This week’s Bite is a mix of Creole and Cajun cooking styles from Mr. Friendly’s Mardi Gras-themed lunch specials menu on Monday: two crawfish cakes topped with a grilled corn maque choux and Creole mustard remoulade, and served with creamy grits and a choice of succotash or Creole slaw. I went with succotash and ordered a cup of slaw on the side ($2.50); both were tasty. What’s a maque choux (pronounced “mock shoe”), you ask? It’s an Acadian French (Cajun) term for an accompanying dish of silky, slow-braised corn and aromatic vegetables, most likely derived from the cuisine of the Gulf Coast’s indigenous people. In the spirit of the indulgent holiday, I sipped on a Myers’s rum hurricane (pictured above, $5) from their drink specials list, which also featured some beers from Abita Brewing Company. Fat Tuesday may be over, but there’s never a bad time for the kind of New Orleans-influenced food you’ll find at Mr. Friendly’s. The only thing you have to flash is your wallet.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours 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.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
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!
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.
We Practice After Hours Too!
Midlands Orthopedics clinics are open when young athletes need us most. Locations and hours can be found here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: