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$2.49 Dry Cleaners

It's all in the name — definitely worth a trip across the river.

: 904 Knox Abbott Dr., Cayce, 803-803.791.5694
Hours: M-F 7am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm

2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings

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. Also has a brick-and-mortar location called Wing City; see the BBQ/Wings/Ribs section for details. ¢.

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Food Truck: Mobile, 803-622-6063

2Gingers

Featuring a range of South and North Indian dishes, this Boozer Shopping Center one-stop satisfies vegetarians and omnivores alike. The South Indian dosai (stuffed savory crepes) are not to be missed. $.

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St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 245 Bush River Rd., 803-772-5121
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-2:30 PM (lunch)., weekday dinner hours are M-Th 5-9:30 p.m., Fri 5:30-10 pm. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.

7 Mares

That's mar-es, as in Spanish for oceans, not English for girl horses. Serves up the oceans' bounty, featuring Mexican favorites like red snapper Veracruz-style, lobster soup, ceviche, spicy shrimp, octopus salad and more. Also serves Mexican-American classics like fajitas and carnitas. $.

Lexington: 4360 Augusta Road, 803-520-0067
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

@116 Espresso & Wine Bar

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.

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: 116 State St., 803-791-5663

@116 Espresso & Wine Bar

Combines a chill coffee-shop atmosphere with great wine and food. Specials range from soups to seafood to steaks to specialty pizzas, many with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Fabulous Spanish wines, and a famed White Russian menu. Popular brunch spot, too. $.

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West Columbia/Cayce: 116 State St., 803-791-5663
Hours: Tue-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri -Sat 5-11 p.m; Brunch Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (last seating at 2:30 p.m.)

Again & Again Retail and Consignment

Second-hand but gently used: from china sets, to vinyl chairs, to vanities and bedspreads — no chips, tears or stains here.

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: 1117 B Ave., W. Columbia , 803-936-1007
Hours: Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Al-Amir

Authentic and well-prepared Middle Eastern cuisine including hummus, falafel, lamb kabob, mujadara and shawarma. Salads, subs and daily dessert specials round out the menu. Housed in a spacious renovated building across from City Hall. ¢-$.

Downtown: 1734 Main St., 803-401-5882
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ale House Lounge

Off-the-beaten path hole-in-the-wall not without its charms.

: 12 Tommy Circle, 803-771-0161

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Allean’s Southern Cuisine

Serves chicken wings, cornbread and a slew of sides familiar to Southern cuisine. Sweet potato pie, banana pudding and peach cobbler are available for dessert. ¢.

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Northeast: 5 Lake Carolina Way #130, 803-764-7944
Hours: Wed-Fri 12-7 p.m., Sat. 1-8 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.

Ally & Eloise Bakeshop

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. ¢

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Forest Acres: 5209-B Forest Dr., 803-708-2982
Hours: Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Classy Italian dining, from the favorites (fettucine alfredo, manicotti, veal piccata) to the fancy (seafood risotto, pork ribeye). $.

Harbison/Irmo: 2736 North Lake Dr., 803-781-9814
Hours: Mon -Sat lunch 11 AM-3 PM; dinner M-Th 4-10 p.m, Fri and Sat. dinner 4-11 PM. Sun. lunch 11 AM-2 PM and dinner 5-9:30 PM

Al’s Upstairs

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. $$.

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West Columbia/Cayce: 304 Meeting St., 803-794-7404
Hours: Mon-Sat 5 p.m.-until

Andy’s Deli

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. ¢.

Five Points: 2005 Greene St., 803-799-2639
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Antai Asian Dining

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. $.

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Lexington: 5084 Sunset Blvd. (McCauley Square), 803-356-0062
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Anthony’s Past Time Cafe

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. ¢

Downtown: 1425 Sumter St., 803-255-6200
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Arabesque

All your Middle Eastern favorites, from shawarma to tabouli to falafel, not to mention pizzas and — for lunch, at least — wraps and burgers. Also serves alcohol. $

Shandon/Rosewood: 2930 Devine St., 803-779-6299
Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Ariana’s Greek Restaurant

A Greek restaurant with an international flair. Along with the gyros, souvlaki, pastichio and moussaka on the menu, you’ll also find Indian samosas and a lamb pilaf that’s considered the national dish of Afghanistan. $

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West Columbia/Cayce: 1720 Sunset Blvd., 803-796-4430
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m. (Closed 3 - 5 p.m. daily.)

