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.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: