A few months ago, the former owners of DJ House opened a new Korean restaurant in the Food Lion shopping center on Decker Boulevard. Much of the menu will seem familiar to fans of their previous restaurant, which is why this week’s Bite isn’t bi bim bap or bulgogi, but rather something I’ve never tried in a Korean restaurant: whole yellow croaker and sundubu, a spicy seafood stew filled with lots of soft tofu and an egg, which soft boils in the screaming hot stone bowl in which it’s served. The yellow croaker is pan fried in enough oil and seasoning to crisp up the skin and make it delicious to eat whole. (As you may have learned in September’s Tug Eats Everything, when eating whole fish, use your chopsticks to pull the meat down and away from the top of the fish, and avoid the internal organs unless you like super bitter flavors.) Comes with steamed rice and a small house salad topped with thousand island dressing, which may seem out of place on a Korean menu, but you can make it interesting by combining bites of salad with some of the ten kinds of delicious housemade banchan, including eggplant, potato, and multiple kinds of seaweed, sprouts and kimchi. — Jonathan Sharpe
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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!
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.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
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.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: