120 Creech Rd., I-77 Exit 27, 803-333-0315 Located off I-77, Blythewood Road Exit 27, the Holiday Inn Express is roughly equidistant from Lake Murray to the northwest and Fort Jackson to the southeast.

2320 Legrand Rd., 788-8850 Located off I-77 near the intersection of Farrow and Rabon roads, the Residence Inn is just around the corner from Providence Hospital Northeast and minutes away from Fort Jackson. Spacious suites come fully equipped with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, as well as wireless Internet access.

Lake Murray Lexington St. Andrews

500 Chris Dr. (West Columbia), 391-4000 Columbia’s first eco-friendly non-smoking hotel designed for LEED certification, the eco-friendly rooms boast flat-panel TVs and ample work space; the hotel also offers meeting spaces, business and fitness centers, and high-energy sports bar on the ground level.

Hyatt Place Columbia Harbison

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325 W. Main St. (Lexington), 996-2000 A 100 percent non-smoking hotel, Comfort Suites Lexington also offers 32-inch flatscreen TVs with premium channels and a DVD player; free wired and wireless highspeed Internet access; cordless speakerphone with voice mail; a hair dryer; microwave and more.

Holiday Inn & Suites Columbia Airport

1130 Kinley Rd. (Harbison), 407-1560 Spacious and upscale, minutes from downtown, state offices, USC, Columbia Conference Center, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, sporting venues, Lake Murray, Columbia Metropolitan Airport and some of the best dining and shopping in the Columbia area. Free continental breakfast, complimentary fitness center, free Wi-Fi.

Harbison/ Irmo Comfort Suites Lexington

434 Columbiana Dr. (Harbison), 407-6640 Business-friendly rooms equipped wireless, high-speed Internet. Guestrooms have refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and cable TV. Also offers fitness room, pool and laundry facilities.

108 Saluda Pointe Court (Lexington), 957-5000, lexingtonwingate.com Situated at the intersection of I-20 and Hwy 378. Offers free Continental breakfast; high-speed, wireless Internet access; high-quality mattresses and pillows; inroom safe; 24-hour business center; fitness room; and whirlpool.

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Carolina Wings...................................... 10 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Valentina’s Greek and Italian ............... 23

Chapin Ava’s Copper Pot Bistro........................ 12 Downtown Al-Amir.................................................. 22 Atlanta Bread Company.......................... 8 Anthony’s Past Time Café ...................... 6 Beezer’s................................................. 14 Brioso Fresh Pasta................................ 19 California Dreaming................................ 6 Camon Japanese Restaurant................ 24 Carolina Café & Catering....................... 13 Carolina’s................................................. 6 Chelsea’s............................................... 23 Chocolate Nirvana................................... 8 City Center Grill....................................... 6 Cola’s American Cooking...................... 12 College Grounds Café........................... 13 Cool Beans Coffee Co........................... 13 Courtyard Café...................................... 12 Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse.............. 24 Crepes & Croissants.............................. 18 Cromer’s................................................ 18 Drake’s Duck In....................................... 6 Firehouse Subs...................................... 15 Greek Boys............................................ 18 Hampton Place Café............................. 16 Hampton Street Vineyard...................... 12 Hong Kong............................................. 14 Hunter-Gatherer.................................... 12 Immaculate Consumption ................... 13 J. Gumbo’s............................................. 13 Jasmine Deli and Café .......................... 22 Lamb’s Bread Vegan Café..................... 25 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 TLC Sports Bar and Grill........................ 10 M Café..................................................... 8 M Fresh................................................... 8 Mac’s on Main......................................... 7 Mack’s..................................................... 7 Main Street at the Sheraton................... 7 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 Miyo’s...................................................... 8 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Nathan’s Restaurant............................. 17 No Name Deli........................................ 17 Oak Table............................................... 12 Paradise Ice........................................... 18 Pitas....................................................... 22 Pita Pit................................................... 17 P.O.S.H. ................................................. 12 RB’s Bodacious Bistro........................... 11 Roly Poly Sandwiches........................... 17 Sammi’s Deli.......................................... 17 Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs...................... 7 Sushi & Hibachi To Go........................... 24 Swanson’s Deli...................................... 17 Tio’s Mexican Café................................ 22 Tony’s Pizza and Italian Eatery.............. 20 Villa Tronco............................................ 20 Whig, The............................................... 10 Which Wich?.......................................... 17 Wing Zone............................................. 12 Yoghut................................................... 18 Zoe’s Kitchen......................................... 17

Five Points Andy’s Deli............................................ 14 Baan Sawan........................................... 24 Bar None................................................. 9 Bey’s........................................................ 9 Blue Cactus Café................................... 20 Cellar on Greene................................... 12 Delaney’s................................................. 9 DiPrato’s Delicatessen.......................... 15 Dreams of Bombay............................... 19

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restaurants grouped by neighborhood Drip Coffee............................................ 13 El Burrito................................................ 21 Garibaldi’s Café..................................... 19 Goatfeathers......................................... 12 Gourmet Shop....................................... 13 Grilled Teriyaki....................................... 20 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Group Therapy......................................... 9 Harper’s Restaurant................................ 6 Insomnia Cookies.................................. 18 Jimmy Johns.......................................... 16 Lucky’s................................................... 10 LuLu’s Hot Dogs...................................... 7 Mr. Friendly’s......................................... 12 Mucho Margaritas................................. 22 Orange Leaf........................................... 18 Pawley’s Front Porch.............................. 7 Pho Viet................................................. 25 Pop’s NY Pizza....................................... 23 Pour House............................................ 10 Salty Nut Café....................................... 10 Saluda’s................................................. 12 Sammi’s Deli.......................................... 17 Señor O’Malley’s................................... 10 Starbucks.............................................. 13 Sushi Yoshi............................................ 24 Tutti Frutti.............................................. 18 Village Idiot............................................ 23 Waffle House........................................... 8 Yesterdays Restaurant & Tavern ............ 8

Food Trucks Bone-In Artisan Barbecue..................... 10 2 Fat 2 Fly.............................................. 10

Forest Acres Ally and Eloise Bakeshop........................ 8 Baskin-Robbins...................................... 17 Bonefish Grill......................................... 23 Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery......................... 8 Café Caturra.......................................... 12 Casa Linda............................................. 21 Chipotle................................................. 21 D’s on Beltline....................................... 10 Five Guys Burgers & Fries....................... 6 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Honey Baked Ham................................. 16 Lillian’s Eatery & Bakery.......................... 8 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 McAlister’s Deli..................................... 17 Miyo’s on Forest...................................... 8 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Mousetrap............................................... 7 Original Pancake House.......................... 7 Pancho’s................................................ 22 Pasta Fresca.......................................... 20 Pizza Joint.............................................. 22 Rosso..................................................... 20 Sakurabana Japanese Restaurant......... 24 Sato Japanese Steak & Seafood........... 20 Starbucks.............................................. 13 Taste of Jamaica.................................... 14 Tombo Grille.......................................... 12 Village Idiot............................................ 23 Yoghut................................................... 18 Yumilicious............................................ 18 Yummy Yummy..................................... 14 Zoe’s Kitchen......................................... 17 Gadsden Big-T Bar-B-Que .................................... 10 Garner’s Ferry/Southeast Bangkok Restaurant.............................. 24 Big-T Bar-B-Que..................................... 10 Casa Linda............................................. 21 China Buffet Sushi & Bar....................... 14 CiCi’s Pizza............................................ 22 The Diner................................................. 6 Doc’s Barbeque & Southern Buffet....... 11 Eric’s San Jose....................................... 21 Jersey Mike’s......................................... 16 Jimmy Johns.......................................... 16

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Julia’s German Restaurant ................... 18 LaBrasca’s Pizza.................................... 22 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Marble Slab Creamery.......................... 18 Moe’s Grapevine Italian........................ 20 Orchid, The............................................ 24 Panera Bread........................................... 9 Pizza Palace.......................................... 23 Rush’s...................................................... 7 Saky....................................................... 24 Starbucks.............................................. 13 Tony’s...................................................... 8

Harbison/Irmo Alodia’s Cucina Italia............................. 19 Bailey’s Sports Grill................................. 9 Beef O’Brady’s......................................... 9 Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders.................. 19 Blue Coyote............................................. 9 Blue Flour.............................................. 17 Bonefish Grill......................................... 23 British Bulldog Pub.................................. 9 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream....................... 17 Bubble Tea Café.................................... 17 Carolina Ale House.................................. 6 Carrabba’s............................................. 19 Cecilia’s................................................. 21 CiCi’s Pizza............................................ 22 Columbiana Super Buffet...................... 14 Copper River Grill.................................. 12 DL McLaughlin’s.................................... 15 Firehouse Subs...................................... 15 Five Guys Burgers & Fries....................... 6 Great American Grill................................ 6 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Hemingway’s......................................... 10 Hooters.................................................. 11 Huller’s Black Forest............................. 18 Interstate Hoagies and Steaks................ 6 Jersey Mike’s......................................... 16 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Little Pigs............................................... 11 Longhorn Steakhouse........................... 24 Lucky’s Burger Shack.............................. 7 Marble Slab Creamery.......................... 18 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 McAlister’s Deli..................................... 17 Miyabi Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse...... 20 Miyo’s...................................................... 8 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 Mudbone’s Swamp Shack ................... 13 Outback Steakhouse............................. 24 Panera Bread........................................... 9 Rush’s...................................................... 7 Rusty Anchor......................................... 10 San Jose Mexican Restaurant............... 22 Schiano’s............................................... 23 Starbucks.............................................. 13 Sun Ming............................................... 14 Tainos.................................................... 14 Texas Roadhouse.................................. 24 Tipsy Toad Tavern.................................. 10 Tokyo Grill.............................................. 21 Tsunami................................................. 24 Vella’s Restaurant and Tavern................. 8 Which Wich?.......................................... 17 Wild Hare Sports Café............................. 8 Wild Wing Café...................................... 11 Yoghut................................................... 18 Zorba’s Family Greek Restaurant.......... 19

Leesville Shealy’s Bar-B-Que House..................... 11

Lexington 7 Mares................................................. 21 Antai Asian Dining................................... 8 Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders.................. 19 Bentley’s Beach House........................... 9 Blimpie Subs & Salads........................... 14 Café Chartier......................................... 13 Carolina Wings...................................... 10 Carrabba’s............................................. 19 Cribb’s Sandwich & Sweet Shop........... 15 Cold Stone Creamery............................ 17

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Cotton Grill............................................ 12 Deli, The................................................. 15 Firehouse Subs...................................... 15 Five Guys Burgers & Fries....................... 6 Flight Deck.............................................. 6 Fusion Bowl........................................... 20 Ganbei................................................... 20 Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar............... 23 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Harbor Inn Seafood............................... 23 Hudson’s Smokehouse......................... 11 Jamestown Coffee Co........................... 13 Judy’s Café and Bakery........................... 6 Kovachi’s............................................... 20 Libby’s of Lexington.............................. 22 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Main Street Café Bar & Grill.................. 18 Marble Slab Creamery.......................... 18 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 McAlister’s Deli..................................... 17 Mediterranean Café.............................. 18 Mellow Mushroom................................ 22 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill..................... 23 Ray’s Pizzeria & Ice Cream Shoppe...... 23 Rush’s...................................................... 7 Salsarita’s.............................................. 22 Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs...................... 7 Stephano’s............................................ 20 Sumo..................................................... 20 Thai Wasabi............................................. 8 Tokyo Grill.............................................. 21 Travinia Italian Kitchen.......................... 20 Tutti Frutti.............................................. 18 Wild Hare Sports Café............................. 8 Yumilicious............................................ 18 North Columbia Edna’s Drive In......................................... 6

Northeast Al-Amir.................................................. 22 Arirang................................................... 20 Arizona Steakhouse.............................. 24 Baskin-Robbins...................................... 17 Beef O’Brady’s......................................... 9 Big-T Bar-B-Que..................................... 10 Bobby’s House of Pizza......................... 22 Bruster’s Real Ice Cream ..................... 17 Caprioska................................................ 9 Carolina Wings...................................... 10 Carrabba’s............................................. 19 Crossings Deli........................................ 15 Desserts & More................................... 18 DJ House................................................ 20 Five Guys Burgers & Fries ...................... 6 Harbor Inn............................................. 23 Hero Japanese House........................... 20 Hibachi Restaurant Tama...................... 20 Hola Mexico.......................................... 21 Hooters.................................................. 11 Inakaya Japanese Restaurant............... 24 Jin’s Hibachi & Chinese......................... 14 Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles...................... 6 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Marco’s Pizza........................................ 22 Marble Slab Creamery.......................... 18 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 McAlister’s Deli..................................... 17 Miyo’s...................................................... 8 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 O Bok Korean Restaurant...................... 20 Outback Steakhouse............................. 24 Peanut Man........................................... 18 Pho Viet................................................. 25 Pizza Pro & Sub City.............................. 23 Polliwog’s.............................................. 10 The Puddlin’ Duck................................. 10 Qdoba.................................................... 22 Red Bowl Asian Bistro............................. 8 Rush’s...................................................... 7 San Jose Mexican Restaurant............... 22 Schiano’s............................................... 23 Serenity Restaurant & Lounge................ 8 Solstice Kitchen & Wine Bar.................. 12

Starbucks.............................................. 13 Stonefire American Grill ....................... 12 Sumo..................................................... 20 Tap’s Pub............................................... 10 Texas Roadhouse.................................. 24 Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery........................ 9 Travinia Italian Kitchen.......................... 20 Tsubaki.................................................... 8 Very’s....................................................... 8 Which Wich?.......................................... 17 Wild Wing Café...................................... 11 Yummy Yummy..................................... 14

Shandon/ Rosewood @116 Express........................................ 13 Burger Tavern 77..................................... 6 Cantina 76............................................. 21 Cock N’ Bull............................................. 9 Dano’s Pizza.......................................... 22 Devine Foods......................................... 18 Dianne’s on Devine............................... 19 Earth Fare.............................................. 25 Egg Roll Chen........................................ 14 Fifth Avenue Deli................................... 15 Fujiya..................................................... 20 Il Giorgione............................................ 22 Henry’s.................................................. 10 Main Moon............................................ 14 Marco’s Pizza........................................ 22 Mediterranean Tea Room...................... 18 MoMo’s Bistro....................................... 12 Pizza Man.............................................. 23 Publick House........................................ 11 Rockaway Athletic Club.......................... 7 Rosewood Market & Deli...................... 25 Sammi’s Deli.......................................... 17 Tap Room.............................................. 10 Utopia...................................................... 8 Za’s Brick Oven Pizza............................ 23

St. Andrews/ Dutch Sq. Blimpie Subs & Salads........................... 14 Bombay Grill.......................................... 19 Columbo’s............................................. 19 Corner Pocket......................................... 9 Delhi Palace........................................... 19 El Chico................................................. 21 Elie’s Authentic Lebanese Cuisine........ 22 Fuddruckers............................................ 6 Inakaya Watanabe................................. 24 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Marinoni’s.............................................. 22 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 Melting Pot............................................ 12 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 Noah’s Antica Pizzeria.......................... 22 Ocean View Seafood Restaurant.......... 24 Panjabi Dhaba....................................... 19 Real Mexico........................................... 22 Rush’s...................................................... 7 San Jose Mexican Restaurant............... 22 Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs...................... 7 Sweet Cake House................................ 18 Taqueria Jalisco..................................... 22 Thai Lotus.............................................. 24 Thailand Restaurant.............................. 24 Tokyo Grill.............................................. 21 Top China Buffet.................................... 14 Villa, The................................................ 20 WG’s Chicken Wings.............................. 11 Wings & Ale........................................... 12

The Vista Big Ugly, The.......................................... 13 blue. . .................................................... 24 Blue Marlin............................................ 23 Carolina Ale House.................................. 6 Carolina Wings...................................... 10 Cupcake................................................ 18 Five Guys Burgers & Fries....................... 6 Flying Saucer........................................... 9 Garden Bistro........................................ 15 Gervais & Vine....................................... 24

Green Fork............................................. 16 Jason’s Deli............................................ 16 Jillian’s..................................................... 6 Jimmy Johns.......................................... 16 Kelly’s.................................................... 10 Liberty Taproom & Grill........................... 7 Longhorn Steakhouse........................... 24 Marble Slab Creamery.......................... 18 M Vista..................................................... 8 Mellow Mushroom................................ 22 Menkoi Ramen House........................... 20 Mezza Lebanese Bistro......................... 22 Mojitos................................................... 14 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 Motor Supply Co.................................... 12 Nonnah’s............................................... 18 Oyster Bar............................................. 24 Palmetto Pig.......................................... 11 Pastry Shop at Nonnah’s......................... 9 Peanut Man........................................... 18 Pearlz Oyster Bar.................................. 24 Ristorante Divino................................... 20 SakiTumi................................................ 24 Salsarita’s.............................................. 22 Starbucks.............................................. 13 TakoSushi.............................................. 22 Thirsty Fellow........................................ 10 Tin Roof................................................. 10 Wet Willie’s............................................ 10 Woody, The............................................ 10 Wild Hare Sports Café............................. 8 Wild Wing Café...................................... 11

West Columbia/ Cayce @116 Espresso & Wine Bar................... 12 2108 State............................................... 6 Al’s Upstairs.......................................... 19 Atlanta Bread Company . ....................... 8 Backyard Café......................................... 6 Bogarts Restaurant & Bar....................... 9 Café Strudel........................................... 13 Compton’s Kitchen.................................. 6 D’s Wings............................................... 11 Delucca’s............................................... 19 Egg Roll Station..................................... 14 European Mini Market........................... 15 Garden Deli............................................ 15 Golden Chopstix.................................... 25 Good Life Café....................................... 25 Grecian Gardens.................................... 18 Groucho’s.............................................. 16 Heather’s Artisan Bakery........................ 8 Hibachi Grill........................................... 20 Jersey Mike’s......................................... 16 John D. Hite’s......................................... 11 Judy’s at the Market................................ 6 Karl’s Korner.......................................... 10 Kingsman Restaurant.............................. 6 La Estrella.............................................. 21 La Fiesta................................................ 21 Lizard’s Thicket........................................ 7 Maurice’s Barbecue.............................. 11 Mai Thai................................................. 24 Moe’s Southwest Grill........................... 21 Monterrey Mexican Restaurant............ 21 Nick’s House of Pizza............................ 22 Ocean View Seafood............................. 24 Panaderia Odalys.................................... 9 Real Mexico........................................... 22 Rush’s...................................................... 7 Spice Junction....................................... 19 Steve’s 1 Sub Contractor...................... 17 Sub Station II......................................... 17 Sporting News Bar and Grill . ............... 10 Tacos Los Poblanitos............................. 22 Tea Pot Chinese Restaurant.................. 14 Terra...................................................... 12 Tony’s Pizzalicious................................. 23 True BBQ................................................ 11 Vella’s Restaurant and Tavern................. 8 What-A-Burger........................................ 8

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Bites & Sights Fall 2012  

Columbia, South Carolina's guide to dining, attractions, nightlife and accommodations.

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