Bone-in cuts of rich, flavorful goat leg are slow-cooked until tender in a mild curry sauce with butter beans, Irish potato and whole sprigs of fresh thyme, then served in a seasoned roti, an Indian-style unleavened flatbread made fresh by a local baker, according to executive chef/owner and restaurant namesake Mama J. The flatbread presentation might make you want to pick it up, but this is a knife and fork kind of meal, at least until you decide to pick up the bones one by one and clean off all the good and clingy bits. Comes with cabbage and carrots and fried plantains, although other side options include rice and peas, bammy (cassava bread) and festival (fried dumplings). Attached to the Oriental International Market on Decker Blvd., Mama J’s primarily serves take-out orders, but there are booths in the dining room if you’d like to stay and eat after you place your order at the counter. Beverage options include fresh Jamaican (hibiscus) tea, carrot or soursop juice, or an array of imported non-alcoholic drinks like Irish Moss, Ginseng Up and Vita Malt. “If you can’t afford the airfare to Jamaica, just come see us,” says Mama J. “We’ve got the real thing.” — Jonathan Sharpe
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
$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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: