Name That Restaurant. No, Seriously.
A tapas bar called The Mamas and the Tapas is now open in the Vista. It sells small plates from a variety of cuisines — bulgogi, “Southern schnitzel,” fettucine alfredo and more. The twice-fried wings in a Korean chile sauce seem to be a big hit. The restaurant is at 931-A Senate St.; reach it at 254-1060.
The Vista is also now home to Carolina Strip Club, your straight-up American steakhouse with steaks, salads, burgers and seafood, too. It’s at 902 Gervais St.; call 764-4017 or visit carolinastripclub.com for more information.
And a place called Chicken Salad Chick opens in Lexington this week. It’s the Alabama-based chain’s second South Carolina location (the first is in Greenville) and its 10th location overall. Among the deli’s 15 chicken salad flavors, according to its website: Kickin’ Kay Lynne, “a combination of buffalo sauce, ranch, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese & jalapeños all in one!” and Luau Lydia, “a tropical blend of pineapple and macadamia nuts.” It’s at 5135 Sunset Blvd., Suite A.
You know what’s fun? Eating chili. You know what’s even more fun? Eating chili for a good cause. Glenforest School hosts its ninth annual chili cookoff this Saturday, Oct. 26. Grab a beer and a hot dog and wander around sampling chili. There are also crafts, baked goods and a silent auction, and a bunch of kid-friendly stuff like bounce houses and a West Columbia Fire Department ladder truck.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; official chili judging is at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but food and drinks are bought with a ticket system; you can buy discounted tickets in advance at fallfest.glenforest.org. All proceeds go for Glenforest School student scholarships. Glenforest School is at 1041 Harbor Drive in West Columbia.
Heck, the Glenforest chili cookoff would be good practice for the Midlands’ premier chili-based event, the Chili Cookoff in Five Points (formerly the Group Therapy Chili Cookoff), which will be held Nov. 9 this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mark your calendars. Visit fivepointscolumbia.com/event/chili-cook-off for more information.
Hang Out on a Mall Roof
Looking to enjoy the crisp fall air outside? Bring some cash and hang out with your kids at Rooftop Rhythms, the Town of Forest Acres’ autumn party this Thursday, Oct. 24. Forest Acres restaurants, including Tombo Grille, Village Idiot, Moe’s, Pasta Fresca, Lizard’s Thicket and Daley’s Dogs, will be selling food, and there’ll be beer and wine on offer, plus nonalcoholic beverages. Free balloon artists, face painting, sidewalk chalk and a bounce house and bouncy slide will be set up. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on the roof of Richland Mall. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/rooftoprhythms for more information.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
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.
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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Real Estate Spotlight
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