It’s a simple idea, really. There are plenty of successful bars and restaurants built around offering different toppings or sauces for one primary menu item, whether that item is a burger, pizza, hot dog or chicken wing. So why not try it with barbecue? That’s the simple but somewhat radical question Southern Belly owner Jimmy Phillips asked and answered when he started serving barbecue out of the bar formerly known as The Rolling Stone. Radical, since barbecue in South Carolina rarely strays outside the traditions of one’s ZIP code. Southern Belly lets you build your own kind of barbecue sandwich, starting with the smoked, pulled pork or chicken; adding one of seven housemade sauces; then topping it with items like bacon, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese. Or you can go with one of the eight named combinations on the menu. I tried the Avita, a churrasco-style barbecue sandwich topped with grilled pineapple, roasted red pepper and grilled onions. Served on a French roll with an Asada vinaigrette sauce, along with coleslaw and potato chips. Southern Belly is open daily for lunch and dinner.
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!
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.
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!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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.
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!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
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