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Food Truck

2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings

Food Truck — Creamy macaroni and cheese stuffed inside a chicken wing?! It’s true. Or jambalaya? Or an inside-out chicken parmigiana? All these delicacies and more can be yours: For locations and hours, follow the truck on Twitter at @2fat2flywings, check the calendar at or call the truck. Also has a brick-and-mortar location called Wing City; see the BBQ/Wings/Ribs section for details. ¢.


St. Andrews/Dutch Square — Featuring a range of South and North Indian dishes, the main 2Gingers, located in the Boozer Shopping Center, satisfies vegetarians and omnivores alike. The South Indian dosai (stuffed savory crepes) are not to be missed. At the corner of Main and Gervais, the 2Gingers Express location serves a smaller array of curries to downtown daytime diners. $

7 Mares

Lexington — That's mar-es, as in Spanish for oceans, not English for girl horses. Serves up the oceans' bounty, featuring Mexican favorites like red snapper Veracruz-style, lobster soup, ceviche, spicy shrimp, octopus salad and more. Also serves Mexican-American classics like fajitas and carnitas. $.
Bistro-New American

@116 Espresso & Wine Bar

West Columbia/Cayce — Combines a chill coffee-shop atmosphere with great wine and food. Specials range from soups to seafood to steaks to specialty pizzas, many with Mediterranean and Southern influences. Fabulous Spanish wines, and a famed White Russian menu. Popular brunch spot, too. $.
Middle Eastern


Downtown — Authentic and well-prepared Middle Eastern cuisine including hummus, falafel, lamb kabob, mujadara and shawarma. Salads, subs and daily dessert specials round out the menu. Housed in a spacious renovated building across from City Hall. ¢-$.

Allean’s Southern Cuisine

Northeast — Serves chicken wings, cornbread and a slew of sides familiar to Southern cuisine. Sweet potato pie, banana pudding and peach cobbler are available for dessert. ¢.

Ally & Eloise Bakeshop

Forest Acres — Eloise is a French bulldog. And Ally is a heck of a baker, turning out fancy cookies, cupcakes and bars, not to mention fancy layer cakes and bundt cakes galore. Downtown location serves a more limited set of sweet treats, including macarons, cake pops and more. ¢

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

Harbison/Irmo — Classy Italian dining, from the favorites (fettucine alfredo, manicotti, veal piccata) to the fancy (seafood risotto, pork ribeye). $.

Al’s Upstairs

West Columbia/Cayce — Italian fine dining since 1979. Lobster bisque is served with a popular puff pastry dome that locks in flavors and aromas. Offers fresh fish, veal, pasta and steaks with nice service and a beautiful view of Columbia’s skyline. $$.

Andy’s Deli

Five Points — Serving a range of hot and cold deli sandwiches plus salads, this Five Points mainstay enjoys a well-deserved reputation for prompt service and consistent quality. No matter how long the lunch line appears, the food never fails to arrive promptly and satisfy completely. Andy’s Special, which features roast beef, turkey and bacon bits on a hoagie roll, and which comes with that tantalizingly tangy dip, ought to qualify as the official sandwich of the Midlands. Thank you my friend, indeed. ¢.

Antai Asian Dining

Lexington — Specializes in both Chinese and Japanese fare. Sushi is on the menu as well as traditional Asian soups and appetizers, chicken, meat and seafood dishes. Strong vegetarian menu and house favorites that include black bean scallops, Beijing duck and honey walnut shrimp. $.

Anthony’s Past Time Cafe

Downtown — Burgers galore, but also fried chicken gizzards and livers, gyros, chicken wings, hot dogs and more, depending on your mood. Try a shake or float. ¢
Middle Eastern


Shandon/Rosewood — All your Middle Eastern favorites, from shawarma to tabouli to falafel, not to mention pizzas and — for lunch, at least — wraps and burgers. Also serves alcohol. $

Arepazo Latin Foods

— Though it specializes in the soft corn cakes known as arepas — stuffed with cheese, meat and other deliciousness — Arepazo also sells fried plantains, empanadas and various Venezuelan delicacies. $

Ariana’s Greek Restaurant

West Columbia/Cayce — A Greek restaurant with an international flair. Along with the gyros, souvlaki, pastichio and moussaka on the menu, you’ll also find Indian samosas and a lamb pilaf that’s considered the national dish of Afghanistan. $


Northeast — You'll feel right at home in this Korean restaurant, where the staff will take charge as if they were your own mom. Serves up such delights as pork belly grilled right at your table, plus Korean classics and banchan — and cold beer, of course. ¢-$

Arkos Mojo Grill and Martini Bar

Lexington — A sort of Latin American bistro featuring ceviche, fancy salsas, paella, tacos and much more. Also has a swank bar menu that spans martinis, margaritas mojitos and caipirinhas. $

Atlanta Bread Company

Downtown — Atlanta Bread Company is a bakery café offering fresh, high quality ingredients and a menu ranging from cinnamon rolls and hot breakfast sandwiches to grilled paninis. ¢. 

Baan Sawan

Five Points — Not your typical Thai restaurant, Baan Sawan serves expertly prepared Thai standards like pad thai and curries, but also offers dishes you won’t find elsewhere and inventive seafood creations. It’s pricey Thai food, but well worth it. Classy setting and staff, too. $-$$.

Backyard Cafe

West Columbia/Cayce — From the ribeye steak sandwich topped with sauteed onions, peppers, mushrooms and gooey provolone cheese to the salmon caesar salad, the Backyard Cafe has food to suit a range of tastes. Chicken wings, fried flounder and nachos, too. ¢-$

Bangkok Restaurant

Garners Ferry/Southeast — One of two restaurants named Bangkok within less than 1/8 mile of each other, this restaurant serves favorites like pad thai, chicken satay and kaou pad bai kapow. Offers a wide range of Thai cuisine, as well as soups and Thai iced tea. ¢-$.
Bar-Pub Food

Bar None

Five Points — Late-night bar serving food into the wee hours of the morning — including, on certain special nights, the finest smoked chicken wings you’ve ever tasted. Large selection of beers on tap. ¢.

Basil Thai Restaurant

Garners Ferry/Southeast — Housed at the upscale Cross Hill Market, this Charleston import features Thai classics and approachable twists thereupon. Nice cocktail selection. $.


Forest Acres — With more than 4,500 locations, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest ice cream chain. Though everyone knows about the 31 flavors, it actually rotates some 100 flavors each year and possess an arsenal of a whopping 1,000 flavors overall. Oh yeah, and the ice cream cakes are second to none. ¢.
Bar-Pub Food

Beef O’Brady’s

— Burgers-and-wings-type sports bar chain with local franchise owners. $
Bar-Pub Food

Beef O’Brady’s

Harbison/Irmo — From the Philly cheesesteak to the roast beef garlic melt, corned beef reuben and a full line of deluxe burgers, you won’t be hurting for red meat options here. There are wings too, and wraps featuring shrimp and chicken. Family-friendly setting peppered with sports memorabilia and TVs. ¢.


Downtown — Sandwiches like the T-Bird, the Godfather and the Rebel Rouser are mainstays for any self-respecting college student or budget-conscious diner. ¢.
Food Truck

Belgian Waffle Truck

— Serves authentic Liege waffles — a dense, browned version of the Belgian waffle — with toppings both sweet and savory. Try the Ouf-Ti Waffle, which features goat cheese, lettuce, duck and chicken confit and an onion confiture. ¢-$

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