Free Times editor Dan Cook was surprised to hear Drip on Main’s first birthday is coming up — surprised, that is, that it’s only been open for one year. That’s how thoroughly the coffee shop has wormed its way into daily life on Main Street — and, in particular, the life of the Free Times editorial staff. Let’s just say we go there pretty frequently. So it is with particular personal joy and absolute partisanship that we wish Drip on Main a happy first birthday, and pass on the news that this Friday, Jan. 10, Drip on Main will give free coffee to its customers in celebration of this happy occasion. Your first cup is free. And tip those baristas anyway, yeah? They’re pretty nice to us. Happy birthday!
It’s Restaurant Week
By my count, this week sees the sixth go-round of South Carolina Restaurant Week, which launched in 2009. From Jan. 9-19 this year, participating restaurants will offer special deals, most of them in the form of a fixed-price meal. At Gervais & Vine, for example, $29 gets you a four-course meal, with several options for each course.
It’s no accident that the promotion takes place in January — typically a terrible time of year for the restaurant industry, as people cut back on discretionary spending after the holidays and embark on New Year’s diets.
Here in the Midlands, 29 restaurants are offering Restaurant Week deals. They range from fancy, like Terra, to more down-home, like Lizard’s Thicket and Yesterdays.
For $35, a person can eat from the Ruth’s Chris Steak House Restaurant Week menu. (Note: online copy corrected. The Ruth's Chris Restaurant Week menu does indeed include a steak. See where it reads "Filet and Shrimp"? D'oh.)
Some other fine-dining restaurants in the area make a strong showing. Thirty dollars is a great deal for a meal at MoMo’s, Mr. Friendly’s or Oak Table; the same goes for the $35 meal at Saluda’s or Solstice. Midlands', one of Columbia’s newest restaurants, located in the Marriott downtown, offers a $25 three-course menu with some tasting-looking options. Figaro, a fine-dining place in Newberry, is participating, too — a decent reason for a road trip.
Visit restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com to search the full list of restaurants by region and cuisine. Menus are posted, too. Restaurant Week runs from Thursday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 19.
The Farm to Table Event Co. kicks off 2014 with a Harvest Dinner at City Roots urban farm on Monday, Jan. 13, featuring chefs Kristian Niemi and Travis Rayle. Given that it’s January, the dinner will be held in the toasty-warm greenhouse, and there’ll be a hot spiced apple cocktail to greet you when you arrive. The menu features a wood-roasted leg of lamb, among other dishes; Crust Bakehouse will provide some artisanal breads. And dessert is, ahem, Dark Chocolate and Almond Cake with Spiced Pear Compote and Sage-Goat Cheese Chantilly. Tickets are $60 per person. Visit facebook.com/farmtotableevents for more information and a link to buy tickets.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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