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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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