Arirang

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. ¢-$

Northeast: 1943 Decker Blvd, 803-790-5506
Hours: Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Arkos Mojo Grill and Martini Bar

A sort of Latin American bistro featuring ceviche, fancy salsas, paella, tacos and much more. Also has a swank bar menu that spans martinis, margaritas mojitos and caipirinhas. $

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Lexington: 109K Old Chapin Road, 803-785-5660
Hours: Mon-Sat 4 p.m.-until

Art Bar

Art Bar’s been around since 1992, but it still hasn’t grown up. It’s still the same eclectic, non-corporate nightspot it’s always been. Cool but never pretentious.

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: 1211 Park St., 803-929-0198

Atlanta Bread Company

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. ¢. 

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Downtown: 1307 Main St., 803-779-0101
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 108 Sunset Ct., 803-791-1150
Hours: Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Baan Sawan

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. $-$$.

Five Points: 2135 Devine St., 803-252-8992
Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30-9 p.m.

Backyard Cafe

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

West Columbia/Cayce: 940 Old Barnwell Rd., 803-951-0405
Hours: Mon-Thur 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fr-Sat 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Baja Broiler

Freshly made Southwestern food and wings, weekly karaoke and occasional live music on the weekends make this a Lexington County hotspot.

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: 1345 Old Chapin Rd., 803-356-0040

Bangkok Restaurant

One of two restaurants named Bangkok within less than 1/8 mile of each other, this restaurant serves favorites like pad thai, chicken satay and kaou pad bai kapow. Offers a wide range of Thai cuisine, as well as soups and Thai iced tea. ¢-$.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7546 Garners Ferry Road, 803-803-724-2255
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bar None

Established in 1994, this is where the bartenders and servers go to wind down after all the other bars close. Also serves up some absurdly delicious smoked wings.

: 620 Harden St., 803-254-3354

Bar None

Late-night bar serving food into the wee hours of the morning — including, on certain special nights, the finest smoked chicken wings you’ve ever tasted. Large selection of beers on tap. ¢.

Five Points: 620 Harden St., 803-254-3354
Hours: Mon-Fri 3 p.m.-6 a.m.; Sat-Sun 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Barberitos

Southwestern grill and cantina located in a convenient spot for USC students and faculty. Not only can you choose sirloin steak or chicken for your tacos and burritos, you can also get lean ground turkey or organic tofu. ¢


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Downtown: 650 Lincoln St., 803-834-5424
Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Basil Thai Restaurant

Housed at the upscale Cross Hill Market, this Charleston import features Thai classics and approachable twists thereupon. Nice cocktail selection. $.

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Garners Ferry/Southeast: 700 Cross Hill Rd., 803-782-0716
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m; Sat 5-10 p.m.; Sun. 5-9:30 p.m.

Baskin-Robbins

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. ¢.

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Forest Acres: 4711 Forest Dr., 803-782-0731
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m.

Northeast: 9920 Two Notch Rd., , 803-788-7755
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun noon-10 p.m.

Beef O’Brady’s

Burgers-and-wings-type sports bar chain with local franchise owners. $

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Northeast: 4561 Hard Scrabble Road, 803-(803) 708-0260

Beef O’Brady’s

From the Philly cheesesteak to the roast beef garlic melt, 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. Family-friendly setting peppered with sports memorabilia and TVs. ¢.

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Harbison/Irmo: 2742 N. Lake Dr., 803-781-5656
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m-11 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Beezer’s

Sandwiches like the T-Bird, the Godfather and the Rebel Rouser are mainstays for any self-respecting college student or budget-conscious diner. ¢.

Downtown: 919-B Sumter St., 803-771-7771
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-4 a.m.; Sunday 12 noon - 3 a.m.

Belgian Waffle Truck

Serves authentic Liege waffles — a dense, browned version of the Belgian waffle — with toppings both sweet and savory. Try the Ouf-Ti Waffle, which features goat cheese, lettuce, duck and chicken confit and an onion confiture. ¢-$

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Food Truck: Mobile, 803-606-6780

Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders

Generous portions of hearty Italian pizza and grinders. Affordable prices, friendly staff and consistent quality keep this popular restaurant full. ¢.

Harbison/Irmo: 1085 Lake Murray Blvd., 803-407- 4884
Hours: Mon - Sun 11 a.m. -10 p.m.

Lexington: 5339 Sunset Blvd., Hwy. 378, 803-957-6767
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bert’s Southern Cooking

Great Southern meat-and-three, serving everything from fried chicken to meatloaf. $

Northeast: 100 Pontiac Business Center Dr., 803-788-0022
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m-8 p.m.; Sat 3-8 p.m.

Big-T Bar-B-Que

Big T’s turns out some of the best barbecue in town. Pit-cooked pulled pork is the standout, served with hot or mild, slightly sweet mustard-based sauce. The sides are first-rate. Friendly people, generous portions. Top it all off with some homemade chocolate cake. ¢.

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Other: Gadsden 2520 Congaree Rd., 803-353-0488
Hours: Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7535 Garners Ferry Rd., 803-776-7132
Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thu-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Northeast: 1061 Sparkleberry Ln., 803-788-4295
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor

Instrument store hosts weekly bluegrass jams, biweekly Opry-style country jams and occasional concerts featuring top-flight bluegrass and old-timey musicians.

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: 710 Meeting St., 803-796-6477

Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor

Not just a shop, but also a 300-seat concert venue offering weekly bluegrass jam sessions Friday nights at 7:30 p.m.

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: 710 Meeting St., W. Columbia, 803-796-6477
Hours: Tue-Thur 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-midnight, Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bistro on the Boulevard

Upscale Southern classics like Lowcountry crab dip and shrimp and grits meet bistro offerings like fancy stuffed pork chops and an Asian salmon burger. $.

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Harbison/Irmo: 1085-D Lake Murray Blvd., 803-369-1332
Hours: Mon-Thu 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Sun brunch 11a.m. -2 p.m.

Black Bean Company

Billing itself as a "energy food restaurant," this Charleston-based chain serves up healthy wraps and gyros, salads and other power fare, with plenty of gluten-free, veggie and vegan options. Don't miss breakfast, either. $.

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Vista: 701 Gervais St., Suite 140, 803-399-9797
Hours: Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Blue Cactus Cafe

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. ¢.

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Five Points: 2002 Greene St., 803-929-0782
Hours: Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.; Sat noon-9 p.m.

Blue Coyote

Wings, steaks and comfort food. ¢-$

Harbison/Irmo: 10708 Broad River Rd., 803-781-4606
Hours: Mon-Thu 4 p.m.-midnight; Fri, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat noon-2 a.m.

Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant and Bar

Brunch, lunch and dinner with a marine focus, from the lovely crab dip to the lobster ravioli and many fresh fish options. Steaks, chicken and the like will keep the non-seafood-loving happy. $

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Northeast: 461-4 Town Center Place, 803-865-7346
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Blue Flour

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. ¢

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Harbison/Irmo: 7703 St. Andrews Rd., 803-407-3603
Hours: Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Blue Marlin

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 jalapeno salsa. Private dining facility available. $.

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Vista: 1200 Lincoln St., 803-799-3838
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, 5-10 PM; Fri 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, 5-11 PM; Sat 11:30 AM-11 PM; Sun 11:30 AM-9 PM.

Blue.

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.

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: 721A Lady St., 803-251-4447

Blue.

A tapas bar and cocktail lounge that features the city’s only ice bar to go with breads and spreads and tapas items. Also serves salads, chips and dips and desserts. Enjoy sitting outside under the patio listening to the waterfall. And seriously, that ice bar is sweet. ¢-$.

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Vista: 721-A Lady St., 803-251-4447
Hours: Wed-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Boeshreen

A fascinating combination of Mediterranean, Libyan and American dishes make up the menu at this cafe and bakery — burgers, wings, falafel sandwiches, gyros, baba ghanoush, shakshouka (eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce) — and some Libyan favorites, including pastries. ¢.

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Northeast: 2630 Decker Blvd., 803-699-2300
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Bogart’s

A friendly Triangle City neighborhood bar. Free pool on Saturdays.

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: 530 12th St., 803-791-4617

Bonefish Grill

Based out of St. Petersburg, Florida, 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. ¢-$.

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Forest Acres: 4708 Forest Dr., 803-787-6200
Hours: Mon-Thu 4-10:30 p.m.; Fri 4-11:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Harbison/Irmo: 1260 Bower Pkwy., 803-407-1599
Hours: Mon-Thu 4-10:30 p.m.; Fri 4-11:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bourbon

Go for the bourbon, stay for the whiskey. Serves higher-end Cajun-Creole cuisine like squash jambalaya, bayou burgers, seared duck breast, steaks and more. Updates on lunch and dinner menus posted through Facebook. Tasty Sunday brunch. $$

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Downtown: 1214 Main St., 803-803-403-1404
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat 4:30 p.m. - 2 a.m; Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (brunch) and 5-10 p.m. (dinner). Bar open until 12 a.m.

Breakers Bar & Grill

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 a classy makeover.

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: 801 Harden St., 803-771-6360

British Bulldog Pub

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.

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: 1220 E10 Bower Pkwy., 803-227-8918

British Bulldog Pub

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. $.

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Harbison/Irmo: 1220 E10 Bowers Pkwy., 803-227-8918
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-2 a.m. (night menu Wed-Thu 10-11pm; Fri-Sat 10:30 pm-12 a.m.); Sun buffet 10 am-1 p.m.

Bruegger’s Bagel Bakery

Fresh-baked bagels, wraps, signature sandwiches, boxed lunches and salads to go. What's not to like? Now serving grilled paninis as well. ¢.

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Forest Acres: 4699 Forest Dr, 803-738-8112
Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

A popular Pennsylvania-based chain that makes all its 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. ¢.

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Northeast: 202 Grace's Way, 803-419-8889
Hours: Sun-Thu noon-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat noon-10 p.m.

Bubble Tea Cafe

The "bubbles" in bubble tea are big gummy beads of sweet tapioca — and the self-described bubble tea experts at this USC-area cafe will fix you up with one of their many flavors of the stuff. ¢

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Downtown: 1226 Pendleton St., 803-445-1050
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Th.-Sat 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Buckets II

Hot grill. Cold brews. Need we say more?

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: 114 Glassmaster Rd., 803-520-8375.

Buffalo Wild Wings

You’ve seen the commercials. You know what to do: Watch sports. Eat wings. Drink beer. ¢-$.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4500 Devine St., 803-738-8090
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-midnight

Harbison/Irmo: 1000 Bower Parkway, 803-407-3431

Lexington: 5570 Sunset Blvd., 803-957-2999

Northeast: 10056 Two Notch Rd., 803-865-5222

Burger Tavern 77

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. ¢-$

Shandon/Rosewood: 2631 Devine St., 803-667-9608
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Cabañas Restaurant

Flip to the back of the menu for the Honduran specialities, which are the shining stars of this restaurant, from baleadas (homemade tortillas stuffed with beans, meat and more) to yuca con chicharron (fried or boiled yuca and fried pork rinds) to pupusas. Also features classic Tex-Mex combination plates, tacos and more. $

West Columbia/Cayce: 825 Sunset Blvd., 803-803-851-1189
Hours: Sun-Tue and Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Café Chartier

Coffee, yes, but also breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, from the sopaipilla cheesecake danish to the turkey avocado wrap to the chicken pesto pizza. ¢-$.

Lexington: 711 E. Main St., 803-951-8944
Hours: Mon-Tue 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed-Sat 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Café Strudel

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, plus great daily specials. Also hosts a legendary Sunday brunch, and offers creative cocktails and a happy hour bar menu. ¢.

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West Columbia/Cayce: 300 State St., 803-794-6634
Hours: Mon-Tue 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed-Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.

California Dreaming

Located in a historic railroad station, California Dreaming has been popular ever since it opened in 1984. Serves large salads, burgers, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, chicken and steaks. Excellent mixed drinks, and the honey croissants always are a hit. ¢-$.

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Downtown: 401 S. Main St., 803-254-6767
Hours: 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.

Calloway’s Bar & Grill

Pool tables. Big-screen TVs. What more do you want from a sports bar?

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: 2410 Augusta Rd., 803-926-1199.

Calypso Caribbean Grill

Fresh, fast-casual Caribbean food, including roti (wraps), jerk chicken, salads and more. ¢.

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Northeast: 4760 Hard Scrabble Rd., 803-865-4111
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Camon Japanese Restaurant

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. $.

camonsushi.com
Downtown: 1332 Assembly St., 803-254-5400
Hours: Tue-Sat 5-9:15 p.m.

Cantina 76

Like its sister location on Devine Street, this taqueria offers good tacos and good drink specials, especially at happy hour. Draws the urban professionals looking for something less gritty than The Whig.

cantina76.com
: 1301 Main St., 803-764-1769

Cantina 76

Draws everyone from singles at the bar to couples and families, all of whom come for the Tex-Mex cuisine — and some of whom also go for the excellent margaritas, made in all shapes, flavors and sizes with top-shelf tequilas. $.

cantina76.com
Shandon/Rosewood: 2901 Devine St., 803-708-6004
Hours: Mon-Tue 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:00-9:30 p.m.; Wed-Thu 11-2:30 p.m., 4-10pm; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun 11am -830pm

Downtown: 1301 Main St., 803-764-1769
Hours: Mon 11 AM - 9 PM, Tu-We 11 AM-930 PM; Th-Sat 11 AM-10 PM.

Capitol Cafe and Bakery

Located on the mezzanine level of the Capitol Center, this cafe serves up lovely breakfasts and lunches featuring homemade baked goods. ¢

Downtown: 1201 Main St., 803-255-6292
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Carolina Ale House

Southeastern chain grille-and-grog offers good eats, a good beer selection and plenty of televised sports.

carolinaalehouse.com
: 277 Columbiana Dr., 803-407-6996

Carolina Ale House

North Carolina-based franchise offers salads, pizzas, appetizers, signature sandwiches and all manner of chicken, steaks, barbecue and ribs and seafood entrees. More than 30 beers on tap and 40 or so bottle selections. Vista location features popular rooftop bar. ¢-$.

carolinaalehouse.com
Harbison/Irmo: 277 Columbiana Dr., 803-407-6996
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Vista: 708 Lady St., 803-227-7150
Hours: Mon-Sun 11-2a.m.

Carolina Ale House

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.

carolinaalehouse.com
: 708 Lady St., 803-227-7150

Carolina Café & Catering

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 coldspecialty drinks. Catering available seven days a week including boxed lunches and catered trays. Free delivery to downtown and campus. ¢.

carolinacaféandcatering.com
Downtown: 945 Sumter St., 803-799-6676
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

West Columbia / Vista West: 2250 Sunset Blvd., 803-794-9799
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Carolina Pour House

A fun place to hang out with friends and catch the game on any number of widescreen TVs. Drink specials, beer pong tables, pub food and more. $

Five Points: 800 Harden St., 803-409-0004
Hours: Tue-Sat 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Carolina Strip Club

Steaks. Salads. Steak salads. Burgers, too, and seafood. Your straight-up American steakhouse. $-$$

carolinastripclub.com
Vista: 902 Gervais St. , 803-764-4017
Hours: Mon-Thu 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 5 - 11 p.m.; Sun 5-9 p.m.

Carolina Wings & Rib House

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.

carolinawings.com
: 105 Northpoint Dr., 803-356-6244

Carolina Wings & Rib House

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
Other: 240 Blythewood Rd., Blythewood, 803-714-0181
Hours: Sun.-Th. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Northeast Columbia: 2000 Clemson Rd., 803-419-0022
Hours: Sun - Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Lexington / Lake Murray: 105 Northpoint Dr., 803-365-6244
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Carrabba’s

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. $.

carrabbas.com
Harbison/Irmo: 370 Columbiana Dr., 803-407-1811
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.; Fri - Sat 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Sun., 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Northeast: 200 Grace’s Way, 803-865-5688
Hours: Mon-Thu 4-10 p.m.; Fri 4-11 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Casa Linda

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
Forest Acres: 2009 Beltline Blvd., 803-738-0420
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 7546 Garner's Ferry Rd., 803-783-3990

Casserole 2 Go

Mmm ... casseroles. Order a fresh or frozen casserole to take home, or stop during lunch hours to grab a sandwich, nibble a dessert or try the featured 'role. $

Downtown: 1208 Laurel St., 803-764-1673
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (lunch hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Catch 22

Seafood of all sorts, from shrimp and grits to sushi. Burgers and other options for the landlubbers. $.

Harbison/Irmo: 223 Columbia Ave. (Chapin), 803-345-7778
Hours: Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Sat 5-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Catch-22

Upscale bar inside upscale seafood restaurant. What this has to do with Joseph Heller, we have no idea.

: 1085D Lake Murray Blvd., 803-749-4700

Cecilia’s

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. An old-school family favorite. $.

Harbison/Irmo: 6169 St. Andrews Rd., 803-772-7154
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cellar on Greene

Part wine shop, part tapas bar, the Cellar on Greene is the place to go for wines by the glass or bottle and an ever-changing menu of Continental, Mediterranean, and bistro-style dishes: seafood and steaks, salads, hummus, pizzas, pastas and more. The truffle parmesan raw fries are exceptional. $-$$.

cellarongreene.com
Five Points: 2001D Greene St. , 803-343-3303
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat noon-10:30 p.m. (Shop open Mon-Fri 11 a.m.; bar opens at 5 p.m.)

Chapala Mexican Restaurant

Mexican-American and border region specialties, from fajitas to chilaquiles to fish tacos, plus the combination platters you'd expect. Lots of tortas (sandwiches) if you've got a big lunch appetite. $

Lexington: 1792 S. Lake Drive, 803-957-0840
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 AM-10 PM

St. Andrews/Dutch Square: 7001 St. Andrews Road, 803-749-7071
Hours: Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Chen’s Chinese Restaurant

This is a Chinese restaurant that serves traditional combination platters and wing specials. Its vegetable menu includes tofu substitutes and comes with a large serving of white rice. ¢

chenschinese.webs.com
Northeast: 9810 Two Notch Rd., 803-699-6080
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m.

Northeast Columbia: 9003 Two Notch Rd., 803-788-2848
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

West Columbia/Cayce: 2427 Charleston Hwy., 803-563-5070
Hours: Sun-Mon 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Lexington / Lake Murray: 4360 Augusta Rd., 803-808-0228
Hours: Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-10 p.m.

Chickadees Diner

Breakfast is served all day at this classic diner, with french toast, waffles and fancy omelets aplenty. Lunch and dinner feature American favorites from burgers to quesadillas. ¢-$

chickadeesdiner.com
Harbison/Irmo: 7949 Broad River Road, 803-542-7762
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Chicken Salad Chick

Serves deli sandwiches, broccoli salad and soup in addition to a variety of chicken salad flavors like Jalapeno Holly and Mimi’s Mix. ¢.

chickensaladchick.com/columbia-sc
Harbison/Irmo: 252-Z Harbison Blvd., 803-550-9050
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

China Buffet Sushi and Bar

Chinese buffet with more than 100 items daily, including sushi and sashimi. Features crab legs on Fridays and Saturdays. ¢.

Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4464 Devine St., Suite E (Bi Lo Shopping Center), 803-787-8898
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

China Hut III

Although it looks like your run-of-the-mill Chinese chain, this small restaurant is actually operated by a family from Thailand who, in addition to serving traditional Chinese dishes, have created an entire menu around Thai recipes including pad thai chicken, Thai noodle salad and tom kha gai (coconut chicken) soup. ¢.

facebook.com/pages/China-Hut-III/118016784897112
West Columbia/Cayce: 103 N 12th St., 803-939-0770
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat noon-10 p.m.

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle's monster burritos, fresh tacos and delectable, chipotle-honey vinaigrette salads are hard to pass up.

chipotle.com
Forest Acres: 4840 Forest Dr., 803-738-8272
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Vista: 610 Gervais St. , 803-223-7801
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Chocolate Nirvana Bakery and Cafe

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
Garners Ferry/Southeast: 4405 Ft. Jackson Blvd., 803-799-9982
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

CiCi’s Pizza

Family oriented restaurant with inexpensive pizza buffet. Great for students, church groups, athletic groups, etc. Fun, clean and friendly environment. ¢.

cicispizza.com
Garners Ferry/Southeast: 141 Pelham Dr., 803-776-8900
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily

Harbison/Irmo: 6120 St. Andrews Rd., 803-750-5900
Hours: Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

City Bar Martinis and Fondue

Cheese fondue, dessert fondue, steaks, shrimp and other swanky eats. $-$$

Vista: 700 Gervais St., 803-803-764-6125
Hours: Tue-Thu 4-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

CJ’s

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.

facebook.com/cjsfivepoints
: 749 Saluda Ave., 803-748-8694
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