Unagi Donburi at Saky

By Mike Dojc | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Unagi — freshwater eel — doesn’t get a lot of respect.

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Area Restaurants to Compete for Title of Best Shrimp and Grits

New festival to celebrate the classic Southern seafood dish
By April Blake | Friday, May 27, 4:08 pm
Even though Columbia isn’t technically seaside, we still have our fair share of the iconic dish gracing menus around the metro, from higher end tureens garnished with decadent little touches to your no-frills bowls ladled in at a diner. In celebration of shrimp and grits from all walks of life, Columbia Food Tours is hosting Columbia’s first Shrimp & Grits Fest on Saturday, June 18 from 6-11 p.m. at the Columbia Marriott.

Del Taco Celebrates National Burrito Month

West Coast chain's first Columbia location offers new epic burrito
By April Blake | Friday, May 27, 2:12 pm
If you’re the kind of person who needs a reason to enjoy a burrito, you’ve got a few days to use the excuse that May is National Burrito Month. And for those who were not aware, Del Taco opened its first Columbia and only South Carolina location in March of this year at 145 Harbison Boulevard.

Lexington’s Stephano’s Becoming Farm-to-Table Eatery

After nearly 40 years, ownership of longtime establishment changes hands
By April Blake | Thursday, May 26, 3:16 pm
It’s been quite a while since 420 Columbia Ave. served anything other than Italian dishes, but soon the location will house the Root Cellar, which will specialize in locally grown meats and produce. Longtime Stephano’s owners Karen and Stephen Lollis decided to retire after operating the eatery since 1977.
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Switchel Up Your Summer Sips

By April Blake | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Fancy a glass of haymaker’s punch? How about a switchel? What if we called it the original Gatorade?
On Tap

Ride the Brew Bus to Some Distilleries

Plus: New Brews Shine at Brewers Festival
By Tug Baker | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Columbia Brew Bus, the folks who take you from brewery to brewery in town, offered some tours featuring wine and spirits a while back, and they were such a hit that the Brew Bus has brought them back for a run this summer.
Chew on This!

Tour the Vista by Mouth

Plus: Rosso Sold
By Eva Moore | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Spring is a good time of year to walk around Columbia, and the end of May seems like the perfect time to take a food tour of the Vista with Two Gals and a Fork, co-sponsored by Historic Columbia.
Drink of the Week


By Tug Baker | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Columbia’s latest beer launched May 14 to a terrific and eager crowd as Bierkeller released Kölumbianer at an event held at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Co. Bierkeller founder Scott Burgess is making beer using traditional German methods...

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Jun 7 Harvest Week at Motor Supply
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