When Abdi and Leslie Nasehi decided to move closer to the South Carolina side of their family, they chose downtown Columbia as the new home of their Mediterranean restaurant, formerly located in Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville’s loss is our gain, though, as the new lunch spot just off Main Street offers something unique among Columbia’s Mediterranean dining options: Persian food. Reflecting Abdi Nasehi’s roots, Olive Grill’s menu features dishes like ghormeh sabzi and this week’s Bite, lamb and limas. This dish of stewed lamb shank is served in a big cup of jus, along with a plate of dill-scented basmati rice and lima beans. Mixed together, it was a perfect antidote to last Saturday’s blustery rain. Comes with pita bread and your choice of a house or Mediterranean salad, as well as hummus or tzatziki sauce. (I went with the Mediterranean salad of chopped tomato, cucumber and onion and a side of tzatziki sauce.) Olive Grill is in a recently remodeled space previously occupied by Hong Kong Chinese restaurant. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: