Every Friday and Saturday, hickory smoke rises from the barbecue pits in the back of an unassuming white cinderblock building just off Highway 1 in West Columbia. Inside those pits, slabs of pork spare ribs, whole hams and half chickens are being smoked the same way they have been every weekend since John David Hite opened this family business in 1957. This week’s Bite is a plate of two smoked, chopped ribs, dressed in mustard-based sauce and served with hash cooked in cast iron vats that are older than the building, and rice — real rice, by the way, not those parboiled pellets — along with sides of slaw and rolls. (The ribs are also available with a sweet brown barbecue sauce.) By the plate or by the pound, Hite’s is open for takeout only from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. And if you like to go whole hog, stay tuned for the start of pork butchering season the first weekend of November, when feet, tails, necks, souse, sausage and other meaty treats become available.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 5-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: